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Wednesday
May272015

designer profile: kirsty minns

Where was your favorite place to live?
I love living in London. There is always something new to be inspired by every single day.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I love my living room, I have a shelf full of books and found objects and a big window that looks down over the city. A perfect place for daydreaming.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel, Art, Film, manufacturing processes, and I am fascinated by human psychology.

Form vs. function?
Sometimes the function needs to be that it has to be well formed. There is a place for both.

Who are you design icons?
I love Charles and Ray Eames they really embodied being a designer as a lifestyle choice. They also applied their talents across so many disciplines—their film work is incredible.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
That’s such a tough question as there are so many. For furniture, Charles and Ray Eames LCW chair is a classic as is Dieter Rams shelving for Vitsoe. It has to be something that is timeless.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Dieter Rams Vitsoe shelving.

What do you drive?
Mainly the London Underground, or a bicycle

What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic mix. I love vintage mid-century modern furniture mixed with modern pieces.

What’s your favorite possession?
I used to be the head of development at Established & Sons and was lucky enough to receive a beautiful fluro yellow Zero-In table by BarberOsgerby. It is an incredible piece of engineering, The design was developed using sophisticated production techniques usually reserved for automotive manufacturing.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I just bought a new sofa, A 1960’s Greaves and Thomas sofa bed beautifully restored and reupholstered with Harris tweed fabric. There is this amazing shop in East London called 2&4 which has the most incredible archive of pieces.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
It’s all about being savvy in how you put together pieces mixing new with second hand. Making your own prints for the wall can be a nice way of bringing to life a room on a budget.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love doing exercise classes and yoga- I find its the perfect antidote for a constantly switch on brain. I also love to travel. There is nothing better then planning your next adventure.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Challenge yourself everyday, enjoy the process and never stop learning.

To see all of Kirsty’s current works for CB2, go here.

Saturday
May162015

the PureWow offices by Homepolish + CB2

Today the team at PureWow is proudly standing behind their motto “Elevate the Everyday” in their new home base thanks to the designers at Homepolish.

An online publication focused on all aspects of women’s lives today—from fashion, beauty and home to travel, tech and money—PureWow sees a lot of beautiful designs and well designed spaces, but Homepolish was a fast and easy choice once they realized they were the team behind the many scenes they favored on Pinterest.

Tasked to decorate a number of shared spaces—from meeting rooms and dining rooms to multi-functional lounge areas—we’re thrilled Homepolish incorporated furniture and accessories from CB2.
To see more of the inspiring results of the collaboration, go here.

Congratulations to Homepolish on a job well-done, and we look forward to seeing how PureWow’s new work spaces inspire them!

Wednesday
May132015

designer profile: paul isabella

photo by: Josh Goleman Where was your favorite place to live?
I have lived in a number of different places (around 15 in total) so that is a tough question.
I loved growing up in Barcelona, which was an interesting and gorgeous city and had such a big impact on me. Currently, my wife and I live
in the Hudson Valley, NY and we think it’s pretty great. It’s quaint and quiet, but has easy access to NYC.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen is where a lot of fun happens. My wife and I love to cook and love experimenting with food.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A teleportation machine.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love to spend my time growing food, fly fishing, biking, xc skiing, and generally enjoying new experiences and the simple pleasures of life.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The axe. It’s fascinating that something that has been around for nearly a million years is still needed and in use today.

Who are your design icons?
Lately I have been very influenced by the way the Shaker communities lived and the simple innovations they employed in everyday life.

Form vs. function?
I would say function informs the majority of things in my life, with form coming in at a close second.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I get most inspired when I come across unexpected details.

What is your personal decorating style?
Minimal folk art with lots of handmade touches.

What’s your favorite possession?
My wife’s great grandfather’s drill press from the 1920’s that I restored. It’s fun to have something that old still running, and still in the family.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Good wine and good food.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Don’t over think it. Keep it as simple as possible. And learn how to safely use a table saw.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t let doubt kill your forward momentum.

To see all of Paul’s current works for CB2, go here.

Friday
Apr102015

spring favorites: curtis

city slicker mirror side table
love the subtle yet glamorous effect of the smoky reflections.
SAIC cache storage cabinet
clever space saving storage—great for those awkward empty spaces
in a kitchen, bedroom, office,
living room…
chunky white block planter
I have one plant in my home and
he’s about to get an upgrade to this modern yet retro inspired piece.

Thursday
Apr092015

how it's made: pod hanging chair

The cozy, sheltering pod hanging chair is not only a statement piece, it’s the perfect sanctuary to hang out or hide out on the patio—or indoors.

In a time-intensive process that takes two artisans seven days to complete, frames are first built by welding aluminum tubes into the oval shape. Welds are ground for a smoother feel, cleaner look and inspected for strength. Then the frames are then cleaned in preparation for the powder-coating process where an off-white paint is baked onto the frame for durability.

Next, off-white recyclable resin, or faux wicker—chosen for its durability and weather-resistant characteristics—is carefully handwoven onto the frame.

At each stage of the manufacturing process, measurements are taken to ensure consistency in size and spacing—as well as the overall color once the variegated faux wicker strips are woven together.

Lastly, a trellis-like frame is added to the upper section allowing for light and air while keeping the overall weight of the chair under just 33 lbs.