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designer profile: mark daniel of slate design

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel, music, architecture, caffeine.

Who are your design icons?
Le Corbusier, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Hans Wegner.

What are your interests outside of design?
Cars, motorcycles, woodworking, video games.

What do you drive?
An old BMW.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My 1973 BMW R75/5 motorcycle. I’ve spent the winter restoring it and am counting the days until I can start riding it!

Where was your favorite place to live?
Definitely Paris. I got to spend my senior year of college there. It completely opened up my world view of art, architecture and design.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I’m a huge reader so it would have to be a library—which is currently in transition from the kids’ playroom. I have plans drawn up for built-in bookcases, a fireplace, and my Eames lounge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
This isn’t a very original answer but I have to say the iPhone. Not only does it revolutionize how I work, play and communicate, but it comes in a beautifully designed package. Really the ultimate fusion of form and function.

Form vs. function?
Function first, form is a result or an expression of the function. If it doesn’t work, it’s not good design.

Your personal decorating style is ___?
I’m very anti-clutter, so my house and studio spaces reflect the “less is more” school of thought.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I’ve always wanted a Arne Jacobsen Swan chair.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Photographs, lots of photographs. Photos of your family, places you travel, things that inspire you make your space personal and meaningful.

To see all of Mark Daniel’s current designs for CB2, go here.

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Reader Comments (14)

I am purchasing the Andes bed and really love the clean, minimalist aesthetic. This is for a second home- and having looked around a lot a year ago for a platform bed for my other home, I was very impressed by the style of this bed. I believe it compares favorably to some super fancy italian beds that can cost up to five thousand dollars or more.

Bravo Marc!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick mancuse

Hi, I loved your conical floor lamp at CB2. Where is it? What's up with it? Best - jkgal

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjkgal

I love the Firefly Pendant light. Is there anyway to special order it in a chrome/satin nickel finish instead of the black?

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererica

We hate that we have to say this, but unfortunately a special order finish is not possible.

November 22, 2010 | Registered Commentersandra

Hi Mark - love your designs, especially the Spoke bed. Any chance we'll see it in a Full version? Queen is too big for my loft but otherwise it's the perfect design!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbenjer

Just bought the Andes bed... so excited! I love the clean lines and the attached shelves. It is the best platform bed I have found (and I've been looking for a while). The price is great too! Thanks for a great design, can't wait to get it home :)

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Joy

I love all of Mark's designs, but then I'm prejudiced (I'm his mother) !
I can't keep up with the most current designs, but I really like the Spoke bed ! Most unusual!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

Any chance the Teepee glass top dining table will return.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Hey Pat!
The teepee table has generated more requests for a comeback than any other item we've discontinued. We have yet to resurrect an item--but never say never!

April 4, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

I love the Andes bed. but I am 66 years old with arthritis and cannot get up out of a platform bed. My suggestion is to build a higher bed for seniors with storage underneath. The closer to the floor, the harder we have getting up. It doesn't have to be REAL high, just enough that you can stand up in the morning without bending in half and pushing up with your hands. Baby Boomers are aging and design has to keep up with them. We still love modern design and I want a functional platform bed! Couches too!!! They need to be higher.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertallbrit

Has anyone bought the Andes bed? What do you think of it?

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiane

Hi Diane!
Over 30 of our customers who already own the bed have posted their reviews on our website. If you go to the specific page and look for the customer reviews, just click on it to read all.
For white go to: http://www.cb2.com/bedroom-furniture/furniture/andes-white-bed/f4981. For walnut go to: http://www.cb2.com/bedroom-furniture/furniture/andes-walnut-bed/f6701
Hope you like what you see!

August 24, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

Mark, can you make the Andes bed in king?

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArielle

So sorry to take so long to get back to you Arielle--and that I don't have a good answer for you.
The answer is actually yes and no.
While a King-sized version can be made--and we actually had sold the white lacquer version in King for a short time--unfortunately it proved too difficult to manufacture consistently because of the large headboard.

October 10, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

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