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artist profile: matthew lew

Where was your favorite place to live?
This is tough…I love Chicago, but I also love San Sebastian, Spain and Kauai, Hawaii. If I could do all three throughout the year, that would be great!

What’s your favorite room at home?
I just bought a new condo, so I’m not quite sure yet. I have my design plans all together and I think the powder room is gonna be pretty amazing because it’s small and you can just do some out-of-the-box design styles with it to really make a statement.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Something that makes me laugh. Color combinations. Chicago architecture. Music.

What do you drive?
I ride the CTA buses and trains, or I use an i-Go car.

What are your interests outside of design?
Too many to name so I’ll just name a few: I love PB and J sandwiches, speaking Spanish, reciting the lines from my favorite movies: Goonies, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Tootsie. Mimosa brunches—also known as Sunday Funday!

Who are your design icons?
LOVE Jonathan Adler (whimsical, fun and bold…he can do no wrong in my book), Antonio Gaudi (brilliant architect and designer, I love his unique and highly individualistic designs as well as his mosaics), Gio Ponti (amazing furniture with fine lines as well as funky unique pieces).

Form vs. function?
Both. Success is a balance of form and function together where both help deliver the idea and create the ultimate consumer experience.

Your decorating style is ____?
Masculine Bohemian meets Vintage Modern meets Happy Graphic

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My 1912 Vintage Bank Safe that I turned into a secret bar!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Sour Gummy Worms or Sour Patch Kids—but I only eat the red and orange ones.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Make a mosaic statement on an accent wall using 8.5x11” black and white photo copies of a repeated image. It can be done without damaging your wall, and for under $25 depending on your wall size.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the DODO bird print pillow that is on the CB2 site from Matthew Lew. However, I am only interested in the fabric and not the actual pillow. Any idea where I can get just a big piece of the fabric rather than purchase the pillow and cut it open?

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

I wish I had good news for your Faye but the dodo pillow is exclusive and was manufactured solely for the construction of the pillows.

April 6, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

I love this artist. I have one of his art pieces in my home. He's fresh and thoughtful! I'm so glad to see him in your catalog!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Featuring Matthew's work on my blog now, LOVE the tribal pillow!

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I'm loving your silver pebbles rug...any chance it will come in a larger size though?? Or custom options?

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

So glad you like it Krista. In this case, what you see is all that will be available. Hope it can work for you!

October 10, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

Oh how I wish I could get my hands on one of those aspen prints issued 6+ months ago! I surely missed out! Awesome for our Colorado home....

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlacia

I am really enjoying the artists profiles. Thanks.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSH

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