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Wednesday
Jan082014

spring favorites: megan

principal bench
this bench is so sophisticated. I love the size for a small entry way and
the nod to a traditional school chair.
avec chairs
I am so excited to finally introduce a chair to this hot collection. I think the look is still so fresh and it’s a great way to get a little look to a room if
you don’t want to commit to the
entire sofa.
kilim embroidery pillow
love the neon and the 3 dimensional embroidery!

Thanks to megan, associate product manager, for this submission.

Monday
Jan062014

designer profile: ceci thompson

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel. Culture. Food. Business. I especially enjoy when these things intersect with design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, Nature, Industry, World Travel, New York…

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn. Watching it make itself and continually redefine itself is a fascination of mine.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room I suppose—although I can count on two hands how many times I’ve actually sat on my own couch over several years.

What do you drive?
I love riding my bike around Brooklyn – be it for the efficiency factor or for the discovery that happens when you stay above ground and aren’t locked inside a vehicle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A home in southeast Spain to retire to some day.

Who are your design icons?
To name a few…architects Herzog&de Meuron, product designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, design curator Jamie Gray.

Form or Function.
The perfect marriage of the two.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There can’t be one winner. It has to be something we use every day without even thinking about it.

What is your personal decorating style?
I’m still figuring that out. My apartment is pretty bare. I think it’s a reluctance to commit to something as my interests are always evolving.

What’s your favorite possession?
Although I’m a product designer and I love “things” of all sorts, I don’t really attach myself to material objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking time to do what I want to do in life rather than going the safe route.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Just be yourself – my dad.

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

Saturday
Jan042014

animal rescue: leffe

Nicknames: Lef, Little Brew, Lil Bud

Before he was famous: Leffe was found running as a stray in Estill County, Kentucky where he was brought to the county’s high-kill animal control facility. From there he was transported up to Second City Canine Rescue in Medinah Illinois—where he was rescued and got a fresh start in a new home.

Talent Show: Playing “fetch!” and sniffing out anything you try to hide from him.

Favorite Snack: Anything peanut butter-y.

With a Winning Lottery Ticket: He’d buy a lifetime supply of his favorite squeaky ball—and rescue a playmate to fight with over them.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…approximately 4 million pet dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to overpopulation.
…25% of pet dogs euthanized in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Friday
Jan032014

designer profile: aelfie oudghiri

Who are you design icons?
Betsey Johnson was my hero growing up.

Form vs. function?
Neither. Color.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
De-clutter and buy flowers.

What do you drive?
My husband nuts.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I live in an open loft, so it’s all my favorite room.

What is your personal decorating style?
Chic with a hint of totally bonkers.

What are your interests outside of design?
Dancing, literature, art, music and business.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s hard to know. Funny things like an old pair of candlesticks or a stranger in a funny sweater might get me excited about an idea or form.

Where was your favorite place to live?
In Budapest, across the street from a beautiful old concert hall and above a supermarket. It was perfect.

What’s your favorite possession?
It’s the first thing I see when I wake up—an enormous embroidered tapestry from Uzbekistan.

What one item do you wish you owned?
More paintings by my grandmother, Lounah Starr.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The elevator is very clever.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Fake it till you make it.

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

Thursday
Jan022014

how to: paint glass vases

Supplies:
clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
paintbrush
plastic utensils
drop cloth or kraft paper










Directions:
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.

2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.

3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.

4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.

5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.

6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.

4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.




7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.

8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.

9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.