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artist profile: bobby hill

photo by: sonia blayde Where was your favorite place to live?
New York City, because of the attitude. This city has a certain edge that no other city has that I’ve been to. The only place that remotely compares is London… maybe. I find that everywhere I travel to I compare it to my city. New York is a huge business capital. Almost every company is represented in New York and are easily accessible.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My whole space, no specific room.

What do you drive?
A Toyota.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Lamborghini Veneno.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Apple Computers are the most well designed items because they are reliable. Until recently I had an iMac which lasted about 8-9 years. They are also aesthetically designed well and are extremely easy to use. They are good for both business and design.

Form vs. function?
Both coincide, but function comes first. When I am designing anything or buying anything my main concern is that it works well and serves a purpose. Design is also important, but that comes after.

What are your sources of inspiration?
My surroundings, specifically New York City. My life, where I’ve traveled along with my experiences. My perspective on current events, music, movies and pop-culture.

Who are you design icons?
Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, Rauschenberg, Ernie Barnes, Pollock, Keith Harring, Romare Bearden.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Eating out on a regular basis—LA Burrito in Williamsburg is one of my favorite places.

What’s your favorite possession?
My Rototex manual printing press—it’s helped me develop new art styles and feed my family.

What is your personal decorating style?
I have no specific decorating style.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Milk crates everywhere for everything … chairs, storage, tables.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Don’t fall in love with one style…
be able to reinvent your style when you feel… every decision you make is the right one.
Given: Always be able to make money doing what you love… you can learn from everything… always be creative… you are always growing.

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


spring favorites: ryan

sterling side table
I love how this table adds an unexpected shine to any room. It looks great paired with sofas or
next to a bed.
handwoven recycled sari silk grey rugs
because I love flatweave rugs—
they add such a great layer to a living room or dining room—I love the details of the shine of the silk in these rugs, when you see them in person they really look special.
taurus coat hook
I love the attitude of this coat hook and how it looks mixed in a sophisticated entryway.

Thanks to ryan, general merchandise manager, for this submission.


how to: paint DIY self-adhesive wallpaper

pencil and paper
interior latex paint, as desired
paint rollers, for latex paint
Japanese calligraphy ink, for artwork
paint trays, as needed

1. To get started, use the handy calculator online to determine the number of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed.

2. For best results, apply the peel-stick paper to surfaces that have been primed and painted with an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up.

3. For the diy/artwork, interior latex paints work just fine if a specific background color is preferred—simply paint the wallpaper the same as any other wall/surface.

hint: depending on the color or shade, it may require two coats to achieve an even, blank canvas.

4. To create a composition, sketch pattern/drawing ideas on paper. Once that’s ready, and after the base coat is completely dry, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil—we found it’s easier to follow the pattern this way.

hint: after experimenting with different paints, we found that Japanese calligraphy ink is the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color—this is what was used for the catalog shot shown.

hint hint: if a specific paint color is preferred for the actual pattern or artwork—and latex or acrylic paints are chosen—it will just need to be watered down to a consistency close to milk to help brush flow. Using a latex or acrylic paint may require two or more coats to get the lines more opaque than transparent—testing on a small swatch is recommended for best results.

5. To paint the broad, black lines we used a 2” wide house painting brush. The trick to getting a nice, full, energetic loop is to not stop in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint, it’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque.

6. Optional: lastly, the drips were a happy accident so we let them happen naturally—then added more for dramatic effect.


spring favorites: andrea

oval dinnerware
these color combinations are surprising and crisp, very fresh.
The matte finish elevates the sophisticated, organic shapes—
and, the bowl doubles as a small serving bowl.
roxas pendant
white—for me everything could be
in white and I’d think it was stunning! The clean weave pattern of this pendant—and the scale!—all add to its casual yet refined beauty.
pipeline tablecloth
linen is one of the most beautiful fabrics—neatly pressed or wrinkly and casual. The bold stripe in a crazy bold color—combined with natural linen—it’s the perfect compliment to white dinnerware and colorful dinnerware is simply enhanced.

Thanks to andrea, product manager, for this submission.


introducing: wallpaper

It’s been many months in the making and many samples in the process—but all of us at CB2 are thrilled to debut our first collection of wallpaper February 1st.

What began by asking ourselves “how can we enhance a customer’s home beyond furniture, accessories and textiles?” —came in the answer of a wallpaper collection including both permanent and removable papers, featuring designs with a thoroughly modern aesthetic.

By collaborating with two of our favorite artists—Noël Ashby and Ben Holiday —we’re looking forward to sharing the potential decorating possibilities with both home owners and renters—and getting to work on the next collection!

Whether graphic or photographic, here are snippets of their inspiration:

Noël Ashby:
All of my work starts as a sketch of something I’ve seen, words that create strong visuals, or a snippet of something—fabric, paper, etc., whose shape takes on personality to me.

From there I collage, paint, Photoshop, bump shapes up against lines, cut things apart—anything to get to the final pattern that captures that which first caught my interest. It becomes a story, a tale to tell.

Forest for the trees—I love this expression. Simply put, individual trees are lost in creating the overall texture of a forest.

For the crumpled trees pattern, I used my initial sketches—and a photocopier—to create a look that, in vast repetition, creates a forest of crumpled tress.

Ben Holiday:
My inspiration was the delicately designed facade—with vivid reflections, soft shadows—and linear fire escapes as a calm against the bustle of New York City.

I’m drawn to Mies van der Rohe’s clean lines and pioneering minimalism; Tom Ford’s eye for mixing, texturing and layering; Brancusi’s ultra stylized style; and Van Gogh’s ability to paint colors in any lighting.

Overall, I love clean lines, intriguing colors, cool patterns, and engaging compositions—to create this image, I used a digital slr camera plus image manipulation in Photoshop.


Be one of the first to view the full collection February 1st by visiting