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Wednesday
Feb192014

artist profile: kelly puissegur

Where was your favorite place to live?
Right here in Los Angeles—mainly because of the weather. I spend a lot of time outside so the mild temperatures are great. There’s also tons of places to take my dogs. I often take them hiking and to the beach.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room, It’s full of windows and has the best light. I usually paint on the floor and I can still hang out and watch movies with my family while I’m working.

What are your interests outside of design?
I spend all my free time walking and playing with my dogs. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, running, and eating cookies.

What do you drive?
A super sexy 2003 Honda CRV. In ten more years it’ll be a classic.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I’m inspired by animals, movies, music, strange characters on the streets,family,friends,and anything that makes me laugh.

Who are you design icons?
David Shrigley, Craig Atkinson, Marcel Dzama, Margaret Kilgallen, and David Fullarton to name a few.

Form vs. function?
A little of both, thank you very much.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The donut. That hole in the middle is genius!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house with a huge backyard and lots of trees. Also a nice pair of loafers.

What’s your favorite possession?
I’m extremely cheap and don’t like to spend money on anything but I do have a decent collection of art books and my album collection is a slow work in progress.

What is your personal decorating style?
I like an eclectic look. a little vintage and modern mixed together.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Every morning I get a 32oz iced Americano from the coffee shop near my house. It’s very large and ridiculous looking—it looks like a big gulp—but I love it so…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Be honest. Make what you like and someone on this great big planet might like it too.

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

Wednesday
Feb122014

10 essentials: dave

1. Family. My fiancee Chad—who makes me laugh—and our best furry friends Oscar and Wilbur.

2. I start my mornings with large iced Americanos—made at home with a Jura coffee machine—they’re a great kick start and they get me through most of the day.

3. Favoring refined lines, a black Mini Cooper—solid color, no fuss just beautiful details—is in keeping with most of what hangs in my closet.

4. A Fitbit Force keeps me motivated to exercise daily—I’m checking my steps constantly.

5. Just about any documentary—historical, biographical, random popular culture—but I could watch Unzipped and Bill Cunningham New York over and over…

6. In all its forms, Architecture is interesting and inspiring—especially here in Chicago where it’s at a world-class level both historically and with new, modern structures being added every year. Favorites are Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and Rocio Romero.

7. A few years ago, I bought my first print by Amos Kennedy—over time it’s grown into a prized collection so it’s featured in a prime location of the living room.

8. A pair of brass peacocks I won on eBay—I love mixing vintage with modern.

9. We recently built a home in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago and we love wandering, exploring and having dinner at our favorite restaurant—the modern Korean Jin Ju.

10. I always dreamed of a home with a yard—gardening is a great way to enjoy being outside, learn a new hobby, and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. To maintain it, we bought a Worx lawn mower with a rechargeable battery. And our new rechargeable battery operated Snow Joe snow blower has been essential to get us through the Polar Vortex winter—it arrived days before our first snow storm!

Thanks to dave, eCommerce brand director, for this submission.

Tuesday
Feb112014

spring favorites: sandra

3 pc matte black flatware set
I’m always on the lookout for something a little different, a little unexpected for the table and this black finish adds drama with stark contrast—even more so if it’s my standard all-white setting. Better yet,
as shown in our catalog reinforcing punches of bold colors. Beyond all that—fork, knife, spoon. Enough said.
splash bedding
the pattern and colors reflect a 70s aesthetic which I gravitate towards— specifically the references of nature found in the earth-tones and the stylized leaves which are quite mod.
Well done Noël!
arm band vases
when I first saw these I was attracted to the size, the shape, the pattern—the brass material—but then I got a better, close-up look at the copper wire detailing and I fell in lust. They’re absolutely and timelessly beautiful.

Monday
Feb102014

artist profile: laz ojalde

photo by: Stephan Göttlicher What are your sources of inspiration?
Shadow puppets, classic cartoons, Mexican pointy boots, coffee grounds, found objects, cockroaches, Sci-fi spaceships, circus lights and awkward friends. I try to not limit my imagination.

What are your interests outside of design?
Guerrilla gardening, photographing architecture, visiting museums, art making…

Who are your design icons?
Ettore Sottsass Jr., Raymond Lowey, Deiter Rams, Oki Sato, Alexander McQueen, David Carson, Maarten Baas.

Form vs. Function?
Both in equal doses.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The IV Syringe. Small, cheap to manufacture, and simple to use with one hand—and at one point or another our lives will likely be saved or ended by one.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A blimp hanger to house all the many curiosities I currently own and those that I covet.

Where was your favorite place to live?
Wherever I hang my hat becomes my favorite place. Currently that’s Miami, a city in perpetual transition—where retirement homes are being converted into fluorescent colored art galleries. Right or wrong, who wouldn’t want to be part of something so dramatic and amazing?

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room is the biggest and the best lit space in my home and I find myself starting, finishing, restarting and completing just about every project there. That’s why the bathroom is my favorite room, it’s to small and dark to do anything but what it was intended for.

What is your personal decorating style?
Found vintage, combined with self made. I think everyone should have at least one or two pieces of DIY in their home.

What’s your favorite possession?
My 5 year-old dumb phone. It does everything a phone is supposed to do and nothing more.

What do you drive?
Dexter, my orange 2004 Limited Edition Scion XB.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Caramel & sea salt ice cream from Publix.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always believe in the strength of your ideas.

Monday
Feb102014

then and now: stainless ball installations

To see how we created this 2010 installation, shown right, go here.

For more inspiration, check out the pops of color in LMNOQ’s SuperPOX installation by artist Laz Ojalde.