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Wednesday
Jun092010

designer profile: bernard brucha of mash studios

What’s your favorite room at home?
Outdoor space. I have a patio with views of Santa Monica bay and the Malibu coastline—never gets old.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s never one thing that inspires a design but a culmination of inspirations, past experiences, and emotions.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Pencils and paper have proven to be pretty useful. Simple things tend to be the best.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel is fun and makes you see things differently, but when I’m home I’m a surfer, triathlete, and like the outdoors.

What do you drive?
VW R32, Ducati Monster dark, but my favorite is my carbon fiber road bike a Cervelo P3C. It gets amazing gas mileage.

Who are your design icons?
Too many to list—Eames, Noguchi, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Saarinen, Nakashima…

Form vs. function?
Form definitely form…unless it needs to work…then, function definitely function…

What one item do you wish you owned?
A farm.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy things you like and things you’ll be happy passing down to your kids.

Best career advice you received? Gave?
Move to New York… don’t be a garbage man… make your first job the most important one… figure out what you want to do and pursue it at all costs… happiness is the most important thing in life.

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

Tuesday
Jun082010

10 essentials: bike to work week

What: Bike to Work Week
When
: June 12-18
Where
: Chicago
Who
: hundreds of corporate teams and thousands of participants expected

1.  Safety first! A tune-up is imperative.  Making sure your bike is in excellent working order improves the overall function and can greatly reduce the risk of injury.

2. Carry a flat tire repair kit—and a cell phone in case reinforcements need calling.

3.  Change into work clothes when you arrive but wear thoughtful—and safe!—attire such as: a helmut, mud clothes, rain gear, a fluorescent vest/jacket or reflective strips.

5.  A roomy messenger bag or bike basket for toting work essentials, lunch, rain attire, and some extra space for purchases on your bike ride home.

4.  During those hot days or even on days when it is spitting rain it is a great idea to pack a rayon bamboo hand towel in your bag.  Wiping down with the towel during your cool down at your destination in a great way to freshen up and put a “crazy check” on that helmet hair.

6.  A secure bike rack and lock to lock your bike to without worry while working your shift.

7.  Every street conscious biker should have easy access to their bike bell.

8.  Safety lights on the front and back of your bicycle are highly recommended and in some cities required by law.

9.  The w.r.d. bottle.  Filling your bottle with filtered tap water at home and cooling overnight in the refrigerator is a great way to keep refreshing water at bay during your commute.  The reusable bottle also eliminates the use of plastic water bottles further helping the environment.

10.  The recycled bike is a fun desktop reminder of your mission—and it supports a great cause.

Use a calculator at the end of the week to add up those dollars you saved by biking instead of taking public transportation or a personal vehicle.  You can also find a carbon calculator on-line and add up the number of pounds of carbon that you saved the Earth!

Thanks to seth, lincoln park sales, for this submission.

Thursday
Jun032010

recipe: hearts of palm summer salad

sliced hearts of palm
fresh avocado
sliced or diced celery
sweet corn
shaved parmesan
light olive oil
salt and pepper

For casual summer entertaining, mix all ingredients to taste and enjoy!

Thursday
Jun032010

watch: split logs

Piles of split logs in these racks and fire pits create one-of-a-kind sculptures highlighting the natural beauty of raw wood.  Repetition is key, not to mention the variety of color and texture of the different species.

All the reasons we love the darjeeling table which is made from reclaimed railroad ties. Each section has its own individual beauty which enhances the whole and makes it truly unique.

Wednesday
Jun022010

artist profile: jordan carlyle

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived pretty much all around the world and I would have to say New York city is my favorite place. The energy and inspiration of NYC is unparalleled.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite space in my house would be a toss up between my living room and office. I spend 90% of my time in my office because I love what I do so much. And whether it’s relaxing or entertaining my living room space is always comfortable and inspiring to be in.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature and architecture are the two single elements that inspire me more than anything else.

What are your interests outside of design?
Well if I weren’t an artist/interior designer, I would’ve been a fashion designer. Even though I guess that’s still in the realm of design. So in that case I would have definitely been a psychologist. I love the inner workings and design of the human brain and how it plays out in our social and personal experiences.

Who are you design icons?
Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans and Kelly Wearstler.

What is your signature ____?
I’m an artist and designer that appreciates many different styles. If I had to decide what my signature style is exactly I would say glamour! No matter what the art piece is or design project I always like to infuse a glamorous feel to what I do. I believe we all need a little glamour in our life!

Your decorating style is ____?
My personal style is an eclectic mix. I love the classics, modernism and current trends. I like to use color, texture and well thought-out details to layer and create a seamless mix of all.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I would probably say my vintage Rolex watch. It has so much meaning to me. It was given to me by a very special life-long friend. So in addition to holding strong sentimental value for me it also has impeccable styling and fine materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping and food are my two biggest indulgences. To me a great meal is on the same level as a fine piece of clothing or a great design furnishing item.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Save your money for the key pieces in a room. Spend only what you have to on the important items and use lower cost finds to layer in and compliment. Decorating is more about a strong idea and good choices than it is about budget.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Believe in yourself at the cost of everything else. Nothing is more important than strong self commitment, I believe everything else follows from there.