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Tuesday
Jun152010

artist profile: charles shotwell

Where’s your favorite place to live?
I’d like to try living in Italy or France.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom—I love to read in bed.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Lived-in comfort—I could elaborate on this forever.

Who are your design icons?
Buckminster Fuller.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Good and bad art.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love high performance motorcycles.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Riding motorcycles, vintage and otherwise.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The human brain.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
A board from my grandfather’s farm that was built by hand by my great grandfather. The farm is gone.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep an eye out for treasures at thrift stores, antique and junk shops, Salvation Army etc.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Try and learn to not feel the pain of working hard.

Monday
Jun142010

dwell on design, 2010

What: Dwell on Design
When: Friday, June 25th open to the trade only
             Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27th open to everyone
Where
: The LA Convention Center
Who
: 175+ exhibitors

Dwell on Design, 2009

CB2 is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor of Dwell magazine’s third annual Dwell on Design, the west coast’s largest modern design event, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 25-27.

Over the weekend, featured seminars, key-note speakers and over 175 exhibitors will be focused on sustainable innovations for the home.

Dwell editors will talk with community leaders, builders, designers, artists, architects, crafts- men and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from future-thinking about developing successful design, sustainability, urban density, design in the media, affordability and efficiency, green entrepreneurship, historic preservation, the intersection of architecture and art direction, and the growing convergence of design and food.

Curated for a design conscious audience, exhibitors will showcase the newest pre-fab home options and smart building materials. Special areas will be Dwell Outdoor and The Modern Family which promotes the creativity and originality behind modern design—with a multitude of hands-on activities and displays geared towards children of all ages.

Off-site, self-guided tours of an exclusive collection of must-see homes in the Los Angeles area include a Westside “Surf & Turf” and an Eastside “Hills & Hipsters” tour. Both are expected to sell out so be sure to log-on for tickets as soon as possible.

Sign up to receive on-the-spot tweets via CB2weho and watch for Marta, Director of CB2, who’ll be serving as a panelist during the conference. Also, stop by the CB2 booth to get a first look at highlights of our new fall collection and pick up a certificate good for $15 off an in-store purchase.

Thursday
Jun102010

the hester street fair

The Hester Street Fair is a new weekly event that takes place every Saturday and Sunday in Manhattan’s lower east side from 10am til 6pm.

At the turn of the century, Hester Street was the site of the busiest outdoor market in New York City.

Today, it’s a small, fun mix of vendors—lots of delicious food, vintage goods and new jewelry/craft items.

Have a look around and watch for Vashali’s mini-terrariums in whirly candleholders!

Thanks to jen, store manager soho, for this submission.

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.