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May272010

10 essentials: vance


http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong // CC BY 2.0

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisley // CC BY 2.0

1. I learned to love baseball at Wrigley Field. No matter where I live I’ll always be a Cub fan.

2. I’m impressed with the sheer scale of behemoth skyscrapers and awed that one man’s inspiration can create such feats—architects are one of my heroes.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elswatchoboracho // CC BY 2.03. Red Sharpies. I like that they’re bright and graphic—the one pen I always reach for.

4. It’s so true that good tools make all the difference and Wusthof knives are the tools I find worth investing in.

5. Fireplaces. The smell of burning wood and the mood—it really brings a house to life.

6. Mac & cheese. This is what I want to see on a menu in the winter. No matter how it’s made I know I’m going to love it—and eat too much of it.

7. Hardware stores and junk shops. I can spend hours lost in them gathering inspiration and finding new ways to see objects.

8. Gary Fisher Bikes. I was attracted by the name of mine, Mahi Mahi. It’s been with me for 10 years and it’s my favorite way to escape and explore the city.

9. Road Trips. One of my favorite vacations is a road trip with no agenda. It’s a great way to hang out with friends and discover what America has to offer.

10. Coffee is my prime source of energy and motivation. One thing I won’t skimp on and am rarely seen without. At home, I use our silo mugs. They’re chunky, bright white, and feel good in the hand.

Thanks to vance, store designer soho, for this submission.

Wednesday
May262010

recipe: ombre summer cocktail


El Gusano Rojo

1-½ ounces mezcal
½ ounce passion fruit nectar
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
½ ounce grenadine
ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add the mezcal and passion fruit nectar
Shake well
Strain the drink into an ice-filled cooler—the taller the better
Stir in the chilled ginger beer
Drizzle the grenadine on top—which will sink to the bottom for the ombre effect

Wednesday
May262010

watch: paper mache

What started as a kindergarten craft project of newspaper dipped in a goopy white paste and shaped by balloons has evolved into this amazing art form we saw in the showrooms of the international Salone.

We’ve already twisted paper into pulp chairs and woven newspaper into edition wall hangings, what will we think of next?

Tuesday
May252010

watch: poster art

We love the fine art of poster printing and were very happy to see some creative forms in Milan.

Locally, check out CIPBA—the Chicago International Poster Biennial Association for their upcoming events:

Friday, May 28th, The CIPBA and STA—the Society of Typographic Arts—along with the SAIC—the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—proudly present the film, “Freedom on the Fence”. A 40-minute documentary about the history of Polish posters and their significance to the social, political and cultural life of Poland.

Saturday, May 29th, sign up to attend the grand opening of the 2nd Biennial Jury Exhibition which will feature nearly 100 works by these seven masters: Paula Sher, Rafal Olbinski, Francois Caspar, Emek, Takashi Akiyama, Marta Granados, and Holger Matthies.

Sunday, May 30th, CIPBA, STA and the SAIC present a lecture by Takashi Akiyama at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Professor Akiyama will present the illustrated posters of Japan, posters of the Chinese cultural revolution, and his own work.

Tuesday
May252010

watch: neutrals with bold color

Everything’s calm, relaxed and sophisticated in all neutral rooms—then bold pops of color give energy. Whether it’s faucets or dining chairs in eye-popping reds, it’s like they’re on stage performing a solo.

The yellows went from a rich marigold to a faint fluorescent. And the neutrals—if you think they aren’t a color, look again.

Ever wonder why so much upholstery is neutral? Like a blank canvas it’s a chance to show your personality with a favorite accent color. If you’re looking for more fresh ideas, check out our virtual catalog at cb2.com.