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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.

Friday
May212010

watch: needlepoint

Crafts reflect the simplest of the arts—ones that we can all take part in. They remind of us less complicated times when we seemed to have more time.

But here, needlepoint’s taken to new heights by masters. Modern proportions blow-up the details so tiny pixels become bold graphic statements in themselves. New and unusual subjects and applications cause us to look twice. Is that really Jane Fonda on a unicorn?