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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?

Thursday
May202010

CB2 windows: sun spots

Come on in—the sun’s out, the water’s warm, and there’s a lifeguard on duty! Patrick, CB2 Berkeley

We love Airstream trailers! Jen, CB2 Union Square

We’re keeping our vertical garden hydrated by recycling raindrops! Kate, CB2 Lincoln Park

An urban oasis complete with cabanas. Vance, CB2 Soho

Inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs…

and just where are my shades? Todd, CB2 West Hollywood

Thanks to all the store designers who contributed.

Thursday
May202010

watch: multi-color

If you couldn’t find it in Milan during the week of the Saloni, it simply doesn’t exist—every color of the rainbow (ok the Pantone swatch book) was on display.

The spectrum reminds us of the beauty of nature that inspires all colors, and how our individual whims can be satisfied with just the right color. Or, by choosing multi-colored items, why settle for just one when you can have the whole palette?

Check out our abacus with its brightly painted wooden beads—or throw together a variety of solid color pillows if this look’s for you.