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Wednesday
Apr282010

designer profile: trevor vaugh of vaugh|shannon

Where was your favourite place to live?
I love living here in Dublin. It’s such a lively and interesting city, never failing to be a source of inspiration, and a great place to keep me grounded. As much as I love Dublin, every time I visit New York I feel at home and would love to try living there for a while.

What’s your favourite room at home?
Definitely the kitchen. I love to cook and I love kitchen gadgets. I find cooking to be a very similar process to design—probably the reason I like it so much. The careful pulling together of good ingredients, mixing in the correct quantities and presenting a finished product are all very similar to the design of a product.

In your opinion, what’s the best designed item of all time?
Wow that’s a difficult one. I could be predictable and say the paperclip or the staple—which are indeed incredibly simple and brilliant ideas—but I’ll go for the wood screw and screwdriver. The perfect balance of form, function and system.

What do you drive?
I don’t. I’m either on my bike or the subway. I always swore I wouldn’t drive until I could afford, or was in a position to get the beautiful Citroen DS. This won’t happen until I move from my apartment into a house but it’ll be worth the wait!

What one item do you wish you owned?
Well that would have to be the elusive Citroen DS!

Who are you design icons?
I have so many, but those that have really inspired me are Achille Castiglioni, Eero Saarinen, the Bouroullec brothers and Konstantin Grcic.

Form vs. function?
I never really thought much of that question. I always believed it was too simplistic a question. To me form is a function. Form is just a function of selling, instructing and appealing. It is vital to have the two in balance.

What is your signature __?
Function and surprise!

Your personal decorating style?
Cluttered minimalism.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I am a bit of a collector, and I love all sorts of quirky toys, objects and oddities. Of these I think my favourite would have to be a tiny ceramic doll which looks like my fiancée Mary. It’s Japanese and it’s great to have with me when she’s away or when I’m traveling. I’m not a romantic it’s just comforting and nice to have around.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
It is important to surround yourself with people, objects and memories that you love, make you feel comfortable and reflect who you are. Minimalism is great, but it’s important to have personality in there too. I love the mix of antique and contemporary pieces.

What’s the best career advice you ever received or gave?
I was always told in school to “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it”. Now that I work for myself my advice would be to work hard, surround yourself with inspiring people, and never sit on good ideas.

Tuesday
Apr272010

CB2 windows: wheels up!

Thankfully Eyjafjallajokull remained calm long enough for our flight to take off as planned and we’re all happy to be back home, safe and well rested from our extended visit to Milan.

We took thousands of photos and can’t wait to share the trends. Stay tuned!



Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, who created these “wheels up” windows.

Wednesday
Apr212010

recipe: negroni aperitif

1 part gin

1 part sweet vermouth

1 part Campari bitters

1/2 slice of orange

Serve over ice, with salty snacks before dinner.

Salute!

Tuesday
Apr202010

hello milan!

We made our annual trip to Milan for the Saloni—we walked the showrooms, we ooh’d and ahh’d and were inspired at every turn. But like most other travelers this week we’ve been grounded and cannot move on to our next destination, Asia.

Our Italian is getting better every day since we’re seeing more of the city than we usually get to—and we’re getting even more inspired than we antipicated.

We’ll share some inspirations soon…we’re on Italy time for now. Ciao!

Thursday
Apr082010

on location: tryon farm

Tryon Farm, the outdoor site for CB2’s summer catalog, is a working, sustainable community for residents who see themselves as caretakers of the land—who value the simple joys of being in natural settings, care about the conservation and preservation of open space, and steward the wise use of resources.

The mission of Tryon Farm is to build and maintain a healthy environment, an energetic community, a nurturing home; and to protect or re-establish mainstays of the regional landscape—farmlands, woods, prairies, wetlands.

Originally a 170-acre dairy farm in northwest Indiana, new simple houses and lofts are clustered in seven “settlements”. From farmstead to woods to meadows, each is distinct—defined by its natural elements.

For example, the Farmstead settlement comprises the farmhouse, barns and sheds that were the original farm, and in the Pond settlement, homes recede into the landscape near a pond that’s a native habitat for frogs, minnows and herons.

To accomplish their goals, they insist on using clean sewer water for irrigation, controlling storm water, keeping night lighting low, minimizing road building—and their natural wetlands sewage system operates independently of a municipal system. Architects carefully design to the landscape so window placement takes full advantage of the sun for lighting and winds for ventilation—not to mention the beauty of expansive views.

One key aspect of any sustainable venture is the maintenance or repurposing of existing structures. So the old farmhouse was converted into a bed and breakfast and the barn is a community center for potluck suppers, association meetings and viewing old movies.

Regular and seasonal events are diverse and include workshops on conservation and planning of rural and urban areas, advice on organic gardening and landscaping, bicycle repair sessions, feeding goats and chickens, splitting wood for fires, and bonfire circle suppers.

Next Saturday, April 17, from 10am to 3pm, help plant 1,200 tree saplings as a windbreak on the edge of a rolling alfalfa field. Reward is an informal lunch in the old Tryon dairy barn with music, stories and a salute to Mother Earth. Register at Earth Day Tree Lunch.

Thanks to curtis, catalog art director, for all on location photography.