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designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!


defining modern spaces: rugs

Lofts…wiiide open spaces…that’s what we’re talking about.

Usually they feel vast, airy, and full of possibilities. But other times they can look scattered and lack function.

The key is defining unique usable spaces within the overall space—without losing what attracted you to it in the first place.

To get the job done, rugs work especially well. Consider these examples:


pre-construction: toronto

Most of us south of the border have never been but from the blogs and tweets we’ve read, boy did we miss out.

This past weekend, after more than 20 years of supporting Toronto’s goth, alternative, techno and heavy metal fans and local musicians with all-age shows, final acts performed then closed the legendary Big Bop.

photo courtesy of Aaron Miller,

Soon, work will begin to renovate the building in preparation for its next life, our first store in Canada.

We look forward to being part of the local fabric and we’re honoured to have the Big Bop stage. We sincerely acknowledge its youthful energy and spirit and we’ll do our best to carry it on.

Stay tuned for construction status and the opening date!


10 essentials: curtis

1. “Shake it photo” app for the iPhone. Takes your photos and gives them the look of a Polaroid. It’s fun to watch them develop as you shake your phone.

2. One of my favorite websites is It’s gives a peek into the homes and studios of artists.

3. My current color obsession is gray. I painted my new place shades of gray from dark to light. I have bright yellow dining chairs and I love how they pop off of the dark gray walls yet feel sophisticated.

4. Dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. I’m a terrible cook.

5. The peekaboo console is a piece I know I will always have in my home. It’s simple, modern and can be used in a variety of ways.

6. I’m making an effort to travel more. I especially love to take off to a warm climate in the middle of a Chicago winter.

7. I’m lucky in my position to be surrounded by creative people. Many of our photo assistants are artists and I love going to see their work.

8. A great pair of boots. A must have.

9. A perfectly chilled martini…vodka, dirty, three olives.

10. A slice of New York style pizza after a night out with friends.


one of a finds: tru(n)ck

From Jodhpur to New Delhi, heavy duty trucks of all kinds jam the roads of India decorated in colorful and symbolic art. With kitschy images of everything under the sun—from stylized sunset scenes and Bollywood movie stars to flowers and religious symbols—these handpainted rolling metal canvases enliven the dry landscape as the driver’s take pride in their personal statement.

This funky and functional storage tru(n)ck is handpainted by original “truck artists” with birds of freedom, the sacred lotus and “OK Horn Please”.

It is truly a small piece of national tradition that helps sustain its artistic creators and will instantly transport you to the roadways of Mumbai.