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Thursday
Sep242009

editions wall art

Recycled “textile” art weaves 75% recycled international newspapers framing a colorful square of 25% recycled painted canvases—handloomed with clear nylon.

Due to the availability of recycled materials and special looms required to handcraft this item, we can only receive small quantities as they are made. As you can see, each piece will be unique and well worth the wait!

Show us your Edition Do you own a CB2 Edition print? Show us your unique version! Just upload it to Flickr with the tags “CB2, edition”.

Tuesday
Sep222009

race for the cure

What: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
When
: 8:30 am, Saturday, September 26
Where
: Grant Park, Chicago
Who
: 41 CB2 team members, 10,000 total participants expected

For the first time, we’ve assembled a CB2 team to participate in Chicago’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure taking place this Saturday, September 26th. 80% of our merchandising team are women but breast cancer has touched every member in one way or another; so we’re dedicated to raising funds with strong hopes a cure is found soon.

The statistics are astounding—approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Not only will we be there to support the women who have completed or who are undergoing treatment, we’re participating for the future health of all women. For more statistics, go here.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is the nation’s largest funding source for research dedicated solely to breast cancer. The good news is that currently there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the US. So together, we know we can make a difference!

First started in 1997, this is the 13th annual race. We hope you can join your local event or come out to support those participating. And tune in next week, we’ll share photos from the event and we’ll let you know how much is contributed—so far we’ve raised over $11K and we’re the #2 fundraising team in the Chicago area.

Thursday
Sep172009

update: miami

Foundation? Check.
Roof and walls? Next.

We’re 3 weeks closer to opening the orange doors in January at Lincoln Road Mall, 1661 Jefferson Avenue, and we’re amazed by the process and progress.

We’ll continue to share photos of the build so if you happen to pass by, upload them to Flickr, tag them as “CB2” and drop us a note!

Thanks to amy, product manager assistant, for snapping the photos while on vacation with jimmy, her husband/CB2 architect.

Tuesday
Sep152009

the soundtracks of CB2

draper room

Photography can immediately conjure a mood—and sometimes a virtual soundtrack. But how do you translate that from a catalog to reality in store locations?

Our criteria for choosing music is for listeners to feel the vibe of CB2 so we play unexpected set lists. From ‘Kraftwerk’ the German pioneers of electronic music of the late 70s, to ‘Goldfrapp’ of the European ultra-hip dance pop genre, with a little ‘Yelle’ in between.

Sometimes we get inspiration from specific products. Right now there are several furniture pieces that take classic, mid-century design elements and update them for a fresh modern feel, so it was natural to bring in music to compliment the look.

‘The Bird and the Bee’ are perfect—a swank duo from California that mix loungy 60’s instrumentals, cheeky lyrics, and of the moment Euro-disco beats.

We also like to bring in music that reflects our sense of humor. We love seeing a customer’s reaction when an obscure, underground disco track comes on, or a long forgotten 80s tune.

It’s great to see people move to the beat or lounge on a sectional, and we’re always looking for something fresh—so what’s CB2 on your iPod?

Thanks to chris, store designer miami who also compiles our soundtracks, for this submission.

Tuesday
Sep152009

a star is born

The Oliver appetizer plates came from an idea to create a quirky, hand illustrated design that “interacted” with photo-realistic objects—a big graphics trend.

Knowing that the design would go on our cuatro plates, we brainstormed about objects that one might have on an appetizer plate at a party. Crumbs, toothpicks, olives, crackers, and corks all came to mind, so we took some rough photos of them and started doodling.

initial sketches

What ended up sticking with everyone was “the guy with the teeth”. So next we chose our favorite appetizer bits—olives, corks and toothpicks—and shot a wide variety of each in our photo studio. We printed the photos onto drawing paper and mixed this 2-D “teeth” character playing with 3-D objects.

oliver evolves

Going into this we felt very strongly about using actual pen and paper—no computers. Many different types of pens and papers were tested until the illustration quality was right. At this point, the character’s personality took shape and he was affectionately dubbed Oliver.

He’ll pick up whatever’s on your plate so keep an eye on him—and watch for more pieces to come!
oliver appetizer plates

Thanks to jana in graphic design who contributed and—more importantly—brought Oliver to life.