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Wednesday
Aug052009

CB2 exhibits at dwell on design

In its second year, Dwell on Design was held just weeks before our blog went live—June 26-28th—so we wanted to take the first opportunity to share our participation in this outstanding event. In addition to displaying most of our outdoor furniture and accessories, we gave directions to our new Sunset location and handed out—and ran out of!—reusable canvas totes.

“The West Coast’s Largest Modern Design Event,” conducted by the editors of Dwell magazine and held at the LA Convention Center, the event featured seminars, key-note speakers, and over 175 exhibitors focused on sustainability and innovations for the home. Off-site, self-guided tours of an exclusive collection of must-see homes in the Los Angeles area were also available.

Dwell editors talked with community leaders, builders, designers, artists, architects, craftsmen and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from future-thinking about developing successful design, sustainability, affordability and efficiency, design in the media, urban density, green entrepreneurship, historic preservation, the intersection of architecture and art direction, the growing convergence of design and food, and more.

Curated for a design conscious audience, exhibitors showcased pre-fab home options and smart building materials and ideas for kitchens and baths. Dwell Outdoor inspired with design ideas for outdoor living—including our Resort Sectional shown above—and the latest trend of vertical gardening. The Modern Family area promoted the creativity and originality behind modern design with a multitude of hands-on activities and displays geared towards children of all ages.

What were highlights of the show for you?

Wednesday
Aug052009

one of a finds: jain monk bowls

This exquisitely refined set of jain monk bowls is handmade in Rajasthan, India by the Kharadi muslims for use by the Shwetamber sect of Jain monks. The white-robed Jain monks take five ethical vows—this includes renouncing all wordly possessions, including their name—owning only these nine alms bowls presented to them by their followers. In a journey of humility, the monks travel on foot with only their nesting bowls, going door to door, village to village, seeking followers who fill them with food.

Now an almost extinct woodworking art practiced by only 30 families in the region, the begging bowls or “bhiksha patra” are lathed from local rohida wood, prized for its dense grain and strength. No wood is wasted, with each of the nine bowls scooped from the heart of the bowl before it.

Artisans apprentice for years to make these bowls by first making simple coasters and progressively improving their skill level once each has been mastered. In addition to the difficulty of carving a smaller bowl from the heart of a larger bowl, the walls are only 1/16-inch thin which further tests their skills.

As a continuation of their vow to renounce worldly possessions, when the bowls are no longer of use they are broken into pieces, buried and returned to the earth.

Wednesday
Aug052009

introducing: one of a finds

One-time-only original works created in collaboration with passionate artisans we discover on our travels around the world. Each has a unique story to tell, an encounter to share, a history to pass down, a community to engage with. Truly one of a kinds, each special find will be offered once only in a limited edition.

We’re inspired by these items that add a human layer to simple modern design, and to our lives. We look forward to sharing their compelling stories and we hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Wednesday
Aug052009

behind the scenes

On an average buying trip, we travel to 4 countries, 8 cities, visit 30 factories and stay in 6 different hotels—all in about 14 days. We take hundreds of photos—and not just samples, local color as well. Here we’re happy to share our best stories as we develop new products.

And how do the photographers set-up a catalog shot? Besides “what color paint did they use on that wall”, is there anything else you’d like to know?

Wednesday
Aug052009

giving

How are we connected with our local community? And our global community?

We’re committed to social and eco causes—caring for others, appreciating their handicrafts, and sharing those stories is our definition of giving.