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how it's made: frida and diego pendant lights

For centuries, the people in the south of Mexico have made use of the palm plant—a sustainable natural fiber that grows abundantly and wild.

The word ‘makaua’ in the Nahuatl —or Aztec—language has two meanings: hand to hand; or the act of giving a hand.

More than 700 families are a part of this project and each and every hand that has touched these products is recognized and valued—each one makes this story possible.

Artisans use the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation—beginning with the simple process of cutting, boiling and letting the palm branches dry under the sun.

Next, the palm fibers are braided into long strands making them more durable and easier to build into large forms—such as placemats, sun hats or baskets.

Palm strands are dyed into beautiful custom colors which artisans use to create interesting patterns. Sewing machines are then used to stitch the strands together, finally giving shape and dimension to the oversized shades of the frida and diego pendant lights.


watch: mint green


animal rescue: felix

Nickname: Alley Chihuahua (since he was picked up in a Chicago alley by animal rescue).

Favorite hang-out: He loves to perch on the arm of the sofa and watch the neighborhood happenings outside the picture window—we call it his “Dog TV”.

Favorite snack: No snack is left uneaten….and we’re happy that he especially loves mint flavored dental treats!

Pet Peeve: Loud noises… must be those super-bionic ears!

Before he was famous: We rescued Felix on October 4th from the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility on the south side. We were told that he was a stray and he had been in doggie jail for at least 3 weeks. Interestingly, he was the only smaller dog that seemed relaxed in this loud and boisterous environment.

We took that as a sign that he would fit in with our laid-back atmosphere at home. Well, once we got him home he showed us his true personality! Not only is he a cautious, thoughtful little guy but he loves to play fetch and run around the apartment!

We’ve been training him for the “good life” and he is slowly beginning to understand the daily routine and that he has found his forever home.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
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happy new year!

From all of us at CB2, best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous—and modern—New Year!


framework hits spike tv on january 6

What: Framework
When: Tuesdays at 10/9 CST starting January 6
Where: Spike TV

Hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common, Framework will showcase
the nation’s best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize—
and the opportunity for their work to be featured at CB2.

Over a grueling ten week competition, 13 innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges.

The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation.

In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges comprised of Common and two of the most influential names in the furniture world today—Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.