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Friday
Jan302015

design collab no.1: meet the SAIC designers

alex stroud
BFA, 2014

Alex studied designed objects and fine arts at SAIC. He is a designer and artist who is inspired by the act of working with his hands.

Alex loves to explore and immerse himself in new types of craft and different methods of design work.


Designed Object for CB2:
pinup storage cabinet

allison rokusek
BFA, 2014

Having studied both designed objects and visual communication at SAIC, Allison focuses on the reciprocal and emotional relationship between people and objects.

Using graphic and material language to allow simple or familiar forms to acquire new utility and personality, she treats the surfaces and layers of objects as opportunities to further mold how they are experienced, bringing ease and joy to daily interactions.


Designed Object for CB2:
origin dinnerware and textiles

arianna petrich
MFA, 2015

Appealing to human curiosity and magnetism toward delightful objects and situations, Arianna focuses on open-ended and interactive designs.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Arianna studied Art History at Tulane University in New Orleans, later moving to New York to work in art and design.

She started a jewelry line, Overdot, which is based on reconfigurable pairings of simple geometries.


Designed Object for CB2:
paradox nesting tables, color study pillow

brooke collins
BFA, 2015

Brooke focuses on the simple gestures that happen between people and objects.

She explores the relationship of digital technology and traditional techniques, merging them to achieve elegant solutions that shatter expectations.

In 2014 she exhibited her work in the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
sling nightstand

m. camille macrae
BFA, 2014

Camille likes to look at how people interact with others via the objects around them.

Valuing multifunctionality and customization, she treats design as a medium to communicate with the world.

Camille spends time between Chicago and San Francisco with a four-legged companion known as Texas Rex.


Designed Object for CB2:
adorn floor screen

chester ong
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

With a background in psychology and a knack for technology, Chester evokes a sense of wonder and play through his work. He believes design must be both functional and fun.

Chester likes to explore modularity and multifunctionality in forms ranging from furniture to toys.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Soka University of America in California.


Designed Object for CB2:
cache storage cabinet

jacob lenard
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Jacob strives to evoke enhanced sensory reactions to otherwise mundane objects and spaces. His designs catalyze moments of marvel, comfort, and curiosity through formal gestures and material applications.

Jacob studied interiors and furniture in Copenhagen, worked in fashion branding and retail interiors, and founded the fashion publication, Armour.

He also has a BA in Architecture and Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis.


Designed Object for CB2:
moment perch

josh crampton
BFA, 2014

Josh’s work aims to achieve a precise and highly deliberate form that provides a gratifying and considered daily experience. His designed objects are genuine, clean, and simple—striving to satisfy the hand and reveal their true qualities upon interaction.

Josh mixes digital technology and time-honored, hand-crafted traditions, using honest and straightforward materials that are never hidden or over complicated.

He has exhibited his work at the Sullivan Galleries and the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
valet jewelry cabinet with mirror

kathie chung
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

With a background in ceramics and woodworking, Kathie strives to improve people’s lives a little bit at a time by creating objects that challenge perceptions and evoke curiosity.

She uses subtle forms and alluring materiality to captivate users and develop emotional appeal.

Kathie also holds a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan.


Designed Object for CB2:
sprout planter

nayeon kim
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Born and raised in South Korea, Nayeon attempts to provoke emotional connections by integrating cultural differences into her designs.

Informed by people’s behaviors, her work focuses on users’ observations of and relationships with space.

She also has a BFA in Spatial Design from Hongik University in Seoul.


Designed Object for CB2:
deep dish table and set of two cushions

tim fates
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

Through his work, Tim seeks to create authentic objects across all modes of production in an increasingly commoditized world—always striving to design in a way that complements the richness of human interaction.

With professional experience in finance and retail, Tim also earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter—who together provided emotional, physical and conceptual inspiration to Tim’s small space living concepts.


Designed Object for CB2:
lateral pendant light

zach pino
MDes, Designed Object, 2015

Zach’s works harness and transform natural phenomena into instruments, objects, interfaces, and design processes which aim to delight, surprise, anticipate, and communicate.

With forms inspired by his experience in mathematical paper-folding and pop-up bookmaking, his designs feature kinetic elements, optical effects, and complex mechanisms.

Zach is also a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Linguistics and Computer Science departments and he has served as a faculty member in SAIC’s Continuing Studies program. He has lectured on design, parametric approaches, paper-folding, animation, and digital art.


Designed Object for CB2:
tonic bar cart

Friday
Jan232015

spring favorites: alicia

3 rings painting
My house is white with pops of color, so this piece will add texture yet fit within the overall clean palette. I also love the visual and symbolic simplicity of the rings.
wadsworth large candle holder
I fell in love with how our visual team styled these out—they put them with neon candlesticks which I thought was so fun and unexpected. I love their height and grandeur and think they would make a fun centerpiece that feels dramatic but not formal.
suspend media console
I think this is the most beautiful piece CB2 has ever done! It looks so high-end, yet is affordable. The combination of marble and wood is gorgeous and this piece would give any home a sophisticated, luxurious feel.

Thanks to alicia, senior director of marketing, for this submission.

Thursday
Jan222015

how to: create a geometric carpet rug

Materials:
rug pattern
carpet squares
t-square / straight ruler
utility knife
cutting surface
rug gripper adhesive tape

Directions:
1. Start by determining the overall dimensions of the carpet desired, then draw or sketch a pattern on a measured grid comparable to the 18” carpet squares.
hint: a pattern that adheres to those basic dimensions will be easiest to cut.

3. List colors and quantities of pieces needed to complete the pattern, then cut accordingly.

4. Connect pieces with rug gripper, set the rug as desired, then start decorating from the floor up!

Thursday
Jan152015

art basel miami: cb2 + dan elliott

What: ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ art installation, by Dan Elliott
When: December 5-6, 2014
Where: CB2 South Beach Miami

Last month during Art Basel Miami, artist Dan Elliott not only installed but created ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ in CB2’s South Beach store windows.

An artist and graphic designer who plays at the intersection of his two fields, Dan uses expressive and abstract forms that interplay with typography and bridge the often murky waters between art and design. His work ranges between hand­-cut stencil typography, letterpress printing and photography.

This specific project was a branch off the map series Dan has been building where he utilizes hand­- cut typographic stencils to expose sections of vintage road maps. In that series, the phrases used express notions of ideals or place in regards to the location the road map portrays.

For the first time, Dan ventured away from using maps as the surface and instead focused on communicating those same notions through the marks on the canvas as well as the composition of the typography and relationship between each panel.

‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ knocked out of bright, bold, colorful and layered strokes reflected Dan’s feelings of Miami­—warm, bright, bold and free.

For more about him, check out Dan’s artist profile. For more about the installation, read on!

First, working as stencils, hand-cut black vinyl letters about 25” tall are applied to four canvas banners, each banner measuring 41” wide.

A large printmaking roller was used to apply the bright colors—it was a serious workout, even with an extender added to the inks to help make them a bit more transparent and mix a bit more than usual on the canvas. For the actual inking process, one color was applied at a time—starting with layers of the yellow on the first day, and following with magenta and cyan on the second day.

When the inks were dry, the vinyl letters were removed to expose the canvas and create the bold typographic message and the large scale piece was ready to install.

The banners were constructed with a pocket at the top and bottom to slide a dowel rod through and create an even, flat wall hanging. The final installation measured 108” tall and 164” wide—the far left and right banners hung about 6” back from the windows with the middle two banners hanging about 18” back from the front banners to further enhance the depth and dimension of the piece.

Thursday
Jan152015

artist profile: dan elliott

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago. Easily. By Far. The food, the people, the art, the community, the culture, all amazing. However, I don’t miss the parking tickets.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I would have to say the kitchen. I love food and I love cooking with my wife.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Life. Music. Art. Books.

What do you drive?
A motorcycle. currently an older Honda (which is a work in progress). My dream is to own an old BSA or Triumph.

What one item do you wish you owned?
An old BSA or Triumph. ha. aside from that I would love to own a Vandercook Universal IV letterpress.

What are your interests outside of design?
My family—my wife and two small boys. Motorcycles. Travel.

Who are your design icons?
I’ve always been inspired by the avant garde movements of the early 20th century (the Bauhaus, Dada, Russian Constructivism, de Stijl, etc). El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, Theo Van Doesburg, Piet Zwart, László Moholy-Nagy, as well as the folks they paved the way for: Armin Hofmann, Emil Ruder, et al. 

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Hmmmm. The alphabet. Written language. It has the ability to be a physical vehicle for countless languages allowing people to communicate to one another without requiring the two to be in the same place at the same time.

Form vs. function?
Yes please? I guess this depends on what I am working on, but a good relationship between the two never hurt anyone. A spoon with a hole in the middle of it isn’t good for eating soup however cool it looks.

What is your personal decorating style? 
Eclectic? Maybe there is no real style. I like things with character that tell a story through the dings they’ve picked up over the years or flaws through the process of making it.

What’s your favorite possession?
Prints/art I’ve received from family, friends and other printers. I have a growing collection and each piece reminds of the person I received it from. 

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking the long way home.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Work hard doing what you love and don’t worry about what other people are doing. Do it because you are passionate about it, not others.  Also, don’t wait or look for permission, try it and don’t worry about failing.

To see all of Dan’s current works for CB2, go here.

‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ Art Basel Miami Installation, 2015