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Saturday
May162015

the PureWow offices by Homepolish + CB2

Today the team at PureWow is proudly standing behind their motto “Elevate the Everyday” in their new home base thanks to the designers at Homepolish.

An online publication focused on all aspects of women’s lives today—from fashion, beauty and home to travel, tech and money—PureWow sees a lot of beautiful designs and well designed spaces, but Homepolish was a fast and easy choice once they realized they were the team behind the many scenes they favored on Pinterest.

Tasked to decorate a number of shared spaces—from meeting rooms and dining rooms to multi-functional lounge areas—we’re thrilled Homepolish incorporated furniture and accessories from CB2.
To see more of the inspiring results of the collaboration, go here.

Congratulations to Homepolish on a job well-done, and we look forward to seeing how PureWow’s new work spaces inspire them!

Wednesday
May132015

designer profile: paul isabella

photo by: Josh Goleman Where was your favorite place to live?
I have lived in a number of different places (around 15 in total) so that is a tough question.
I loved growing up in Barcelona, which was an interesting and gorgeous city and had such a big impact on me. Currently, my wife and I live
in the Hudson Valley, NY and we think it’s pretty great. It’s quaint and quiet, but has easy access to NYC.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen is where a lot of fun happens. My wife and I love to cook and love experimenting with food.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A teleportation machine.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love to spend my time growing food, fly fishing, biking, xc skiing, and generally enjoying new experiences and the simple pleasures of life.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The axe. It’s fascinating that something that has been around for nearly a million years is still needed and in use today.

Who are your design icons?
Lately I have been very influenced by the way the Shaker communities lived and the simple innovations they employed in everyday life.

Form vs. function?
I would say function informs the majority of things in my life, with form coming in at a close second.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I get most inspired when I come across unexpected details.

What is your personal decorating style?
Minimal folk art with lots of handmade touches.

What’s your favorite possession?
My wife’s great grandfather’s drill press from the 1920’s that I restored. It’s fun to have something that old still running, and still in the family.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Good wine and good food.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Don’t over think it. Keep it as simple as possible. And learn how to safely use a table saw.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t let doubt kill your forward momentum.

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

Friday
Apr102015

spring favorites: curtis

city slicker mirror side table
love the subtle yet glamorous effect of the smoky reflections.
SAIC cache storage cabinet
clever space saving storage—great for those awkward empty spaces
in a kitchen, bedroom, office,
living room…
chunky white block planter
I have one plant in my home and
he’s about to get an upgrade to this modern yet retro inspired piece.

Thursday
Apr092015

how it's made: pod hanging chair

The cozy, sheltering pod hanging chair is not only a statement piece, it’s the perfect sanctuary to hang out or hide out on the patio—or indoors.

In a time-intensive process that takes two artisans seven days to complete, frames are first built by welding aluminum tubes into the oval shape. Welds are ground for a smoother feel, cleaner look and inspected for strength. Then the frames are then cleaned in preparation for the powder-coating process where an off-white paint is baked onto the frame for durability.

Next, off-white recyclable resin, or faux wicker—chosen for its durability and weather-resistant characteristics—is carefully handwoven onto the frame.

At each stage of the manufacturing process, measurements are taken to ensure consistency in size and spacing—as well as the overall color once the variegated faux wicker strips are woven together.

Lastly, a trellis-like frame is added to the upper section allowing for light and air while keeping the overall weight of the chair under just 33 lbs.

Tuesday
Mar312015

artist profile: deanna fainelli

Where was your favorite place to live?
Taipei. It’s a colorful, vibrant city with great food and relatively few westerners and the people are notoriously friendly.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is any place where friends and family are gathered, which is usually the kitchen. I spend a lot of solo time in the studio so at home I savor time with people.

What are your interests outside of design?
Exploring and seeing places with fresh eyes, bike culture, flea markets, and food and wine with good company.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I especially love rust and the decay of abandoned buildings. Recently I got permission to photograph the inside of an abandoned Naval hospital built in the 1850s. My friend cancelled so I did it solo. I was terrified and trembled for the first hour but I was determined to look around. I was not disappointed.

Who are you design icons?
Ray and Charles Eames created undeniably timeless, beautiful designs that are still relevant today. Also, I have a lot of respect for the bold and fearless fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rebellious spirit paved the way for current trendsetters like Marc Jacobs.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern design with pops of color (usually orange) and a touch of Boho to add personality and warmth.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Kay Bojesen teak monkey that belonged to my grandmother. It hangs in my office next to the computer where I see it every day. I’m looking at it now and smiling.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I indulge my desire to get lost and follow my instinct.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A perfectly preserved 1960s Airstream trailer.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
There is no English equivalent for the popular Dutch word gezellig which loosely translates to cozy. A common and inexpensive way to make a room gezellig is with candles or multiple strings of white lights—they instantly make any room warm and inviting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t try to please or appeal to everyone. Find your niche and do it well.

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