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spring favorites: megan

chroma cobalt double old-fashioned glasses
I bought these for my son’s first birthday party. After that I am going to put succulents in some and maybe use them for my make up brushes.
parlour sofa
we brought this back in a slightly larger size to really accompany 2 people comfortably. I always loved this silhouette and I’m excited about the refresh!
horizon planter
we are giving our temporary backyard a facelift and these are so pretty! My neighbors are going to be envious of our patio!


meet liora manné at CB2 eastside new york

What: Meet Liora Manné
When: Wednesday, April 8, 6-8:00 pm
Where: CB2 Eastside New York

Meet textile designer Liora Manné as she demonstrates her signature Lamontage® method of layering and blending colorful fabrics

Join us for cocktails and appetizers and save 20% off Liora Manné pillows and carpet squares for CB2.

Can’t make it? Then take a moment to check out previous blog postings to see how similar Lamontage® products were produced for CB2 by Liora.


meet us: strand design

photo by: Anjali Pinto marina 24” mirror rack


Where was your favorite place to live?
I currently live in the Chicago loop, and so far, I think it is my favorite.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Though not exactly in our home, I would have to say our balcony—we’re on the 47th floor and the view is wonderful.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel inspires me, the city inspires me, but more often than not, what inspires me to want to make something is when I feel annoyed by an object and want it to be better in some way. So I guess you could say I am frequently inspired by what annoys me.

What do you drive?
I don’t really. Since I live and work in the Loop I’m primarily a pedestrian.

What are your interests outside of design?
Reading, cooking, camping in remote locations, running.

Form vs. function?
Both in perfect harmony.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern, and simple, with attention to the beauty and richness of natural materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I am compelled to go somewhere at least every six months. I’d do it even more often if I could.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
As a teacher, I try to remind my students to have fun. They’re trying to become designers because they love design and it’s what they want to do. If you’re not having any fun, then do something else.


Where was your favorite place to live?
I love living in Chicago—but I’d live anywhere as long as it is close to Lake Michigan and the food is good.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom is full of light and that is the best way to start a day. I love waking up to the sunrise reflecting off of the steel and glass buildings across the street.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Luders 16 sailboat. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stop and picture the form of that boat in my mind’s eye. One can never have too much cold-molded mahogany around.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Tinkering and reading are big sources. Materials and manufacturing processes never cease to inspire. And, of course, I’m inspired by everyday life; being social, talking with people, traveling and just walking around.

What do you drive?
In my mind, a Porsche 912. In reality, a Toyota Yaris hatchback—but the two are really so similar, I don’t know why I make any distinction at all! I love messing around with cars but I haven’t had the time or space to do it for too long.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel, food, sailing, swimming, family, camping … preferably all mixed up together.

Who are you design icons?
Jean Prouvé and all of the anonymous designers who make most of what we use everyday.

What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, wood, white and lots of light.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy a table saw and you won’t have to buy furniture anymore.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
You’ll never make a living making things.

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


framework: the final build

What: Framework Series Finale
When: Tuesday, March 10 at 10/9 CST
Where: Spike TV

On Tuesday, the 4 semi-finalists of Framework visited CB2 Santa Monica for their latest assignment—an adjustable height work desk. To see the desks builders created based on their assignment and visit, go here.

For previews of the final episode, go to Spike TV/Framework—and don’t miss the final episode this Tuesday, March 10, when Freddy Hill, Jory Brigham and Jason Radcliffe compete in the final build to win the competition and have their work shown at CB2.


spring favorites: sandra

SAIC adorn floor screen
Working with the students was a great experience—so I admit that
I’m biased and it was hard to narrow it down to just a few favorites. Camille’s floor screen made it to the top three because it’s an incredible space saver, it’s uniquely functional,
looks fantastic empty or loaded up—
it’s the trifecta of form, function,
and value.
SAIC valet 23.5” jewelry cabinet with mirror
Josh’s jewelry cabinet elegantly
encourages you to complete a look
with touches of shiny, pretty, sparkly
things—it’s also androgynous
to accommodate larger watches,
bow ties, keys—and the idea of hanging it in an entryway so you wouldn’t forget when dashing off…
SAIC cache storage cabinet
I’m a collector in what seems like a smaller space every time I bring home more finds. So Chester’s cabinet will do double duty as a slim surface for essentials like a lamp, a clock, a vase—while storing the not so pretty stuff where it can be easily accessed.

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