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Friday
Jan242014

how to: paint DIY self-adhesive wallpaper

Supplies:
pencil and paper
interior latex paint, as desired
paint rollers, for latex paint
Japanese calligraphy ink, for artwork
paint trays, as needed

Directions:
1. To get started, use the handy calculator online to determine the number of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed.

2. For best results, apply the peel-stick paper to surfaces that have been primed and painted with an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up.

3. For the diy/artwork, interior latex paints work just fine if a specific background color is preferred—simply paint the wallpaper the same as any other wall/surface.

hint: depending on the color or shade, it may require two coats to achieve an even, blank canvas.

4. To create a composition, sketch pattern/drawing ideas on paper. Once that’s ready, and after the base coat is completely dry, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil—we found it’s easier to follow the pattern this way.

hint: after experimenting with different paints, we found that Japanese calligraphy ink is the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color—this is what was used for the catalog shot shown.

hint hint: if a specific paint color is preferred for the actual pattern or artwork—and latex or acrylic paints are chosen—it will just need to be watered down to a consistency close to milk to help brush flow. Using a latex or acrylic paint may require two or more coats to get the lines more opaque than transparent—testing on a small swatch is recommended for best results.

5. To paint the broad, black lines we used a 2” wide house painting brush. The trick to getting a nice, full, energetic loop is to not stop in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint, it’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque.

6. Optional: lastly, the drips were a happy accident so we let them happen naturally—then added more for dramatic effect.

Thursday
Jan232014

spring favorites: andrea

oval dinnerware
these color combinations are surprising and crisp, very fresh.
The matte finish elevates the sophisticated, organic shapes—
and, the bowl doubles as a small serving bowl.
roxas pendant
white—for me everything could be
in white and I’d think it was stunning! The clean weave pattern of this pendant—and the scale!—all add to its casual yet refined beauty.
pipeline tablecloth
linen is one of the most beautiful fabrics—neatly pressed or wrinkly and casual. The bold stripe in a crazy bold color—combined with natural linen—it’s the perfect compliment to white dinnerware and colorful dinnerware is simply enhanced.

Thanks to andrea, product manager, for this submission.

Friday
Jan172014

introducing: wallpaper

It’s been many months in the making and many samples in the process—but all of us at CB2 are thrilled to debut our first collection of wallpaper February 1st.

What began by asking ourselves “how can we enhance a customer’s home beyond furniture, accessories and textiles?” —came in the answer of a wallpaper collection including both permanent and removable papers, featuring designs with a thoroughly modern aesthetic.

By collaborating with two of our favorite artists—Noël Ashby and Ben Holiday —we’re looking forward to sharing the potential decorating possibilities with both home owners and renters—and getting to work on the next collection!

Whether graphic or photographic, here are snippets of their inspiration:

Noël Ashby:
All of my work starts as a sketch of something I’ve seen, words that create strong visuals, or a snippet of something—fabric, paper, etc., whose shape takes on personality to me.

From there I collage, paint, Photoshop, bump shapes up against lines, cut things apart—anything to get to the final pattern that captures that which first caught my interest. It becomes a story, a tale to tell.

Forest for the trees—I love this expression. Simply put, individual trees are lost in creating the overall texture of a forest.

For the crumpled trees pattern, I used my initial sketches—and a photocopier—to create a look that, in vast repetition, creates a forest of crumpled tress.



Ben Holiday:
My inspiration was the delicately designed facade—with vivid reflections, soft shadows—and linear fire escapes as a calm against the bustle of New York City.

I’m drawn to Mies van der Rohe’s clean lines and pioneering minimalism; Tom Ford’s eye for mixing, texturing and layering; Brancusi’s ultra stylized style; and Van Gogh’s ability to paint colors in any lighting.

Overall, I love clean lines, intriguing colors, cool patterns, and engaging compositions—to create this image, I used a digital slr camera plus image manipulation in Photoshop.

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Be one of the first to view the full collection February 1st by visiting cb2.com.

Wednesday
Jan082014

spring favorites: megan

principal bench
this bench is so sophisticated. I love the size for a small entry way and
the nod to a traditional school chair.
avec chairs
I am so excited to finally introduce a chair to this hot collection. I think the look is still so fresh and it’s a great way to get a little look to a room if
you don’t want to commit to the
entire sofa.
kilim embroidery pillow
love the neon and the 3 dimensional embroidery!

Thanks to megan, associate product manager, for this submission.

Monday
Jan062014

designer profile: ceci thompson

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel. Culture. Food. Business. I especially enjoy when these things intersect with design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, Nature, Industry, World Travel, New York…

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn. Watching it make itself and continually redefine itself is a fascination of mine.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room I suppose—although I can count on two hands how many times I’ve actually sat on my own couch over several years.

What do you drive?
I love riding my bike around Brooklyn – be it for the efficiency factor or for the discovery that happens when you stay above ground and aren’t locked inside a vehicle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A home in southeast Spain to retire to some day.

Who are your design icons?
To name a few…architects Herzog&de Meuron, product designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, design curator Jamie Gray.

Form or Function.
The perfect marriage of the two.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There can’t be one winner. It has to be something we use every day without even thinking about it.

What is your personal decorating style?
I’m still figuring that out. My apartment is pretty bare. I think it’s a reluctance to commit to something as my interests are always evolving.

What’s your favorite possession?
Although I’m a product designer and I love “things” of all sorts, I don’t really attach myself to material objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking time to do what I want to do in life rather than going the safe route.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Just be yourself – my dad.

To see all of Ceci’s current designs for CB2, go here.