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how to: monogram fabric napkins

fabric paint/s, as desired
brushes, as needed
light/medium-weight cardboard for stencils
X-acto knife
masking/painter’s tape
uno natural linen napkins

1. Fold the napkin the way you will be using on your dining table, etc. to locate exactly where you want to place the monogram.

2. Be sure to measure and mark exactly where the stencil will be applied on each napkin so that there will be consistency in the placement. We used a square piece of heavy-weight paper which allowed the corners to line up.

3. Pencil the desired monogram design on to the heavy-weight paper and cut out the stencil with a sharp X-acto blade on a protected surface or cutting board.

4. Following the instruction label on the fabric paint—be sure to include an extra layer of paper on the backside to absorb excess paint/liquid—then use a sponge paint brush and “dab” the paint the background color on the napkin surface. Lift off the stencil immediately after painting. Let the fabric paint dry completely before adding on the next layer of color so that the colors don’t bleed.

5. For best results, consult the fabric paint label for care instructions—most likely, laundering by hand or on the delicate cycle will be recommended for the longest life.


designer profile: jennifer newman

Where was your favourite place to live?
Where I am now, the City of London.

What’s your favourite room in the home?
Open kitchen, dining, living.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The original VW Beetle.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Expressed structures in contemporary architecture.

What do you drive?
Don’t have a car but I love the design of the Mini.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Satoshi Okadi’s house on Mount Fuji.

What are your interests outside design?
City walking and architecture.

Who are your design icons?
Jean Prouve, Donald Judd, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Herzog and de Meuron and Yohji Yammamoto.

Form v Function?
Simple, structural, honesty.

What is your personal decorating style?
Harmony with a colour kick.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Yohji Yammamoto.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Stay one step ahead, it’s less crowded.

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


artist profile: brett whitacre

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago has been my favorite place to live. Plenty of discarded materials lining the alleyways.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My studio, of course, but the kitchen is fun for inventing.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Shoes are amazing pieces. Where would we be without proper shoes?

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, clothing, the human body, aviation, urban decay, advertising, ancient history.

What do you drive?
A van. Its optimal for me to be able to haul and move raw materials…plus my drum set and large paintings.

What one item do you wish you owned?
An airplane—I’m wild about aviation.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love making music and performing and have for many years. Also love to dumpster-dive and go to rummage sales.

Who are your design icons?
No one in specific. Structural engineers.

Form vs. function?
A good mix of both is healthy and ideal.

What is your personal decorating style?
Vintage meets ultra modern.

What’s your favorite possession?
My mind and my hands.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Going to the cinema.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Support local artists for unique, original images for your home. Utilize thrift and salvage stores for frames and treasures.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
In 2004, after completing one of my first paintings on glass, a friend said “Dude, you should make a lot of those!” 10 years later, those glass paintings support my art career. Advice I give to other artists: Be a master of 1 or 2 techniques—don’t spread your talent too thin.

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


milan 2014: big pictures

Every year in Milan we see designs that embraces the smallest detail, enhances our daily lives, and look ahead to the future—all the while, looking pretty marvelous.

Armed with cutting edge technology and more condensed urban populations, how will be we transported—inside and out of them—and how will we harness the energy needed to sustain them? How will food be provided—and water?

These big picture concepts present monumental challenges designers are prepared to address—if only one person-powered bicycle pedal, or one sustainable energy petal, at a time.


milan 2014: metallics

All that glitters—metallic finishes, mirrors, and crystals—have found their way into the everyday along with ourselfies as the paparazzi!

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