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Wednesday
Dec252013

merry christmas!

To you and yours, warm wishes for a very
Merry Christmas, from all of us at CB2.

Friday
Dec202013

holiday favorites: sara

pinch bowls
beautiful detailing and so in love with brass right now.
stelton 6” santoku knife
I hate cooking, but this makes me want to get into it.
nut case
funny name and useful!

Thanks to sara, product manager, for this submission.

Friday
Dec132013

oh gnome we did!

How did the Novogratz’ disco gnome go from shelf size to larger-than…”life-size”? First, we contacted Daddy-O Productions in Brooklyn—who specialize in…extra large disco gnomes…?

To create the core, a small model gnome was laser scanned creating a wire frame rendering. This drawing was scaled up to the 6’ super size, then sliced into 4” thick layers—creating a virtual gnome layer cake.

The slices were then cut out of 4” thick, 1.5lb Styrofoam bead board using a computer-guided CNC router. Next, the contoured layers were stacked into the rough form of a blank gnome which was then hand-carved into their final, smooth shape—requiring about 24 man-hours to sculpt each one.

Now the hard part—mirroring the gnomes. To reduce breakage, chipping and weight, 1/8” thick acrylic mirror was used instead of glass mirrors.

Each gnome required about 6200 mirrors in 4 basic shapes—mostly 7/8” square, then trapezoid, rectangle and triangle to fit smaller spots. Since there are 5 gnomes, the +35,000 tiles were cut using a special industrial saw—which can cut almost all of them at once.

About half the square shapes were then individually shaped to fit the complex contours of the gnomes and—using 100% silicone and industrial grade hot glue—it took another 75 man-hours to attach the mirrors. That’s three people, about 4 days, to complete just one.

Through Christmas Eve, look for a super disco gnome at these CB2 locations: Eastside New York (shown above right), Union Square, West Hollywood, Lincoln Park, and South Beach Miami.

Wednesday
Dec112013

holiday favorites: megan

punch bowl with ladle
for holiday parties I like to make
my favorite cider-bourbon-ginger cocktail in a big punch bowl because it’s festive!
disco ball gold ornament
every year I buy a new ornament to symbolize the coming year. this one exemplifies how bright and shiny 2014 will be—full of happy times
with friends and family.
nut case
it’s become a wrapping vessel for many gifts this year—I love this!!

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

Tuesday
Dec102013

designer profile: hettler-tüllmann 

Jula

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin—combined with an ocean.

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

What are your sources of inspiration?
Traditional crafts.

What do you drive?
A second-hand bike.

What are your interests outside of design?
People—my family, my friends, therefore also traveling, Yoga, Tai Chi and windsurfing.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Frolicking in the ocean, looking into the glittering waves.

Who are you design icons?
Kazujo Sejima, Meret Oppenheim, Charles and Ray Eames.

Form vs. function?
A happy marriage of both.

What is your personal decorating style?
Light and minimal with a touch of softness.

What’s your favorite possession?
I don’t like to attach myself to possessions (I tend to lose things) but I DO like our vintage COR Sofa designed by Dieter Rams (certainly hard to lose).

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple, work with good lighting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your gut-feeling. Wear your own pants.

Katja

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin and Paris.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen is the heart of our home.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The bicycle, allowing to cover large distances with comparatively little effort.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything from a material, colour, texture to random everyday objects.

What do you drive?
A Dutch bicycle.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Traveling.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A handwoven wallcarpet my mother made in Finland.

What are your interests outside of design?
Film, art, photography, dance performances and traveling the world.

Who are you design icons?
Charles & Ray Eames, danish design.

Form vs. function?
Form and function ideally fuse naturally.

What is your personal decorating style?
A mix of old and new, flea market and travel treasures, optimize space and natural light.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Bertoia bird chair passed on from my parents.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your passion, put your effort in things that come from the heart, the rest will come.

To see all of Hettler-Tüllmann’s current designs for CB2, go here.

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