What’s your favorite room in your home?
Our bedroom is all white and wood, with a few pops of color. Being able to relax in an environment where you have no design compromises is very relaxing.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Left handed scissors.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Vintage furniture, rough framing, public works and infrastructure like railroad trestles, art, nature, beautiful food.
What do you drive?
Subaru station wagon.
What one item do you wish you owned?
A house near the water.
What are your interests outside of design?
Bicycle riding and cooking.
Who are you design icons?
Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Finn Juhl, Daniel Burnham.
Form vs. function?
Both, together forever and ever.
What’s your favorite possession?
What is your personal decorating style?
Clean and modern with natural accents and lots of colorful art.
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Summer trips to Maine.
Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Sub floors make great floors!
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always innovate… No asky, no getty.
To see all of Zak’s current works for CB2, go here.
Our annual “can do” food drive continues to be a tradition that warms our hearts—and as food banks have been especially busy these past few years, they appreciate donations more than ever.
September 5th-14th, all in-store customers are welcome to bring in 5 non-perishable items and receive a 15% discount on any purchase. For details, please see the fine print* below.
Watch all the collections grow during the drive and remember that food stuffs collected will go directly to the food banks, listed below, which are local partners with our 13 CB2 stores in North America.
Midtown Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating
and empowering the Atlanta community. Distributing nearly
2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items
each month to more then 700 nonprofit partner agencies
in metro Atlanta and north Georgia, ACFB supports a wide range of low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger
and food insecurity.
For more information, visit acfb.org.
Alameda County Community Food Bank alleviates hunger by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in need, educating the public, and promoting
public policies that address hunger and its root causes.
For more information, visit accfb.org.
Lincoln Park Chicago, IL
Lakeview Pantry is a nonprofit organization with
the mission of eliminating hunger in the Lakeview
community of Chicago by providing food to fill
the basic need of hungry people, increasing the
independence of clients through self-help
initiatives and other innovative programs,
and raising awareness of poverty and its solutions.
For more information, visit lakeviewpantry.org.
Georgetown, District of Columbia
The Capital Area Food Bank was founded in 1980 on
Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and since then has become
the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education
resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their
community-building initiatives—such as Kids Cafe,
Face Hunger, and Produce for People—educate the
community about the importance of healthy diets. Beginning
with the dream of helping to feed area residents who are
facing or at risk of hunger, it’s grown into a commitment
of uplifting those in need, helping those who are without
the means to help themselves, and advocating for public
policies that serve the interests of its constituents.
For more information, visit capitalareafoodbank.org.
South Beach Miami, FL
Feeding South Florida is a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to empower other South Florida not-for-profit
organizations to assist people in need and improve their
lives. Feeding South Florida provides food and other grocery
products, and educates and engages the community to
fight hunger and poverty. Last year, Feeding South Florida
provided 24 million pounds of food to 800 different charitable
feeding programs throughout South Florida.
For more information, visit feedingsouthflorida.org.
Uptown Minneapolis, MN
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf has been serving hungry residents of southwest Minneapolis for more than 40 years. Our mission is to distribute food to those in need, with respect and dignity.
For more information, visit joycefoodshelf.org.
Soho and Eastside New York, NY
City Harvest is dedicated to feeding New York City’s
hungry men, women and children. This year, City Harvest
will collect 28 million pounds of excess food from all
segments of the food industry for delivery to community
food programs throughout the five boroughs. Each week,
City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find
their next meal.
For more information, visit cityharvest.org.
Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank sources food and
other products for distribution to needy people, energizes
community involvement through hunger education and
awareness campaigns, and advocate for public policies
that alleviate hunger. Their vision is that no one goes
hungry in Los Angeles County.
For more information, visit lafoodbank.org.
Union Square San Francisco, CA
The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
provides safe, affordable housing with supportive services
for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and is a
leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live.
For more information, visit tndc.org.
Daily Bread Food Bank provides food and resources for
hungry people. Food donations, coming from the public
and the food industry, are sorted and delivered to our
member agencies. Agencies provide food relief
programs, such as food banks and meal programs,
for diverse members of our community.
For more information, visit dailybread.ca.
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank strives to empower people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training.
For more information, visit foodbank.bc.ca.
*Terms and conditions: CB2 “Can Do” 15% discount is available 9/5/14 through 9/14/14. In exchange for the donation of five nonperishable food items, a customer will receive a 15% discount good toward purchases of full-price items made in one transaction on the day and at the CB2 store location where the donation is made. Multiple purchases are allowed in one day, as long as customer meets donation of five nonperishable food items for each “Can Do” Discount. (Associates: Please enter FOOD15 at checkout.) Discount may not be used at cb2.com, or at any Crate and Barrel or The Land of Nod stores, catalogs or websites. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, employee purchases, Designer Rewards Program purchases, or international purchases through our global partner, Borderfree. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or other fees. Discount has no cash value, is nontransferable, will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and cannot be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. CB2 reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
The making of the handwoven recycled sari rugs and runners begins at the core of the rug—the vibrant silk fibers which come from the sari manufacturing industry. This thriving business in India reflects the richness of its culture—and its resourcefulness as it leaves little to waste.
In Bangalore, located in south India, remnants of sarees are sold to companies who segregate it as per the potential use of the materials and a buyer’s needs—and while sarees are made in various parts of India, these lots of remnants are usually a mix of all colors which allows for specific shade requirements to be met in the segregation process.
A control sample helps to guide the color separator and the remainder of the fibers are used to make the yarns of mixed colors—so just about everything is used in the end.
Once the fibers are well organized, it’s then handspun into yarn—the results of this process are yarns with varying thicknesses at random places. In order to have a level of consistency, all the highly uneven count is removed as well as any drastic shade changes.
When enough fibers are gathered and yarn spun, the weaving process begins on a regular vertical loom which is typically used to weave dhurrie or hand-knotted rugs.
During the weaving process, rows of yarns are pressed together using a wooden comb which makes the weaving tighter and more durable.
To secure the weaving and complete the look, the same yarns are used to hand-stitch all of the edges and a final washing completes the process.