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Thursday
Apr242014

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.

Friday
Apr112014

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.

Thursday
Apr102014

milan 2014: metallics

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

Wednesday
Apr092014

milan 2014: graphic patterns

Perhaps it’s in effort to calm the chaos of today’s world, patterns are at their most fundamental—bold stripes, simple grids and basic circles. Good, clean, fun.

Tuesday
Apr082014

milan 2014: monday

We’re thrilled to be back in Milan for the Salone—especially after this past (seemingly endless) winter!

The Duomo is sparkling after years of cleaning—the inside restoration is still in progress—and after Sunday’s flowerfest along the canal in Navigli, window boxes are colorful again. Just outside Zona Tortona, here we’ve discovered a new favorite watering hole, Pinch, where cocktails are crafted and where we’ve met new acquaintances we hope will become new friends.

Under the watch of Leonardo da Vinci—one of the greatest designers of all times—we can’t wait to see new innovations and inspirations. Stay tuned!

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