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Thursday
Mar122015

meet us: strand design

photo by: Anjali Pinto marina 24” mirror rack

Sharon

Where was your favorite place to live?
I currently live in the Chicago loop, and so far, I think it is my favorite.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Though not exactly in our home, I would have to say our balcony—we’re on the 47th floor and the view is wonderful.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel inspires me, the city inspires me, but more often than not, what inspires me to want to make something is when I feel annoyed by an object and want it to be better in some way. So I guess you could say I am frequently inspired by what annoys me.

What do you drive?
I don’t really. Since I live and work in the Loop I’m primarily a pedestrian.

What are your interests outside of design?
Reading, cooking, camping in remote locations, running.

Form vs. function?
Both in perfect harmony.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern, and simple, with attention to the beauty and richness of natural materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I am compelled to go somewhere at least every six months. I’d do it even more often if I could.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
As a teacher, I try to remind my students to have fun. They’re trying to become designers because they love design and it’s what they want to do. If you’re not having any fun, then do something else.

Ted

Where was your favorite place to live?
I love living in Chicago—but I’d live anywhere as long as it is close to Lake Michigan and the food is good.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom is full of light and that is the best way to start a day. I love waking up to the sunrise reflecting off of the steel and glass buildings across the street.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Luders 16 sailboat. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stop and picture the form of that boat in my mind’s eye. One can never have too much cold-molded mahogany around.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Tinkering and reading are big sources. Materials and manufacturing processes never cease to inspire. And, of course, I’m inspired by everyday life; being social, talking with people, traveling and just walking around.

What do you drive?
In my mind, a Porsche 912. In reality, a Toyota Yaris hatchback—but the two are really so similar, I don’t know why I make any distinction at all! I love messing around with cars but I haven’t had the time or space to do it for too long.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel, food, sailing, swimming, family, camping … preferably all mixed up together.

Who are you design icons?
Jean Prouvé and all of the anonymous designers who make most of what we use everyday.

What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, wood, white and lots of light.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy a table saw and you won’t have to buy furniture anymore.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
You’ll never make a living making things.

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

Friday
Feb272015

spring favorites: sandra

SAIC adorn floor screen
Working with the students was a great experience—so I admit that
I’m biased and it was hard to narrow it down to just a few favorites. Camille’s floor screen made it to the top three because it’s an incredible space saver, it’s uniquely functional,
looks fantastic empty or loaded up—
it’s the trifecta of form, function,
and value.
SAIC valet 23.5” jewelry cabinet with mirror
Josh’s jewelry cabinet elegantly
encourages you to complete a look
with touches of shiny, pretty, sparkly
things—it’s also androgynous
to accommodate larger watches,
bow ties, keys—and the idea of hanging it in an entryway so you wouldn’t forget when dashing off…
brilliant!
SAIC cache storage cabinet
I’m a collector in what seems like a smaller space every time I bring home more finds. So Chester’s cabinet will do double duty as a slim surface for essentials like a lamp, a clock, a vase—while storing the not so pretty stuff where it can be easily accessed.

Friday
Jan302015

design collab no.1: meet the SAIC designers

alex stroud
BFA, 2014

Alex studied designed objects and fine arts at SAIC. He is a designer and artist who is inspired by the act of working with his hands.

Alex loves to explore and immerse himself in new types of craft and different methods of design work.


Designed Object for CB2:
pinup storage cabinet

allison rokusek
BFA, 2014

Having studied both designed objects and visual communication at SAIC, Allison focuses on the reciprocal and emotional relationship between people and objects.

Using graphic and material language to allow simple or familiar forms to acquire new utility and personality, she treats the surfaces and layers of objects as opportunities to further mold how they are experienced, bringing ease and joy to daily interactions.


Designed Object for CB2:
origin dinnerware and textiles

arianna petrich
MFA, 2015

Appealing to human curiosity and magnetism toward delightful objects and situations, Arianna focuses on open-ended and interactive designs.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Arianna studied Art History at Tulane University in New Orleans, later moving to New York to work in art and design.

She started a jewelry line, Overdot, which is based on reconfigurable pairings of simple geometries.


Designed Object for CB2:
paradox nesting tables, color study pillow

brooke collins
BFA, 2015

Brooke focuses on the simple gestures that happen between people and objects.

She explores the relationship of digital technology and traditional techniques, merging them to achieve elegant solutions that shatter expectations.

In 2014 she exhibited her work in the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
sling nightstand

m. camille macrae
BFA, 2014

Camille likes to look at how people interact with others via the objects around them.

Valuing multifunctionality and customization, she treats design as a medium to communicate with the world.

Camille spends time between Chicago and San Francisco with a four-legged companion known as Texas Rex.


Designed Object for CB2:
adorn floor screen

chester ong
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

With a background in psychology and a knack for technology, Chester evokes a sense of wonder and play through his work. He believes design must be both functional and fun.

Chester likes to explore modularity and multifunctionality in forms ranging from furniture to toys.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Soka University of America in California.


Designed Object for CB2:
cache storage cabinet

jacob lenard
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Jacob strives to evoke enhanced sensory reactions to otherwise mundane objects and spaces. His designs catalyze moments of marvel, comfort, and curiosity through formal gestures and material applications.

Jacob studied interiors and furniture in Copenhagen, worked in fashion branding and retail interiors, and founded the fashion publication, Armour.

He also has a BA in Architecture and Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis.


Designed Object for CB2:
moment perch

josh crampton
BFA, 2014

Josh’s work aims to achieve a precise and highly deliberate form that provides a gratifying and considered daily experience. His designed objects are genuine, clean, and simple—striving to satisfy the hand and reveal their true qualities upon interaction.

Josh mixes digital technology and time-honored, hand-crafted traditions, using honest and straightforward materials that are never hidden or over complicated.

He has exhibited his work at the Sullivan Galleries and the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
valet jewelry cabinet with mirror

kathie chung
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

With a background in ceramics and woodworking, Kathie strives to improve people’s lives a little bit at a time by creating objects that challenge perceptions and evoke curiosity.

She uses subtle forms and alluring materiality to captivate users and develop emotional appeal.

Kathie also holds a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan.


Designed Object for CB2:
sprout planter

nayeon kim
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Born and raised in South Korea, Nayeon attempts to provoke emotional connections by integrating cultural differences into her designs.

Informed by people’s behaviors, her work focuses on users’ observations of and relationships with space.

She also has a BFA in Spatial Design from Hongik University in Seoul.


Designed Object for CB2:
deep dish table and set of two cushions

tim fates
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

Through his work, Tim seeks to create authentic objects across all modes of production in an increasingly commoditized world—always striving to design in a way that complements the richness of human interaction.

With professional experience in finance and retail, Tim also earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter—who together provided emotional, physical and conceptual inspiration to Tim’s small space living concepts.


Designed Object for CB2:
lateral pendant light

zach pino
MDes, Designed Object, 2015

Zach’s works harness and transform natural phenomena into instruments, objects, interfaces, and design processes which aim to delight, surprise, anticipate, and communicate.

With forms inspired by his experience in mathematical paper-folding and pop-up bookmaking, his designs feature kinetic elements, optical effects, and complex mechanisms.

Zach is also a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Linguistics and Computer Science departments and he has served as a faculty member in SAIC’s Continuing Studies program. He has lectured on design, parametric approaches, paper-folding, animation, and digital art.


Designed Object for CB2:
tonic bar cart

Monday
Jan122015

watch: menswear

Friday
Jan092015

spring favorites: april

copper arc table lamp
a great way to show off stylish
light bulbs!
suspend media console
marble and mid-tone have never looked so good together!
atrium display cabinet
I would love to start a rotating art installation inside…like a mini storefront window display!

Thanks to april, catalog merchandise manager, for this submission.