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fall favorites: david

sidi lounge chair with cushions
This chair is full of contrasts—between the angular frame and
the softer overstuffed cushions, and the calming and vibrant colors in the blanket stripe which are grounded
by the neutral grey stripes and the mid-tone wood frame—it’ll fit nicely anywhere and everywhere.
felt drop mirror
Genius—love the unexpected use
of fabric to hang a mirror! Equally beautiful are the accents of the walnut hanging mechanism—overall it’s simple and elegant.
code rugs
The pattern and colors add dimension and interest by layering in a subtle graphic element to any room.
(shown top row, far left)


fall favorites: sandra

city slicker pedestals
They’re great for so many rooms, nooks, hallways…. outstanding construction, proportions, and a beautiful finish to showcase treasures I’ve hauled back from faraway places.
tux ice bucket
Most of my condo is 70s mod and
this ice bucket will be right at home
on the bar.
stamp runner
Gere Kavanaugh has been a joy to work with—I’ve been lucky to have had many delightful conversations with her over the years—and this sophisticated runner will go anywhere, anytime.


designer profile: leonhard pfeifer

Where was your favourite place to live?
I’ve been really fortunate to live in some amazing cities in different parts of the world but it’s hard to beat London for its energy and cultural institutions. I am grateful to have grown up surrounded by the natural world of New Zealand, but currently I’m enjoying living in a truly global city, where world class museums and galleries are on my door step.

Although… in the depths of winter we do fantasise of moving somewhere sunny and warm and haven’t ruled out a shift to Barcelona sometime in the future.

What’s your favourite room in your home?
Last year we removed a wall that had previously separated the kitchen/dining room and the living room—opening it up has created a wonderful space and on a sunny weekend with the door open to the garden, it’s definitely my favourite spot in the house.

What is the best designed item of all time?
In late 2013 I was in Romania (Transylvania in fact) visiting a furniture factory. It was perched on the side of a hill across the river from the small town, and to get there we crossed the “Austrian Bridge”—and as we crossed, my host remarked that several years previous, the company in Austria who manufactured and installed the bridge had written to the local municipality to inform them that the 100 year guarantee on the bridge was about to expire. I find this profoundly impressive and inspiring – that all those years ago the producer designed a product to such high production values that they could make a 100 year undertaking—and also that a product of such quality was valued by the village who had commissioned it.

What are your sources of inspiration?
When I’ve got a bit of a block, when a project isn’t heading in the right direction, I try to get out of the studio for a few hours—whether it’s roller-blading around one of our local parks or pushing my daughter on a swing—it’s good to get a bit of head-space outdoors to allow the thoughts to settle and inspiration to sink in—it’s something you can’t force.

What one item do you wish you owned?
When we moved to the UK from Brisbane 14 years ago, I put a lot of cartons in storage at my father’s workshop there. A couple of years ago, they had terrible floods and my father’s workshop went under. The flood waters and mud had a devastating impact, especially to my childhood photos. I threw out hundreds, stuck together into impenetrable bricks. It was truly heart breaking—but the negatives were in a carton stacked on the others so they survived—so the one item I currently wish I had was a slide scanner—to resurrect at least something from the old 110 and 126 negatives.

What are your interests outside of design?
We have a young family—my son was born just a few months ago—so home life is quite a focus at the moment.

Who are you design icons?
When I was studying Industrial Design in Brisbane, my father bought me an original Eileen Grey E1027 side table at an antique fair—it was the first iconic design object I owned and inspired me to learn about modernism and Bauhaus. Now I find the work of Naoto Fukasawa never less than the most considered, elegant and refined forms—with just the right level of minimalist composition.

Form vs. function?
Instead of thinking of “form” and “function” on a linear continuum (like a ruler with one at each end) I think they form a triangle along with “experience”, and it’s towards this experience vertex that my designs are intended. Each inform the other and both form and function are essential aspects, but ultimately it’s the experience of using a product, day-in-day-out, that is the focus of my design process.  

What’s your favourite possession?
I received a pen for Christmas, produced by the UK design studio Ajoto. My new instrument is machined from a solid block of aluminium and is fantastic to use—it’s perfectly weighted and flows smoothly across the page. I find myself looking forward to my next sketching session, just so I can use it. I enjoy using a tool of such quality and finished to such a high level of detail—even the packaging is impressively considered.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
In a word, REDUCE. Humans are natural hoarders and it’s easy to accumulate a bewildering array of “stuff”. If you’re thinking of decorating, reducing your stuff is a good starting point—whether you pass it on friends, sell it at a boot sale or market, recycle or upcycle it—it can be really cathartic to clear the decks and reduce the visible clutter before you start. Although, using the same rational, my advice could be oodles of built-in storage, where you can stow away your stuff out of sight.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I think there’s a lot to the 10000 hours hypothesis—the idea that it takes about this many hours of dedicated practice to master a particular skill or become an expert. It raises aspects of dedication to and being completely focused on an endeavour, and about the effort and time required to achieve your goals.

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


closet organization tips, thanks AYR!

For clothing design company AYR, it all all began with the perfect pair of jeans. Specializing in denim made and finished in the USA, co-founders Jac Cameron and Maggie Winter obsess over flattering details—and living in space challenged New York City, they know a thing or two about storage.

Ranked in order of importance, name 5 staple wardrobe pieces that every closet should have.
1. killer jeans, the ones you live your life every day in and are the first thing you pick up in the morning
2. one crisp white shirt that goes back to anything
3. a slim finely tailored blazer with a casual sensibility
4. in a heavier weight silk, a strappy slip dress that you can layer from Summer to Fall and back
5. a cozy sweater that’s light enough to layer and warm enough to carry you into colder seasons.

What is your preferred method of organization (color, item, etc.)?
By item—I have a massive denim section that is folded on both sides of my closet by color, allowing space in the middle for tops and outerwear.
By color—I keep neutrals on the low bar because they’re the ones I wear all the time. Living in New York limits your space which forces you to edit your wardrobe to the things that you constantly reach for and wear the most.

How often do you clean out your closet?
I do a reorganization every six weeks and a big purge once a year. It’s about keeping everything clean, organized and tidy. We created AYR so that you don’t have to clean “out” your closet- we created pieces to wear season after season, year after year.
Once a year, I try to get rid of the things that I don’t wear & make a big donation pile. It’s an occupational hazard - we are always shopping – out with the old, in with the new!

What is your #1 tip for keeping a consistently organized closet?
You can’t let it get too crowded, it requires constant maintenance.
Make sure that you give clothes room to breathe—if you can’t see what’s in there, you won’t wear it.

What are the common problem areas in the average closet?
For us in New York it’s simply space & storage. How to organize when you have neither?

How do you keep your closet visually appealing?
Keep it organized, I don’t sort by color, but organize by style – which helps give it a nice uniformity (everything hangs at the same level and is easy to wardrobe). Overcrowding is tough.
Pick nice hangers and think of it as a room, not just a repository for clothes. I have a walk thru closet with custom wall paper that has beautiful mirrors and framed pictures of people I love, its someplace I like to spend time rather than a dark hole where I stuff my clothes. It makes getting dressed in the morning less of a chore.

What products do you use to keep organized?
I find metal wire containers useful so I can see what’s inside, allowing me to keep things in one particular place. You want everything to be visible at first glance. Speed and access are important when you’re on the go.
Different clothes need different types of storage – so it’s important to have hanging space, shelves and drawers. I try to keep most of my stuff visible and not use too many containers because you don’t wear what you can’t see.

Do you have any specific tips for small closet spaces?
Small wire hangers give you more space to hang – ditch the chunky plastic hangers for more hanging room. Socks and smaller items have to go in a drawer, they take up too much space. Instead of balling everything up, fold garments in flat piles.
I try to find slim profile hangers and edit, edit, edit! It doesn’t make sense to swap my wardrobe every season because there’s no space for storage, which forces me to edit my wardrobe to the pieces I actually live in. Invest in pieces that make you happy every time you see them hanging in your closet.


designer profile: kirsty minns

Where was your favorite place to live?
I love living in London. There is always something new to be inspired by every single day.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I love my living room, I have a shelf full of books and found objects and a big window that looks down over the city. A perfect place for daydreaming.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel, Art, Film, manufacturing processes, and I am fascinated by human psychology.

Form vs. function?
Sometimes the function needs to be that it has to be well formed. There is a place for both.

Who are you design icons?
I love Charles and Ray Eames they really embodied being a designer as a lifestyle choice. They also applied their talents across so many disciplines—their film work is incredible.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
That’s such a tough question as there are so many. For furniture, Charles and Ray Eames LCW chair is a classic as is Dieter Rams shelving for Vitsoe. It has to be something that is timeless.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Dieter Rams Vitsoe shelving.

What do you drive?
Mainly the London Underground, or a bicycle

What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic mix. I love vintage mid-century modern furniture mixed with modern pieces.

What’s your favorite possession?
I used to be the head of development at Established & Sons and was lucky enough to receive a beautiful fluro yellow Zero-In table by BarberOsgerby. It is an incredible piece of engineering, The design was developed using sophisticated production techniques usually reserved for automotive manufacturing.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I just bought a new sofa, A 1960’s Greaves and Thomas sofa bed beautifully restored and reupholstered with Harris tweed fabric. There is this amazing shop in East London called 2&4 which has the most incredible archive of pieces.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
It’s all about being savvy in how you put together pieces mixing new with second hand. Making your own prints for the wall can be a nice way of bringing to life a room on a budget.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love doing exercise classes and yoga- I find its the perfect antidote for a constantly switch on brain. I also love to travel. There is nothing better then planning your next adventure.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Challenge yourself everyday, enjoy the process and never stop learning.

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