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Wednesday
May272015

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.

Friday
Jan232015

spring favorites: alicia

3 rings painting
My house is white with pops of color, so this piece will add texture yet fit within the overall clean palette. I also love the visual and symbolic simplicity of the rings.
wadsworth large candle holder
I fell in love with how our visual team styled these out—they put them with neon candlesticks which I thought was so fun and unexpected. I love their height and grandeur and think they would make a fun centerpiece that feels dramatic but not formal.
suspend media console
I think this is the most beautiful piece CB2 has ever done! It looks so high-end, yet is affordable. The combination of marble and wood is gorgeous and this piece would give any home a sophisticated, luxurious feel.

Thanks to alicia, senior director of marketing, for this submission.

Thursday
Jan152015

art basel miami: cb2 + dan elliott

What: ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ art installation, by Dan Elliott
When: December 5-6, 2014
Where: CB2 South Beach Miami

Last month during Art Basel Miami, artist Dan Elliott not only installed but created ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ in CB2’s South Beach store windows.

An artist and graphic designer who plays at the intersection of his two fields, Dan uses expressive and abstract forms that interplay with typography and bridge the often murky waters between art and design. His work ranges between hand­-cut stencil typography, letterpress printing and photography.

This specific project was a branch off the map series Dan has been building where he utilizes hand­- cut typographic stencils to expose sections of vintage road maps. In that series, the phrases used express notions of ideals or place in regards to the location the road map portrays.

For the first time, Dan ventured away from using maps as the surface and instead focused on communicating those same notions through the marks on the canvas as well as the composition of the typography and relationship between each panel.

‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ knocked out of bright, bold, colorful and layered strokes reflected Dan’s feelings of Miami­—warm, bright, bold and free.

For more about him, check out Dan’s artist profile. For more about the installation, read on!

First, working as stencils, hand-cut black vinyl letters about 25” tall are applied to four canvas banners, each banner measuring 41” wide.

A large printmaking roller was used to apply the bright colors—it was a serious workout, even with an extender added to the inks to help make them a bit more transparent and mix a bit more than usual on the canvas. For the actual inking process, one color was applied at a time—starting with layers of the yellow on the first day, and following with magenta and cyan on the second day.

When the inks were dry, the vinyl letters were removed to expose the canvas and create the bold typographic message and the large scale piece was ready to install.

The banners were constructed with a pocket at the top and bottom to slide a dowel rod through and create an even, flat wall hanging. The final installation measured 108” tall and 164” wide—the far left and right banners hung about 6” back from the windows with the middle two banners hanging about 18” back from the front banners to further enhance the depth and dimension of the piece.

Thursday
Jan152015

artist profile: dan elliott

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago. Easily. By Far. The food, the people, the art, the community, the culture, all amazing. However, I don’t miss the parking tickets.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I would have to say the kitchen. I love food and I love cooking with my wife.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Life. Music. Art. Books.

What do you drive?
A motorcycle. currently an older Honda (which is a work in progress). My dream is to own an old BSA or Triumph.

What one item do you wish you owned?
An old BSA or Triumph. ha. aside from that I would love to own a Vandercook Universal IV letterpress.

What are your interests outside of design?
My family—my wife and two small boys. Motorcycles. Travel.

Who are your design icons?
I’ve always been inspired by the avant garde movements of the early 20th century (the Bauhaus, Dada, Russian Constructivism, de Stijl, etc). El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, Theo Van Doesburg, Piet Zwart, László Moholy-Nagy, as well as the folks they paved the way for: Armin Hofmann, Emil Ruder, et al. 

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Hmmmm. The alphabet. Written language. It has the ability to be a physical vehicle for countless languages allowing people to communicate to one another without requiring the two to be in the same place at the same time.

Form vs. function?
Yes please? I guess this depends on what I am working on, but a good relationship between the two never hurt anyone. A spoon with a hole in the middle of it isn’t good for eating soup however cool it looks.

What is your personal decorating style? 
Eclectic? Maybe there is no real style. I like things with character that tell a story through the dings they’ve picked up over the years or flaws through the process of making it.

What’s your favorite possession?
Prints/art I’ve received from family, friends and other printers. I have a growing collection and each piece reminds of the person I received it from. 

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking the long way home.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Work hard doing what you love and don’t worry about what other people are doing. Do it because you are passionate about it, not others.  Also, don’t wait or look for permission, try it and don’t worry about failing.

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

‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’ Art Basel Miami Installation, 2015

Wednesday
Jul302014

fall favorites: april

tangled web macrame wall hanging
love this for added texture in a space—it could easily work on a wall or as a room divider.
ground control jute rug
a nice neutral rug with some added pops of orange for a more masculine room.
bell white flush mount lamp
I’m going to be putting these down
my hallway to add a little warm metallic to the otherwise white space.

Thanks to april, senior catalog merchandising manager.