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Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: cotton & flax

Where was your favorite place to live?
Portland (my hometown) has a wonderfully cooperative creative community, and all that rain made my days of sewing and printing feel cozy. That being said, Los Angeles has been a really interesting place to call home for the last few years. Perhaps simply because it’s such a big city, as I take the time to explore, I am constantly finding new reasons to love it here.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My tiny studio space! I screenprint every piece for Cotton & Flax in my 6’ x 10’ printing room, and while it’s certainly cramped, I am grateful to be able to wake up, have some coffee, and get right down to work… no commuting for me! I know every nook and cranny in that little room as if it were the back of my hand, and I’ve hung up artworks from friends and some of my favorite printmakers to inspire me while I work.

Erin Dollar of Cotton&Flax What are your sources of inspiration?
I gather inspiration from all over: books, the internet, museums, the things I see on my daily walks. I’m very influenced by place; I’ve noticed that my color palette has really changed since I moved to Los Angeles. I used to gravitate towards greys and blues, and now I find myself adding brighter colors to each new collection.

What do you drive?
I’ve managed to live in LA for three years without a car! Running errands can be tricky, but I get a unique perspective of LA while I walk, ride my bike, or take the Metro Gold Line around town. I really get to look around and see all the little details that make each neighborhood special.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A certain handmade coffee table has been on my wish list for almost two years now, and I’m hoping to commission the artist to make one for me someday. It will be a splurge, but I’ve had my eye on it for long enough that I know it will be a piece I treasure for many, many years.

Who are your design icons?
Marimekko - their designs never feel stale to me. I also admire Orla Kiley, her prints are instantly recognizable, and always make me smile.

plus tea towels What is your personal decorating style?
I’m always aiming to create a more thoughtful, minimalist environment, but it’s difficult for me to reduce the creative clutter in my home. There will always been sketchbooks, pens and pencils, fabric swatches, and half-finished projects dotting the apartment. The unifying style that seems to hold my place together is my unique creative chaos: there’s no mistaking my apartment for anyone else’s.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Probably a tie between overspending on new art supplies, and my penchant for a good chocolate croissant and a latte… I’d have that for breakfast every day, if I could.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Fresh flowers! I buy a bouquet every week, and divide it up into three smaller arrangements to spread around the house. They provide a nice pop of color, and make each room feel brighter.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Best career advice I’ve received: be thoughtful about what you create, and know when to ask for help. Best advice I’ve given: don’t rush when creating a new product; lasting beauty takes time to develop.

Friday
Feb212014

artist profile: brian farrell

Where was your favorite place to live?
I have enjoyed all the places life has taken me.
I was born in Minnesota, raised in Rome Italy, and lived in NYC for the past 10 years. I recently moved to Southern New Jersey and I am really enjoying it.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen, my mother always said that food has been important to me since a young age. In my family it is a room were people come together. Now my wife is a baker, so I am always roaming around the kitchen trying to “taste test”.

What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, fishing, flea markets, wrestling, records, zines.

What is your personal decorating style?
It is still evolving, I like color and patterns. I definitely have a ton of small objects that I collect and keep around. Items that are nostalgic to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Dumpster dive.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Adventure, experiences, the universe, skateboarding, scientific illustrations, typography, textiles, and so much more.

Who are you design icons?
Alexander Girard, Ernst Haeckel, Sven Lukin, Raymond Pettibon, Barry Mcgee, Dan Funderburgh, the list goes on.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Right now I am going to say the vinyl record. Music plays a huge part in my day and my creative process. I have been around the house and studio a lot lately and always try to keep a record in rotation.

Form vs. function?
I think they go hand in hand, but I find in my own work form comes first.

What do you drive?
A skateboard and a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I have to get supplies.

What’s your favorite possession?
My grandfathers custom made wrestling robe. It is purple and gold velvet with a sequin belt. He was a pro wrestler in the 1950s. My interest in his career has only grown over the past few years.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My vinyl record collection. I am always ready to go to the record store to find something new.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Some crazy record player like the Clearaudio Statement Turntable or the ONEDOF Turntable.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“Either you evolve with time or you dissolve with time.” —Dave Ortiz

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

Wednesday
Feb192014

artist profile: kelly puissegur

Where was your favorite place to live?
Right here in Los Angeles—mainly because of the weather. I spend a lot of time outside so the mild temperatures are great. There’s also tons of places to take my dogs. I often take them hiking and to the beach.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room, It’s full of windows and has the best light. I usually paint on the floor and I can still hang out and watch movies with my family while I’m working.

What are your interests outside of design?
I spend all my free time walking and playing with my dogs. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, running, and eating cookies.

What do you drive?
A super sexy 2003 Honda CRV. In ten more years it’ll be a classic.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I’m inspired by animals, movies, music, strange characters on the streets,family,friends,and anything that makes me laugh.

Who are you design icons?
David Shrigley, Craig Atkinson, Marcel Dzama, Margaret Kilgallen, and David Fullarton to name a few.

Form vs. function?
A little of both, thank you very much.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The donut. That hole in the middle is genius!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house with a huge backyard and lots of trees. Also a nice pair of loafers.

What’s your favorite possession?
I’m extremely cheap and don’t like to spend money on anything but I do have a decent collection of art books and my album collection is a slow work in progress.

What is your personal decorating style?
I like an eclectic look. a little vintage and modern mixed together.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Every morning I get a 32oz iced Americano from the coffee shop near my house. It’s very large and ridiculous looking—it looks like a big gulp—but I love it so…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Be honest. Make what you like and someone on this great big planet might like it too.

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

Monday
Feb102014

artist profile: laz ojalde

photo by: Stephan Göttlicher What are your sources of inspiration?
Shadow puppets, classic cartoons, Mexican pointy boots, coffee grounds, found objects, cockroaches, Sci-fi spaceships, circus lights and awkward friends. I try to not limit my imagination.

What are your interests outside of design?
Guerrilla gardening, photographing architecture, visiting museums, art making…

Who are your design icons?
Ettore Sottsass Jr., Raymond Lowey, Deiter Rams, Oki Sato, Alexander McQueen, David Carson, Maarten Baas.

Form vs. Function?
Both in equal doses.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The IV Syringe. Small, cheap to manufacture, and simple to use with one hand—and at one point or another our lives will likely be saved or ended by one.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A blimp hanger to house all the many curiosities I currently own and those that I covet.

Where was your favorite place to live?
Wherever I hang my hat becomes my favorite place. Currently that’s Miami, a city in perpetual transition—where retirement homes are being converted into fluorescent colored art galleries. Right or wrong, who wouldn’t want to be part of something so dramatic and amazing?

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room is the biggest and the best lit space in my home and I find myself starting, finishing, restarting and completing just about every project there. That’s why the bathroom is my favorite room, it’s to small and dark to do anything but what it was intended for.

What is your personal decorating style?
Found vintage, combined with self made. I think everyone should have at least one or two pieces of DIY in their home.

What’s your favorite possession?
My 5 year-old dumb phone. It does everything a phone is supposed to do and nothing more.

What do you drive?
Dexter, my orange 2004 Limited Edition Scion XB.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Caramel & sea salt ice cream from Publix.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always believe in the strength of your ideas.

Monday
Feb102014

then and now: stainless ball installations

To see how we created this 2010 installation, shown right, go here.

For more inspiration, check out the pops of color in LMNOQ’s SuperPOX installation by artist Laz Ojalde.