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Saturday
Jun232012

artist profile: karl lohnes

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years and spend about one week each month in New York—my brain is in Toronto and my heart is in NYC.

What is your favorite room in your home?
My kitchen is the place I like to spend the most time. I cook and bake a lot—I use it as a form of relaxation and experimentation.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The wing-back chair; modern or traditional it’s cocooning, inviting and shelters us from life’s noises and drafts.

Form vs. function?
Function—without it there’s no need to have a form.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Simple, plastic ice cube trays that make big ice cubes. I drink iced lattes year round and keep running out of ice in the freezer.

What do you drive?
I don’t drive a vehicle; never have, never will.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Watching vintage movies for the exaggerated costumes and sets; famed interior designer Barbara Barry for her utmost restraint and perfection in a room.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Sloppy Parisian Writer and very room I decorate uses the equation: 70% traditional, 30% modern. Everything I bring into my place has a story so every room has far too many stories to tell.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My collection of silk ties. I haven’t worn one in 15 years; thats the beauty of being a creative type.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
When everything is off the floor you will have a tidy, clean and organized space. Picking up newspapers, sweatshirts and shoes costs nothing.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received/given?
Choose a job that challenges and teaches something everyday—and when that stops, find another.

Friday
Jun082012

artist profile: eric rosner

Where was your favorite place to live?
There is no other place like New York which has chaos, intensity, incredible culture and people. I love it! It inspires me everyday with its rich history of diverse backgrounds.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I think a modern bicycle combines beauty and elegance together with strength and sheer power of a human to push it—that symbiosis is just amazing.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I walk the streets of NYC and try to find the hidden gems of a time long ago. I look for small relics of the past that are intact and have ridden out the years. I love to find glimpses of the elegance covered up and shut away whether it’s a building, a sign or a manhole cover. They have survived through time and have so many stories to tell.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love spending time with my family, reading about New York history and finding the perfect sushi restaurant.

Who are you design icons?
Winsor McCay. He was an icon of design and innovation in the early 20th century and I am a huge fan. Also, Johnathon Ives—in my opinion he has no contemporary as he has created the future over and over again. And no one can compete with Mr. Steve Jobs.

Form vs. function?
If not both then what’s the point?

What’s your signature?
My signature style is my acute attention to details and intricate line work. I like to create dimension out of nothing.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
When I was about 9 my father bought a very old Asian horse hair whip at a Flea Market. It had two little tokens hanging on leather ropes. One of the tokens was an Asian Dragon made out of silver. It’s a finely detailed piece of art that I really fell in love with. I imagined the amazing history that this treasure must have been carried through—it’s one of my most valued treasures.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Anything made by Apple. I love Apple. I love computers and technology. When the first iPhone came out, it simply blew me away. I felt like I was touching the future. This company never seizes to amaze me with their new inventions.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
The best pieces of advice came from my all time favorite idol, Mr. Steve Jobs. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” and “The journey is the reward”. These mottoes have helped me balance the good times and the harder times—and never give up on my dreams.

Thursday
May312012

accept and be poster, 2012

CB2 is thrilled to support Pride Month through partnerships with The Trevor Project in the US and the LGBT Youth Line in Canada.

Beginning today, 3,500 limited edition accept and be posters will be available in stores and on cb2.com with:

• 100% of the US proceeds benefiting
The Trevor Project—the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

• and 100% of the Canada proceeds benefiting the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Youth Line—a toll-free and online service provided by youth for youth, offering non-judgmental support, information and referrals to help youth age 26 and under find the resources they need.

This year, CB2 commissioned Chicago-based artist Matthew Lew to interpret our “Accept and Be” mantra in poster format. Through his artistic vision, these three simple words were transformed into powerful graphics that command attention while radiating confidence and optimism.

A variety of layouts and color combinations were used to create 72 different designs—and in keeping with the message of “Accept and Be”, surprises are to be expected and embraced as the designs are mixed within the lot.

In each of the CB2 stores will be an “Accept and Be” wall will be available for anyone to post a story about what those words mean to them. And while visiting during the month of June, drop an entry for a chance to receive the
39.5” x 62.5” (100 x 159cm) artist-signed poster.

Like us on facebook? Fans are welcome to post their interpretation of ‘accept and be’ on our page which will enter them in a chance to receive a 12” x 16” poster. All drawings will take place June 30th*.

To keep up with the latest news during Pride Month, follow us on twitter using the #acceptbe hashtag.

*Note: at our West Hollywood location, the drawing will take place on June 9th.

Thursday
Apr192012

milan watch: fatto a mano

Friday
Apr132012

inspiration: necessity

Plato, the Ancient Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Based on what we’ve seen, we’re in strong agreement. Starting with two or more of one of man’s greatest inventions—the wheel—endless variations make the transportation of people, food, raw materials to factories, and the delivery of final products possible.

And Edison said that ‘success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration’—one person may have the greatest idea ever conceived, but many things have to go right in order to share it with everyone else.

So while we’re reliant on professional designers and artists for many things, we firmly believe that everyone possesses imagination, creativity and resourcefulness to make their visions a reality—at heart we’re all inventors.