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Tuesday
Mar312015

artist profile: deanna fainelli

Where was your favorite place to live?
Taipei. It’s a colorful, vibrant city with great food and relatively few westerners and the people are notoriously friendly.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is any place where friends and family are gathered, which is usually the kitchen. I spend a lot of solo time in the studio so at home I savor time with people.

What are your interests outside of design?
Exploring and seeing places with fresh eyes, bike culture, flea markets, and food and wine with good company.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I especially love rust and the decay of abandoned buildings. Recently I got permission to photograph the inside of an abandoned Naval hospital built in the 1850s. My friend cancelled so I did it solo. I was terrified and trembled for the first hour but I was determined to look around. I was not disappointed.

Who are you design icons?
Ray and Charles Eames created undeniably timeless, beautiful designs that are still relevant today. Also, I have a lot of respect for the bold and fearless fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rebellious spirit paved the way for current trendsetters like Marc Jacobs.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern design with pops of color (usually orange) and a touch of Boho to add personality and warmth.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Kay Bojesen teak monkey that belonged to my grandmother. It hangs in my office next to the computer where I see it every day. I’m looking at it now and smiling.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I indulge my desire to get lost and follow my instinct.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A perfectly preserved 1960s Airstream trailer.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
There is no English equivalent for the popular Dutch word gezellig which loosely translates to cozy. A common and inexpensive way to make a room gezellig is with candles or multiple strings of white lights—they instantly make any room warm and inviting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t try to please or appeal to everyone. Find your niche and do it well.

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

Thursday
Sep292011

california design exhibit: los angeles

photo by: andrewarchyWhat: California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
When: October 1, 2011 thru March 25, 2012
Where: LACMA, The Resnick Pavilion

California Design—specifically from 1930-1965, or the midcentury modern period—will get its due as this exhibit focuses on its role in creating a material culture which spread across the country and throughout the world.

More than 300 objects will be on display—including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—by such noted designers as locals Charles and Ray Eames.

Together, the Eames’ define mid-century modern—and their living room is sure to be a highlight of this exhibit. Yes, all 1,864 items from their living room have been moved across the city and placed in a duplicate at LACMA while the Eames Foundation, as part of its 250-year preservation plan, begins the work of maintaining the original 1949 Pacific Palisades house—now over 60 years old.

The house itself will be closed to public viewing until March 2012 so to avoid disappointment, contact the Foundation at least 48 hours in advance to confirm appointments to view the grounds. And don’t miss other exhibits in collaboration with Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks to todd, senior visual merchant west, for this submission.