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Thursday
Mar122015

meet us: strand design

photo by: Anjali Pinto marina 24” mirror rack

Sharon

Where was your favorite place to live?
I currently live in the Chicago loop, and so far, I think it is my favorite.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Though not exactly in our home, I would have to say our balcony—we’re on the 47th floor and the view is wonderful.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel inspires me, the city inspires me, but more often than not, what inspires me to want to make something is when I feel annoyed by an object and want it to be better in some way. So I guess you could say I am frequently inspired by what annoys me.

What do you drive?
I don’t really. Since I live and work in the Loop I’m primarily a pedestrian.

What are your interests outside of design?
Reading, cooking, camping in remote locations, running.

Form vs. function?
Both in perfect harmony.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern, and simple, with attention to the beauty and richness of natural materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Travel. I am compelled to go somewhere at least every six months. I’d do it even more often if I could.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
As a teacher, I try to remind my students to have fun. They’re trying to become designers because they love design and it’s what they want to do. If you’re not having any fun, then do something else.

Ted

Where was your favorite place to live?
I love living in Chicago—but I’d live anywhere as long as it is close to Lake Michigan and the food is good.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom is full of light and that is the best way to start a day. I love waking up to the sunrise reflecting off of the steel and glass buildings across the street.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Luders 16 sailboat. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I can stop and picture the form of that boat in my mind’s eye. One can never have too much cold-molded mahogany around.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Tinkering and reading are big sources. Materials and manufacturing processes never cease to inspire. And, of course, I’m inspired by everyday life; being social, talking with people, traveling and just walking around.

What do you drive?
In my mind, a Porsche 912. In reality, a Toyota Yaris hatchback—but the two are really so similar, I don’t know why I make any distinction at all! I love messing around with cars but I haven’t had the time or space to do it for too long.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel, food, sailing, swimming, family, camping … preferably all mixed up together.

Who are you design icons?
Jean Prouvé and all of the anonymous designers who make most of what we use everyday.

What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, wood, white and lots of light.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy a table saw and you won’t have to buy furniture anymore.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
You’ll never make a living making things.

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

Friday
Dec062013

CB2 at Dose Market

what: CB2 at Dose Market
when: Sunday, December 8 from 10am-4pm
where: 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Avenue
getting there: the Damen Station on the Blue Line, valet and street parking available
admission: adults $5, free for kids

Dose Market is an ever-changing, highly-curated marketplace designed to delight. Featuring the finest in food and fashion, meet extraordinary artists, artisans and entrepreneurs—then discover, sample and take home their products.

This Sunday, CB2 will be there to share Holiday DIY ideas—let’s Get Dosed!

Monday
Jun102013

guerrilla truck show: chicago

What: The 9th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show
When: Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30-9:30pm
Where: West Fulton Market

guerrilla: a small independent group of product, furniture designers and artisans that band together to provide an innovative venue to vent their ideas and creativity.

For “Chicago’s Annual One Night Art & Design Event”, local and independent artists and designers will be taking to West Fulton Market once again.

Every summer during Neocon, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the show as a platform for creatives to showcase their work in a very temporary gallery—within the back of a truck.

What started with 13 U-Haul trucks, has expanded to both temporary and permanent indoor spaces—everything from furniture and lighting to metal and theatre fabrications should be un-expected.

photos courtesy of: facebook.com/guerrilla_truck_show

Tuesday
Jun122012

guerrilla truck show: chicago

What: The 8th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show
When: Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30-9:30pm
Where: West Fulton Market

guerrilla: a member of a small independent group of product, furniture designers and artisans that band together to provide an innovative venue to vent their ideas and creativity.

Local, independent artists and designers will be taking to West Fulton Market once again.

Every summer during Neocon, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the show as a platform for creatives to showcase their work in a very temporary gallery—within the back of a truck.

What started with 13 U-Haul trucks, has expanded to both temporary and permanent indoor spaces—everything from furniture and lighting to metal and theatre fabrications should be un-expected.

Thursday
Apr052012

adfilmfest: chicago

photo by: 20 Letters What: adfilmfest—Architecture and Design Filmfest
When: April 12 thru 16
Where: The Music Box Theater, Chicago

During adfilmfest, a selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts will be shown during the week. Accompanying them, filmmakers, architects, designers and other industry leaders are scheduled to discuss design processes, architecture in film, and brilliant designs we see and use every day.

In Pool Party, catch the doubly surprising story of a swimming pool—the size of a football field in New York City built during the Depression and abandoned for almost 25 years—that’s become the most significant indie music venue since CBGB’s.

And in Detroit Wild City, locals hypothesize the future of Detroit—and ultimately all urban ‘settlements’.

33 Films will fill the roster—ranging in length from three minutes to 93 minutes—and each has been curated into 15 programs. Tickets will be sold by the program with each program including 1-4 films of varying lengths and running approximately 90 minutes.