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Monday
Sep242012

out magazine office renovation

Months ago, Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out Magazine, contacted CB2 to partner with them to work on David Bromstad’s design of the new offices they were moving to in Brooklyn.

An older apartment—about 110 square feet—located in Carroll Gardens, it’s on a tree-lined residential street with decades old mom and pop shops mixed with new hip joints within walking distance.

Built-in cabinetry had been spared over the years and many previous tenants—and the dark original stain was a rich contrast to glass, chrome, gold and brass accents. Architecturally detailed white walls also contrasted elegantly with sleek modern furniture.

Sticking with the this-is-not-a-small-space concept, a draught dining table became their home base meeting table which was paired with comfortable—for long meetings—horqueta and pony chairs.

Old fluorescent lighting fixtures were (thankfully!) scrapped for three cage brass pendant lamps which added a bit of glitz to the room—along with the conversation starter gold pig bookends.

Did we mention location? The building faces a neighborhood park and is graced with large windows which let in loads of natural sunlight and natural scenery—in a comparable vein, glass-topped
tesso desks allow the sunshine to continue through the space while minimizing visual clutter.

For the work spaces, tps file cabinets fit perfectly under the desks and the arched back of the
bubble chairs offer a bit of ergonomic support for long days at a laptop. Completing the look—and function—an ernest bar cart and astilla glasses were at the ready for post-production celebrations.

The October issue of the magazine features before and after pics, as well as design hints from David—check it Out!

Thanks to vance, senior visual merchant east, for being on location during the installation and for contributions to this submission.

Thursday
Feb042010

designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!