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Monday
Mar092015

framework: the final build

What: Framework Series Finale
When: Tuesday, March 10 at 10/9 CST
Where: Spike TV

On Tuesday, the 4 semi-finalists of Framework visited CB2 Santa Monica for their latest assignment—an adjustable height work desk. To see the desks builders created based on their assignment and visit, go here.

For previews of the final episode, go to Spike TV/Framework—and don’t miss the final episode this Tuesday, March 10, when Freddy Hill, Jory Brigham and Jason Radcliffe compete in the final build to win the competition and have their work shown at CB2.

Saturday
Dec272014

framework hits spike tv on january 6

What: Framework
When: Tuesdays at 10/9 CST starting January 6
Where: Spike TV

Hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common, Framework will showcase
the nation’s best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize—
and the opportunity for their work to be featured at CB2.

Over a grueling ten week competition, 13 innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges.

The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation.

In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges comprised of Common and two of the most influential names in the furniture world today—Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

Friday
Jan312014

spring favorites: ryan

sterling side table
I love how this table adds an unexpected shine to any room. It looks great paired with sofas or
next to a bed.
handwoven recycled sari silk grey rugs
because I love flatweave rugs—
they add such a great layer to a living room or dining room—I love the details of the shine of the silk in these rugs, when you see them in person they really look special.
taurus coat hook
I love the attitude of this coat hook and how it looks mixed in a sophisticated entryway.

Thanks to ryan, general merchandise manager, for this submission.

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

Friday
Sep072012

how it's made: the fleet chair

We first met designer and woodworker Jason Lewis in 2007 at the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago. Coinciding with Neocon, the show has become an annual event where local designers, artists and craftspeople exhibit their work within a small moving truck—which purposely line up with the elevated sidewalks of the Fulton Market district.

Jason’s skills as a designer and craftsman were evident in the furniture pieces he showed—including the original wood version of the fleet chair which has been in his portfolio since about 2001. At the time we were without a qualified source to mass produce the chair in the quantities we needed, so while we weren’t able to work with Jason immediately, we knew a good thing when we saw it so we kept it in mind and kept his business card handy.

In 2009, when the opportunity presented itself to mass produce the wood version, we revisited Jason’s workshop—blocks from our new offices—to see which of his designs would be best to pursue. Soon after the idea sparked to reconsider all metal fleet chairs.

Originally inspired by his idea to mirror the elegantly curved back within the seat, the design was easy to envision in metal—including second and third versions in yellow and orange powder-coated metal.

And while the wood version is hand-crafted with mortise and tenon joinery, production of the metal version—as shown below—requires an almost equal amount of hands-on time and level of expertise.