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Tuesday
Jul292014

designer profile: philip sachs

photo by: Bob Wolfe Where was your favorite place to live?
I am a New Yorker, born and raised. There’s no place like home. I’ve been living in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 8 years and I love it. However, there will always be a special place in my heart for New Orleans and the time I spent living there.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
If my garden counts as a room, then I choose that! It’s great living in New York City, but giving up a lot of nature to do so is a big trade off. I appreciate having a place of my own to relax and enjoy being outdoors. A lot of my artistic inspiration is created in those peaceful moments.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I’d have to say the bicycle. It truly is perfect — design, function, and utility all in one package. It’s completely sustainable, customizable and fun too.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Natural history museums are great. I think that ancient civilizations really understood and appreciated the importance of art and design in conjunction with function. In the past 100 years or so, a lot of design has been sacrificed for cost and utility.

What do you drive?
In New York, you have to have options for getting around. I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester, but I also ride a Trek 21 speed bicycle and a 1971 Honda CB175 motorcycle when I don’t want to worry about parking.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A private jet for traveling the world on a moment’s notice.

What are your interests outside of design?
Cooking dinner, wandering Prospect Park with my dog, exploring the city with my wife, international travel.

What is your personal decorating style?
I tend to adopt the less is more approach without being overly minimalistic. To me it’s all about arrangement of shape and color.

What’s your favorite possession?
My 13 year old Pit Bull / German Shepherd Cassie. She’s the best! I also have a 1976 Fender Rhodes electric piano I’m quite fond of.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Chocolate and coffee. Together or separate.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Figure out what you love doing. Then, go do it.

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

Friday
Jul182014

designer profile: donna piacenza of studio 1a.m.

Where was your favorite place to live?
My first little studio apartment was on the north side of Chicago—plenty of inspiration and design ideas to test. But Woodside, California, is definitely the prettiest place I’ve lived. My husband and I go each summer to bike up our favorite mountainous roads, take in the unforgettable scent of eucalyptus and hopefully spot a banana slug among the redwoods.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I wish I owned fewer items.

What are your interests outside of design?
Running, cycling, yoga. Starting (not necessarily finishing) projects at home. Experiencing everything for the first time with my two girls.

Who are you design icons?
Hella Jongerius, Alexander Calder, Nina Tolstrup, Scholten & Biajings.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Just being outside on a hike or run—letting thoughts go and ideas flow. Plus found objects and industrial remnants have always inspired my work.

What is your personal decorating style?
Minimalist mixed with a dose of vibrant color in a vintage setting. I’ve been accused of being a chromophobe (afraid of color) but I love color (bold, pure, fearless COLORS). I typically prefer a neutral space with a pop that makes you take notice of something really special.

What’s your favorite possession?
Photographs. Work traded with other designers/artists.

What do you drive?
A Jorg & Olif bicycle complete with milk crate is my preferred mode of transportation. It was a gift (or is it borrowed?), is way too big for me, weighs a ton—but it’s so charming and takes me back to vacationing in Amsterdam. There’s no other way I’d rather get around town.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Time to myself. And chocolate.

Do you have one low budget decorating tips?
Take away until you can’t take away anymore. Then put your favorite thing back. Also, use stencils or masked areas in unexpected colors/orientation to create a large impact on a limited budget. And a little industrial charm goes a long way.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I have a few favorites from friends and colleagues that I find myself passing along:
When you can no longer work for someone else, it’s time to open your own practice. -s.t.
Be careful what you’re good at. -c.k
You get the clients you deserve. -j.d.
Best I ever gave: Be patient and persistent (and fake it ‘til you make it).

To see all of Studio 1a.m.’s current works for CB2, go here.

Friday
Apr252014

designer profile: jennifer newman

Where was your favourite place to live?
Where I am now, the City of London.

What’s your favourite room in the home?
Open kitchen, dining, living.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The original VW Beetle.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Expressed structures in contemporary architecture.

What do you drive?
Don’t have a car but I love the design of the Mini.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Satoshi Okadi’s house on Mount Fuji.

What are your interests outside design?
City walking and architecture.

Who are your design icons?
Jean Prouve, Donald Judd, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Herzog and de Meuron and Yohji Yammamoto.

Form v Function?
Simple, structural, honesty.

What is your personal decorating style?
Harmony with a colour kick.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Yohji Yammamoto.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Stay one step ahead, it’s less crowded.

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

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: BROOKLYNrehab

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn were I am now and have been for over 10 years.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room with front balcony. It is a combination of new and vintage items. It can be whatever I need it to be. A space to relax. A space to entertain. A cozy perch to watch the interesting people in my neighborhood pass-by.

What do you drive?
My bike. It is the easiest way to get around the city and good exercise too.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Flea markets and travel. I love looking at the past and other cultures for inspiration.

Alyssa Zygmunt of BROOKLYNrehab What are your interests outside of design?
Good food. Nature. Biking. Exploring new places.

Who are you design icons?
John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, Eva Zeisel, AvroKO.

Form vs. function?
Why choose?

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The egg.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Air Stream Trailer.

What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic.

What’s your favorite possession?
A small anvil that once belonged to my Grandfather. I use it everyday and it reminds me that I come from a long line of makers.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Living in New York City, ever evolving mix of interesting people and emerging ideas.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy similar objects in groups of three or more to create an instant collection. Flea markets and vintage stores are a great source. It can also be a goal for future treasure hunts as you expand the collection.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Do what you love because you spend more time working than you do anything else. Gave: If you love what you do it does not feel like work!

cloud napkin holder round wood cheese board bulls eye coaster set flag serving board

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: ryan kapp

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve only ever lived in Ohio and Chicago and I would have to say Chicago is my favorite by far. I once heard someone say that Chicago is a serious metropolis in the middle of nowhere. I really liked that assessment and I think it lends a certain dimensionality to the people who live here. If Chicago was like it is in the summer year-round, then it would be completely blown out. But we suffer through the winter every year because we love it here.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is the dining room. We have a huge book shelf in there with all my design books, LP’s and little objects that I love.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything that captures the right mood at the right time - it can be the weather, a certain type of light, a skateboard photo, a song, a memory.

What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, music, travel, nature, sharks, Chicago Bulls.

Who are your design icons?
David Hockney, Alex Katz, Charley Harper, Chris Ware, Geoff McFetridge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
It would have to be the skateboard. It’s so simple but you can do so many different tricks with it. It’s also a blank canvas and all the fantastic graphics from the 80s were some of my first visual influences.

Ryan Kapp What do you drive?
2000 Honda Civic, manual transmission.

What one item do you wish you owned?
One of those mod hanging fireplace orbs.

Form vs. function?
Can I have it both ways?

What is your personal decorating style?
Mostly Mid-Century Modern with personal objects thrown in.

What’s your favorite possession?
My semi-auto screen printing press.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Donuts & vintage action figures.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Do-it-yourself framing—order frames online at wholesale prices and put everything together yourself to save on labor and mark-ups.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Best advice received: Try to do whatever it is you want to do so well that the rest takes care of itself. Best advice given: Don’t make life harder than it already is.

french bulldog screen print shiba inu screen print

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.