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Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: FoundRe

Raun Meyn of FoundRe Where was your favorite place to live?
After college, I lived in a converted attic space above an old Victorian in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The rent was cheap and the space was beautiful. It was hands down the coolest apartment I ever had. I wish I could import it to Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
When I’m at home I spend the majority of my time in the living room. Even though I watch a lot of Netflix, it’s also my creative space. I keep my bass guitars there and love to have private jam sessions. I also have a drafting table set up that I use to sketch furniture design ideas.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I’m definitely inspired by my surroundings. I’m constantly looking around. When driving, my wife is always yelling at me to keep my eyes on the road. I can’t help it, if I see an old beat up billboard or a dilapidated building I have to stare at it. I’m fascinated by the vague history being told with textures and subtle colors. I think it stems from growing up in the burbs where everything is so clean and well kept.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love collecting vintage things and hunting for antiques. I also play bass and drums and make music with friends whenever possible. Making spontaneous music with good people, who speak the same musical language, is one of the most gratifying feelings I know.

Who are your design icons?
Barney Bubbles is my all time favorite designer. He was a graphic designer and artist in the 60’s who made a living producing art for record albums. He did some really interesting things with not only the album covers, but also with incredibly detailed inserts and posters. His stuff really resonates with me.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
That is an impossible question. I will say that I love all things vintage. I especially love old cars and motorcycles (60’s and 70’ era Harley’s make my eyes pop and my heart beat fast). I love old vans too, like the 1967 Corvair van. That thing looks like it’s cruising down the road, even when it’s sitting still.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I love dark roast coffee and medium to dark bodied beers like Ambers and Porters. I would say the coffee drinking is a straight up addiction, but sipping on a cold beer is more of a well-rounded indulgence.

What do you drive?
I have driven many things in my day—I have owned 14 cars, three mopeds, and two motorcycles since I was 16. Currently, I drive a 2005 cargo van that I use to haul lumber and furniture. Before that I had a 1974 Ford E-100 Chateau Club Wagon. That thing was beautiful! I loved it, but it hated hauling junk and I eventually had to trade it in (it was taking too much abuse). Now when I’m not driving the cargo van, I ride my 2004 Harley Sportster 1200. Weather permitting of course.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
I think one of the cheapest most impactful DIY tips is taking old black and white photos and having Kinko’s blow them up as big as they can enlarge. The pixilation starts to really add something to the image when you go really big. And you can find very interesting subject matter and good compositions by just digging through old photos at antique stores. You could also use family photos. If you really want to spice it up, have FoundRe make a killer frame for it out of one-of-a-kind salvaged wood.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
The old cliché, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” speaks to me, along with the quote from famous fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, “If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do—that’s the key to the whole thing.” I just think that’s brilliant; your career shouldn’t solely be about making money. Your career should have some semblance of passion behind it! We should all love what we do, even if it’s not our job. Having external interests and passions make life a much more interesting journey.

renew tall clock renew frames

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

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: AHeirloom

Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat of AHeirloom
photo by: Alyssa Kirsten
Where was your favorite place to live?
We love living in Brooklyn, we have lived here for about off and on for about 14 years. Both of our business were started here so we feel that the environment is right for our creative growth.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We love our son’s room, as we took the most time to decorate it before he was born. Bill build a lovely crib and we spend a great deal of time painting and making the room a place where our son will grow and learn.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Bill always says - “necessity is the mother of all invention” and I would agree that need and the ability to figure out how to make something is our inspiration.

What do you drive?
We drive a volvo station wagon…it is a tank in the winter! Getting from studio to manufacturing space, to pre-school pickups requires some serious planning and a good set of wheels.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I think we wished we owned a better camera with a super sweet photo booth.. but perhaps this will happen in the new year….once we learn how to make one that works..

What are your interests outside of design?
We cook, clearly we are interested in cheese and all sorts of things related to baking and food prep. It is the major inspiration for our housewares line for sure.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
One of the best designs of all time in our opinion would be the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe, it was groundbreaking in it’s use of materials, It was elegant and sleek design combined with rich natural materials. So many wonderful modern buildings have been based on it’s classical principles.

Who are you design icons?
Corbusier is Bill’s and mine would be Charles and Ray Eames, each of these architects and designers knew a great deal about proportion and scale, which is essential in design. We also feel that they were super graphic in their representations.. they were distinct in their styles and never afraid of being bold.

Form vs. function?
We don’t think you have to choose that in the current design climate.. as trained architects we would most likely argue that form follows function many. A great deal of new products are being designed with the new manufacturing techniques that minimize unnecessary parts and pieces as the design evolves. The design and function of a products are getting more integrated as the techniques for making evolve.

What is your personal decorating style?
We never have a great deal of time to think about decorating our home and for many years we didn’t have the resources to buy things for our various apartments.. so we typically had to make the furniture that was needed! We are defiantly less is more type people and are truly white walls and clean lines type of people.

What’s your favorite possession?
We love our laser cutter, as it helps us prototpye and design new things ideas as quickly as we can think them up. We love the speed of bring things to life with the laser beams.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Our biggest indulgence is hiring a team of people who help us with the daily running of our business, we have really tried to do most things by ourselves, but the time has finally come where we need more help. Hopefully, our team will learn as we grown.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Paint is pretty inexpensive and we have really concentrated on painted ceilings for our apartment .. bold geographic shapes painted on a wall can really break and define space.. especially for a 2 year old’s room!

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Sometime you have to let go of what you thought was going to work in order to really see the full potential of an idea - be flexible and try to allow for reinvention.

cork U.S.A. wall board

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

Monday
Jan062014

designer profile: ceci thompson

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel. Culture. Food. Business. I especially enjoy when these things intersect with design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, Nature, Industry, World Travel, New York…

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn. Watching it make itself and continually redefine itself is a fascination of mine.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room I suppose—although I can count on two hands how many times I’ve actually sat on my own couch over several years.

What do you drive?
I love riding my bike around Brooklyn – be it for the efficiency factor or for the discovery that happens when you stay above ground and aren’t locked inside a vehicle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A home in southeast Spain to retire to some day.

Who are your design icons?
To name a few…architects Herzog&de Meuron, product designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, design curator Jamie Gray.

Form or Function.
The perfect marriage of the two.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There can’t be one winner. It has to be something we use every day without even thinking about it.

What is your personal decorating style?
I’m still figuring that out. My apartment is pretty bare. I think it’s a reluctance to commit to something as my interests are always evolving.

What’s your favorite possession?
Although I’m a product designer and I love “things” of all sorts, I don’t really attach myself to material objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking time to do what I want to do in life rather than going the safe route.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Just be yourself – my dad.

To see all of Ceci’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Friday
Jan032014

designer profile: aelfie oudghiri

Who are you design icons?
Betsey Johnson was my hero growing up.

Form vs. function?
Neither. Color.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
De-clutter and buy flowers.

What do you drive?
My husband nuts.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I live in an open loft, so it’s all my favorite room.

What is your personal decorating style?
Chic with a hint of totally bonkers.

What are your interests outside of design?
Dancing, literature, art, music and business.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s hard to know. Funny things like an old pair of candlesticks or a stranger in a funny sweater might get me excited about an idea or form.

Where was your favorite place to live?
In Budapest, across the street from a beautiful old concert hall and above a supermarket. It was perfect.

What’s your favorite possession?
It’s the first thing I see when I wake up—an enormous embroidered tapestry from Uzbekistan.

What one item do you wish you owned?
More paintings by my grandmother, Lounah Starr.

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

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Fake it till you make it.

To see all of Aelfie’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Tuesday
Dec102013

designer profile: hettler-tüllmann 

Jula Tüllmann and Katja Hettler

Jula

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin—combined with an ocean.

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

What are your sources of inspiration?
Traditional crafts.

What do you drive?
A second-hand bike.

What are your interests outside of design?
People—my family, my friends, therefore also traveling, Yoga, Tai Chi and windsurfing.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Frolicking in the ocean, looking into the glittering waves.

Who are you design icons?
Kazujo Sejima, Meret Oppenheim, Charles and Ray Eames.

Form vs. function?
A happy marriage of both.

What is your personal decorating style?
Light and minimal with a touch of softness.

What’s your favorite possession?
I don’t like to attach myself to possessions (I tend to lose things) but I DO like our vintage COR Sofa designed by Dieter Rams (certainly hard to lose).

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple, work with good lighting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your gut-feeling. Wear your own pants.

Katja

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin and Paris.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen is the heart of our home.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The bicycle, allowing to cover large distances with comparatively little effort.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything from a material, colour, texture to random everyday objects.

What do you drive?
A Dutch bicycle.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Traveling.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A handwoven wallcarpet my mother made in Finland.

What are your interests outside of design?
Film, art, photography, dance performances and traveling the world.

Who are you design icons?
Charles & Ray Eames, danish design.

Form vs. function?
Form and function ideally fuse naturally.

What is your personal decorating style?
A mix of old and new, flea market and travel treasures, optimize space and natural light.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Bertoia bird chair passed on from my parents.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your passion, put your effort in things that come from the heart, the rest will come.

To see all of Hettler-Tüllmann’s current designs for CB2, go here.