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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.

Friday
Oct252013

meet us: euga design

Paola Traversa and Eugenio Gargioni
photo by: David Lenaz
Where was your favorite place to live?
Paris—absolutely!

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen since we both have a passion for cooking.

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

What are your sources of inspiration?
People and their needs.

What do you drive?
A station wagon—since we have got a baby!

Form vs. function?
They are inextricably linked.

What are your interests outside of design?
Architecture and cooking for both of us, to read and write for Paola and for Eugenio to swim and climb.

Who are you design icons?
Those intellectuals of the past that were humanists—like Munari, Eames, Enzo Mari, Castiglioni.

What is your personal decorating style?
Simple and refined, timeless.

What’s your favorite possession?
Our sketches and paintings by Paola’s mom.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Paola can not resist buying books—for Eugenio the indulgence is everything concerns his piano.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“Never listen to advice.”

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

Wednesday
Jul032013

designer profile: ayush kasliwal

Where was your favorite place to live?
Jaipur, India—any day!!

What are your sources of inspiration?
Moments of inner peace—and these come unannounced.

What’s your favorite possession?
My diaries.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A potter’s wheel… and the time to use it!!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen

What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, appropriate and easy.

Form vs. function?
Form and function—both complement each other an neither exist without each other… now good design, would be like a great marriage of the two.

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

Who are your design icons?
Gandhi, Charles Eames, Hans J Wegner.

What are your interests outside of design?
Architecture and cultures.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
White. Colour things white, it is modern and light, or charcoal, to dramatize the space.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
To do what I feel right about—and to do it really well—which is the same that I give… for work, as in life.

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

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.