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Monday
Sep122011

designer profile: manuel saez & partners

Manuel Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn. It is a true multicultural experience. It has the small friendly neighborhood feeling and quick access to Manhattan and all the good things new York can offer.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Everyday things. Sculpture, art, science shows, nature… Depends… Yesterday I found a chewed up dog stick at the park and I am going to do a sculpture with it.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan.

Who are you design icons?
In terms of product the Eames aluminum series. As far as designers I like Phillip Stark, always criticized but he knows how to control what people feel…

Form vs. function?
Yes! The true is Balance between them, in the context the design will be used.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
A vintage long, black leather coat I bought on the street in Malaga Spain.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Good food and great company. I love to cook and entertain friends.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
White paint—with it you can hide or highlight. Anything looks good—spaces and objects.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: you need to exercise some restraint!!! Gave: do what you love and be patience.

To see all of Manuel Saez & Partners’ current designs for CB2, go here.

JordiWhere was your favorite place to live?
Anywhere you are close enough to where the things are happening—in NYC or Barcelona— but far enough to see it with perspective and mindfulness.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The paper clip for its simplicity, use of material and look.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Usually the best inspirations come from contexts completely different from the one we are working on. Fortunately NYC allows you to change your context with a 3 minute bicycle ride, although inspiration never comes when you look for it!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Hang, or handpan, an originally Swiss musical instrument incredibly difficult to get. But waiting in line to get one made in Russia very soon!

Who are you design icons?
I don’t really have fixed icons in general, but to pick from back home I would say that I have big sympathy for Mario Ruiz and Jaime Hayon, absolutely two different views on design.

Form vs. function?
I think that Form and Function should never confront each other in a ring. They have to leave in peace and act always accordingly in each context, which makes their relation always different depending on the situation.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Always change your job whenever you stop having fun on what you do.

Wednesday
Aug312011

designer profile: jannis ellenberger

Where was your favorite place to live?
I am quite happy where we live right now. Bremen is a charming city in the north of Germany with many nice people—not too far away from the sea with lots of fresh air—and we have a river going through with a beach. So in the summer we can take a bath right in the center of the city.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We have a double room we share as a family. It’s for living, eating, sleeping, playing with our children… and a sunny balcony attached. it serves many functions and when doors are wide open it’s one huge space.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Hard to tell…maybe the Lego® brick. A very small and simple toy children will keep on playing with for generations I guess. Every human on the planet owns an average of 62 Lego® pieces!

What do you drive?
The Dutch bike I inherited from my father-in-law. When I need a car my C5—which I bought because Citroen® was the first company installing ‘soot particle filters’ in diesel cars.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Hard to evaluate… maybe my books. I always have to be surrounded by books even though I have almost no time for reading. I have some very beautiful books and believe that designing books is great art! I even know what my books smell like…

What’s your personal decorating style?
Lots of free space, clear forms, and warm materials. And of course, white and empty walls to provide room for mental projections, for ideas, free thoughts and creativity.

What are your interests outside of design?
My two boys! Outoors + nature, arts, sports.

Who are you design icons?
There are many, but Ray and Charles Eames were definitely the ones who opened up my galaxy of design.

Form vs. function?
Next to many others, these are both important aspects in the design process and they have to be weighted differently for every single project.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Authenticity—just be yourself and go for it.

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

Thursday
Aug182011

designer profile: lime studio

Panos Where was your favorite place to live?
Don’t have favourite’s usually of any kind, in general I would say Mediterranean though.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I like working on my desk.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Maybe the umbrella, functional item that hasn’t really change in decades.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything around us, it’s mostly subconscious process.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Leica M9 camera.

What are your interests outside of design?
Photography, cooking, sports.

Form vs. function?
Both are important and have to coexist within an item.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Cuban cigars and chocolate.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple and see the value into ordinary items.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Insist on your designs, stay focused and never work for free.

Oscar

Where was your favorite place to live?
They say, that there is no place like home. Fortunately that’s my case.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The balcony, I would rather spend 10 hours outside than indoors… unless it´s raining!

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I would say the pencil, without a pencil it would have been difficult to develop a design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Everyday objects

What do you drive?
A bicycle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A teleporter so I could visit my girlfriend anytime.

What are your interests outside of design?
Photography, sports.

Who are you design icons?
Past, Jean Prouve and present, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Your personal decorating style is ?
Minimalist, not overload the space with objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Don´t over decorate your home!

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

Tuesday
Aug092011

designer profile: jonas wahlstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago, no doubt. This is where my adult life began. I got married, had my beautiful kids here, as well as started my wood working and design career. I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

I have to say that I have been pretty fortunate to have lived in so many different parts of the world in my life. I grew up in Sweden and after my military service (as a chef on the fearsome HMS Älvsborg) I lived in Stockholm, worked as a chef, and totally fell in love with the city. After Stockholm my cooking took me to the Cayman Islands for two years—this was a great time. I also had an extended stay in Japan, which was pretty amazing as well.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Our sitting room—I have full view of the kitchen and living room where the kids are roaming.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The large wind turbines. They serve a great purpose and are majestic to look at. Truly mesmerizing.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Could be anything really, but I like to look at everyday objects and scale them up or down transforming their shape or lines into something for a furniture piece. The legs of the Dylan table were inspired by the simple, yet functional shape of a paperclip. I was fiddling with one and after twisting it a bit, it gave me an idea for the w shape of the legs (convenient since my last name starts with a “w”).

What one item do you wish you owned?
A summer home in my native Sweden. To be able to spend a few weeks in the summer over there would be amazing.

What are your interests outside of design?
My kids!!!! Family is what it’s all about for me. Who are you design icons? Tadao Ando, Poul Kjaerholm, Richard Serra…to name a few.

Form vs. function?
Both for sure. If something is supposed to provide a certain function then that has to come first. If you can then incorporate form to enhance the feeling of an object, that’s true design.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My house. My wife and I have worked really hard to make it our own, and it is something that really becomes a part of you.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Food, I love to eat. I was a chef for 8 years—in the Swedish navy, Stockholm, Cayman Islands, and then here in Chicago.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
This one is super low budget… de-clutter. Too much stuff will sometimes make a space cave in on itself. Although it’s important that your dwelling reflect your own personality, keeping it organized and clean will make it a place to relax and recharge.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I think now the best advice I can give to anyone is to live their life and do work that feels meaningful to them, but hey I don’t really feel qualified to give advice when I haven’t figured out where I’m headed myself. Maybe when I am in my eighties I have earned the right to have any say.

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

Tuesday
Jul262011

designer profile: federico churba

Where was your favorite place to live?
Home sweet home! I live in a small cosy house with a large green garden in the surroundings of Buenos Aires, and love it!

What are your sources of inspiration?
The surroundings… I love to go around with my camera and take pictures of many things, and usually work with them trying to find connections and clues of identity. Then, trying to convert them into pieces of contemporaneous furniture.

What do you drive?
Different choices, depending on the weather and what I am wearing! but mostly my 1957 Vespa.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house on the beach, definitively.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love to play the piano, but I believe nobody feels the same at home!

Who are you design icons?
Many… but if you force my, I would Vico Magistretti.

Form vs. function?
It depends on the project.

Your personal decorating style is ?
At my office? we change the wallpapers every time we work on new projects.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My piano. It is old and sounds very bad, but I don´t think I could change it for a new one.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
The movie theatre around the corner of my studio.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Throw away everything you don´t need—really cheap.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don´t become a lawyer.

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