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Wednesday
Jun092010

designer profile: bernard brucha of mash studios

What’s your favorite room at home?
Outdoor space. I have a patio with views of Santa Monica bay and the Malibu coastline—never gets old.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s never one thing that inspires a design but a culmination of inspirations, past experiences, and emotions.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Pencils and paper have proven to be pretty useful. Simple things tend to be the best.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel is fun and makes you see things differently, but when I’m home I’m a surfer, triathlete, and like the outdoors.

What do you drive?
VW R32, Ducati Monster dark, but my favorite is my carbon fiber road bike a Cervelo P3C. It gets amazing gas mileage.

Who are your design icons?
Too many to list—Eames, Noguchi, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Saarinen, Nakashima…

Form vs. function?
Form definitely form…unless it needs to work…then, function definitely function…

What one item do you wish you owned?
A farm.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy things you like and things you’ll be happy passing down to your kids.

Best career advice you received? Gave?
Move to New York… don’t be a garbage man… make your first job the most important one… figure out what you want to do and pursue it at all costs… happiness is the most important thing in life.

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

Friday
Apr302010

designer profile: nic shannon of vaugh|shannon

Where was your favorite place to live?
I will bend the definition of live and say Portugal for holidays. It was good to get away from gray skies and rain which our little island is sometimes known for. 

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room for me is the most exciting room in the house. Probably because it’s where I have all the fun things. Otherwise it would be the outdoors. 

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
That’s a really hard question. Sewage Systems…for human health reasons. Although I am really impressed by the new pram we bought!!

What are your sources of inspiration?
Life and knowledge…

What do you drive?
I’m pretty good to the environment at the moment so I drive nothing.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A castle. Definitely a castle. Maybe vaugh|shannon will have offices in one in the future? 

What are your interests outside of design?
Music. Most spare time I have I’ll listen to music. I’m a drummer too…and I love history. Most of this may be swept aside as I have a baby due in eight days. 

Who are your design icons?
I don’t have specific icons. I love a mixture though between various design fields. Amalgamations across various fields can and has generated great design. 

Form vs. function?
Function should take the lead. Form is the amazing bonus. Both are great.

What is your signature ____?
Functional products with humour.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Modern, clean, crisp. 

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Materialistically it would be my music system and instruments.

 

Wednesday
Apr282010

designer profile: trevor vaugh of vaugh|shannon

Where was your favourite place to live?
I love living here in Dublin. It’s such a lively and interesting city, never failing to be a source of inspiration, and a great place to keep me grounded. As much as I love Dublin, every time I visit New York I feel at home and would love to try living there for a while.

What’s your favourite room at home?
Definitely the kitchen. I love to cook and I love kitchen gadgets. I find cooking to be a very similar process to design—probably the reason I like it so much. The careful pulling together of good ingredients, mixing in the correct quantities and presenting a finished product are all very similar to the design of a product.

In your opinion, what’s the best designed item of all time?
Wow that’s a difficult one. I could be predictable and say the paperclip or the staple—which are indeed incredibly simple and brilliant ideas—but I’ll go for the wood screw and screwdriver. The perfect balance of form, function and system.

What do you drive?
I don’t. I’m either on my bike or the subway. I always swore I wouldn’t drive until I could afford, or was in a position to get the beautiful Citroen DS. This won’t happen until I move from my apartment into a house but it’ll be worth the wait!

What one item do you wish you owned?
Well that would have to be the elusive Citroen DS!

Who are you design icons?
I have so many, but those that have really inspired me are Achille Castiglioni, Eero Saarinen, the Bouroullec brothers and Konstantin Grcic.

Form vs. function?
I never really thought much of that question. I always believed it was too simplistic a question. To me form is a function. Form is just a function of selling, instructing and appealing. It is vital to have the two in balance.

What is your signature __?
Function and surprise!

Your personal decorating style?
Cluttered minimalism.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I am a bit of a collector, and I love all sorts of quirky toys, objects and oddities. Of these I think my favourite would have to be a tiny ceramic doll which looks like my fiancée Mary. It’s Japanese and it’s great to have with me when she’s away or when I’m traveling. I’m not a romantic it’s just comforting and nice to have around.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
It is important to surround yourself with people, objects and memories that you love, make you feel comfortable and reflect who you are. Minimalism is great, but it’s important to have personality in there too. I love the mix of antique and contemporary pieces.

What’s the best career advice you ever received or gave?
I was always told in school to “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it”. Now that I work for myself my advice would be to work hard, surround yourself with inspiring people, and never sit on good ideas.

Thursday
Mar252010

designer profile: mark daniel of slate design

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel, music, architecture, caffeine.

Who are your design icons?
Le Corbusier, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Hans Wegner.

What are your interests outside of design?
Cars, motorcycles, woodworking, video games.

What do you drive?
An old BMW.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My 1973 BMW R75/5 motorcycle. I’ve spent the winter restoring it and am counting the days until I can start riding it!

Where was your favorite place to live?
Definitely Paris. I got to spend my senior year of college there. It completely opened up my world view of art, architecture and design.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I’m a huge reader so it would have to be a library—which is currently in transition from the kids’ playroom. I have plans drawn up for built-in bookcases, a fireplace, and my Eames lounge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
This isn’t a very original answer but I have to say the iPhone. Not only does it revolutionize how I work, play and communicate, but it comes in a beautifully designed package. Really the ultimate fusion of form and function.

Form vs. function?
Function first, form is a result or an expression of the function. If it doesn’t work, it’s not good design.

Your personal decorating style is ___?
I’m very anti-clutter, so my house and studio spaces reflect the “less is more” school of thought.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I’ve always wanted a Arne Jacobsen Swan chair.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Photographs, lots of photographs. Photos of your family, places you travel, things that inspire you make your space personal and meaningful.

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

Thursday
Feb042010

designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!