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Wednesday
Nov262014

designer profile: gere kavanaugh

photo courtesy of: Nancy Louise Jones Where was your favorite place to live?
Oh I think everyplace I’ve live in I’ve loved—but
I like Los Angeles right now the best.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
That’s an easy question—it’s the whole house because I’ve worked hard on it and I’m still picking it up, always moving things things around. You have another idea or something looks different when it’s next to a different object or color or texture—so I’m always making what
I call still-lifes around the house.

What is your personal decorating style?
I don’t decorate. It’s a very simple but very direct and very colorful style.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Paint.

What’s your favorite possession?
My tea cups—about half of the collection are glazed in colors or painted and the other half are all white. When you’re drinking tea, tea has many different colors—and even in the green and black varieties—I like being able to see all those colors and the only way is to drink it in a white cup.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Sweaters and yarns—I love texture so often I’ll buy skeins of yarns just because I’m attracted to them.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I’d love to own a watermelon tourmaline—if you get one of the oblong crystal shapes, it goes from a reddish watermelon color to green. I saw one once in Central America and never since.

What are your interests outside of design?
I have so many! Cooking, reading, traveling, visiting museums—just living—listening to intelligent people give lectures but it all feeds back into my design living.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Getting up in the morning and walking out into the world. I believe a designer’s job is to look— so I’m always looking because you never know what will strike you as inspiration or what you can file away to reference or build upon later.

Form vs. function?
That’s a funny one—I also collect industrial things like funnels, graters… their function is so simple and the designs are no nonsense, honest. I think they go hand in hand because they’re so honest.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There are so many things—mainly it’s the basics like the needle, the pencil, paper clips, Ziploc┬« Bags.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Again, it’s very simple—I had a teacher who once said the most important thing you could have was curiosity. It makes you dig and think—whether you’re an artist, a musician or a scientist—it’s how I live every day.

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

Friday
Nov212014

domino pick: fringe with benefits throw

The editors at Domino magazine scoop their top CB2 finds for holiday decor, parties and giving—check out all Domino picks on cb2.com!

Fashion Editor Amanda Thompson’s pick:
fringe with benefits throw Domino Magazine Fashion Editor
Amanda Thompson

An amazing way to warm up any room this holiday season—give this textured, cozy throw as a gift to friends or family, or keep it for yourself!

Personally, I would pair this throw with neutral colored pieces to brighten up any space, as well as use it to balance any brightly-colored room.  Use it in living room for chilly nights, draped on a sofa arm, or as a throw for the foot of bed.

The best way to stay warm in the cold winter months, this throw can also transition into spring and summer months as a picnic blanket.

Friday
Dec202013

holiday favorites: sara

pinch bowls
beautiful detailing and so in love with brass right now.
stelton 6” santoku knife
I hate cooking, but this makes me want to get into it.
nut case
funny name and useful!

Thanks to sara, product manager, for this submission.

Friday
Dec132013

oh gnome we did!

How did the Novogratz’ disco gnome go from shelf size to larger-than…”life-size”? First, we contacted Daddy-O Productions in Brooklyn—who specialize in…extra large disco gnomes…?

To create the core, a small model gnome was laser scanned creating a wire frame rendering. This drawing was scaled up to the 6’ super size, then sliced into 4” thick layers—creating a virtual gnome layer cake.

The slices were then cut out of 4” thick, 1.5lb Styrofoam bead board using a computer-guided CNC router. Next, the contoured layers were stacked into the rough form of a blank gnome which was then hand-carved into their final, smooth shape—requiring about 24 man-hours to sculpt each one.

Now the hard part—mirroring the gnomes. To reduce breakage, chipping and weight, 1/8” thick acrylic mirror was used instead of glass mirrors.

Each gnome required about 6200 mirrors in 4 basic shapes—mostly 7/8” square, then trapezoid, rectangle and triangle to fit smaller spots. Since there are 5 gnomes, the +35,000 tiles were cut using a special industrial saw—which can cut almost all of them at once.

About half the square shapes were then individually shaped to fit the complex contours of the gnomes and—using 100% silicone and industrial grade hot glue—it took another 75 man-hours to attach the mirrors. That’s three people, about 4 days, to complete just one.

Through Christmas Eve, look for a super disco gnome at these CB2 locations: Eastside New York (shown above right), Union Square, West Hollywood, Lincoln Park, and South Beach Miami.

Wednesday
Dec112013

holiday favorites: megan

punch bowl with ladle
for holiday parties I like to make
my favorite cider-bourbon-ginger cocktail in a big punch bowl because it’s festive!
disco ball gold ornament
every year I buy a new ornament to symbolize the coming year. this one exemplifies how bright and shiny 2014 will be—full of happy times
with friends and family.
nut case
it’s become a wrapping vessel for many gifts this year—I love this!!

Thanks to megan, associate product manager, for this submission.