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Saturday
May162015

the PureWow offices by Homepolish + CB2

Today the team at PureWow is proudly standing behind their motto “Elevate the Everyday” in their new home base thanks to the designers at Homepolish.

An online publication focused on all aspects of women’s lives today—from fashion, beauty and home to travel, tech and money—PureWow sees a lot of beautiful designs and well designed spaces, but Homepolish was a fast and easy choice once they realized they were the team behind the many scenes they favored on Pinterest.

Tasked to decorate a number of shared spaces—from meeting rooms and dining rooms to multi-functional lounge areas—we’re thrilled Homepolish incorporated furniture and accessories from CB2.
To see more of the inspiring results of the collaboration, go here.

Congratulations to Homepolish on a job well-done, and we look forward to seeing how PureWow’s new work spaces inspire them!

Friday
Jan302015

design collab no.1: meet the SAIC designers

alex stroud
BFA, 2014

Alex studied designed objects and fine arts at SAIC. He is a designer and artist who is inspired by the act of working with his hands.

Alex loves to explore and immerse himself in new types of craft and different methods of design work.


Designed Object for CB2:
pinup storage cabinet

allison rokusek
BFA, 2014

Having studied both designed objects and visual communication at SAIC, Allison focuses on the reciprocal and emotional relationship between people and objects.

Using graphic and material language to allow simple or familiar forms to acquire new utility and personality, she treats the surfaces and layers of objects as opportunities to further mold how they are experienced, bringing ease and joy to daily interactions.


Designed Object for CB2:
origin dinnerware and textiles

arianna petrich
MFA, 2015

Appealing to human curiosity and magnetism toward delightful objects and situations, Arianna focuses on open-ended and interactive designs.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Arianna studied Art History at Tulane University in New Orleans, later moving to New York to work in art and design.

She started a jewelry line, Overdot, which is based on reconfigurable pairings of simple geometries.


Designed Object for CB2:
paradox nesting tables, color study pillow

brooke collins
BFA, 2015

Brooke focuses on the simple gestures that happen between people and objects.

She explores the relationship of digital technology and traditional techniques, merging them to achieve elegant solutions that shatter expectations.

In 2014 she exhibited her work in the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
sling nightstand

m. camille macrae
BFA, 2014

Camille likes to look at how people interact with others via the objects around them.

Valuing multifunctionality and customization, she treats design as a medium to communicate with the world.

Camille spends time between Chicago and San Francisco with a four-legged companion known as Texas Rex.


Designed Object for CB2:
adorn floor screen

chester ong
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

With a background in psychology and a knack for technology, Chester evokes a sense of wonder and play through his work. He believes design must be both functional and fun.

Chester likes to explore modularity and multifunctionality in forms ranging from furniture to toys.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Soka University of America in California.


Designed Object for CB2:
cache storage cabinet

jacob lenard
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Jacob strives to evoke enhanced sensory reactions to otherwise mundane objects and spaces. His designs catalyze moments of marvel, comfort, and curiosity through formal gestures and material applications.

Jacob studied interiors and furniture in Copenhagen, worked in fashion branding and retail interiors, and founded the fashion publication, Armour.

He also has a BA in Architecture and Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis.


Designed Object for CB2:
moment perch

josh crampton
BFA, 2014

Josh’s work aims to achieve a precise and highly deliberate form that provides a gratifying and considered daily experience. His designed objects are genuine, clean, and simple—striving to satisfy the hand and reveal their true qualities upon interaction.

Josh mixes digital technology and time-honored, hand-crafted traditions, using honest and straightforward materials that are never hidden or over complicated.

He has exhibited his work at the Sullivan Galleries and the Guerrilla Truck Show in Chicago.


Designed Object for CB2:
valet jewelry cabinet with mirror

kathie chung
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

With a background in ceramics and woodworking, Kathie strives to improve people’s lives a little bit at a time by creating objects that challenge perceptions and evoke curiosity.

She uses subtle forms and alluring materiality to captivate users and develop emotional appeal.

Kathie also holds a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan.


Designed Object for CB2:
sprout planter

nayeon kim
MDes, Designed Objects, 2015

Born and raised in South Korea, Nayeon attempts to provoke emotional connections by integrating cultural differences into her designs.

Informed by people’s behaviors, her work focuses on users’ observations of and relationships with space.

She also has a BFA in Spatial Design from Hongik University in Seoul.


Designed Object for CB2:
deep dish table and set of two cushions

tim fates
MDes, Designed Objects, 2014

Through his work, Tim seeks to create authentic objects across all modes of production in an increasingly commoditized world—always striving to design in a way that complements the richness of human interaction.

With professional experience in finance and retail, Tim also earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter—who together provided emotional, physical and conceptual inspiration to Tim’s small space living concepts.


Designed Object for CB2:
lateral pendant light

zach pino
MDes, Designed Object, 2015

Zach’s works harness and transform natural phenomena into instruments, objects, interfaces, and design processes which aim to delight, surprise, anticipate, and communicate.

With forms inspired by his experience in mathematical paper-folding and pop-up bookmaking, his designs feature kinetic elements, optical effects, and complex mechanisms.

Zach is also a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Linguistics and Computer Science departments and he has served as a faculty member in SAIC’s Continuing Studies program. He has lectured on design, parametric approaches, paper-folding, animation, and digital art.


Designed Object for CB2:
tonic bar cart

Friday
Jan092015

spring favorites: april

copper arc table lamp
a great way to show off stylish
light bulbs!
suspend media console
marble and mid-tone have never looked so good together!
atrium display cabinet
I would love to start a rotating art installation inside…like a mini storefront window display!

Thanks to april, catalog merchandise manager, for this submission.

Thursday
Jan082015

how it's made: frida and diego pendant lights

For centuries, the people in the south of Mexico have made use of the palm plant—a sustainable natural fiber that grows abundantly and wild.

The word ‘makaua’ in the Nahuatl —or Aztec—language has two meanings: hand to hand; or the act of giving a hand.

More than 700 families are a part of this project and each and every hand that has touched these products is recognized and valued—each one makes this story possible.

Artisans use the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation—beginning with the simple process of cutting, boiling and letting the palm branches dry under the sun.

Next, the palm fibers are braided into long strands making them more durable and easier to build into large forms—such as placemats, sun hats or baskets.

Palm strands are dyed into beautiful custom colors which artisans use to create interesting patterns. Sewing machines are then used to stitch the strands together, finally giving shape and dimension to the oversized shades of the frida and diego pendant lights.

Friday
Aug082014

watch: brass, copper and rose gold