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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!

Thursday
Jan142010

opening day: miami

Hola Miami!

We’re extremely proud to announce the opening of our 7th store earlier today.

Do you know how many people it takes to open a CB2 store that was built from the ground up? Neither do we—exactly—but we have a pretty good idea.

It takes many hands and a lot of passion. It starts with the architects and construction crew. Inventory control, floor stockers and sales associates not only unload the trucks, they unpack the merchandise and display it. Buyers and store designers make everything look good from product to display details. And finally a PR team gets the word out so we can greet our first and last customer—and everyone in between.

Welcome—we’re thrilled to see you!

Thursday
Sep172009

update: miami

Foundation? Check.
Roof and walls? Next.

We’re 3 weeks closer to opening the orange doors in January at Lincoln Road Mall, 1661 Jefferson Avenue, and we’re amazed by the process and progress.

We’ll continue to share photos of the build so if you happen to pass by, upload them to Flickr, tag them as “CB2” and drop us a note!

Thanks to amy, product manager assistant, for snapping the photos while on vacation with jimmy, her husband/CB2 architect.

Wednesday
Aug262009

under construction: miami

cb2 miami under construction

It may not look like much more than rebar, hardhats and trucks but at least it’s no longer a swimming pool and soon it’ll be a new CB2! To our future neighbors, we hope you’ll pardon our dust as the construction of our first ground up location is underway. We’re thrilled to enter the South Beach scene and we’re counting the days until we open the orange doors in January at Lincoln Road Mall,1661 Jefferson Avenue.

rendering of future CB2 miami store - looking southeast

We’d love to share more photos of the progress so if you happen to pass by, upload them to Flickr, tag them as “CB2” and drop us a note!

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