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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.

Wednesday
Jan072015

watch: mint green

Thursday
Jan012015

happy new year!

From all of us at CB2, best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous—and modern—New Year!

Saturday
Dec272014

framework hits spike tv on january 6

What: Framework
When: Tuesdays at 10/9 CST starting January 6
Where: Spike TV

Hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common, Framework will showcase
the nation’s best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize—
and the opportunity for their work to be featured at CB2.

Over a grueling ten week competition, 13 innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges.

The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation.

In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges comprised of Common and two of the most influential names in the furniture world today—Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

Sunday
Dec212014

favorite gifts: andrea

set of 5 cord tacos
not only are they handy for keeping tech-stuff organized—the leather is soft and the variety helps color-code devices. They’re also great for keeping jewelry untangled while traveling.
vintage bottle opener
pure simplicity re-imagined—the cleanest, most straightforward
design with a little bit of luxe—
it’s also sweet with hostess / bottle gifts.
table top darts
this tabletop version of darts and spinning tops changes everything—makes playing less dangerous unless you throw out all the rules to play a drinking game—and the tattoo-inspired graphics are like icing.