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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.

Friday
Sep202013

the novogratz in the berkshires

A sneak peek of The Novogratz Holiday Collection
With colorful bold modern pieces combined with vintage finds they’ve gathered, Robert and Cortney Novogratz transform their New England country home every Christmas. Designed exclusively for CB2, the Novogratz Holiday Collection celebrates our favorites—we hope you enjoy this sneak peek and check out the full collection soon at cb2.com!

What do the holidays mean the most to you?
Family.

Robert comes from a big family and ours obviously is too—seven in each—so gathering together for celebrations means a lot of family, friends, good food and fun.

Where’s your favorite place to gather for the holidays?
Wherever we can! Since there are so many of us, our country house in the Berkshires is perfect—we’ve come a very long way since our first tiny apartment when we used folding tray tables for dining.

Decorating the house for the holidays adds visual memories—and we enjoy creating new ones by taking elements of the past into the future. Raw materials like clear acrylic, brass and mirrors—all from the 70s when we were growing up. The mirrored disco gnome is surely the epitome—it’s a trippy ode to the era.

You also bring in elements of antiques…
As much as we can—we love reworking antique pieces and the inspiration they give us. For example, the frame of the acrylic trunk recalls heavy-duty steamer trunks, the ram’s head references iconic taxidermy, and the deuce bed was inspired by “the one that got away” at the Paris flea market.

…and playful elements that remind us of the circus.
When our families and all of our friends are together—it is a circus! The lucky 7 helps create the mood—as well as the flechette dart board which does double-duty by entertaining the kids… and the adults!

How do you keep traditions with so much going on?
Again, with lots of visual cues—like a traditional pattern done in a new way as a brightly colored, over-sized scale on the mod plaid rug.

The acrylic trunk reminds us of the many travels our ancestors experienced to get us where we are today—and the many travels we’ve shared as a large family around the world. Today we use it to organize just about any type of “stuff” we’ve collected along the way.

Tell us about your wreath.
Traditions start by introducing something meaningful and repeating it year after year—so we started a new one by hanging the inner peace wreath on the front door. The modern combination of the twinkling lights with the rustic twigs strikes just the right contrast—and we love sharing and welcoming friends and family with this message since it speaks from our hearts.

Thursday
May092013

the novogratz in brasil

When did you first visit South America?
We heard Brasil was a beautiful place with beautiful people, so we always wanted to visit. Our first trip was 10 years ago after our friend Alex told us it was the next cool place—he was right!

What were your first impressions?
Brasil is a huge and beautiful country with great cities and amazing natural elements—not to mention the fantastic Samba music we listened to a lot.

Why did you choose Brasil for a second home—quite a distance from New York?
We wanted to expose our kids to other cultures and we have always loved to travel. With our big gang it gets expensive to stay in hotels, spend a day at a theme park—so the Trancoso house made a lot of economic sense. The bonus is that it allows us to have a lot of quality time together free from appointments, lessons, science projects.

Do you have a routine for visiting—planning the dates, packing, etc?
Everyone enjoys the journey but it is a long flight—thank goodness for in-flight movies. In general we’re able to pack light since it’s all about t-shirts, bathing suits, and bare feet.

Are there “must do’s” while you’re there?
Yes! Swimming, surfing, dune buggy rides, the Qadrado at night and all the great restaurants.

The house is very relaxing so it’s easy to just enjoy the views and never leave—but we’re always tempted by a day trip to check out more of the country.

What do your children love about Brasil?
They love the energy of New York City and Brasil is quite different—the opposite extreme—relaxed, casual, beaches vs calendars, homework, skyscrapers. We have high-speed web access at the house so everyone has the choice to escape or check-in.

We have great memories every trip we take, but we especially love lazy days on the beach, sunrises with great big cups of coffee, or just hanging with our crazy gang.

all photos by: Tim Gleaney

Tuesday
Oct092012

'home by novogratz' book signing events

Join us in select CB2 stores to celebrate the arrival of Home by Novogratz—the latest book from Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

Meet Robert and Cortney, get unique design ideas and inspiration for your space, and see the complete Novogratz Collection.

Most events are 6-8pm—Queen West Toronto is 5-7pm—and attendance is limited so RSVP as soon as possible!

CB2 Eastside New York, October 9
CB2 Queen West Toronto, October 11
CB2 Lincoln Park Chicago, October 16
CB2 South Beach Miami, October 17
CB2 Georgetown, October 23
CB2 West Hollywood, October 25

Friday
Sep142012

sneak peek: novogratz furniture collection

The new furniture collection from Robert and Cortney Novogratz is almost here—we can’t wait for October! Until then, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the partnership and collection.

CB2+Novogratz: Collection from CB2 on Vimeo.