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Friday
Aug082014

watch: brass, copper and rose gold

Monday
Sep242012

out magazine office renovation

Months ago, Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out Magazine, contacted CB2 to partner with them to work on David Bromstad’s design of the new offices they were moving to in Brooklyn.

An older apartment—about 110 square feet—located in Carroll Gardens, it’s on a tree-lined residential street with decades old mom and pop shops mixed with new hip joints within walking distance.

Built-in cabinetry had been spared over the years and many previous tenants—and the dark original stain was a rich contrast to glass, chrome, gold and brass accents. Architecturally detailed white walls also contrasted elegantly with sleek modern furniture.

Sticking with the this-is-not-a-small-space concept, a draught dining table became their home base meeting table which was paired with comfortable—for long meetings—horqueta and pony chairs.

Old fluorescent lighting fixtures were (thankfully!) scrapped for three cage brass pendant lamps which added a bit of glitz to the room—along with the conversation starter gold pig bookends.

Did we mention location? The building faces a neighborhood park and is graced with large windows which let in loads of natural sunlight and natural scenery—in a comparable vein, glass-topped
tesso desks allow the sunshine to continue through the space while minimizing visual clutter.

For the work spaces, tps file cabinets fit perfectly under the desks and the arched back of the
bubble chairs offer a bit of ergonomic support for long days at a laptop. Completing the look—and function—an ernest bar cart and astilla glasses were at the ready for post-production celebrations.

The October issue of the magazine features before and after pics, as well as design hints from David—check it Out!

Thanks to vance, senior visual merchant east, for being on location during the installation and for contributions to this submission.

Tuesday
May222012

lighten up, without a lamp

The smallest of things—freshly brewed coffee, a totally random compliment, no commercials—can lighten the mood and change the course of an average day.

Dreaded weekly—or family!—meetings can be better with a solid agenda, a favorite pen—or simply more fun with professional sound effects reminiscent of vintage sitcom reruns.

With the touch of a button, the sound machine provides a drum roll to a new concept thrown on the table, the ch-ching of a cash register heralds a brilliant thought, or an explosion means it’s way off the mark and time to move on. (audience clapping)

To further brighten these longer days, go here.