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Wednesday
Nov262014

designer profile: gere kavanaugh

photo courtesy of: Nancy Louise Jones Where was your favorite place to live?
Oh I think everyplace I’ve live in I’ve loved—but
I like Los Angeles right now the best.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
That’s an easy question—it’s the whole house because I’ve worked hard on it and I’m still picking it up, always moving things things around. You have another idea or something looks different when it’s next to a different object or color or texture—so I’m always making what
I call still-lifes around the house.

What is your personal decorating style?
I don’t decorate. It’s a very simple but very direct and very colorful style.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Paint.

What’s your favorite possession?
My tea cups—about half of the collection are glazed in colors or painted and the other half are all white. When you’re drinking tea, tea has many different colors—and even in the green and black varieties—I like being able to see all those colors and the only way is to drink it in a white cup.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Sweaters and yarns—I love texture so often I’ll buy skeins of yarns just because I’m attracted to them.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I’d love to own a watermelon tourmaline—if you get one of the oblong crystal shapes, it goes from a reddish watermelon color to green. I saw one once in Central America and never since.

What are your interests outside of design?
I have so many! Cooking, reading, traveling, visiting museums—just living—listening to intelligent people give lectures but it all feeds back into my design living.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Getting up in the morning and walking out into the world. I believe a designer’s job is to look— so I’m always looking because you never know what will strike you as inspiration or what you can file away to reference or build upon later.

Form vs. function?
That’s a funny one—I also collect industrial things like funnels, graters… their function is so simple and the designs are no nonsense, honest. I think they go hand in hand because they’re so honest.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There are so many things—mainly it’s the basics like the needle, the pencil, paper clips, Ziploc® Bags.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Again, it’s very simple—I had a teacher who once said the most important thing you could have was curiosity. It makes you dig and think—whether you’re an artist, a musician or a scientist—it’s how I live every day.

To see all of Gere’s current works for CB2, go here.

Monday
Sep082014

designer profile: zak rose

Where was your favorite place to live?
A tie between SF and Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Our bedroom is all white and wood, with a few pops of color. Being able to relax in an environment where you have no design compromises is very relaxing.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Left handed scissors.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Vintage furniture, rough framing, public works and infrastructure like railroad trestles, art, nature, beautiful food.

What do you drive?
Subaru station wagon.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house near the water.

What are your interests outside of design?
Bicycle riding and cooking.

Who are you design icons?
Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Finn Juhl, Daniel Burnham.

Form vs. function?
Both, together forever and ever.

What’s your favorite possession?
My bicycle.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean and modern with natural accents and lots of colorful art.  

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Summer trips to Maine.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Sub floors make great floors!

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always innovate… No asky, no getty.

To see all of Zak’s current works for CB2, go here.

Tuesday
Jul292014

designer profile: philip sachs

photo by: Bob Wolfe Where was your favorite place to live?
I am a New Yorker, born and raised. There’s no place like home. I’ve been living in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 8 years and I love it. However, there will always be a special place in my heart for New Orleans and the time I spent living there.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
If my garden counts as a room, then I choose that! It’s great living in New York City, but giving up a lot of nature to do so is a big trade off. I appreciate having a place of my own to relax and enjoy being outdoors. A lot of my artistic inspiration is created in those peaceful moments.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I’d have to say the bicycle. It truly is perfect — design, function, and utility all in one package. It’s completely sustainable, customizable and fun too.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Natural history museums are great. I think that ancient civilizations really understood and appreciated the importance of art and design in conjunction with function. In the past 100 years or so, a lot of design has been sacrificed for cost and utility.

What do you drive?
In New York, you have to have options for getting around. I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester, but I also ride a Trek 21 speed bicycle and a 1971 Honda CB175 motorcycle when I don’t want to worry about parking.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A private jet for traveling the world on a moment’s notice.

What are your interests outside of design?
Cooking dinner, wandering Prospect Park with my dog, exploring the city with my wife, international travel.

What is your personal decorating style?
I tend to adopt the less is more approach without being overly minimalistic. To me it’s all about arrangement of shape and color.

What’s your favorite possession?
My 13 year old Pit Bull / German Shepherd Cassie. She’s the best! I also have a 1976 Fender Rhodes electric piano I’m quite fond of.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Chocolate and coffee. Together or separate.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Figure out what you love doing. Then, go do it.

To see all of Philip’s current works for CB2, go here.

Friday
Jul182014

designer profile: donna piacenza of studio 1a.m.

Where was your favorite place to live?
My first little studio apartment was on the north side of Chicago—plenty of inspiration and design ideas to test. But Woodside, California, is definitely the prettiest place I’ve lived. My husband and I go each summer to bike up our favorite mountainous roads, take in the unforgettable scent of eucalyptus and hopefully spot a banana slug among the redwoods.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I wish I owned fewer items.

What are your interests outside of design?
Running, cycling, yoga. Starting (not necessarily finishing) projects at home. Experiencing everything for the first time with my two girls.

Who are you design icons?
Hella Jongerius, Alexander Calder, Nina Tolstrup, Scholten & Biajings.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Just being outside on a hike or run—letting thoughts go and ideas flow. Plus found objects and industrial remnants have always inspired my work.

What is your personal decorating style?
Minimalist mixed with a dose of vibrant color in a vintage setting. I’ve been accused of being a chromophobe (afraid of color) but I love color (bold, pure, fearless COLORS). I typically prefer a neutral space with a pop that makes you take notice of something really special.

What’s your favorite possession?
Photographs. Work traded with other designers/artists.

What do you drive?
A Jorg & Olif bicycle complete with milk crate is my preferred mode of transportation. It was a gift (or is it borrowed?), is way too big for me, weighs a ton—but it’s so charming and takes me back to vacationing in Amsterdam. There’s no other way I’d rather get around town.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Time to myself. And chocolate.

Do you have one low budget decorating tips?
Take away until you can’t take away anymore. Then put your favorite thing back. Also, use stencils or masked areas in unexpected colors/orientation to create a large impact on a limited budget. And a little industrial charm goes a long way.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I have a few favorites from friends and colleagues that I find myself passing along:
When you can no longer work for someone else, it’s time to open your own practice. -s.t.
Be careful what you’re good at. -c.k
You get the clients you deserve. -j.d.
Best I ever gave: Be patient and persistent (and fake it ‘til you make it).

To see all of Studio 1a.m.’s current works for CB2, go here.

Friday
Apr252014

designer profile: jennifer newman

Where was your favourite place to live?
Where I am now, the City of London.

What’s your favourite room in the home?
Open kitchen, dining, living.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The original VW Beetle.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Expressed structures in contemporary architecture.

What do you drive?
Don’t have a car but I love the design of the Mini.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Satoshi Okadi’s house on Mount Fuji.

What are your interests outside design?
City walking and architecture.

Who are your design icons?
Jean Prouve, Donald Judd, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Herzog and de Meuron and Yohji Yammamoto.

Form v Function?
Simple, structural, honesty.

What is your personal decorating style?
Harmony with a colour kick.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Yohji Yammamoto.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Stay one step ahead, it’s less crowded.

To see all of Jennifer’s current works for CB2, go here.