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Thursday
Sep082011

artist profile: thomas pringle

Artist Thomas Pringle was born in California in 1941 and in 2006 he joined San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Bold close-ups in vibrant acrylics are what fills Pringle’s portfolio—which is exactly what attracted us to woman in white sweater.

The first step in his portraiture process is to observe. Inspired by beautiful women and celebrities, he draws and simplifies their likeness into strong colorful shapes as he sees them—only later shifting focus to details like hairstyles and clothing.

To spend one minute with Thomas Pringle in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Wednesday
Aug312011

designer profile: jannis ellenberger

Where was your favorite place to live?
I am quite happy where we live right now. Bremen is a charming city in the north of Germany with many nice people—not too far away from the sea with lots of fresh air—and we have a river going through with a beach. So in the summer we can take a bath right in the center of the city.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We have a double room we share as a family. It’s for living, eating, sleeping, playing with our children… and a sunny balcony attached. it serves many functions and when doors are wide open it’s one huge space.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Hard to tell…maybe the Lego® brick. A very small and simple toy children will keep on playing with for generations I guess. Every human on the planet owns an average of 62 Lego® pieces!

What do you drive?
The Dutch bike I inherited from my father-in-law. When I need a car my C5—which I bought because Citroen® was the first company installing ‘soot particle filters’ in diesel cars.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Hard to evaluate… maybe my books. I always have to be surrounded by books even though I have almost no time for reading. I have some very beautiful books and believe that designing books is great art! I even know what my books smell like…

What’s your personal decorating style?
Lots of free space, clear forms, and warm materials. And of course, white and empty walls to provide room for mental projections, for ideas, free thoughts and creativity.

What are your interests outside of design?
My two boys! Outoors + nature, arts, sports.

Who are you design icons?
There are many, but Ray and Charles Eames were definitely the ones who opened up my galaxy of design.

Form vs. function?
Next to many others, these are both important aspects in the design process and they have to be weighted differently for every single project.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Authenticity—just be yourself and go for it.

To see all of Jannis’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Aug252011

artist profile: josé nuñez

Untitled is an exciting premiere collaboration for bedding with our friends at San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Studio artist José Nuñez was born in 1945 in
El Salvador, moved to California in 1996, and began creating art at the studio in the late 90s.

His beloved homeland inspires much of his work by way of nature—both flora and fauna. Also, figures and faces made with few strokes sit atop extremely long legs and are often separated by color tipped flowers.

Hints and washes of color are added to punctuate and accent the strength and delicacy of his line.

Six handmade screens—one for each color—translate the original untitled ink and pencil piece from art canvas to cotton bedding.

To spend one minute with José Nuñez in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Thursday
Aug182011

designer profile: lime studio

Panos Where was your favorite place to live?
Don’t have favourite’s usually of any kind, in general I would say Mediterranean though.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I like working on my desk.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Maybe the umbrella, functional item that hasn’t really change in decades.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything around us, it’s mostly subconscious process.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Leica M9 camera.

What are your interests outside of design?
Photography, cooking, sports.

Form vs. function?
Both are important and have to coexist within an item.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Cuban cigars and chocolate.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple and see the value into ordinary items.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Insist on your designs, stay focused and never work for free.

Oscar

Where was your favorite place to live?
They say, that there is no place like home. Fortunately that’s my case.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The balcony, I would rather spend 10 hours outside than indoors… unless it´s raining!

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I would say the pencil, without a pencil it would have been difficult to develop a design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Everyday objects

What do you drive?
A bicycle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A teleporter so I could visit my girlfriend anytime.

What are your interests outside of design?
Photography, sports.

Who are you design icons?
Past, Jean Prouve and present, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Your personal decorating style is ?
Minimalist, not overload the space with objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Don´t over decorate your home!

To see all of Lime Studio’s current designs for CB2, go here.

Tuesday
Aug092011

designer profile: jonas wahlstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago, no doubt. This is where my adult life began. I got married, had my beautiful kids here, as well as started my wood working and design career. I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

I have to say that I have been pretty fortunate to have lived in so many different parts of the world in my life. I grew up in Sweden and after my military service (as a chef on the fearsome HMS Älvsborg) I lived in Stockholm, worked as a chef, and totally fell in love with the city. After Stockholm my cooking took me to the Cayman Islands for two years—this was a great time. I also had an extended stay in Japan, which was pretty amazing as well.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Our sitting room—I have full view of the kitchen and living room where the kids are roaming.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The large wind turbines. They serve a great purpose and are majestic to look at. Truly mesmerizing.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Could be anything really, but I like to look at everyday objects and scale them up or down transforming their shape or lines into something for a furniture piece. The legs of the Dylan table were inspired by the simple, yet functional shape of a paperclip. I was fiddling with one and after twisting it a bit, it gave me an idea for the w shape of the legs (convenient since my last name starts with a “w”).

What one item do you wish you owned?
A summer home in my native Sweden. To be able to spend a few weeks in the summer over there would be amazing.

What are your interests outside of design?
My kids!!!! Family is what it’s all about for me. Who are you design icons? Tadao Ando, Poul Kjaerholm, Richard Serra…to name a few.

Form vs. function?
Both for sure. If something is supposed to provide a certain function then that has to come first. If you can then incorporate form to enhance the feeling of an object, that’s true design.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My house. My wife and I have worked really hard to make it our own, and it is something that really becomes a part of you.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Food, I love to eat. I was a chef for 8 years—in the Swedish navy, Stockholm, Cayman Islands, and then here in Chicago.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
This one is super low budget… de-clutter. Too much stuff will sometimes make a space cave in on itself. Although it’s important that your dwelling reflect your own personality, keeping it organized and clean will make it a place to relax and recharge.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
I think now the best advice I can give to anyone is to live their life and do work that feels meaningful to them, but hey I don’t really feel qualified to give advice when I haven’t figured out where I’m headed myself. Maybe when I am in my eighties I have earned the right to have any say.

To see all of Jonas’s current designs for CB2, go here.

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