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Monday
Jun212010

designer profile: noël ashby

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’m quite happy where I am now so I’d have to say Chicago is my favorite place to live. It has character, grit, lots of trees, the lake, and it is a great place to make things.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room in my home is without question my studio. I spend most of my time there, surrounded by things and possibilities: visuals, tools, wire, fabric, and the like—to me it’s wonderful.

As a child I used to dig around in my Dad’s home office and I was amazed at all of the things he had—paper clips, a stapler, pads of papers, and there were specific places to keep all of this great bounty. I now have the same, just on a larger scale.

What are your interests outside of design?
I like people a lot, and most activities involving people… music, art, food. I’m also quite fond of tinkering around with things, walking my dog Hank, going to yoga, or going to see or do something that I’ve never done before. This latter usually involves snacks.

Who are your design icons?
There are so, so many both past and present, and across all disciplines: music, art, and fashion as well as design. I always love seeing what Hella Jongerius is up to or what the Bouroullec brothers are doing.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Spare but personal. Most things out in my home or up on the walls have meaning to me… be it hammer heads I found at a garage sale, artwork, my Grandmother’s ceramics, or a stack of washers that I know someday are destined to become something else.

Form vs. function?
One is reliant upon the other.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Just one?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I’m quite attached to most of the things I surround myself with but home is never home to me until the hammer heads are up.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Besides color or a beautiful lack of color, almost anything hung up in multiples becomes interesting and if it happens to be something you really like, well, all the better.

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

Tuesday
Jun152010

artist profile: charles shotwell

Where’s your favorite place to live?
I’d like to try living in Italy or France.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom—I love to read in bed.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Lived-in comfort—I could elaborate on this forever.

Who are your design icons?
Buckminster Fuller.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Good and bad art.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love high performance motorcycles.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Riding motorcycles, vintage and otherwise.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The human brain.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
A board from my grandfather’s farm that was built by hand by my great grandfather. The farm is gone.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep an eye out for treasures at thrift stores, antique and junk shops, Salvation Army etc.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Try and learn to not feel the pain of working hard.

Wednesday
Jun092010

designer profile: bernard brucha of mash studios

What’s your favorite room at home?
Outdoor space. I have a patio with views of Santa Monica bay and the Malibu coastline—never gets old.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s never one thing that inspires a design but a culmination of inspirations, past experiences, and emotions.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Pencils and paper have proven to be pretty useful. Simple things tend to be the best.

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel is fun and makes you see things differently, but when I’m home I’m a surfer, triathlete, and like the outdoors.

What do you drive?
VW R32, Ducati Monster dark, but my favorite is my carbon fiber road bike a Cervelo P3C. It gets amazing gas mileage.

Who are your design icons?
Too many to list—Eames, Noguchi, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Saarinen, Nakashima…

Form vs. function?
Form definitely form…unless it needs to work…then, function definitely function…

What one item do you wish you owned?
A farm.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy things you like and things you’ll be happy passing down to your kids.

Best career advice you received? Gave?
Move to New York… don’t be a garbage man… make your first job the most important one… figure out what you want to do and pursue it at all costs… happiness is the most important thing in life.

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

Wednesday
Jun022010

artist profile: jordan carlyle

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived pretty much all around the world and I would have to say New York city is my favorite place. The energy and inspiration of NYC is unparalleled.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite space in my house would be a toss up between my living room and office. I spend 90% of my time in my office because I love what I do so much. And whether it’s relaxing or entertaining my living room space is always comfortable and inspiring to be in.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature and architecture are the two single elements that inspire me more than anything else.

What are your interests outside of design?
Well if I weren’t an artist/interior designer, I would’ve been a fashion designer. Even though I guess that’s still in the realm of design. So in that case I would have definitely been a psychologist. I love the inner workings and design of the human brain and how it plays out in our social and personal experiences.

Who are you design icons?
Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans and Kelly Wearstler.

What is your signature ____?
I’m an artist and designer that appreciates many different styles. If I had to decide what my signature style is exactly I would say glamour! No matter what the art piece is or design project I always like to infuse a glamorous feel to what I do. I believe we all need a little glamour in our life!

Your decorating style is ____?
My personal style is an eclectic mix. I love the classics, modernism and current trends. I like to use color, texture and well thought-out details to layer and create a seamless mix of all.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I would probably say my vintage Rolex watch. It has so much meaning to me. It was given to me by a very special life-long friend. So in addition to holding strong sentimental value for me it also has impeccable styling and fine materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping and food are my two biggest indulgences. To me a great meal is on the same level as a fine piece of clothing or a great design furnishing item.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Save your money for the key pieces in a room. Spend only what you have to on the important items and use lower cost finds to layer in and compliment. Decorating is more about a strong idea and good choices than it is about budget.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Believe in yourself at the cost of everything else. Nothing is more important than strong self commitment, I believe everything else follows from there.

Wednesday
May122010

artist profile: matthew lew

Where was your favorite place to live?
This is tough…I love Chicago, but I also love San Sebastian, Spain and Kauai, Hawaii. If I could do all three throughout the year, that would be great!

What’s your favorite room at home?
I just bought a new condo, so I’m not quite sure yet. I have my design plans all together and I think the powder room is gonna be pretty amazing because it’s small and you can just do some out-of-the-box design styles with it to really make a statement.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Something that makes me laugh. Color combinations. Chicago architecture. Music.

What do you drive?
I ride the CTA buses and trains, or I use an i-Go car.

What are your interests outside of design?
Too many to name so I’ll just name a few: I love PB and J sandwiches, speaking Spanish, reciting the lines from my favorite movies: Goonies, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Tootsie. Mimosa brunches—also known as Sunday Funday!

Who are your design icons?
LOVE Jonathan Adler (whimsical, fun and bold…he can do no wrong in my book), Antonio Gaudi (brilliant architect and designer, I love his unique and highly individualistic designs as well as his mosaics), Gio Ponti (amazing furniture with fine lines as well as funky unique pieces).

Form vs. function?
Both. Success is a balance of form and function together where both help deliver the idea and create the ultimate consumer experience.

Your decorating style is ____?
Masculine Bohemian meets Vintage Modern meets Happy Graphic

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My 1912 Vintage Bank Safe that I turned into a secret bar!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Sour Gummy Worms or Sour Patch Kids—but I only eat the red and orange ones.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Make a mosaic statement on an accent wall using 8.5x11” black and white photo copies of a repeated image. It can be done without damaging your wall, and for under $25 depending on your wall size.