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designer profile: trevor vaugh of vaugh|shannon

Where was your favourite place to live?
I love living here in Dublin. It’s such a lively and interesting city, never failing to be a source of inspiration, and a great place to keep me grounded. As much as I love Dublin, every time I visit New York I feel at home and would love to try living there for a while.

What’s your favourite room at home?
Definitely the kitchen. I love to cook and I love kitchen gadgets. I find cooking to be a very similar process to design—probably the reason I like it so much. The careful pulling together of good ingredients, mixing in the correct quantities and presenting a finished product are all very similar to the design of a product.

In your opinion, what’s the best designed item of all time?
Wow that’s a difficult one. I could be predictable and say the paperclip or the staple—which are indeed incredibly simple and brilliant ideas—but I’ll go for the wood screw and screwdriver. The perfect balance of form, function and system.

What do you drive?
I don’t. I’m either on my bike or the subway. I always swore I wouldn’t drive until I could afford, or was in a position to get the beautiful Citroen DS. This won’t happen until I move from my apartment into a house but it’ll be worth the wait!

What one item do you wish you owned?
Well that would have to be the elusive Citroen DS!

Who are you design icons?
I have so many, but those that have really inspired me are Achille Castiglioni, Eero Saarinen, the Bouroullec brothers and Konstantin Grcic.

Form vs. function?
I never really thought much of that question. I always believed it was too simplistic a question. To me form is a function. Form is just a function of selling, instructing and appealing. It is vital to have the two in balance.

What is your signature __?
Function and surprise!

Your personal decorating style?
Cluttered minimalism.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I am a bit of a collector, and I love all sorts of quirky toys, objects and oddities. Of these I think my favourite would have to be a tiny ceramic doll which looks like my fiancée Mary. It’s Japanese and it’s great to have with me when she’s away or when I’m traveling. I’m not a romantic it’s just comforting and nice to have around.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
It is important to surround yourself with people, objects and memories that you love, make you feel comfortable and reflect who you are. Minimalism is great, but it’s important to have personality in there too. I love the mix of antique and contemporary pieces.

What’s the best career advice you ever received or gave?
I was always told in school to “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it”. Now that I work for myself my advice would be to work hard, surround yourself with inspiring people, and never sit on good ideas.


artist profile: brian everett

Where was your favorite place to live?
So far it’s been living in Kansas City. It has a small town feel, with all the offerings that larger urban areas have. Fantastic restaurants, and the art & music scene is very impressive.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Without a doubt it’s music. I can’t go a single day without listening to something. I’ve been playing the guitar for about 10 years, and used to play in a small band in college. Music is such a huge influence on my life, and sometimes I wonder if I should have chosen a career in the music industry.

Who are your design icons?
Definitely the Eames and Raymond Loewy as early examples. One of my favorite current designers would have to be Tom Dixon.

Form vs. function?
Function—which isn’t to say you can’t have both. I don’t think it is necessarily one or the other but for me, form follows function. You could design the coolest looking chopsticks on the planet, but if they can’t pick up sushi, what’s the point?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
A Saarinen side chair—that I found!

What one item do you wish you owned?
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Does that count as an item?

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything in my day to day life can trigger inspiration for me, but one of my main sources would have to be nature. I am forever obsessed with trees.


designer profile: mark daniel of slate design

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel, music, architecture, caffeine.

Who are your design icons?
Le Corbusier, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Hans Wegner.

What are your interests outside of design?
Cars, motorcycles, woodworking, video games.

What do you drive?
An old BMW.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My 1973 BMW R75/5 motorcycle. I’ve spent the winter restoring it and am counting the days until I can start riding it!

Where was your favorite place to live?
Definitely Paris. I got to spend my senior year of college there. It completely opened up my world view of art, architecture and design.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I’m a huge reader so it would have to be a library—which is currently in transition from the kids’ playroom. I have plans drawn up for built-in bookcases, a fireplace, and my Eames lounge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
This isn’t a very original answer but I have to say the iPhone. Not only does it revolutionize how I work, play and communicate, but it comes in a beautifully designed package. Really the ultimate fusion of form and function.

Form vs. function?
Function first, form is a result or an expression of the function. If it doesn’t work, it’s not good design.

Your personal decorating style is ___?
I’m very anti-clutter, so my house and studio spaces reflect the “less is more” school of thought.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I’ve always wanted a Arne Jacobsen Swan chair.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Photographs, lots of photographs. Photos of your family, places you travel, things that inspire you make your space personal and meaningful.

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


artist profile: parvez taj

What are your sources of inspiration?
Human expression.

Form or function?

What is your signature?
Stan Smith tennis shoes with the green back.

What is your personal decorating style?
Reclaimed rustic infused with modern.

Do you have a favorite possession?
My computer is the most important.

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

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I have the most fun in my bedroom—but I can’t say I have a favorite room.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use nails and string to make interesting patterns on a wall or ceiling. I once covered a 1000 sq ft popcorn ceiling for $100.—and it looked cool.

Where was your favorite place to live?
I lived in Goa, India with a big group of friends for over 6 months. We lived in an old Portuguese mansion on the beach and watched the sun set everyday.

Favorite artist? Designer?
I define an artist as someone who’s expressing their sense of self—regardless of the medium. So belief in the individuals’ human spirit is the only common tread between my favorites.

My favorite artist is always changing but right now it’s Lil Wayne. I think his music is exceptional and I believe in him.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Richard Branson’s biography is full of great advice.


meet the CB2 team

managing director

I have been with CB2 since 2003. I love my job because I love design and the home.

I get paid to travel around the world, see trends, meet new people, and develop product that I think people can afford and enjoy in a modern lifestyle. There is no reason not to love that job.

senior director of business operations and strategy

Shopping is my #1 favorite past-time, and I love mixing modern with antiques, so I am definitely a CB2 customer. I also love to travel but since it isn’t part of my job, I do as much as I can with my vacation time—like a European honeymoon in June!—and live vicariously through the buyers.

I’ve been with CB2 since we opened our second store and launched the e-commerce site about 5 years ago, and I love the entrepreneurial spirit of it! The team dynamic is such a fun, passionate group of people, we are all very humbled and proud to be part of CB2’s evolution—and we definitely have fun in the process!

senior director of marketing

The goal of our creative and brand marketing teams is for our customers to feel the brand in a visceral and consistent way every time they touch it—from every catalog and magazine reference, to the website and online banner ads. Everything needs to work in concert to create an experience that is authentic and meaningful.

What I love about what I do is that I get to work on a brand
that has such inspiring, creative customers—we love their
DIY ideas, and it was a blast partnering with them to design

director of visual merchandising CB2 stores and catalog

Being a very visual person—an art student—this creative business is the perfect blend, the perfect fit for me.

When I was a kid I wanted to be Rhoda—from the Mary Tyler Moore show—in my imagination she had the most interesting job ever creating window displays.

creative director

I moved to Chicago 5 years ago and took the smallest apartment I could find because I didn’t trust myself with a larger space. I love modern furniture both vintage and new and am tempted every day I walk into our office.

The passion everyone on the CB2 team has for the brand is infectious and inspires me every day.

eCommerce brand director

With the support of our eCommerce team, my job is to make sure our website is easy to shop and reflects the same inviting and creative experiences as our stores and catalog.

One of my favorite responsibilities is staying close to our customers through usability testing—which helps us assess new features so they’re valuable and usable. The job is a great blend—of business, design and technology—and I feel very lucky to have what I think is the best job in the company.

product manager for rugs, tabletop—including dinnerware, linens, glassware, flatware, also storage, office and holiday accessories

Every morning I look forward to going to a very cool office space—close to downtown with views of Chicago’s skyline—and the work is so enjoyable, it’s hard to call it work.

This is a ‘wow’ job—great, fun people all around, lots of ‘eye candy’ to sample and share with our customers, and the places we travel to are amazing.

product manager for lighting and furniture—including bed, bath, occasional tables, media storage, home office, and outdoor

I love discovering a great band, a cool watch or a funky pair of shoes. At work I’m able to use my love of design and apply it to beautiful things we put in our homes. And traveling to exotic or faraway places for my job is an opportunity I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I love that we are managing a business and we get to be creative and collaborate with designers. So I have the job I’ve always wanted—working for a company that is fun, hip, and aesthetically and socially conscious.

product manager for pillows, throws, upholstery and dining furniture

After graduating from college for retail merchandising, and after a few “finding myself” jobs, I got this dream job at CB2—the impossible dream job was what I’d been told in school.

I love that I get to be creative at work, in a beautiful building, in a beautiful city, with a team of people that make work a fun and exciting challenge.

product manager for bedding and accessories including vases, candlelight, wall art / Edition LMTD

I was raised in Oklahoma where my mom shared her passion for the great modern designers—whose work was hard to come by there so we looked at a lot of books and catalogs and visited design showrooms in Dallas. So now it’s exciting to have the opportunity to work with talented designers to make modern designs more accessible—and to share new artists by giving attention to their work.

Being a pretty even mix of right and left brain, this job is perfect because it allows me to mix math and design—traveling and meeting new people is icing on a cake.

assistant product manager for rugs, tabletop—including dinnerware, linens, glassware, flatware, also storage, office and holiday accessories

I’m very fortunate to work for a company that understands the importance of family so I have two. CB2 keeps me active and stimulated with new ideas just like I try to do for my son as he’s growing.

I love when we develop a new color combination—or when a vendor understands our needs and sends the perfect sample—it’s the little things that make my job exciting but more importantly it’s our team that makes it fun.

assistant product manager for lighting and furniture—including bed, bath, occasional tables, media storage, home office, and outdoor

I get to work for my favorite store everyday! I have loved CB2 since the first time I set foot in the Chicago location years ago. I love the design, I love the colors, I love the prices. Now I’m able to help develop the beautiful products… as well as buy them!

The people I work with are truly inspiring. The passion and dedication in this office is infectious—I’m excited to come into work every day.

trend and development manager

Finding a storage solution for 300 pairs of shoes at home is worth the effort to support my habit. At work I support the visions of the buyers by collaborating to solve design and manufacturing challenges, reporting trends and meeting new designers.

As blog editor, I’m excited for the opportunity to share other passions such as writing, travel, photography and graphic design.

senior merchandising manager, catalog

Planning the catalog spreads, scouting locations, being on photo shoots—every facet of my personality gets to express itself and it’s like re-decorating every room, every season. I’d love to do that at home but this is much more affordable!

I’m very grateful to have worked with the CB2 team from the very first issue. It’s been an incredible journey evolving the look over time.

visual merchandising assistant

I’ve always had a passion for design. When I was very young I would rearrange all the furniture, art and accessories in my parents’ home whenever they’d leave for an evening out. I couldn’t wait to see their reaction when they came home. Thankfully they had a sense of humor about it and they allowed me my fun. Now I’m having the same kind of fun at CB2 anticipating customers’ reactions!

senior manager, east

After spending years moving from city to city in the midwest, I 
landed in the bright lights/big city to head up CB2 soho.

Working in furniture was an unexpected and challenging career move for me that I’ll always be grateful for since I love our inspirational and attainable designs—not to mention working along-side fun and creative people everyday.

senior manager, west

Having managed in Chicago and opened three stores on the West Coast, I love being surrounded by the many creative individuals CB2 attracts—which is true wherever you go.

I’m so proud to offer attainable merchandise, but also to connect with the community of each location.

store manager, west hollywood

I started in the corporate offices where I kept hearing that everything really happens in the stores—so I transferred to San Francisco then LA.

I value being involved with a concept that is both socially relevant and economically obtainable. I’m inspired by the fun, creative and talented people I get to work with everyday.

store manager, eastside new york

It’s a fast-paced creative environment in the stores—I meet and problem solve with customers, help our team grow, share feedback with the merchandising team, partner in creating the look and feel of the store… the list keeps growing and there’s so much that we do everyday, I never get bored!

It’s great to be here, and now—to be an integral part of our growth and to share CB2 with new customers everyday.

store manager, toronto

I enjoy helping people find their creative side when they don’t think they have one—often enough a little encouragement is all someone needs.

And if I can teach someone I work with—or to see them learn something on their own and use it—it’s work but it’s fun!

store manager, vancouver

I love our culture! I’m inspired daily because I get to work with fun and creative people and interact with a diverse customer base who are interesting and excited to get there hands on affordable modern merchandise—and share their ideas.

Building the Robson store team has been so much fun and continues to be one of the many highlights since joining the CB2 family in my favorite city—Vancouver!

senior visual merchant, east

Having worked as a salesperson for 14 years, I was impressed with the fast paced world of store merchandising… the workout, being creative, and keeping busy. Since CB2 opened in SoHo in 2007, I’ve enjoyed problem solving when it comes to display design, and finding ways to push a setup or design idea further.

senior visual merchant, central

Whether it’s my taste or not, I love the products—to pretend
I own them and rearrange 10 living rooms however I’d like—and to have so much creative freedom and flexibility, what I do is a dream come true.

And I truly enjoy spending time with people—we’re all smart and entertaining—especially those who are distracted by ‘squirrels’…shiny things…

senior visual merchant, west

As a store designer, I love the inspiration Los Angeles has to offer—the people, the everyday beauty—not to mention its history of mid-century design.

From the flower and garment districts to the Neutra colony in Silverlake, I find my inspiration in the color, texture and style unique to southern California.

visual merchant, eastside new york

I love the creativity that flows through CB2 and the rhythm and energy that flows through New York.

I’m inspired by the diversity of the city and surprises you’ll find from neighborhood to neighborhood—from the graffiti and grit Downtown, to the steel and glass Uptown—I feel very lucky to be living and working in such a great city.

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