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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.

Friday
Apr302010

designer profile: nic shannon of vaugh|shannon

Where was your favorite place to live?
I will bend the definition of live and say Portugal for holidays. It was good to get away from gray skies and rain which our little island is sometimes known for. 

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room for me is the most exciting room in the house. Probably because it’s where I have all the fun things. Otherwise it would be the outdoors. 

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
That’s a really hard question. Sewage Systems…for human health reasons. Although I am really impressed by the new pram we bought!!

What are your sources of inspiration?
Life and knowledge…

What do you drive?
I’m pretty good to the environment at the moment so I drive nothing.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A castle. Definitely a castle. Maybe vaugh|shannon will have offices in one in the future? 

What are your interests outside of design?
Music. Most spare time I have I’ll listen to music. I’m a drummer too…and I love history. Most of this may be swept aside as I have a baby due in eight days. 

Who are your design icons?
I don’t have specific icons. I love a mixture though between various design fields. Amalgamations across various fields can and has generated great design. 

Form vs. function?
Function should take the lead. Form is the amazing bonus. Both are great.

What is your signature ____?
Functional products with humour.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Modern, clean, crisp. 

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Materialistically it would be my music system and instruments.

 

Wednesday
Apr282010

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.