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Thursday
Apr242014

artist profile: brett whitacre

Where was your favorite place to live?
Chicago has been my favorite place to live. Plenty of discarded materials lining the alleyways.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My studio, of course, but the kitchen is fun for inventing.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Shoes are amazing pieces. Where would we be without proper shoes?

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, clothing, the human body, aviation, urban decay, advertising, ancient history.

What do you drive?
A van. Its optimal for me to be able to haul and move raw materials…plus my drum set and large paintings.

What one item do you wish you owned?
An airplane—I’m wild about aviation.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love making music and performing and have for many years. Also love to dumpster-dive and go to rummage sales.

Who are your design icons?
No one in specific. Structural engineers.

Form vs. function?
A good mix of both is healthy and ideal.

What is your personal decorating style?
Vintage meets ultra modern.

What’s your favorite possession?
My mind and my hands.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Going to the cinema.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Support local artists for unique, original images for your home. Utilize thrift and salvage stores for frames and treasures.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
In 2004, after completing one of my first paintings on glass, a friend said “Dude, you should make a lot of those!” 10 years later, those glass paintings support my art career. Advice I give to other artists: Be a master of 1 or 2 techniques—don’t spread your talent too thin.

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

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: BROOKLYNrehab

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn were I am now and have been for over 10 years.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room with front balcony. It is a combination of new and vintage items. It can be whatever I need it to be. A space to relax. A space to entertain. A cozy perch to watch the interesting people in my neighborhood pass-by.

What do you drive?
My bike. It is the easiest way to get around the city and good exercise too.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Flea markets and travel. I love looking at the past and other cultures for inspiration.

Alyssa Zygmunt of BROOKLYNrehab What are your interests outside of design?
Good food. Nature. Biking. Exploring new places.

Who are you design icons?
John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, Eva Zeisel, AvroKO.

Form vs. function?
Why choose?

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

What one item do you wish you owned?
Air Stream Trailer.

What is your personal decorating style?
Eclectic.

What’s your favorite possession?
A small anvil that once belonged to my Grandfather. I use it everyday and it reminds me that I come from a long line of makers.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Living in New York City, ever evolving mix of interesting people and emerging ideas.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Buy similar objects in groups of three or more to create an instant collection. Flea markets and vintage stores are a great source. It can also be a goal for future treasure hunts as you expand the collection.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Do what you love because you spend more time working than you do anything else. Gave: If you love what you do it does not feel like work!

cloud napkin holder round wood cheese board bulls eye coaster set flag serving board

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: ryan kapp

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve only ever lived in Ohio and Chicago and I would have to say Chicago is my favorite by far. I once heard someone say that Chicago is a serious metropolis in the middle of nowhere. I really liked that assessment and I think it lends a certain dimensionality to the people who live here. If Chicago was like it is in the summer year-round, then it would be completely blown out. But we suffer through the winter every year because we love it here.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is the dining room. We have a huge book shelf in there with all my design books, LP’s and little objects that I love.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything that captures the right mood at the right time - it can be the weather, a certain type of light, a skateboard photo, a song, a memory.

What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, music, travel, nature, sharks, Chicago Bulls.

Who are your design icons?
David Hockney, Alex Katz, Charley Harper, Chris Ware, Geoff McFetridge.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
It would have to be the skateboard. It’s so simple but you can do so many different tricks with it. It’s also a blank canvas and all the fantastic graphics from the 80s were some of my first visual influences.

Ryan Kapp What do you drive?
2000 Honda Civic, manual transmission.

What one item do you wish you owned?
One of those mod hanging fireplace orbs.

Form vs. function?
Can I have it both ways?

What is your personal decorating style?
Mostly Mid-Century Modern with personal objects thrown in.

What’s your favorite possession?
My semi-auto screen printing press.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Donuts & vintage action figures.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Do-it-yourself framing—order frames online at wholesale prices and put everything together yourself to save on labor and mark-ups.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Best advice received: Try to do whatever it is you want to do so well that the rest takes care of itself. Best advice given: Don’t make life harder than it already is.

french bulldog screen print shiba inu screen print

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: iamhome

Sarah and Joseph Belknap of iamhome Where was your favorite place to live?
We love Chicago, it’s the most well rounded city we have lived in.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen. We love to cook.

What are your interests outside of design?
We are practicing visual artists and love to cook, camp and play ping pong.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Color, science, humor and the cosmos.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Good food and cocktails.

What’s your favorite possession?
We have a small meteorite collection that is slowly growing into a big one.

What one item do you wish you owned?
We want a couch we haven’t had one in the past five years because we were rehabbing our living room. We have just finished the room but it is still couchless.

What is your personal decorating style?
Our home is pretty minimal it’s the complete opposite of our studio. We need a place to go to that is simple and peaceful.

Who are your design icons?
Coop Himmelblau and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Form vs. function?
We think they should go hand in hand.

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

What do you drive?
We drive a black Nissan pickup truck we lovingly named Starbuck after Battlestar Galatica.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple and only decorate with the things you truly love.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
We received it and we pass it down: have fun… experiment without restraint… and if you stop loving it, don’t do it anymore.

fluorescent skull thumbs up trophy

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.

Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: AHeirloom

Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat of AHeirloom
photo by: Alyssa Kirsten
Where was your favorite place to live?
We love living in Brooklyn, we have lived here for about off and on for about 14 years. Both of our business were started here so we feel that the environment is right for our creative growth.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We love our son’s room, as we took the most time to decorate it before he was born. Bill build a lovely crib and we spend a great deal of time painting and making the room a place where our son will grow and learn.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Bill always says - “necessity is the mother of all invention” and I would agree that need and the ability to figure out how to make something is our inspiration.

What do you drive?
We drive a volvo station wagon…it is a tank in the winter! Getting from studio to manufacturing space, to pre-school pickups requires some serious planning and a good set of wheels.

What one item do you wish you owned?
I think we wished we owned a better camera with a super sweet photo booth.. but perhaps this will happen in the new year….once we learn how to make one that works..

What are your interests outside of design?
We cook, clearly we are interested in cheese and all sorts of things related to baking and food prep. It is the major inspiration for our housewares line for sure.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
One of the best designs of all time in our opinion would be the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe, it was groundbreaking in it’s use of materials, It was elegant and sleek design combined with rich natural materials. So many wonderful modern buildings have been based on it’s classical principles.

Who are you design icons?
Corbusier is Bill’s and mine would be Charles and Ray Eames, each of these architects and designers knew a great deal about proportion and scale, which is essential in design. We also feel that they were super graphic in their representations.. they were distinct in their styles and never afraid of being bold.

Form vs. function?
We don’t think you have to choose that in the current design climate.. as trained architects we would most likely argue that form follows function many. A great deal of new products are being designed with the new manufacturing techniques that minimize unnecessary parts and pieces as the design evolves. The design and function of a products are getting more integrated as the techniques for making evolve.

What is your personal decorating style?
We never have a great deal of time to think about decorating our home and for many years we didn’t have the resources to buy things for our various apartments.. so we typically had to make the furniture that was needed! We are defiantly less is more type people and are truly white walls and clean lines type of people.

What’s your favorite possession?
We love our laser cutter, as it helps us prototpye and design new things ideas as quickly as we can think them up. We love the speed of bring things to life with the laser beams.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Our biggest indulgence is hiring a team of people who help us with the daily running of our business, we have really tried to do most things by ourselves, but the time has finally come where we need more help. Hopefully, our team will learn as we grown.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Paint is pretty inexpensive and we have really concentrated on painted ceilings for our apartment .. bold geographic shapes painted on a wall can really break and define space.. especially for a 2 year old’s room!

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Sometime you have to let go of what you thought was going to work in order to really see the full potential of an idea - be flexible and try to allow for reinvention.

cork U.S.A. wall board

To see the Renegade Craft Fair capsule collection for CB2, go here.