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Monday
Feb102014

artist profile: laz ojalde

photo by: Stephan Göttlicher What are your sources of inspiration?
Shadow puppets, classic cartoons, Mexican pointy boots, coffee grounds, found objects, cockroaches, Sci-fi spaceships, circus lights and awkward friends. I try to not limit my imagination.

What are your interests outside of design?
Guerrilla gardening, photographing architecture, visiting museums, art making…

Who are your design icons?
Ettore Sottsass Jr., Raymond Lowey, Deiter Rams, Oki Sato, Alexander McQueen, David Carson, Maarten Baas.

Form vs. Function?
Both in equal doses.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The IV Syringe. Small, cheap to manufacture, and simple to use with one hand—and at one point or another our lives will likely be saved or ended by one.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A blimp hanger to house all the many curiosities I currently own and those that I covet.

Where was your favorite place to live?
Wherever I hang my hat becomes my favorite place. Currently that’s Miami, a city in perpetual transition—where retirement homes are being converted into fluorescent colored art galleries. Right or wrong, who wouldn’t want to be part of something so dramatic and amazing?

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My living room is the biggest and the best lit space in my home and I find myself starting, finishing, restarting and completing just about every project there. That’s why the bathroom is my favorite room, it’s to small and dark to do anything but what it was intended for.

What is your personal decorating style?
Found vintage, combined with self made. I think everyone should have at least one or two pieces of DIY in their home.

What’s your favorite possession?
My 5 year-old dumb phone. It does everything a phone is supposed to do and nothing more.

What do you drive?
Dexter, my orange 2004 Limited Edition Scion XB.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Caramel & sea salt ice cream from Publix.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Always believe in the strength of your ideas.

Wednesday
Feb052014

artist profile: bobby hill

photo by: sonia blayde Where was your favorite place to live?
New York City, because of the attitude. This city has a certain edge that no other city has that I’ve been to. The only place that remotely compares is London… maybe. I find that everywhere I travel to I compare it to my city. New York is a huge business capital. Almost every company is represented in New York and are easily accessible.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My whole space, no specific room.

What do you drive?
A Toyota.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Lamborghini Veneno.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Apple Computers are the most well designed items because they are reliable. Until recently I had an iMac which lasted about 8-9 years. They are also aesthetically designed well and are extremely easy to use. They are good for both business and design.

Form vs. function?
Both coincide, but function comes first. When I am designing anything or buying anything my main concern is that it works well and serves a purpose. Design is also important, but that comes after.

What are your sources of inspiration?
My surroundings, specifically New York City. My life, where I’ve traveled along with my experiences. My perspective on current events, music, movies and pop-culture.

Who are you design icons?
Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, Rauschenberg, Ernie Barnes, Pollock, Keith Harring, Romare Bearden.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Eating out on a regular basis—LA Burrito in Williamsburg is one of my favorite places.

What’s your favorite possession?
My Rototex manual printing press—it’s helped me develop new art styles and feed my family.

What is your personal decorating style?
I have no specific decorating style.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Milk crates everywhere for everything … chairs, storage, tables.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Don’t fall in love with one style…
be able to reinvent your style when you feel… every decision you make is the right one.
Given: Always be able to make money doing what you love… you can learn from everything… always be creative… you are always growing.

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

Monday
Jan062014

designer profile: ceci thompson

What are your interests outside of design?
Travel. Culture. Food. Business. I especially enjoy when these things intersect with design.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Architecture, Nature, Industry, World Travel, New York…

Where was your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn. Watching it make itself and continually redefine itself is a fascination of mine.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room I suppose—although I can count on two hands how many times I’ve actually sat on my own couch over several years.

What do you drive?
I love riding my bike around Brooklyn – be it for the efficiency factor or for the discovery that happens when you stay above ground and aren’t locked inside a vehicle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A home in southeast Spain to retire to some day.

Who are your design icons?
To name a few…architects Herzog&de Meuron, product designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa, design curator Jamie Gray.

Form or Function.
The perfect marriage of the two.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There can’t be one winner. It has to be something we use every day without even thinking about it.

What is your personal decorating style?
I’m still figuring that out. My apartment is pretty bare. I think it’s a reluctance to commit to something as my interests are always evolving.

What’s your favorite possession?
Although I’m a product designer and I love “things” of all sorts, I don’t really attach myself to material objects.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Taking time to do what I want to do in life rather than going the safe route.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Just be yourself – my dad.

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

Friday
Jan032014

designer profile: aelfie oudghiri

Who are you design icons?
Betsey Johnson was my hero growing up.

Form vs. function?
Neither. Color.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
De-clutter and buy flowers.

What do you drive?
My husband nuts.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I live in an open loft, so it’s all my favorite room.

What is your personal decorating style?
Chic with a hint of totally bonkers.

What are your interests outside of design?
Dancing, literature, art, music and business.

What are your sources of inspiration?
It’s hard to know. Funny things like an old pair of candlesticks or a stranger in a funny sweater might get me excited about an idea or form.

Where was your favorite place to live?
In Budapest, across the street from a beautiful old concert hall and above a supermarket. It was perfect.

What’s your favorite possession?
It’s the first thing I see when I wake up—an enormous embroidered tapestry from Uzbekistan.

What one item do you wish you owned?
More paintings by my grandmother, Lounah Starr.

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

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Fake it till you make it.

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

Tuesday
Dec102013

designer profile: hettler-tüllmann 

Jula Tüllmann and Katja Hettler

Jula

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin—combined with an ocean.

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

What are your sources of inspiration?
Traditional crafts.

What do you drive?
A second-hand bike.

What are your interests outside of design?
People—my family, my friends, therefore also traveling, Yoga, Tai Chi and windsurfing.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Frolicking in the ocean, looking into the glittering waves.

Who are you design icons?
Kazujo Sejima, Meret Oppenheim, Charles and Ray Eames.

Form vs. function?
A happy marriage of both.

What is your personal decorating style?
Light and minimal with a touch of softness.

What’s your favorite possession?
I don’t like to attach myself to possessions (I tend to lose things) but I DO like our vintage COR Sofa designed by Dieter Rams (certainly hard to lose).

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep it simple, work with good lighting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your gut-feeling. Wear your own pants.

Katja

Where was your favorite place to live?
Berlin and Paris.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen is the heart of our home.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The bicycle, allowing to cover large distances with comparatively little effort.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Anything from a material, colour, texture to random everyday objects.

What do you drive?
A Dutch bicycle.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Traveling.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A handwoven wallcarpet my mother made in Finland.

What are your interests outside of design?
Film, art, photography, dance performances and traveling the world.

Who are you design icons?
Charles & Ray Eames, danish design.

Form vs. function?
Form and function ideally fuse naturally.

What is your personal decorating style?
A mix of old and new, flea market and travel treasures, optimize space and natural light.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Bertoia bird chair passed on from my parents.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Follow your passion, put your effort in things that come from the heart, the rest will come.

To see all of Hettler-Tüllmann’s current designs for CB2, go here.