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Friday
Feb212014

artist profile: brian farrell

Where was your favorite place to live?
I have enjoyed all the places life has taken me.
I was born in Minnesota, raised in Rome Italy, and lived in NYC for the past 10 years. I recently moved to Southern New Jersey and I am really enjoying it.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The kitchen, my mother always said that food has been important to me since a young age. In my family it is a room were people come together. Now my wife is a baker, so I am always roaming around the kitchen trying to “taste test”.

What are your interests outside of design?
Skateboarding, fishing, flea markets, wrestling, records, zines.

What is your personal decorating style?
It is still evolving, I like color and patterns. I definitely have a ton of small objects that I collect and keep around. Items that are nostalgic to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Dumpster dive.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Adventure, experiences, the universe, skateboarding, scientific illustrations, typography, textiles, and so much more.

Who are you design icons?
Alexander Girard, Ernst Haeckel, Sven Lukin, Raymond Pettibon, Barry Mcgee, Dan Funderburgh, the list goes on.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Right now I am going to say the vinyl record. Music plays a huge part in my day and my creative process. I have been around the house and studio a lot lately and always try to keep a record in rotation.

Form vs. function?
I think they go hand in hand, but I find in my own work form comes first.

What do you drive?
A skateboard and a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I have to get supplies.

What’s your favorite possession?
My grandfathers custom made wrestling robe. It is purple and gold velvet with a sequin belt. He was a pro wrestler in the 1950s. My interest in his career has only grown over the past few years.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
My vinyl record collection. I am always ready to go to the record store to find something new.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Some crazy record player like the Clearaudio Statement Turntable or the ONEDOF Turntable.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“Either you evolve with time or you dissolve with time.” —Dave Ortiz

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

Wednesday
Feb192014

artist profile: kelly puissegur

Where was your favorite place to live?
Right here in Los Angeles—mainly because of the weather. I spend a lot of time outside so the mild temperatures are great. There’s also tons of places to take my dogs. I often take them hiking and to the beach.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The living room, It’s full of windows and has the best light. I usually paint on the floor and I can still hang out and watch movies with my family while I’m working.

What are your interests outside of design?
I spend all my free time walking and playing with my dogs. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, running, and eating cookies.

What do you drive?
A super sexy 2003 Honda CRV. In ten more years it’ll be a classic.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I’m inspired by animals, movies, music, strange characters on the streets,family,friends,and anything that makes me laugh.

Who are you design icons?
David Shrigley, Craig Atkinson, Marcel Dzama, Margaret Kilgallen, and David Fullarton to name a few.

Form vs. function?
A little of both, thank you very much.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The donut. That hole in the middle is genius!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house with a huge backyard and lots of trees. Also a nice pair of loafers.

What’s your favorite possession?
I’m extremely cheap and don’t like to spend money on anything but I do have a decent collection of art books and my album collection is a slow work in progress.

What is your personal decorating style?
I like an eclectic look. a little vintage and modern mixed together.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Every morning I get a 32oz iced Americano from the coffee shop near my house. It’s very large and ridiculous looking—it looks like a big gulp—but I love it so…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Be honest. Make what you like and someone on this great big planet might like it too.

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

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.