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Friday
May172013

artist profile: kent youngstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Easy. Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Kitchen/Living Room open space. Lots of Art, lots of Action.

Who are you design icons?
Pollock, De Kooning.

Form vs. function?
Round dice do not work very well

What is your signature?
Circles. I paint a lot of circles.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Minimal but unexpected.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Other than the bikini? My back deck. It’s simple, comfortable and full of family and friends.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Sappy movies that really shouldn’t make me cry like Restoration. Stories of people coming full circle. Collections of things no one knows what to do with. The desire to be wanted.

What do you drive?
Ha. A mini-van with sto-n-go seats. I can carry a large amount of art & supplies along with my kids and their friends. Very artsy I know!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A large parcel of land with a Dwell style home and large studio within a few yards of the back door.

What are your interests outside of design?
Thursday night futbol. 5:30 am workouts. Laughing with the family. Scrambled eggs. Running the race to win.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
As far as i know, i can’t take anything with me when it is all over so i am not much of a collector. I will say that it would be hard to do what i do without my paint brushes and my Mac.

What’s had the biggest influence on you?
I think we are influenced by so many things in our life, but art-wise my grandfather could build/fix anything and he passed that on to my mother who has passed it on to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Oops Paint. You know… the discounted gallons at the hardware store that have been returned because the color didn’t look right or it was mixed incorrectly…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“I think your time here is over.” —a former boss. It forced me to figure things out on my own.

I am often asked how i manage to survive as an artist. My answer is always the same. “Hard work, hard work, and a little luck.”

Friday
Aug242012

artist profile: selene perez

From the Creativity Explored studio in
San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes artwork by Selene Perez.

Born in 1982 in Mexico, Perez has created a vast bestiary of strong, graphic drawings of animals. Ranging from seven-legged cats to flocks of geese in flight, she makes her creatures with the simplest of marks across an array of media.

The influence of printmaking is evident in all of her work—vivid contrasts between dark and light, fine lines and densely black forms, all skillfully balanced. In a similar vein, her three owls pillow is executed with wisps of ink that expertly and simply catch and express the essential elements of the owls: eyes focused and finely feathered.

To spend a minute with Selene in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Friday
Aug172012

designer profile: sean dare

What are your sources of inspiration?
The everyday! Nature, Friends, Family. Architecture, Materials, Processes, the Past and Present.

What are your interests outside of design?
Family, music, arts, film, water sports.

Form vs. function?
A harmonious balance is ideal….

What one item do you wish you owned?
The patent to the water powered engine.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
What a great question! I think it would have to be something that has made a ‘real’ difference, something like a cardiac pacemaker or artificial limbs.

Who are you design icons?
Charlotte Perriand, Vladimir Kagan, Hans Wegner, Carlo Mollino, Dieter Rams, Marc Newson the list could go on and on!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
It has to be our house.

Where was your favorite place to live?
My hometown of Brighton is one of my favourites, that’s why I am still here! There’s such a diverse mix of culture, arts, history and beautiful scenery—from the beach to the rolling hills of the Sussex downs.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
It changes! We redecorate our house every couple of years and with each fresh approach my favourite room changes. Currently its the bedroom, We have just painted the wall behind the bed in an ochre yellow and added my newly designed Walnut and Maple bedframe. The tones of the Walnut and Maple work beautifully with the yellow.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Do it yourself! Painting is easy and fun. Don’t pay people to do it if you can do it yourself.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
If you never try, you’ll never know!

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

Thursday
Aug162012

artist profile: ka wai shiu

Ka Wai Shiu was born in 1964 and was one of
the first artists at the Creativity Explored studio
in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Shiu creates elaborate, detailed drawings and paintings—often complicated natural environments populated by many figures, or very specific stories ranging from the path of a Chinese New Year parade to an epic voyage of ships across the sea.

She sometimes integrates text into the two-dimensional space using many languages—including Cantonese, her first language—to narrate or give clues to the scenes she depicts.

To spend one minute with Ka Wai Shiu in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Friday
Aug102012

meet us: jason lewis

Where’s your favorite place to live?
Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I don’t think I have a favorite room, they are all in a tie for third place.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I do get inspiration from other furniture, buildings, objects—I think a lot of my desire to design and build things comes from an appreciation of things other people have built.

What do you drive?
A sweet 2011 Mazda.

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

What are your interests outside of design?
Books, movies, television. Mostly hanging out with my kids, pretty much anything I do in my free time has to also be entertaining to a 4 and 5 year old.

Who are your design icons?
the Eames, Hans Wegner, Sam Maloof, Finn Juhl, George Nelson, Paul Mccobb,  I could keep going.

Form vs. function?
I will cheat and say both.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Do you mean the decorating style I would like to have, or the decorating style that I actually have?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
An Eames bent plywood chair that was in my grandparent’s house. The first piece of furniture that I really noticed as something other than an object in the background.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Being able to do something I enjoy for a living.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Clean up the house.

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