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Friday
Jul202012

designer profile: mermelada estudio

Mermelada Estudio:
Juanmi Júarez, Alex Estévez, and Laura Blasco
Where was your favorite place to live?
Barcelona. We love our city, the people, the weather and the food.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We all have a terrace in our apartments and it is our favourite place. We love host parties there and bring our friends over.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
There are many. If we had to choose one, it would be the Eames Fiberglass Chairs because of their importance in the history of design.

How do you get around?
Laura rides a Vespa, Juanmi a Ducati and Alex a bicycle.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Laura wishes she had a greenhouse, while Juanmi´s wish list is too long to put it here. Alex covets a house in Cap de Creus in Northern Catalonia, one of the most beautiful places in the world—Salvador Dalí had a villa there.

What are your interests outside of design?
Laura loves shoes, Juanmi fancies cars and motorcycles and Alex enjoys acting—right now he is working on a play.

Who are you design icons?
We have many, but if we had to name one it would be Tappio Wirkkala.

Form vs. function?
Form together with function. We do not think of these two as opposites.

What is your personal decorating style?
We love to mix contemporary design pieces with vintage furniture and traditional objects from all around the world. We really treasure handmade objects.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Laura’s favourite possession is a coat hanger from her gran, Juanmi’s a Lladró special edition of a porcelain Ford Fiesta from the seventies and Alex’s a watch from his grandpa.

What’s your biggest indulgence?
It has to be breakfast. Every time we have the chance we have breakfast in the studio with friends, other designers, artists, neighbours, clients… they are always welcome to our table.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“There is no place where success comes before work, except in the dictionary.” which is commonly attributed to Donald Kendall, the co-founder of PepsiCo®.

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

Tuesday
Jul102012

designer profile: ivdesign.it

Francesca Braga Rosa + Ivano Vianello = ivdesign.it Where was your favorite place to live?
In Tramonte, in country house in the hills of Padua, Italy—it’s really an island, far away from everything.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
We prefer the dining room, where we are with all the family and the garden.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Sanluca armchair designed by the Castiglioni Brothers in 1961, produced by Frau.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Observe the daily life that is a great source of inspiration.

What do you drive?
A bicycle—we are living in the city center.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Peace in living every day.

What are your interests outside of design?
Alberto e Ludovico, our children—then the architecture and the cook.

Who are you design icons?
The furniture of Alvar Alto.

What is your signature?
Simplicity and cleanliness in the design.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Surely our notebooks to sketches: Moleskine.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
A great passion for the sea.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Owning fewer things and taking life easier.

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

Saturday
Jun232012

artist profile: karl lohnes

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years and spend about one week each month in New York—my brain is in Toronto and my heart is in NYC.

What is your favorite room in your home?
My kitchen is the place I like to spend the most time. I cook and bake a lot—I use it as a form of relaxation and experimentation.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The wing-back chair; modern or traditional it’s cocooning, inviting and shelters us from life’s noises and drafts.

Form vs. function?
Function—without it there’s no need to have a form.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Simple, plastic ice cube trays that make big ice cubes. I drink iced lattes year round and keep running out of ice in the freezer.

What do you drive?
I don’t drive a vehicle; never have, never will.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Watching vintage movies for the exaggerated costumes and sets; famed interior designer Barbara Barry for her utmost restraint and perfection in a room.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Sloppy Parisian Writer and very room I decorate uses the equation: 70% traditional, 30% modern. Everything I bring into my place has a story so every room has far too many stories to tell.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My collection of silk ties. I haven’t worn one in 15 years; thats the beauty of being a creative type.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
When everything is off the floor you will have a tidy, clean and organized space. Picking up newspapers, sweatshirts and shoes costs nothing.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received/given?
Choose a job that challenges and teaches something everyday—and when that stops, find another.

Friday
Jun082012

artist profile: eric rosner

Where was your favorite place to live?
There is no other place like New York which has chaos, intensity, incredible culture and people. I love it! It inspires me everyday with its rich history of diverse backgrounds.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
I think a modern bicycle combines beauty and elegance together with strength and sheer power of a human to push it—that symbiosis is just amazing.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I walk the streets of NYC and try to find the hidden gems of a time long ago. I look for small relics of the past that are intact and have ridden out the years. I love to find glimpses of the elegance covered up and shut away whether it’s a building, a sign or a manhole cover. They have survived through time and have so many stories to tell.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love spending time with my family, reading about New York history and finding the perfect sushi restaurant.

Who are you design icons?
Winsor McCay. He was an icon of design and innovation in the early 20th century and I am a huge fan. Also, Johnathon Ives—in my opinion he has no contemporary as he has created the future over and over again. And no one can compete with Mr. Steve Jobs.

Form vs. function?
If not both then what’s the point?

What’s your signature?
My signature style is my acute attention to details and intricate line work. I like to create dimension out of nothing.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
When I was about 9 my father bought a very old Asian horse hair whip at a Flea Market. It had two little tokens hanging on leather ropes. One of the tokens was an Asian Dragon made out of silver. It’s a finely detailed piece of art that I really fell in love with. I imagined the amazing history that this treasure must have been carried through—it’s one of my most valued treasures.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Anything made by Apple. I love Apple. I love computers and technology. When the first iPhone came out, it simply blew me away. I felt like I was touching the future. This company never seizes to amaze me with their new inventions.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
The best pieces of advice came from my all time favorite idol, Mr. Steve Jobs. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” and “The journey is the reward”. These mottoes have helped me balance the good times and the harder times—and never give up on my dreams.

Thursday
May032012

meet us: robert and cortney novogratz

How did you meet?
We met at a party in Charlotte NC.
Love at first sight.

You both come from families very similar to your own-big and design oriented-do you see your kids becoming a third generation?
Def. we hope it will become a family business. Since we are so hands on with our kids, and work out of our homes, the kids are definitely exposed to our fun, creative and crazy world.

With a large, active family and a growing business, how do you stay organized?
It’s organized chaos but organized. We are doers and get things done.

What’s your favorite room in your house?
The kitchen.

Where is your favorite place in the world and are there any destinations on your wish list?
Paris. We love big urban cities…would love to go to Capetown. and Tokyo.

Do you have an absolute favorite find from your world travels or local treasure hunts?
And which one do you most regret NOT purchasing?
A vintage foosball table from Italy. Few regrets as we enjoy the hunt.

What inspires you?
Our children.

Which has more influence on a project—the architecture or the people who live there?
People—every home should be a direct reflection of the people who live there. From their personalities to the way they live—a project is most influenced by its inhabitants.

Do you have a favorite architect?
Frank Gehry—we love his work because he balances art, sculpture and architecture in a way nobody else has. The second you lay eyes on a Gehry building, you know he designed it.

If you could Novogratz absolutely anyone’s home—whose would it be?
The White House. We love the history of the home and all of the amazing people who have lived there before, but we would love to make it more fun and better reflect the Obama family.

What are your favorite and least favorite colors?
Love all colors. Don’t like tones like beige.

Why did you want to work with CB2?
The people—it’s a big family too!

Do you have one low-budget decorating tip?
Paint can transform a space.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t take your success—or your failures—too seriously.

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

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