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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.

Thursday
Mar082012

artist profile: thanh diep

Thanh Diep was born in Vietnam in 1977 and since 1998 she’s been creating art at the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—
a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

An accomplished artist in traditional media—as well as film and animation—Diep captures dramatic impact in a charcoal scene of ascending evergreens that grow stark in the secluded forest of the foggy landscape pillow.

Although she speaks with the assistance of an augmentative and alternative communication device due to cerebral palsy, she has created soundtracks for animated films and written a book, Thanh.

The first graduate of The Bridge School in Hillsborough, and is the first Bridge School alumna to graduate from college, Diep received her BA in 2005 from San Francisco State University where she majored in Liberal Studies.

Media works include short films and—along with her artwork—have been featured at MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, Artists Television Access, The Mission Cultural Center, Noh Space/Theater of Yugen, Brava Theater as well as at the Picture This Festival in Calgary, BC.

To spend one minute with Thanh Diep in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Tuesday
Feb212012

artist profile: james miles

At the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—artist James Miles’ imagery blurs the limits of perspective.

If James were to tell you a story, it would include silent spaces for he’s soft-spoken. His visual stories—often ink drawings of miniature scenes—reveal our shared love of simple pleasures.

Their composition of ‘unusual combinations of perspectives’ blur the limits of inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present to entice the viewer/listener into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork.

They are spaces that use the logic of dreams and fairytales and—like every great universally told story—his reveal our shared love of simple pleasures enjoyed with one another, on a gorgeous day that we hope will never end.

Perhaps the orange bird pillow—featuring James’ extra-large and orange bird—in reality signals the coming of an early spring even though the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.

To spend one minute with James Miles in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Thursday
Feb092012

artist profile: merna lum

From the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes the quirky and playful bunny on a skateboard pillow

Born in 1956, artist Merna Lum Is a long-time member of the studio, first attending in 1988. She works in a variety of media—both 2- and 3-D—and is always open to working with new and different tools to create art.

Nature is a constant influence and is reflected in her rich and heavily textured ceramic pieces and in the plant and animal subjects of her paintings and drawings.

To spend one minute with Merna Lum in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Monday
Feb062012

artist profile: hung kei shiu

From original artwork done at the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes this lush and plush pillow.

Created by artist Hung Kei Shiu—one of the first artists at the studio, he left for a number of years and then re-joined in 2006.

Shiu’s known for his cryptic compositions—the tiniest of marks, a small hatched line segment, miniscule circles, or a short block of color—and the digital blue pillow is a visual feast of these marks with reflections from the shallow to the deep end of the pool. Much like the multiple layers of our personalities, the result is complex and rich.

To spend one minute with Hung Kei Shiu in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

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