What a great turn-out for the latest Apartment Therapy DC event at the CB2 store in Georgetown this week!
Jake and Steven
So…. the hip, upstart little sister of Crate & Barrel is cool, indeed.
The conundrum…where exactly does this leave Crate & Barrel? Are they suddenly…uncool? That’s probably a bit harsh. Crate & Barrel has always been a visionary (in terms of delivering edited, really great design to the retail world). I was a huge fan back in the early 80’s when I frequented its flagship store in Boston (think Marimekko wall-hangings). So I get what they are doing with CB2…and there is definitely a gi-normous sea change happening in the world of design. I’m guessing a “generational” re-calibration and also a shift, born of the recession (the “undecorate” movement and all of that with the emphasis on function, thrift and “meaningful” decor). Whatever.. it is a shift and…a good one.
So…on to the good (visual) stuff. As a color person (with a camera) my eye immediately began taking in the showroom vignettes. Lots of saturated color. As I entered the showroom, I first encountered the industrial gray thing…with red/orange .
Note the red/orange hair. And the orange ball.
Fabulous rugs, including an edited collection of FLOR (next post).
I also learned that the CB2 “philosophy” centers on these things (all really good):
- design details
- the “refined industrial” aesthetic
- global texture
- dramatic scale
- small spaces
- curated collections or “clusters”
“One-of-a Kind Finds”
And big kudos to CB2 for their “help-others” campaign.
And as I organized my photos for this post, they fell into two color categories. The first is gray/orange-red.
So here are the lovely servers from Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar who catered the event. Orange details– were they styled?
So the palettes at CB2 are bold and edgy. And as I progressed to the back of the store, there was a shift to “gray + chartreuese” (next post).
Love u CB2! Buying that fab “squirrel pillow” for myself and letting my “generation Y kids” roam for themselves. ; )