The orange fiberglass cube from CB2 in yesterday’s Designing with Orange post got me thinking about what’s important when I look to shop masculine design online and why that item stood out to me. I like the cube because it’s both decorative and functional–multifunctional, really, since it can be a table or stool then flipped over to become a cooler, a planter, or open storage. Plus, it’s got some style–which is an area the folks behind CB2 know something about, being part of the Crate&Barrel family. So I this morning I thought I’d take a quick look at the CB2 site, just to see what I might find that filled the bill on style and practicality, and right on the home page I found this handsome devil:
Called the Radial Chandelier, he’s got plenty of charm and is just the kind of thing I look for when I shop masculine design. With a powdercoated iron body and those exposed wires and socket caps, this a piece that would look great for years to come. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really expect to see something this aligned with my personal taste as the first thing on their site, so I was intrigued and decided to click through to see the rest of what CB2 had to show for their new collection.
NOTE: This is normally the place when I’m reading a post like this on someone else’s site that I begin to think, “Oh, CB2 is paying him for this post.” Not the case here–this is not a sponsored post, and–though based on what I’ve found today I certainly would not mind one–I have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with CB2 or Crate&Barrel. Hopefully, the motivation behind this post is about to be made clear.
And, when I clicked through to see more, here’s one of the things I found:
Well now. There you go. Just look at the rich color and terrific elements in that wall–the wood detail and the industrial lighting. Check out the rug and those tables. This is my flavor, no question. And, right then, when I saw this image, I knew I wanted to post about how I wiykd approach the shop masculine design experience at CB2. It also occurred to me that I don’t think–other than shameless plugs for my own Japanese Trash shop and some random, half-hearted links to products in posts now and then–that I’ve ever written a post focusing on what to look for when you shop masculine design. Why not start now with CB2?
Let’s take a look at the two pieces from the above image that I really like:
Shop Masculine Design: Tables & Rug
These have some hallmarks of masculine design that are the kinds of things I always look for — the tables incorporate shapes that might have been popular 50 or 60 years ago and they have the gunmetal tones I like so much, while the rug is graphic, full of texture, and is in my favorite color palette. There of plenty more items I found on the site that I may do a follow up post about when I have time to go into more detail about why I might choose them. And, at the same time, there’s lots that don’t flip my switch.
I will post more of my thoughts when I shop masculine design, if that’s something you guys are interested in–leave a comment and let me know!
Edited to add: I’ve wondered for some time if the social login requirement for comments that I added a little over a year ago (to combat the tremendous amount of comment spam I was getting) has deterred comments on posts, so, since I’m asking for feedback on this one I thought I’d turn it off to see if that helps increase actual comments. Thought that any of you who’ve avoided commenting because of the whole social login thing should know that you no longer have to jump through those hoops, so let me know if more posts on what to look for when you shop masculine design would be something you want to see!