CB2: New designs for fall 2013

CB2 began rolling out its fall 2013 designs, and although more than 40 of the new pieces of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories haven’t yet hit the CB2 website, L.A. at Home got a sneak peek. Writer Lisa Boone, producer Dianne de Guzman and editor Craig Nakano reviewed the store’s “fall deck” and made picks for this new recurring feature, our thoroughly unscientific and overly opinionated rundown of mass-market home décor collections. We’re sharing our first impressions and invite you to do the same via reader comments or Twitter (@latimeshome).

Favorite pieces

Wud walnut platters. We first saw David Rasmussen’s 1960s-meets-1980s walnut platters at the 2012 Dwell on Design show in L.A., and it’s nice to see a major retailer pick up the handcrafted line rather than knock off the look with cheap imports. Each platter is 18 by 12 inches, $49.95. CN


Wud walnut platters. Although released for fall, the Wud platters are nice indoor-outdoor entertaining pieces for summer. I can imagine using one of these sturdy platters at a Hollywood Bowl picnic. The colorful borders are an unexpected, distinctive touch. LB.

Old timer clock. This clean, modern take on the grandfather clock is refreshing. For those who don’t mind giving up the floor space, this clock can be a fun piece to add to any room that will have it. DG

Value picks

Pinch brass bowls [available later in the season and not yet on the CB2 site]. Just $4.95 (small) and $14.95 (large). Enough said. CN

Strand chair. With its handwoven seat in bright orange, the Strand chair feels fresh, modern and fun. At $279, it’s an affordable alternative to more traditional side chairs. LB

Silhouette wine glasses (set of four). These wine glasses are a playful addition to the table. The silhouettes are prim and proper while the glass maintains a casual silhouette. DG

The surprises

Loft and Chord pendant lamps. Memo to manufacturers: Incandescent is out. Despite light-bulb laws and basic environmental consciousness, modern lamps are still being designed en masse with old-school, energy-wasting exposed filament bulbs. These two new pendants ($149 for Loft and $79.95 for Chord) are nice enough until you imagine them with standard fluorescent or LED bulbs. Not so cool anymore. Plumen, maybe? CN

Facade Motif queen bed. I’m a fan of pattern but not on large furnishings. The motif reads tribal to me, and I’m surprised to see this kind of busy design when so many of us just want calm at the end of a long day. LB

Facade Motif queen bed. I’m normally a fan of funky patterns to help punch up the look of a room, but this print struck me as one that could become dated. The black and gray colors are in style, but I found the look to be a little boring. DG


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