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Some people want pictures with presidents. We're actually more delighted to meet and get a picture with CB2's and Crate & Barrel's founder, Gordon Segal (below with CB2's product manager, Marta Calle) at last night's opening...
Last night we attended CB2's big opening on lower Broadway - extending the reach of Furniture Alley - and got a peek at how this Chicago hipster does Manhattan.
The store is lovely, the sense that this IS a family business is assured, but you won't find many surprises here. As with Crate & Barrel's offerings, CB2 is well made, colorful and fun, but certainly not edgy design. What stood out, however, aside from the vitalizing and zingy color, is how much of the furniture is scaled for small urban spaces. There are some great catchy solutions for small NYC apartments.
In addition, there are some mix-ins that will make life easier. FLOR tiles are featured prominently on racks in the back of the store (much better than DWR) and there are lovely prints from Marimekko to put a smile on your face. You may also enjoy the fact that the price points at CB2 are lower than Crate & Barrel up the street.
If you want to see how the whole shop works it's colors and furnishings together, don't leave the comfort of your aeron chair, simply take a tour through the shop in our slide show.