The buzz: Soon after the opening of Crate and Barrel in late January, the folks at Proof Living are at it again with the launch of CB2, the American home furnishing chain’s sister store, with an entirely different concept and collection.
The vibe: Unlike Crate and Barrel’s neutral and calming interiors, the 6,000 square-foot space sports the now-ubiquitous industrial look with concrete floors, exposed ceilings and raw brick walls. Bright pops of colors from the goods, coupled with the nostalgic French windows of the heritage building, keeps things fresh and youthful.
The goods: Expect to find clever, convertible pieces that are great for compact interiors. There’s also limited-edition wall art, lighting, frames, clocks, bath wares, dinner wares and collectibles, aside from the bigger furnishings. Designer-looking options, like the cage pendant brass light ($259.95) and pony sprout chair ($239), are right on the money.
Why you’ll be back: Even if you’re not shopping for big furniture items, this hip store carries an impressive array of cool stuff that will add the right accent to any space. Plus, Scandinavian style is so last year.
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