After over twenty years of making their presence known in the design industry, Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning found themselves fully immersed in creating a collection during the pandemic. Their namesake, Lawson-Fenning, is widely celebrated for its vintage and midcentury-inspired pieces created through the lens of California modernism. Today, the brand launched a collaboration with CB2 to celebrate the best parts of California—the charm, style, and scenery with the signature use of natural materials. It's all underscored with a commitment to quality craftsmanship that will bring a little bit of California into homes of any style.
"Our initial focus for this was to capture the vibe, mood, weather, people, how we feel when we're in and how other people feel when they come here," Lawson says of his home state. "I want shoppers to feel like they're on vacation in their home."
Each morning, the designer-maker duo spoke over the phone to conceptualize the line even with the physical distance between them. "CB2 gave us so much freedom and support. They allowed us to go as far as we could," says Fenning. "With a pause during the pandemic, we finally had the time to give everything to it."
As they often do for their work, Lawson and Fenning looked to nature for inspiration. They chose to analyze topographical images of the California coastline to build the color story for the line. "We were able to create this really awesome color palette," says Lawson.
"The forest, heavily leafy areas, to mountainous and tan browns, and suddenly there's the blue of the sea."
"We strip it down to the natural material," Fenning adds. "Nothing is overly decorative for us. When something is in its purest expression and simple, you're able to style pretty much anything together."
The collection features living room furniture (indoor and outdoor), bedroom, dining, accessories, rugs, lighting, and dinnerware. It's a full feast for design lovers! You can even upgrade your office with an eye-catching travertine bookend or wood desk detailed with intricate lines. And, thanks to the neutral and cohesive palette, it all works together in an organic fashion.
CB2's Lead of Product Development, Sara Khodja, heralds Lawson-Fenning's design ethos, even when creating a mass collection. "Together, we created a collection of high-quality pieces at attainable price points while staying true to who we both are," she says. "For CB2, this new collection is transportive and draws from various aesthetic references that embody California modernism complete with artisanal craft details that are distinct to Lawson-Fenning."
While it's hard to choose a favorite, we personally can't get enough of this whimsical mushroom-shaped accent stool. The tree stump shape even plays on the mushroom decor obsession that took over during the pandemic. Lawson can't help but point to the multifunctional Point Dune Wood Game Table. "At the time we were spending so much time at our dining table and it became the center of activity. So we thought 'How many things can a dining table do?' We worked backward from that and it was a fun one to design."
Fenning's favorites? The outdoor pieces, as they can work inside of your home as well. "We wanted to blur the lines between inside and out," he explains. "I was in California with beautiful weather so I found inspiration sitting and drawing outside." He loves the idea of versatility in the home space to encourage this flow.
It's a mindset they hope to share with consumers across the country. "We design for everyone," says Lawson. "I don't want it to be for this generation or that generation. If it's good design, it's accessible to all for a seat at the table."
Anyone with an appreciation for design and the rich heritage of California craftsmanship will fall in love with the West Coast spirit of this collection. Shop the line today to bring a bit of this spirit home.
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