As the festive season approaches, so does a period of inviting our loved ones into our homes. Whether you are hosting family, friends or colleagues, it is always a good idea to declutter and refresh the spaces you will be spending time in. With the launch of CB2 in Singapore, there is a new destination to look to for modern home furnishings and accessories that lend a contemporary touch. As the sister label of beloved interiors brand Crate and Barrel, CB2 has an artistic expression driven by a design-centric approach that does not sacrifice affordability or comfort. Each piece of furniture begins with thoughtful consideration—from utility to aesthetic.
Timeless forms, soft colour palettes and tactile textures lend bold, tasteful statements without being superfluous, ideal for the homeowner to mix and match and create a warm and inviting ambience fit for hosting. And as more people around the world shift into cities and live in smaller homes, CB2’s pieces are scaled to fit compact spaces—perfect for land-scarce Singapore. In this guide, Vogue rounds up our best holiday hosting tips alongside a handpicked selection of CB2 pieces that will elevate your abode. From golden rules of connection to conversation-starting centrepieces, here is what you need to know and buy before you throw your next party.
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Less is more
When it comes to forming genuine connections, smaller groups tend to have better luck. Gatherings of four to six have been identified by sociologists as the sweet spot when it comes to creating meaningful group interactions. With a smaller number of guests, there is enough time for everyone to share and listen, creating higher levels of intimacy. For statement seating that offers both style and comfort, we recommend the Cleo Black Cantilever Chair. Beautiful black leather wraps around a gravity-defying frame to create a unique seat that is equal parts stunning and sleek.
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Less is more
For something more rustic, the Ouen Rattan Accent Chair comes inspired by a vintage flea market find. Handcrafted from Indonesian rattan, it boasts a striking grid pattern and open, curvaceous arms. Both chairs, when needed, can easily be rearranged to facilitate cosy sharing sessions and immersive conversation.
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Comfort is key
Soft, comfortable couches tend to create a more relaxed environment. Instead of stiff dinner settings, opt for a casual high tea alongside cookies and bakes at the coffee table. Inspired by the cool 70s, the Serafin Snow Upholstered Daybed designed by Adam Rogers has a laid-back silhouette that immediately invites guests to sit—or even lie down—for heart-to-heart talks. Composed of a sustainable walnut hardwood frame and luxe white Cypton performance fabric, this daybed was built to last.
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Comfort is key
Match it with the statuesque Studio Anansi Carve Travertine Cocktail Tables, also inspired by the 70s and Italian design with their fluted base and pure, unpolished one-of-a-kind natural travertine tops.
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It is the role of the hosts to connect their guests and make them feel comfortable, especially if they are not familiar with one another. Homeowners with the luxury of a balcony or garden can take the soiree outdoors to make awkward silences seem less severe in the open air. Designed by Mermelada Estudio, the outdoor-safe Cana Three-Piece Modern Outdoor Sectional Sofa lends a serene touch with an open handwoven resin wicker frame and soft poly foam off-white cushions. The armless chair, corner chair and ottoman can be re-arranged or scaled down easily to create the ideal layout.
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Break the ice
A host is most successful when they can bring out their guests’ real selves rather than their curated personas. A bottle of wine can help break the ice. The sculptural Meyer Stainless Steel Champagne and Wine Cooler holds up to three bottles on the coffee table—perfect for long, uninterrupted conversation without having to run off to the kitchen for a refill. Hammered into a deep bucket with folds shaped like an oyster shell, the polished aluminium bucket has an organic form that also acts as a decorative piece when it is not in use.
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An elegant touch
Human beings are visual creatures. Set the scene with beautiful patterns and unique tableware to create distinct memories. The Four-Piece Chelsea Place Setting with Cereal Bowl was painstakingly designed to achieve a delicate profile, with silver rims and hand-applied chinoiserie of birds and butterflies that lend a whimsical touch.
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New and deeper connections are forged when diversity of opinion is embraced. The presence of art can enliven a space and create a sense of openness. The meditative Ikigai series has an atmospheric quality without being too loud. Created by Montreal-based artist Lune whose work balances simplicity and chaos, this series evokes the natural movements of water, light and fog—reminiscent of the ebb and flow of conversations that are at the heart of every gathering.
Shop now at cb2.com.sg.