Want to Bring a Dose of California Cool to Your Space? Shop This CB2 Collection

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Photo credit: Courtesy CB2
Photo credit: Courtesy CB2


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“We believe aspirational is attainable” is a phrase that makes several appearances on Lawson Fenning’s website. The beloved Los Angeles shop, founded almost 20 years ago by Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning, has become the go-to for those seeking pieces that epitomize a laid-back yet extremely sophisticated California lifestyle. The designs often nod to decades past, with a focus on noble natural materials and earthy tones. But attainable? Only for some.

That changes this week with the debut of the duo’s collection for CB2—dozens of truly attainable pieces ranging from furniture and lighting to tabletop and rugs. For a team that usually designs capsule collections of three to five pieces, the ability to work on a proper cross-category collection was not only an exciting departure but also allowed them to embrace materials that were previously cost prohibitive, like stone (their travertine bookends, trays, and bowls range from $40 to $299), and introduce them to a whole new audience. One who, they believe, may dream of California living, with nonfussy but very stylish pieces that can handle the rigors of everyday life.

Photo credit: Courtesy CB2
Photo credit: Courtesy CB2

Lawson’s favorites include the Point Dume game table, designed during the Covid-19 lockdown. “The dining table became the hub of our house, and it just wasn’t cutting it. We needed it to do more for us,” Lawson admits. Their reenvisioned dining table has a top that flips from inlaid wood on one side to a game table on the other and has storage underneath.

The duo also blurred the lines between indoor and outdoor furniture by creating two versions of a dining table and vintage modern–inspired Danish woven chair, switching out the core materials depending on whether they’d live in the elements, or not. Elements also influenced the pattern of the Strata rug, inspired in part by topographic photos of the Santa Barbara, California, landscape and colors of the natural environs experienced on their hikes in the area.

The collection is intended to be timeless, with a staying power not only to outlast trends, but also to travel with its owners over the decades. “It’s really well made and will work in your next house no matter what the style or layout it—that’s always been our ethos,” insists Lawson. He adds: “Nothing is precious. When people ask us, ‘Do I need a coaster on this table?’ The answer is, ‘No, the table is the coaster.’ If you can't put a drink on it, you shouldn’t be living with it.”

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