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  • New to GR Shop - David Trubridge Lighting - elemental simplicity

    David Trubridge, a transplant from the north of England to New Zealand, has been making unique, eco-friendly lighting since 2003. Because the company is based in New Zealand, their remote location has necessitated creative solutions to distance and freight issues and they have developed “kitset” products to address these problems. Each light comes ready to assemble.

    david_hero3 David Trubridge at work in the studio / workshop in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

     

    Caring about transparency and aspiring to a business that is ethical and environmentally aware, David Trubridge lights are green and eco-conscious. They use sustainably sourced bamboo and avoid chemical finishes. The coloured lights use a water-based paint made in New Zealand.

     

    The Coral Light is now recognised around the world and has created a blueprint for how they approach design. The Coral Light is now recognized around the world and has created a blueprint for how they approach design.

     

    “This form is based on the structure of a geometric polyhedron. Every piece is identical, making home assembly easy. The way it grows outwards with fingers reminds me of coral. I love to snorkel over reefs exploring the amazing detail and structure of all the various corals. Our kitsets significantly reduce freight and packaging, which is one of our ways of doing what we can to help preserve our beautiful sea and land environments.” - David Trubridge

    See how a "kitset" is assembled:

    The assembly is easy, watch the video! Assembly is easy, click on the image and watch the video!

     

    Here are some ideas to think about when considering David Trubridge lighting for your space: Their lights are unique. They create an ambient, rich atmosphere, evoking intimacy and warmth within a space.

    1.  Their lights generate shadows and patterns that reflect on the surrounding surfaces. What surfaces do you have in your home that might make the most of the projected reflections? Generally, the closer the light is to the surface itself, the crisper the patterns; think of walls, tables or ceilings.

    The Coral Light The Coral Light creates beautiful patterns and shadows on walls and surfaces.

     

    2.  It's also important to consider just how much light is required for your purposes. If you feel patterns would be distracting upon a work surface (such as a desk or kitchen bench), the Flax Light would be a good option as its enlarged aperture softens the intensity of the shadows.

    Flax, or harakeke, is a New Zealand indigenous plant and it has been grown for its valuable fiber. Flax, or harakeke, is a New Zealand indigenous plant and it has been grown for its valuable fiber.

     

    3.  Take into account the nature of the intended room: a kitchen or dining room might suit a Kina or Flax, both circular lights that don't use a lot of hanging space. Smaller spherical lights such as Coral or Floral could also work in this situation where work and conversation flow is important, or ceilings are lower. Smaller lights look spectacular when arranged in a promenade or a clustered together.

    The Foral Light design is based on a photograph David Trubridge took of a beautiful flower on the Bibulman track in Western Australia. The Foral Light design is based on a photograph David Trubridge took of a beautiful flower on the Bibulman track in Western Australia.

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    4.  Rooms with higher ceilings, corridors or stairwells can work well with more elongated pieces such as Ula, Wing or Reed. Generally, the bigger the space, the larger the light and its impact.

    The Reed Pendant Light is made of natural Bamboo and Hoop Pine Plywood. The Reed Pendant Light is made of natural Bamboo and Hoop Pine Plywood.

     

    If you would like a more opaque glow, rather than patterned shadows, look at the Bounce or Traces collections.

    The Bounce Collection explores the silhouettes created with light & shadow. These playful black & white designs are intended for interiors that do not work well with natural wooden shades. The Bounce Collection explores the silhouettes created with light and shadow. These playful black & white designs are intended for interiors that do not work well with natural wooden shades.

     

    David Trubridge believes in the spirit of randomness, the essence of craft and good design for all. How can designers become socially responsible and relevant again? Interesting ideas to ponder in 2015.

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • Innovator Sandy Chilewich - 30 years of creating "new function from something familiar."

    Sandy Chilewich: "I am the poster child for taking my own path and honestly I walked blind at first...allowing yourself to fail and then succeed became my education..." Sandy Chilewich: "I am the poster child for taking my own path and honestly I walked blind at first...allowing yourself to fail and then succeed became my education..."

     

    According to Sandy Chilewich, one of her biggest motivators is to create “a new function from something familiar,” which is exactly what she did when she produced her award-winning RayBowl, introduced in 1997 at the MOMA in New York.

    tier-tray-green_300 The RayBowl, was such an exciting, new, fun design. This blog writer bought hers at the MoMA's Design Store in New York in 1997, it also is green, and she still loves it!

     

    The first design from her studio, Chilewich, it consisted of a simple wire steel frame covered in stretchy power mesh. Chilewich already knew a thing or two about stretchy fabric: with Kathy Moskal in 1978, she co-founded leg wear company HUE – a wildly successful endeavor that they eventually sold before forging out on their own in 1994.

    Trained as an artist, Chilewich continued experimenting with natural and synthetic materials, pushing their physical and functional limits. Leveraging the success of RayBowl, she moved on to create a completely new design material.

    In 2000, she introduced floor mats, place mats and totes made from her propriety woven vinyl. Soft and flexible yet extremely sturdy, the material, which she dubbed “plynyl,” was the result of an intensive research process. In 2000, she introduced floor mats, place mats and totes made from her propriety woven vinyl. Soft and flexible yet extremely sturdy, the material, which she dubbed “plynyl,” was the result of an intensive research process.

     

    The Chilewich Spun Table mats are made of liquid vinyl poured through tiny holes onto a moving belt. Chilewich Table Mats will change forever how you dress your table.  The Chilewich Spun Table Mats are made of liquid vinyl poured through tiny holes onto a moving belt. Chilewich Table Mats will change forever how you dress your table.

     

    “The durability of this extruded yarn, the intrinsic sheen of the material, its tremendous design versatility, and the fact that it is washable inspired me then and continues to inspire me today,” explains Chilewich. It won her the coveted Editor’s Award at the 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and solidified her career.

     

    The Chilewich Dahlia Table Mat, with its lace-line openwork, is available in show-stopping metallic colours such as gold, silver and brass, also bright lime green and orange. The Chilewich Dahlia Table Mat, with its lace-line openwork, is available in show-stopping metallic colours such as gold, silver and brass, also bright lime green and orange.

     

    Over the years, Sandy Chilewich has expanded her collection with new textures, colors and products, including wood grain vinyl prints, striped patterns, asymmetrical place mats and floor mats, napkins and iPhone cases. She continues to redefine how people dress their tables and cover their floors around the world with her innovative textiles.

    These stainless steel napkin rings finish off your best dressed table setting. These stainless steel napkin rings finish off your best dressed table setting.

     

    Sandy runs Chilewich with her husband, Joe Sultan, an architect whose family operated a company based in NYC, selling tablecloths and place mats. "Made in America is not a badge we wear but we should. Since we started our company in 2000, we have been designing and sourcing products from the USA."

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • Purchase a Carl Hansen Wing or Oculus Chair and receive a free Footstool, offer ends January 31st.

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    Lounging in a Carl Hansen Wing or Oculus Chair is the perfect way to relax after a party-filled holiday season. This January, make that unwinding experience extra special with this offer of a free Footstool with your purchase of any Carl Hansen Wing Chair or Oculus Chair.

    The Wing Chair and Footstool is available in several fabric choices and lots of colourful leather options. The Wing Chair and Footstool is available in several fabric choices and lots of colourful leather options.

     

    The Wing Chair: Back in 1960, Danish design legend Hans J. Wegner sketched an upholstered easy chair which saw only limited production. Now, Carl Hansen & Son, the Danish furniture maker, has dusted off the drawings to bring this contemporary classic back to life. With its calm, clean lines and exceptional comfort - hallmarks of Wegner's best work - the Wing Chair's timeless appeal represents the high-water mark of Wegner’s design portfolio.

    Working with Wegner's original drawings Carl Hansen has upheld the original construction and materials - including solid beech frames and hand-sewn piping - just the way that Wegner designed it. Working with Wegner's original drawings Carl Hansen has upheld the original construction and materials - including solid beech frames and hand-sewn piping - just the way that Wegner designed it.

     

    The Oculus Chair: A sought-after and sculptural armchair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1960 but not put into production until 2010. The chair is known as "The Oculus". Oculus is the Latin for eye, and refers to the chair's curved back which forms an "eye" in the upholstery. The Oculus Chair's round, roomy upholstered back and large armrests provide a contrast to the lightweight stainless steel legs. In and of itself the chair can form the center of attention in any living room but it also functions well in groups.

     

    The Oculus Chair is available upholstered in leather or fabric and features stainless steel legs. The Oculus Chair is available upholstered in leather or fabric and features stainless steel legs.

     

    The Oculus Chair,  designed in 1960 and relaunched in 2010, gives us a unique gift from the past. A chance to discover previously unknown mid-century classics, designed by a modernist master. The Oculus Chair, designed in 1960 and relaunched in 2010, gives us a unique gift from the past: a chance to discover previously unknown mid-century classics, designed by a modernist master.
    The CH446 Footrest is a beautiful, simple footrest that fits perfectly with the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair. The CH446 Footstool is a beautiful, simple footstool or ottoman that fits perfectly with the Wing Chair and the Oculus Chair.

     

    The footstool is crafted around a solid beech wood frame with stainless steel legs. The footstool is available upholstered in fabric or leather. Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1960.

    This offer of a free footstool, with the purchase of a Carl Hansen Wing or Oculus Chair, ends January 31, 2015.

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping!

     

     

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