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  • Bertoia at 100 – Celebrate the legacy of the designer and sculptor

    Portraits of Harry Bertoia from a photograph contact sheet for Knoll publicity materials. Portraits of Harry Bertoia from a photograph contact sheet for Knoll publicity materials.

     

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    2015 marks the centennial celebration of the world-renowned sculptor and designer Harry Bertoia. Bertoia was a complete and gifted artist. Knoll historian Brian Lutz said, “Bertoia’s paintings were better than his sculptures. And his sculptures were better than his furniture. And his furniture was absolutely brilliant.”

    Bertoia was born in Italy, in 1915. When he was fifteen he moved with his family to Canada and then on to Michigan. In 1939 he was awarded a scholarship to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He began to teach there, establishing a workshop for metalwork and jewelry making.

    Bertoia-Brooch The Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan is hosting an exhibition of Bertoia’s jewelry through the end of November 2015.

     

    In the 1940s Harry Bertoia concentrated entirely on furniture making and 1950 was the beginning of Bertoia’s collaboration with Florence and Hans Knoll, whose acquaintance he had made at Cranbrook Academy. Harry Bertoia’s first chair design for Knoll, the Model 420 Diamond Chair, featuring molded mesh of chromium-plated steel wire, was an immediate best seller.

    6179_z The graceful Diamond Chair, 1952, is an astounding study in space, form and function. Like Saarinen and Mies, Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, elevating it beyond its normal utility into a work of art.

     

    Harry Bertoia's 1952 delicately industrial Side Chair is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design. Harry Bertoia's 1952 delicately industrial Side Chair is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design.

     

    Bertoia spent the next 25 years of his life experimenting with light, sound and volume through sculptures, paintings and architectural installations.

    Somambient-Combined Black & white photographs of Harry Bertoia's Sonambient Sculptures. Photo: Knoll

     

    Bertoia’s Sonambient Sculptures, which structurally emulate the forms of wheat fields, willow trees, dandelions, and cattails, attest to his life-long appreciation of music (he counted Vivaldi and Mozart among his favorite composers).

    Today Knoll carries on Harry Bertoia’s legacy of innovation, inspiration, and beauty with the Bertoia collection, which has been in continuous production around the world since its introduction.

    In 2005 Knoll introduced the Asymmetric Lounge, a design from Bertoia’s initial experimentation that had never reached production. In 2005 Knoll introduced the Asymmetric Lounge, a design from Bertoia’s initial 1952 experimentation that had never reached production.

     

    Celebrate 100 years of Harry Bertoia and his enduring legacy at GRShop.com

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

  • New! Heller - a simple paradigm: good design by international designers

    Heller-Frank-Gehry-Color-Easy-Lounge-Chair-1020 Based on the original silver cubes of Heller's Frank Gehry Furniture Collection, the new colours brilliantly enhance the cubes’ extraordinary sculptural facets. Add a jolt of colour either indoors or outdoors.

     

    Heller launched its furniture division in 1998. The 1998 Bellini Chair, designed by Mario Bellini, won the Compasso d’Oro Award. This initial success kicked off a prestigious line of award winning collections including the Frank Gehry Furniture Collection (2004), the Vignelli Chair (2004), designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and the Kiss Sofa (2004), designed by Studio 65.

    Heller Bellini Chair by Mario Bellini, 1998: “Comfortable, easy on the eye, and offering value for money, this chair is the outcome of an ongoing search harnessing premier design skills. Focusing on making the most of a sublimely innovative material, the designer has come up with a configuration which lends itself to myriad options.” – Compasso d’Oro award, Italian Association of Industrial Designers

    The Heller Bellini Dining Chair is an injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use. The flexing action of the back provides a high degree of comfort. It has a lightly textured, fully washable surface. The legs provided with pads for hard surface flooring. Stacks 6 high. The Heller Bellini Dining Chair is an injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial or residential use. The flexing action of the back provides a high degree of comfort. It has a lightly textured, fully washable surface. It is available in black, white and two shades of grey.

     

    Frank Gehry Furniture Collection, 2004: The Heller Frank Gehry Furniture Collection was created by the world’s most celebratedstarchitect.” A spectacular group of three cubes, a bench, an easy chair, a coffee table-sitting unit, and a sofa, all in silver resin. With sleek surfaces and flowing lines, Gehry created very innovative furniture.

    Beautiful and functional, this furniture creates a stunning group indoors and outdoors. Sculpture in space: the original Heller Frank Gehry silver cube furniture. Beautiful and functional, it creates a stunning group indoors or outdoors.

     

    Play ball! The Heller Joe Chair, designed in 1970 by the group, De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi, is an over-sized baseball glove. It is now being reissued in an indoor/outdoor polymer.

    72dpi +Revisted+Joe+Baseball+Glove+Sofa-1 The Heller Joe Chair is available in tobacco brown and monumental marble grey.

     

    Heller's Kiss, Marilyn and Capitello pieces are all designed by Studio 65.

    Studio+65 Top: The Heller Marilyn Sofa, designed by Studio 65 in 1970 and re-issued in 2004. The famous lipstick-red sofa adds a smile to any environment. The Heller Kiss Chair is a sweet one-seater that accompanies Marilyn and is made of soft resin for use indoors or outdoors. Heller Capitello is a cult classic from 1971. It adds a witty accent to any indoor or outdoor space. Capitello is produced in marble white.

     

    The Heller Vignelli Bench, was designed by Massimo Vignelli in 2005, when he and his wife wanted casual furniture for their new home in Sorrento. They designed a multi-purpose indoor-outdoor grouping ideal for home, hospitality and office environments.

    Heller-Vignelli-Bench-1031 The Heller Vignelli Bench is available as a cube, a bench and a low table and is available 9 colours from white to bright purple.

     

    Heller continues to offer leading designers the opportunity to work with new technologies and to create innovative products.

  • Floor coverings with a story - Limited Edition rugs – 100% made in Belgium

    The Vogue Collection of Limited Edition rugs is available in Opal and Granite tones and also as a custom area rug and wall-to-wall carpeting. The Vogue Collection of Limited Edition rugs is available in Opal and Granite tones and also as a custom area rug and wall-to-wall carpeting.

     

    If you are in Victoria, BC, stop by the Gabriel Ross Showroom at 2500 Rock Bay Ave, in Victoria's Rock Bay Design District, and see our gallery of new rugs from Limited Edition. We are so excited to showcase these distinctive, unique floor coverings.

    Limited Edition’s Club Collection of carpets really benefit from the extensive collection of edgings that will elevate your rug to an even more exclusive level. Leathers, textiles, or various fringes are available. Discover the many possibilities of personal perfection. Limited Edition’s Club Collection of carpets really benefit from the extensive selection of edgings that will elevate your rug to an even more exclusive level. Leathers, textiles, or various fringes are available. Discover the many possibilities of personal perfection.

     

    Limited Edition rugs only need a single glance to attract attention, but that is only because they are the result of hours – even days – of intensive manual work. Discover a surprising world of 100% Belgian, age-old craftsmanship and distinctive design.

    The Fusion Collection from Limited Edition is available in 6 colours. The Fusion Collection from Limited Edition is available in 6 distinctive colours.

     

    Hand tufted and made from the finest materials, Limited Edition likes an impeccable result so they prefer to control the entire production process themselves. Development and production are under one roof, which makes monitoring and follow-up easier to get everything right, from the shade of yarn to the smallest finishing detail.

    The Tribu Glam Collection is available in 5 colours. The Tribu Glam Collection is available in 5 colour ranges. Colour is Limited Edition’s passion. This means that their rugs can have a wide range of shades – from bold colour trends to attractive classics with a timeless touch.

     

    The Loft Carpet in Red Salsa. Limited Edition also have their own yarn-dyeing studio, a playground where they can enjoy mixing different colours to get just the right custom shade, but also where they apply the highest quality assurance standards. The Loft Carpet in Red Salsa. Limited Edition have their own yarn-dyeing studio, a playground where they enjoy mixing different colours to get just the right custom shade.

     

    Limited Edition is very proud of its history in the South-West Flanders region where their workshop is based.  An age-old history of textiles is intertwined with the Mouscron area, and you as a customer can rely on a long textile tradition with invaluable expertise. This results in pure craftsmanship with a nostalgic nod to the past and all the high-tech innovations of today and tomorrow.

    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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