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  • Profile: Arne Jacobsen - Architect and designer extraordinaire

    Born in Copenhagen in 1902, Arne Jacobsen studied architecture at the Royal Academy of the Arts. Architectural commissions dwindled during World War II and being Jewish, Jacobsen was threatened by the Nazi occupation of Denmark. In 1943 he left Denmark for two years. When he returned to Denmark in 1945 the country urgently needed new housing and public buildings. Jacobsen’s late 1940s houses and apartment blocks were fairly spartan in design and were intended to be built quickly to fill the need.

    During the 1950s, Jacobsen became increasingly interested in product design inspired by the work of the US furniture designers, Charles and Ray Eames. In 1951, Jacobsen completed work on the Ant Chair, an intricately molded plywood seat on three thin steel legs.

    The Ant Chair, 1952, is now also available in a four-legged edition. The Ant Chair, 1951, is now also available in a four-legged edition.
    This was followed by the simpler hourglass form of the 1955 Model 3107 - Series 7 Chair. Like the Ant, the Series 7 was perfect for modern living being light, compact and easily stackable. The Ant Chair was followed by the simpler hourglass form of the 1955 Model 3107 - Series 7 Chair. Like the Ant, the Series 7 was perfect for modern living being light, compact and easily stackable.

     

    display-1 In 1958 Arne Jacobsen designed the Swan Chair for the lobby and lounge areas of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The Swan Chair was a technologically innovative chair: No straight lines - only curves. The template for the Swan originated in Jacobsen’s own garage in his home north of Copenhagen and have been in production at Fritz Hansen ever since.

     

    display As an architect and an industrial designer, Jacobsen always strove to achieve grace and coherence. In the process, he emerged as the single most influential Danish architect of the 20th century. The Egg Chair, also designed for the Royal Hotel, has become a modernist classic.

     

    71278_A2_Arne_Jacobsen_Flatware In 1957 Jacobsen designed the stainless steel, abstract-shaped cutlery which the director Stanley Kubrick chose as futuristic props for his film, 2001: A Space Odyssey

     

    The Drop Chair was designed in 1958 and was produced in limited numbers. After more than 50 years in hibernation, the Drop is now relaunched. It is a small chair with a big personality and it is as fresh and vibrant as a new design but with a rare heritage. The design of the back combines a warm embrace with freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort. The Drop Chair, designed in 1958, was produced in limited numbers. After more than 50 years in hibernation, the Drop is now relaunched. It is a small chair with a big personality and it is as fresh and vibrant as a new design but with a rare heritage. The design of the back combines a warm embrace with freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort.

     

    Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960 for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the AJ Table Light contributed to the total design concept of the hotel. Several of the hotel items have achieved design icon status today and among the lighting products the AJ Lamps in particular have become world renowned.

     

    media-3408-aj-royal-hotel-52 Five new colour variants were introduced in connection with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the AJ Lamp family. The new colours have been carefully chosen in keeping with an updated Arne Jacobsen colour scheme. It is also available as a floor light and a wall sconce.

     

    Jacobsen was responsible for another 20th century classic, the Cylinda Line of stainless steel home wares which he designed, in the late 1960s for Stelton.

    01-2_Cylinda_Line_Arne_Jacobsen_Kaffekande_CoffeePot_590x433 This was modern, cutting edge design in its day and rapidly made the coffee pot an icon. With its clean lines and design, this coffee pot remains stylish decade after decade. Use it for serving coffee or hot chocolate, while appreciating its attractive cylindrical shape.

     

    Jacobsen's most important architectural work was a unified architectural and interior design scheme for St. Catherine's College, Oxford, which, like his earlier work for the Royal Hotel, involved the design of site-specific furniture.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 1.07.30 PM St Catherine's College, Oxford, officially opened in 1962 and was one of the first at Oxford to admit women (in 1974).  Jacobsen designed everything inside the buildings, including all the furniture, flatware, clocks, and all other accoutrements.

     

    Arne Jacobsen died in 1971. Today his iconic designs are available through Fritz Hansen, Louis Poulsen and Stelton.

    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: Pianca - 100% Italian designed and manufactured!

    22_23_spazio_lineare The Pianca Spazio Sideboard is available in burnt oak, white high gloss or this amazing black slate. The interior shelving is glass.

     

    The roots of the Italian modern furniture company Pianca reach back over 500 years, back to the time when the banks of the river Pianca were dotted with watermills that supported the area's carpentry industry. Founded in 1946 in the small town of Gaiarine, Italy, Pianca continues the region's tradition of crafting furniture with care.

    Several pieces from the Pianca Collection are featured in the Gabriel Ross Showroom , in Victoria, BC. Check them out at 2500 Rock Bay Avenue in the Rock Bay Design District.

    The Pianca Spazio Wall Unit is comprised of sophisticated and strong elements that combine perfectly with suspended units. It is available in two finishes, burnt oak with creta high laminate or walnut with white glossy glass. The Pianca Spazio Wall Unit has sophisticated and strong elements that combine perfectly with the suspended units. It is available in two finishes, burnt oak with creta high gloss laminate or walnut with white glossy glass.
    The Pianca Spazio Dresser Collection is available in walnut or burnt oak. The Pianca Spazio Dresser Collection is available in walnut or burnt oak.

     

    The Pianca Gamma Chair has four solid wood legs and is available in natural oak, burnt oak or walnut.

    The high gloss white seat of the Pianca Gamma Chair is perfect for a dining chair or an occasional chair. The high gloss white seat of the Pianca Gamma Chair is perfect for a dining chair or an occasional chair.

     

    The Pianca Kelly EMI Chair is flexible and soft. It is available in leather or fabric. Perfect for pairing with the Pianca line of dining tables. The Pianca Kelly EMI Chair is flexible and soft. It is available in leather or fabric. Perfect for pairing with the Pianca line of dining tables.

     

    The Pianca Delta Dining Table rests on a central extended timber. The Pianca Delta Dining Table’s beauty and balance is emphasized by the glassy and transparent surface. It shines on oak trestle legs. The Pianca Delta Dining Table rests on a central extended timber. The table’s beauty and balance is emphasized by the glassy and transparent surface. It shines on oak trestle legs.

     

    The Pianca Caragena Dining Table is available in two sizes with walnut or burnt oak finishes. The top is “staved” so it is in long running sections. The Pianca Caragena Dining Table is available in two sizes with walnut or burnt oak finishes. The top is “staved” so it is in long running sections.

     

    The Pianca Dedalo Stackable Nightstand or Side Table is made up of units that stack one on top of the other. This collection is available in walnut, burnt oak, white high gloss and tortora. The units allow combinations of colours and finishes. The Pianca Dedalo Stackable Nightstand or Side Table is made up of units that stack one on top of the other. This collection is available in walnut, burnt oak, white high gloss and tortora. The units allow combinations of colours and finishes.

     

    The Pianca Abaco Coffee Table is available in three sizes and can be combined to make a unique coffee table grouping. The metal structure is available in matt white or chrome. The Pianca Abaco Coffee Table Collection is available in three sizes and can be combined to make a unique coffee table grouping. The metal structure is available in matt white or chrome.

     

    Although Pianca now uses modern technology, the company still employs hands-on craftsmanship, as evidenced by touches such as sawn-oak finishes. Pianca takes pride in employing young talent as well as famed European designers to ensure that their designs incorporate new ideas and new innovations.

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

  • Summer Picnic Posters – Herman Miller’s Steve Frykholm

    Before summer comes to a close and while corn season is still in full swing it seems appropriate to highlight these amazing posters designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's summer company picnics. They are an annual tradition and so beautiful.

    Herman Miller’s Vice President of Creative Design, Steve Frykholm, is celebrating 45 years as their graphic designer extraordinaire. In 1970 his first assignment on the job, after graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art, was to design the poster for the Herman Miller company picnic!

    One of Steve’s favourites is the 1983 Ice Cream Cone Poster. Steve deconstructed the type and each letter becomes like a small chip of chocolate in the ice cream. One of Steve’s favourites is the 1983 Ice Cream Cone Poster (right). Steve deconstructed the type and each letter becomes like a small chip of chocolate in the ice cream.

     

    Little did Steve know that the resulting poster from 1970 (Sweet Corn Festival) would spark an ambitious series that has since made its way into countless museum collections, including the MoMA in New York.

     

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    When asked if he was drawn to Herman Miller because of its “design DNA” Steve said that when he first got to Cranbrook, he didn’t know about Herman Miller. But the department was made up of graphic designers, product designers, environmental designers and they would all go over to the annual sale at Herman Miller and come back to school with these treasures—an Eames chair or some Girard fabric, and that was his first awareness of this little company out in Zeeland, Michigan.

     

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    Steve believes that a good poster—a poster that is really communicating an idea—is still relevant. There are so many different kinds of posters: informational posters, promotional posters and commemorative posters. A poster is really nothing more than a postage stamp, except big. And he thinks posters should be large. They should be at least 24 x 36 inches, if not larger.

     

    WHY_PicnicPosters_07 Cherry pie and a seven layer salad were the inspiration for these two posters.

     

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    To commemorate 45 years of amazing picnic posters Herman Miller is reprinting 20 of these tour de forces of graphic design.

    Now everyone asks, “what is he going to do this year?”  Watch a video of Steve Frykholm talking about his creative process at Herman Miller's Why Magazine.

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