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  • 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.

  • New - Plumen - Creators of beautiful low energy light bulbs.

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    Plumen has taken a familiar, existing design and transformed it into a desirable object to show off and enjoy. This British company was launched in 2010 and has expanded to include two designs of energy efficient light bulbs, five colours of Drop Cap Pendant Sets and two lampshade styles.

    Plumen 001 - The Plumen 001 bulb was awarded the Brit Insurance Design of the Year by the Design Museum in London and the prestigious Black Pencil at the D&AD awards in 2011. It is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Design Museum in Helsinki.

    By adapting the CFL manufacturing process, Plumen has created a visually striking bulb that saves up to 80% on energy bills and lasts 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. With the 001 Bulb Plumen created a visually striking bulb that saves up to 80% on energy bills and lasts 8 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb.

     

    Plumen bulbs are distinguished by their elegant sculptural form. Instead of being hidden from view, as low energy light bulbs tend to be, Plumen bulbs are designed to be on show. Plumen bulbs are distinguished by their elegant sculptural form. Instead of being hidden from view, as low energy light bulbs tend to be, Plumen bulbs are designed to be on show.

     

    Plumen 002- For the design of their second bulb, the 002, Plumen was looking to produce something very different to the original 001 and Barbara Hepworth’s artwork, Spring (1966) was undeniably the inspiration for the direction they wanted to go in.

    The aim was to design a simple but elegant bulb by using very basic forms to recreate the strong dynamics recognizable in Hepworth’s art. Photo: Hepworth Photograph Collection The aim was to design a simple but elegant bulb by using very basic forms to recreate the strong dynamics recognizable in Hepworth’s art. Photo: Hepworth Photograph Collection

     

    The Plumen 002 Bulb 6 watt LED, 250 Lumen, E 26 Screw fitting, very warm white light, 8,000 hours life expectancy The Plumen 002 Bulb is a 6 watt LED, 250 Lumen, very warm white light, with 8,000 hours life expectancy.

     

    Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade Set - Designed by Samuel Wilkinson, 2011, the Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade Set is a mouth-blown tinted glass shade that softens the brightness from side views, while allowing the unique Plumen bulb form to be seen and enjoyed. Surfaces beneath are still illuminated fully, making this a beautiful, yet practical shade for countless applications.

     It is available in black, white, amber/black combo and amber/copper combo. The Plumen Drop Lamp Shade Set  is available in black, white, amber/black combo and amber/copper combo.

     

    plumen-drop-top-lamp-shade-set-lifestyle-dining_table-us_large By balancing efficiency and design with practical realities, Plumen bring desirable energy efficient bulbs to a wider audience. Imagine these beauties in your kitchen.

     

    TDC.Plumen The Plumen 002 Bulb can be a simple solution to task lighting.

     

    Plumen celebrates new technologies, champions good ideas and is intent on developing products that elevate everyone’s experience of light. By creating an attractive form, Plumen helps you make an environmentally sound choice without having to compromise on style.

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