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  • Getting comfortable with the Striad Lounge Chair

    “Our hearts belong to furniture,” says Markus Jehs, who along with Jürgen Laub comprises Stuttgart-based design studio Jehs + Laub, the creators of the new Striad Lounge Chair from Herman Miller.

    The Striad Chair from Herman Miller Inspired by the structure and materiality of a ski boot, the Striad Lounge Chair is the latest entry into the Herman Miller Collection of lounge chairs. Available in three sizes (plus an ottoman), the designers looked at the Eames Soft Pad Chair and its combination of industrial aluminium and soft leather.

    We decided that the Eames Lounge Chair was a masculine piece of furniture, and maybe what we need to design is the female companion for it. "We decided that the Eames Lounge Chair was a masculine piece of furniture, and maybe what we need to design is the female companion for it", says Marcus Jehs.

    The brief from Herman Miller discussed how soft seating has become more important than in the past, because people work on their laptops and mobile devices wherever they are. If you go to a hotel today, for example, you see many people sitting around in the lobby working and playing on their devices in lounge chairs. We work and live in lounge chairs, at airports, furniture fairs, and in our homes.

    With an appreciation for Herman Miller’s roots and a strong connection with the company’s DNA (“We feel very close to them in terms of thinking about design,” notes Jehs), the studio was exceptionally pleased when the opportunity came to work on a new lounge chair. "The DNA of all Herman Miller products is similar. They start very industrial—from the base—then become very human, very comfortable, very soft, so you have both elements in one product, the industrial and the handcrafted." - Markus Jehs.

    As we started with the first sketches and 3D renderings, we thought about the market: What does it really need? Within the lounge category, we saw an opportunity for low chairs, high chairs, and cocooning chairs. We had the feeling with the first sketches that it looked a bit like a ski boot. With ski boots you have a hard plastic shell that makes it stable to mount to a snowboard or skis, and then you have a soft shell that is a little bit more flexible, and then you have a really comfortable part that is foam and covered with material. As Jehs + Laub started the first sketches and 3D renderings, they had the feeling that it looked a bit like a ski boot. With ski boots you have a hard plastic shell that makes it stable to mount to a snowboard or skis, and then you have a soft shell that is a little bit more flexible, and then you have a really comfortable part that is foam and covered with material. They then went on to make full-scale models of the three sizes of the chair.

     Our goal was to create a chair that is both comfortable and still maintains the crisp tailoring. Jürgen Laub "Our goal was to create a chair that is both comfortable and still maintains the crisp tailoring." -  Jürgen Laub

    "We think a lounge chair that will be grouped with others should look more friendly, more inviting. To achieve that, our vision was to create softness in different forms with several layers of densities." - Jürgen Laub

    The Striad Chair is avaialble with a wire base or a 4-star The Striad Lounge Chair is available with a wire base or a 4-star swivel base, in black, white or chrome. The fabric choices are extensive and the shell and cushions can be specified in contrasting textiles, or the same textile for a consistent look.

    The Herman Miller Striad Lounge Chair is a welcome edition to the classic lounge chairs that we all love and use everyday.

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  • New from Menu, Louis Poulsen and Moooi

    GRShop.com is busy adding new and exciting products as we comb the globe for the very best in international designs, introducing you to the latest from the world's top designers. Here is what is hot right now.

    The On the Edge Lamp is from those very creative Danes at Menu. N O I D O I is a design studio founded by Kathrine Lønstad and Cosmin Cioroiu. The Menu On the Edge Light is designed by those very creative Danes at NoiDoi, a design studio founded by Kathrine Lønstad and Cosmin Cioroiu. Made of light grey ceramic, the On the Edge Light can be hung as a pendant, placed on a table or the floor, giving this new light true multifunctionality.

    The Menu Stone Table Light, designed by Norm Architects, based in Copenhagen, create soft cozy light with the same effect as candles which could be placed in every corner of the home in order to create a cozy atmosphere. The Menu Stone Table Light, designed by Norm Architects, based in Copenhagen, creates a soft candle-like light which could be placed in every corner of the home in order to create a cozy atmosphere. With its innovative combination of grey smoke-tinted glass shade on a ceramic base, the Stone Table Light reflects strong Danish traditions.

    Also from Menu, those very creative Danes, is the Menu Tied Pendant Lamp. Also from Menu, is the Menu Tied Pendant Lamp, designed by Wrk-Shp in the USA. The concrete pendant light consists of a cast concrete cylinder and a fabric-covered power cord. The mix of the materials looks fabulous. The power cord is sufficiently long to plug into a wall outlet, hook and swing down from the ceiling. It can be moved around easily, and looks really great with different types of bulbs. Available in ash, carbon, white and taupe.

    New Lighting from Louis Poulsen:

    The Radiohus Lamp gets a comeback Vilhelm Lauritzen’s original VL38 Table Lamp that was used in Radiohuset’s radio studios, is now relaunched. A floor and a wall lamp now accompany the elegant lamp. It is the original design, where the lamp head is organically shaped, painted white and obliquely angled, and with arms made of brass. VL38 has been updated with energy efficient LED light sources. The Radiohus Lamp makes a comeback! Vilhelm Lauritzen’s original VL38 Table Lamp that was used in Radiohuset’s Stockholm radio studios, is relaunched. A floor and a wall lamp now accompany the elegant table lamp. It is the original design, where the lamp head is organically shaped, painted white and obliquely angled, and with arms made of brass. VL38 has been updated with energy efficient LED light sources.

     

    NJP is a reinterpretation of the classic architect lamp in a minimalistic, flexible design with intelligent technology added to it. The successful table lamp, designed by Oki Sato from the Japanese studio nendo, The Louis Poulsen NJP Table Lamp is a reinterpretation of the classic architect lamp in a minimalistic, flexible design. Designed by Oki Sato from the Japanese studio Nendo, the fixture provides direct glare-free light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the fixture head gives optimal light direction. A simple mechanical system provides great freedom of movement, so the light can always be set in the ideal position in the workspace.

    A New Sofa from Moooi:

    The Moooi Zliq Sofa has very distinct legs that can only come from Marcel Wanders, the genius behind Moooi. The Moooi Zliq Sofa has very distinct "chromed toes" that can only come from Marcel Wanders, the genius behind Moooi.

    Designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, The Zliq Sofa offers the very coolest in sofa design. It can be purchased with or without the back cushions in a highly curated selection of fabrics. Designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, The Zliq Sofa offers the very coolest in sofa design. It can be purchased with or without the back cushions in a highly curated selection of fabrics. It is also available as a Zliq Island!!

    They say that no man is an island, but what about enjoying your own private island within the safe walls of home? This new concept is created by two Zliq sofas facing each other, with the addition of an extra component in between. They say that no man is an island, but what about enjoying your own private island within the safe walls of your home? This new concept is created by placing two Moooi Zliq sofas facing each other, with the addition of an extra component in between. You can add back cushions to your heart's content!

    Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

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  • New + Notable: Cerno, lighting from California

    Cerno, a Laguna Beach based industrial design firm, has launched a new line of energy efficient LED lighting fixtures and GRShop.com is happy to welcome Cerno to the lineup. Cerno’s new lighting products epitomizes the company’s mission to fuse high-performance efficiency with unique, contemporary designs.

    Cerno's X-large floor lamp, Valeo, adjustability in the reach and the height of the shade makes it possible to custom fit the piece to its surroundings Cerno's extra large floor lamp, Valeo, combines adjustability in the reach and the height of the shade which makes it possible to custom fit the piece to its surroundings. The Valeo's brushed aluminum boom arm, walnut body and white linen shade give this big fella a real presence in any room.

    Founders Nick Sheridan, Dan Wacholder, and Bret Englander, circa 1998 Founders Nick Sheridan, Dan Wacholder, and Bret Englander, circa 1998. Photo: Cerno

    Cerno is a family, a friendship and an homage to their shared past. Twenty-five years ago the founders were kids growing up in Laguna Beach, California. Their shared values are inevitably a product of their heritage. Laguna Beach’s creative culture and its natural environment played a significant role in shaping the professional and aesthetic ideals that guide Cerno today.

    Light and delicate, subtly unique while simple, the camur must be experienced to really be appreciated. The gentle curve appears from the bottom just the same as it does from the side – but the perspectives found between the two intrigue. Light and delicate, subtly unique and simple, the Cerno Camur Pendant Light floats above any dining table or kitchen island. Made of walnut and spanning a 60 inch length, the Camur adds drama without being intrusive!

    The Cerno Fas Floor Lamp is an exercise in simplicity and form. Paired down to the basic elements of function, the Fas Floor Lamp The Cerno Fas Floor Lamp is an exercise in simplicity and form. Paired down to the basic elements of function, the Fas Floor Lamp is available in walnut, dark walnut and gray oak shades.

    The Cerno Libri Wall lamp is an adjustable articulate directional task light in a discrete and sturdy form that is very intuitive to use. Great for bedside mounting and also for tight spaces and kids rooms. Several mounting options are available. The Cerno Libri Wall lamp is an adjustable articulate directional task light in a discrete and sturdy form that is very intuitive to use. Great for bedside mounting and also for tight spaces and kids rooms. Several mounting options are available.

     

    Cerno is a Latin verb meaning to resolve, distinguish, decide, sift, determine, to perceive. Cerno was started because these three childhood friends love to design and build things. Their passion for design and manufacturing is fueled by a shared belief in the infinite power of human creativity. The process of taking an intangible concept and developing it into a fully resolved finished light fixture is intoxicating  - and so are their lights.

    Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

    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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