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  • Good news - after 13 years in the Italian courts, protection against copyright infringement.

    Finally some good news on the question of illegal copies and knockoffs of Italian furniture designs that have inherent creative and artistic value. The manufacture and marketing of products which "slavishly imitate the stylistic and aesthetic features of iconic pieces of Italian design" has been the subject of recent Italian courts decisions. This new ruling is aimed at the protection of original Italian industrial design through the enforcement of copyright protection.

    This good news was hailed by Gianluca Armento, Cassina’s Brand Director, who says, “…the Italian Industrial Property Code states that the law can punish all those who produce or commercialize imitations of products protected by copyright as counterfeiters…This important result is thanks to the coordinated action between Cassina, other companies involved, and the various organizations and institutions who represent the furniture sector. This is an important step for our country towards the recognition of the rights of companies who invest in and produce works of authentic design on a daily basis.”

    The LC4 Chaise Lounge was originally designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in 1928. The LC4 Chaise Lounge was originally designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in 1928. It is now produced by Cassina, Italy.

     

    This success story in the Italian courts coincides with an important anniversary for Cassina, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the LC Collection, which includes some of the most copied products in the world. 2015 will be an important year to continue to raise awareness amongst the public and let the world know the true value of original, contemporary design.

     

    The Flos Arco Floor Lamp was designed by Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962.  The Flos Arco Floor Lamp was designed by Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962.

     

    Achille and Pier Castiglioni with their Arco Lamp. The Castiglioni brothers with their Arco Lamp.

     

    In 2006, Flos, an Italian manufacturer of designer lighting, brought proceedings against the furniture producer and retailer Semeraro before the Court of Milan. They argued that Semeraro had infringed its copyright on the Arco Lamp, a masterpiece of post-war Italian design created by the Castiglioni brothers in the 1960s. Semeraro denied any infringement by arguing that the Arco Lamp was not eligible for copyright protection because it lacked “inherent artistic value” under the Copyright Law. The Court ruled that Semeraro infringed on Flos’ design rights, ordered the seizure of the imported lamps and prevented Semeraro from continuing to market them.

     

    The Panton Chair was designed by Verner Panton in 1959. The Panton Chair was designed by Verner Panton in 1959.

     

    When Danish designer Verner Panton created the first single-formed injection-molded plastic seat, he created one of the most daring designs of the 20th century. When Danish designer Verner Panton created the first single-formed injection-molded plastic seat, he created one of the most daring designs of the 20th century.

     

    The Court of Milan also recently granted copyright protection to the well-known Panton Chair designed by Verner Panton and produced by Vitra. According to the Court, the exposure of this work in famous exhibitions and museums was considered evidence of its artistic value, making this item eligible to copyright protection.

    There is still a long way to go in this battle against copyright infringement and the production of “Franken-Chairs” and everyone is strongly urged to please be sure that what you are buying is original, authentic and that the designer is receiving credit for their creative works. GRShop only sells original designs. We are as our logo states, Always Authentic.

     

     

  • Artemide Lighting, The Human Light Philosophy! 15% off, October 10–31, 2014

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    Add some bold lighting accents to your home as autumn’s low-slanting shadows take center stage. Take advantage of the Artemide 15% off sale from now until Halloween.

    Artemide was founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, and is a global leader of lighting products for the home and office. Based in Italy, the Artemide Group is available in the most prestigious lighting and furniture shops.

    Artemide is widely known for its design philosophy that defines the company’s approach: The Human Light Philosophy. Thoughtfully considering the user’s lifestyle, daily activities and investment in the home, Human Light sets out to provide an "illuminated companion," rather than just simply illumination. Lights that are adaptable, flexible and allow for optimum visual precision while conserving environmental resources are Human Lights. A light that accompanies us during our daily activities and has a tangible effect on our well being, emotional health and ultimately our quality of life is an Artemide light.

    The Artemide Tzio Classic Table Lamp is available with a halogen or LED bulb and comes in 3 finishes. The Artemide Tizio Classic Table Lamp is available with a halogen or LED bulb and comes in 3 finishes, black, white or silver grey. The Artemide Tizio family includes The Classic, Tizio Plus, Tizio X30, Tizio 35, Tizio Micro, Tizio LED and the Tizio Floor Lamp.

     

    The Tizio light was designed in 1972 by Richard Sapper when Ernesto Gismondi of Milan-based Artemide asked Sapper to improve the design of his work lamp. Sapper wanted the light to have a wide range of movement and claim only a small amount of space. By happy chance the halogen light was invented at this time and it allowed Sapper to reduce the size of the head. The Tizio Desk Lamp combines technical innovation, simplicity of form and an element of wit and surprise. The beautiful adjustment of this design with the aid of its counterbalanced arms will illuminate your space with a modern, timeless appeal.

     

    The Artemide Tolomeo Micro Table Lamp is available in 11 fun colours and takes either an incandescent bulb or LED. The Artemide Tolomeo Micro Table Lamp is available in 11 fun colours and takes either an incandescent or LED bulb.

     

    Tolomeo, designed in 1991 by Giancarlo Fassina and Michele De Lucchi, is available as a micro, a mini, a classic, a suspension, floor, wall spot and a mega (HUGE), giving you lots of choices. It has fully adjustable, articulated arm structures in extruded aluminum and the shade pivots in 3 directions so you can adjust the light to suit your situation.

     

    The Artemide Cabildo Suspension Lamp is available as a suspension light, a floor lamp or a wall light. The Artemide Cabildo Suspension Lamp is available as a suspension light, a floor lamp or a wall light. A classic, modernist ring of soft light.

     

    The Cabildo Light's beautiful shape brings out its winding form, giving it the astonishing appearance of an indirect diffused ring of light.

     

    The Artemide Copernico LED Suspension Lamp, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua & Paolo Dell'Elce, 2010, has 384 LEDs.  The Artemide Copernico LED Suspension Lamp, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua & Paolo Dell'Elce, 2010, has 384 LEDs. It is available in grey or black finish.

     

    The Artemide Copernico Suspension Lamp is made up of 9 concentric mobile ellipses that rotate independently on two different axes, enabling the light emission to be directed and numerous spatial configurations to be obtained at the same time. It is also available as the Artemide Copernico 500 LED Suspension Light, which offers 2 finished, white and red. Check it out at: http://grshop.com/artemide-copernico-500-led-suspension-lamp.html

     

    The Artemide Ipogeo Floor Lamp, designed by Joe Wentworth, 2008, is a fully adjustable floor lamp that gives any room design boost. The Artemide Ipogeo Floor Lamp, designed by Joe Wentworth, 2008, is a fully adjustable floor lamp that gives any room a big design boost.

     

    The Ipogeo Floor Lamp brings light to every corner of the room with just a simple gesture. It consists of an iron and aluminium base, painted extruded aluminium adjustable arms, die-cast aluminium joints and painted iron counterweights.

     

    The Artemide Ilio Floor Lamp, designed by Artemide's founder, Ernesto Gismondi, 2013, comes in 7 colours and uses LEDs as its light source. The Artemide Ilio Floor Lamp, designed by Artemide's founder, Ernesto Gismondi, 2013, comes in 7 colours and uses LEDs as its light source.

     

    The Ilio Floor Lamp is a knock out with its reduced design consisting of a simple body of lacquered aluminium and a colour-coordinated base made of steel. The minimalist Artemide flood light is 174 cm high and gives off indirect, diffused upward lighting.

    Artemide intends to illuminate space, as well as man’s activities and needs inside space. The goal is simple: turn light into a means to improve the quality of life. Improve the quality of your life with Artemide lighting at:  GRShop.com

    For many years Gabriel Ross has been selling top designer lines like Artemide in Canada. Gabriel Ross now offers our US customers this same great service and free shipping at modernplanet.com

     

     

  • Illuminate your world with Flos lighting – 15% off – October 7 – 23, 2014

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    As shorter, darker days approach the need for good illumination at home and work becomes a focus. Well-designed lighting can enhance quality of life, overall environmental satisfaction, productivity and safety. Flos offers iconic lighting that changes the concept of illumination itself.

    Flos’ long term collaboration with inventive international designers like Achille Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Jasper Morrison, and Marcel Wanders, gives Flos a large catalogue of amazing lights, for every need, in every season.

    The Flos String Suspension Lamp by Michael Anastassiades, 2014, is a suspension lamp providing diffused light using LEDs. The Flos String Suspension Lamp by Michael Anastassiades, 2014, provides diffused light using LEDs. It is available with either a round or cone shaped lamp. The length of the cord is 472 inches.

     

    Whether it’s direct reading light, ambient lighting or the room’s focal point, Flos’ extensive catalogue includes floor lights, table and task lighting, pendant and suspension lighting, wall and ceiling lighting and outdoor lights.

    The Flos 265 Wall / Ceiling Lamp is available in 3 finishes and uses an Incandescent bulb.   The Flos 265 Wall / Ceiling Lamp provides a flexible solution to different lighting needs in your home. With its sleek, minimal design and adjustable arm, it can go from the office to the living room, no problem. It is available in 3 finishes and uses an incandescent bulb.

     

    Many Flos lights are available as LEDs, the latest lighting technology and the future of lighting, as they can save you money, do not contain mercury, are environmentally friendly and can last many, many years.

    The Flos Aim Suspension Lamp, designed by R. & E. Bouroullec, 2012. The inspriation behind this light is to offer a lamp which can be infinitely adjusted to satisfy all lighting needs, with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source. The Flos Aim Suspension Lamp, designed by R. & E. Bouroullec, 2012. The inspiration behind this light is to offer a lamp which can be infinitely adjusted to satisfy all lighting needs, with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source. It is available in 3 finishes.

     

    The Flos Arco Floor Light, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1962. The polished aluminum domed shade hangs its head like a flower and is beautifully balanced by a heavy marble base.       The Flos Arco Floor Light, designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1962. The polished aluminum domed shade hangs its head like a flower and is beautifully balanced by a heavy marble base.

     

    As shadows lengthen and you spend more time indoors you will want to feel the warmth and comfort that Flos lighting can deliver, year after year.

    Customers in the USA can purchase Flos Lighting at Gabriel Ross' ModernPlanet.com website with the same great customer service and free shipping!

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