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  • The Language of Design with Ross Taylor, owner of Gabriel Ross

    When considering an investment of any kind, one evaluates the cost/benefit of the investment and attempts to measure the projected future return on investment. Another measure of value is referred to in economics as "utility"; in that - the higher the amount of utility received, the more valuable the product is to the user. The "utility" that one receives from the product comes from the amount of use that the item provides and the length of time that the item lasts. The valuation process for investing in quality furniture, should be given the same consideration!LeCorbusierLC13

    Original design, quality materials, and a streamlined manufacturing process (whether it be hand-crafted or machined) can increase the value of a furniture piece considerably. Therefore, the cost to produce these pieces may be higher for material and labour, but with minimal opportunity cost on the socioeconomic & environmental side of things.

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    Our very own Ross Taylor, owner of Gabriel Ross discusses the lasting value and long-term benefit of procuring quality furniture for your home. In this "The Language of Design" interview featured on Victoria's new online magazine Modern Home Victoria, you will hear Ross' take on the LCI Sling Chair - designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand produced by Cassina. Says Ross - “Original design holds its value and in some cases can actually appreciate in value over time. That said, purchasing high quality original design is more of an investment in lifestyle. I have clients who have owned original Womb chairs, Egg chairs and Eames Lounge chairs, in some cases, for more than 50 years. They have not thought about the original expense of those pieces for a very long time.”

    Catch the full video interview here, and check out the rest of the Modern Home Victoria - launched in July 2014 for all things modern in the Greater Victoria area.

    http://www.modernhomevictoria.com/lc1-sling-chair-cassina/ 

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  • The Eames Shell Chair Returns to Fiberglass

    Eames enthusiasts rejoiced last month when the Eames Shell Chair became available, once again, in it's original form material: fiberglass. Hooray! We at grshop.com joined in the celebration too - we are so pleased to offer these classic chairs in all 8 vintage colours, with wire, dowel or rocker base options.

     

    Eames Shell Chairs in various colours by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Eames Shell Chairs in various colours by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

     

    The Shell Chair was originally designed in fiberglass but was suspended by Herman Miller and Ray Eames in the 80's due to the material's negative environmental impact and non-recyclable nature. The chair was then introduced in plastic in 2000. Thanks to modern technology and Herman Miller's relentless commitment to the highest environmental standards, they have found a way to bring it back - VOC free! Hooray again!

    Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

     

    Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair - arm detail Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair - arm detail

     

    Why are people so very happy about this material making a comeback? Quite simply... it's beautiful. There are a lot of other reasons why the fiberglass is so well loved. It's the classic look, it has a great vintage flair, it has wonderful visual texture, it's a material "of the people." Charles and Ray Eames wanted to make products that were made of industrial, common materials and marry them with immaculate design... and this chair is a fabulous example of that goal achieved to the fullest.

     

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    Available in 8 sophisticated colours with vintage charm, the Eames Molded Shell Chair is also available with upholstery to add another layer of awesomeness.

     

     

    Eames Shell Chair Colour Selection Eames Shell Chair Colour Selection

     

    Eames Shell Chair, upholstered version by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair, upholstered version by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

     

    Visit grshop.com today and decide which colour is for you.
    View all the Eames Molded Chair options, here.

     

     

  • Nanimarquina Area Rugs on SALE March 20 - April 5

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    If you've been coveting one of these beautiful area rugs, now is the time to purchase at 20% off until April 5th! Nanimarquina, based in Barcelona, manufactures their rugs in Pakistan, Morocco, India and Spain with an emphasis on fair labour & trade.

    Formosa Area Rug by Michael Lin, 2009, for Nanimarquina Formosa Area Rug by Michael Lin, 2009, for Nanimarquina
    Losanges Area Rug by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2011, for Nanimarquina Losanges Area Rug by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2011, for Nanimarquina

     

    Nanimarquina was established  in 1987 and has over 25 years of history and experience in the textile industry. And it shows. Working with various established and internationally celebrated designers as well as Nani herself, Nanimarquina has a varied and vast collection to suit all tastes.

     

    Collage 1966, by Eduardo Chillida for Nanimarquina Collage 1966, by Eduardo Chillida for Nanimarquina
    Rangoli Area Rug by Nani Marquina, 2007, for NaniMarquina Rangoli Area Rug by Nani Marquina, 2007, for NaniMarquina
    Kala Area Rug by Care and Fair, Nani Marquina, 2009 Kala Area Rug by Care and Fair, Nani Marquina, 2009

     

    Save 20% on Nanimarquina until April 5th - see the whole collection here.

     

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