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  • New + Notable: New at GRShop - Mater, Menu & Pablo

    GRShop and Gabriel Ross offer amazing, original, authentic furniture, lighting and home accessories from over 75 manufacturers and designers around the world. We are always looking to add new products to our already very comprehensive catalogue so we can offer you the absolute best from around the world. I would like to introduce 3 new and very notable product lines that we feel are reaching new high-water marks in the design world.

    Mater Designs of Mater Design of Denmark offers very cool, very Danish, stools, dining chairs, lounge chairs and a very sweet, low table.

     

    Mater Design.   Design, craftsmanship and ethics are the backbone of this Danish company founded in 2006. Mater was first presented to a global audience at Maison & Objet in Paris in 2007. Wanting to launch a brand that has a strong vision based on timeless and beautiful design, Mater combines exclusive furniture and lighting with working methods that support local craft traditions and the environment.

    The Mater Shell Chair, designed by Michael Dreebens, represents his ongoing interest in traditional craft practices in North India - in this case saddle making. Available in black or brown saddle leather. The Mater Shell Chair, designed by Michael Dreebens, represents his ongoing interest in traditional craft practices in North India - in this case saddle making. Available in black or brown saddle leather.

     

    Using established and fresh design talent to create their exclusive collection, Mater has developed a sophisticated and inspired line of home furnishings. Mater, Latin for mother, is applauded as a global pioneer in creating sustainable, eco-conscious, socially responsible design. See all Mater products at GRShop/Mater.

    Menu.   Based in Fredensborg, Denmark, Menu is a design company collaborating with some of the most talented designers in the world. They deliver high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look. They call it Soft Minimalism. Obsessed with clever solutions and functional details, each new Menu product always has a new function, a new material or a new production method. That originality makes each product a true Menu product.

    Menu Menu produces furniture, lighting, bath accessories, mirrors, shelving systems, beautiful dishes for dining and candle holders. They have an extensive catalogue of high quality Danish products for your home.

     

    New Norm Dinnerware is made of porcelain and produced to restaurant level quality and reliability. The flexible colors and materials allow you to go classic white and crisp, rough and rustic, or colorful and casual on a whim. New Norm Dinnerware is made of porcelain and produced to restaurant level quality and reliability. The flexible colors and materials allow you to go classic white and crisp, rough and rustic, or colorful and casual on a whim.

     

    Menu is passionate, original and responsible. Using local factories or small private co-operatives Menu can produce good, high quality products and at the same time provide the people involved in the production with a better economic foundation. See all Menu products at GRShop/menu

     

    The Pablo Link Table Lamp, designed by Peter Stathis, is available in silver, white, black, orange and green and comes in 2 sizes. It takes an LED bulb. The Pablo Link Table Lamp, designed by Peter Stathis, is available in silver, white, black, orange and green and comes in 2 sizes. It takes an LED bulb.

     

    Pablo Lighting.   Venezuelan-born industrial designer, Pablo Pardo, founded Pablo in San Francisco in 1993. Embracing a less-is-more ideology, Pablo frequently challenges traditional design metaphors, developing more practical solutions distilled down to their essence, form and light.

    Designed by Dana Cannam and engineered for simplicity and sustainability, Clamp combines the beauty of wood with the brilliance of LED technology. Designed by Dana Cannam and engineered for simplicity and sustainability, Clamp combines the beauty of wood with the brilliance of LED technology.

     

    With the creation of his first product Pablo established a powerful and generative design philosophy. Since then, his core principles have informed the development of every light in the studio’s 20-year history. These products continue to move with contemporary culture while withstanding trends in design — and each one carries the underlying uniqueness that is distinctly “Pablo.” See all Pablo lighting at GRShop/pablo.

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

  • 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

     

     

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