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  • Architect and Designer Michael Graves dies at 80

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    It was with deep sadness that we at GRShop and Gabriel Ross heard the news that architect and designer Michael Graves, had passed away on March 12, 2015, suddenly, peacefully and of natural causes. He was 80 years old.

    Michael Graves was born in Indiana in 1934. He trained to be an architect at Harvard, earning a master’s degree in 1959.

    Since founding the firm of Michael Graves Architecture and Design in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers and even the place of design in our everyday lives. He was an extraordinary designer, teacher and mentor. Michael Graves’ humanistic design philosophy and commitment to creating unique design solutions that transform people’s lives will continue.

    In 1980, Michael Graves received an invitation from Alessi to participate in a promotional project known as the “Coffee and Tea Piazza.” Of all the sets, Michael Graves’ design sold best.

     

    alessi_01b Michael Graves once received a postcard from a French poet who wrote, “I’m always very grumpy when I get up in the morning. But when I get up now, I put the teakettle on, and when it starts to sing it makes me smile – damn you!”

     

    Graves was then asked to design the now famous whistling bird kettle that became a timeless design icon. This led to a decades-long design collaboration with Alessi that produced more than 150 products.

    In 1980, Michael Graves received an invitation from Alessi to participate in a promotional project known as the “Coffee and Tea Piazza.” Of all the sets, Michael Graves’ design sold best.

    The Alessi Press Filter Coffee maker was designed by Graves with clear references to the very successful kettle with bird whistle. This coffee maker is for preparing coffee using the filtered method. The Alessi Press Filter Coffee Maker was designed by Graves with clear references to the very successful Alessi Kettle with bird whistle. This coffee maker is for preparing coffee using the filtered method. Available in 3 cup and 8 cup sizes.

     

    A clock as a work of architecture! Designed in 2013 the Mantel Pendulum Clock in maple-veneered wood has a quartz movement. The Graves Mantel Clock is a small, domestic work of architecture made entirely by hand and it fascinates us with its many construction details. A clock as a work of architecture! Designed in 2013, the Mantel Pendulum Clock in maple-veneered wood is a small, domestic work of architecture made entirely by hand and it fascinates us with its many construction details. Pure Michael Graves.

     

    After he began using a wheelchair, Mr. Graves became internationally recognized as an advocate of health care design. In a 2011 interview, he explained why he tended to use color in designing hospital rooms. “It’s not there to get you well,” he said, “but make you smile and make you think life is not as bad as that operation you had.”

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

  • Tom Dixon Furniture, Lighting and Accessories - 15% off until March 31

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    Shop the full Tom Dixon range of contemporary designer lighting, furniture and accessories at GRShop and also visit the Gabriel Ross Showroom in Victoria, BC

    Wedding season is approaching and GRShop offers Gift Registry services. Tom Dixon products are made of honest and resilient materials that make stunning wedding gifts to give and gorgeous choices to add to your registry.

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    Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British product design brand. With a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the brand is inspired by the nation’s unique heritage and produces extraordinary objects for everyday use.

    Tom Dixon's lighting designs are designed in London and made using unique processes and materials.

    Tom Dixon Beat Lights are inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional vessels used in India. Each light is spun and hand-beaten and available in grey, black, white and brushed brass and as pendants, floor or table lights.

    The Beat Fat Grey is an  exercise in expressive minimalism, the instantly recognizable Beat Fat is now recolored in grey with a precious internal silver plate, creating a warm glow. Hand-spun and hand-hammered, each piece is unique. Finished in an external matt grey powder coat. The Beat collection also includes Tall, Wide and Stout. The Beat Fat Grey is an exercise in expressive minimalism, the instantly recognizable Beat Fat is now re-colored in grey with a precious internal silver plate, creating a warm glow. Hand-spun and hand-hammered, each piece is unique. Finished in an external matt grey powder coat. The Beat collection includes Tall, Wide and Stout.

     

    The Tom Dixon Flask Lights are like a mysterious chemistry experiment. Flask is a spherical pendant made up of two hand-blown glass components: flask and hood. The ridged and rounded base refracts the light giving a warm and rippled comforting glow.

    This 18cm pendant light can be hung in multiples or as a single pendant. The smoked-glass hood covers the lamp fitting reducing glare. As each product is handmade slight variances in colour occur between each item. This 18cm pendant light can be hung in multiples or as a single pendant. The smoked-glass hood covers the lamp fitting reducing glare.

     

    The Tom Dixon Slab Collection of soft-edged furniture is made from specially crowned oak with a deeply brushed surface to expose the grain. A durable and solid design for office or domestic use. Available as a dining table, bench, bar stool or chairs.

    A solid oak chair finished in black or natural coloured lacquer. The Slab Chair was born out of the need for a stackable, space-saving armchair.

     

    A solid oak chair finished in black or natural coloured lacquer. The Slab Chair was born out of the need for a stack-able, space-saving armchair. A solid oak chair finished in black or natural coloured lacquer. The Slab Chair was born out of the need for a stack-able, space-saving armchair.

     

    The range of Tom Dixon's contemporary gifts and accessories includes table-top dining accessories, bowls, vases, scented candles, diffusers and design objects for the home.

    For all those cocktail aficionados Plum is a series of bar ware that brings cocktail culture and drinks traditions into a contemporary universe. Formed from glass and copper, each piece offers an attractive functionality for your home bar.

    The Plum Ice Bucket is formed from mouth-blown glass and hand-cut, the Plum Ice is a very sophisticated way to serve memorable drinks. The Plum Ice Bucket is formed from mouth-blown glass and is hand-cut. Plum bar ware also includes a cocktail shaker, tongs and a champagne bucket. It is a very sophisticated way to serve memorable drinks.

     

    Tom Dixon's desktop accessories include the Tool series of etched desktop tools, including bookmarks, paper clips, a mathematician set, a ruler, paper clips and a stencil.

    The Tool Perpetual Calendar is a stainless steel calendar with three mobile magnetic graphic cursors for the modern diarist. Each calendar is etched with numbers and letters to represent every date in the year. Move chosen markers and cursors around the board to tell the correct date and reuse year after year. Stand your calendar proud on your desk or hang on a wall and never miss a date again. The Tool Perpetual Calendar is a stainless steel calendar with three mobile magnetic graphic cursors for the modern diarist. Each calendar is etched with numbers and letters to represent every date in the year. Move chosen markers and cursors around the board to tell the correct date and reuse year after year. Stand your calendar proud on your desk or hang on a wall and never miss a date again.

     

    Tom Dixon's Bash Vessel is formed of brass and shaped by hand into an expressive crumpled form. It can be used as an extravagant flower vase, fruit bowl or as a contemporary sculpture. Each piece is unique in shape and finished with a gold wash. Also available in small. Tom Dixon's Bash Vessel is formed of brass and shaped by hand into an expressive crumpled form. It can be used as an extravagant flower vase, fruit bowl or as a contemporary sculpture. Each piece is unique in shape and finished with a gold wash. Available in two sizes.

     

    Chop is a range of chopping boards milled from solid oak with a soft curved edge. A paddle ideal for pizzas, a long board for charcuterie and a rectangle for everything else. Chop is a range of chopping boards milled from solid oak with a soft curved edge. Chop includes a paddle ideal for pizzas, a long board for charcuterie and a rectangle for everything else.

     

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    “Everything is really about materials in their absolute simplicity. If possible, everything we make is informed by an absolute love of materials: cast-iron for its weight, copper for its warmth, etc. One common thread running through is materiality. This is our recipe.” – Tom Dixon

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

  • FLOS Lighting Sale! 15% off until March 19th

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    FLOS was founded in 1962 in Merano, Italy, with the aim to develop a line of new lighting concepts. From the very outset, the distinguishing feature of the company has been its approach to lamp design and production in the highest quality.

    Winner of the 2014 prestigious EDIDA Award in the Lighting category, FLOS' String Lights by Michael Anastassiades is a beauty. It comes with 12 or 22 meters of cable so you can "string" it around your space! Winner of the 2014 prestigious EDIDA Award in the Lighting category, FLOS' String Lights by Michael Anastassiades is a beauty. It comes with 12 or 22 meters of cable so you can "string" it around your space!

     

    FLOS has always worked with well-known and established designers starting with the Castiglioni brothers and Tobia Scarpa, who were followed by Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Antonio Citterio, Patricia Urquiola, and Marcel Wanders, to name a few. Collaborations with this international roster of talents have resulted in some of the best-known and commercially successful products in industrial design. It has also resulted in numerous awards and accolades for both the designers and the company.

    The Skygarden Suspension Light, designed by Marcel Wanders, 2007, is like a fabulous antique decorated plaster ceiling. It is available in 2 sizes and 4 finishes. The FLOS Skygarden Suspension Light, designed by Marcel Wanders, 2007, is like a fabulous antique decorated plaster ceiling. It is available in 2 sizes and 4 outer finishes.

     

    The FLOS Long and Hard Suspension light is the perfect solution for lighting over a dining table. Designed by Philippe Starck, 2005, it has a polished die-cast aluminum body and LED lights. The FLOS Long and Hard Suspension Light is the perfect solution for lighting over a dining table. Designed by Philippe Starck, 2005, it has a polished die-cast aluminum body and LED lights.

     

    FLOS takes it inspiration from many sources, but has five particular areas of daily life that make up its "Flosophy".

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    Rhe FLOS 2097 Suspension Light, designed by Gino Sarfatti, 1958, is part of FLOS' re-edition of classic production pieces.  The FLOS 2097 Suspension Light, designed by Gino Sarfatti, 1958, is part of FLOS' re-edition of classic production pieces.

     

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    Designed by Achille Castiglioni, 1996, has hand blown glass conical diffusers with sandblasted edges. Available as 1, 3, 8 or 12 pendants. Great for over an island in the kitchen. Designed by Achille Castiglioni, 1996, the Fucsia Pendant Light has hand blown glass conical diffusers with sandblasted edges. Available as 1, 3, 8 or 12 pendants. Great for over an island in the kitchen.

     

    Unwind...

    The Ray F Floor Light, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, 2006, provides diffused light for your cozy interior spaces. Available as a table light and a floor light in 2 sizes. The Ray F Floor Light, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, 2006, provides diffused light for your cozy interior spaces. Available as a table light and a floor light in 2 sizes.

     

    Sleep...

    The Kelvin LED Table Light, designed by Antonio Citterio & Toan Nguyen, 2009, is an adjustable table lamp providing direct lighting, with pantograph arm and adjustable head. It is also available as a floor light. The Kelvin LED Table Light, designed by Antonio Citterio & Toan Nguyen, 2009, is an adjustable table lamp providing direct lighting, with pantograph arm and adjustable head. It is also available as a floor light.

     

    Work...

    The Romeo Moon Suspension Light, designed by Philippe Starck, 1996. The reeded surface of the diffuser gives an almost metallic look. It is also available as a floor and table light. The Romeo Moon Suspension Light, designed by Philippe Starck, 1996. The reeded surface of the diffuser gives it a metallic look. It is also available as a floor and table light.

     

    FLOS is fully committed to environmental issues, constantly developing products that are the least harmful to the environment in terms of materials used and in the production methods it employs.

    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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