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Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Nanimarquina: 20% Off SALE

    Little Field of Flowers by Studio Tord Boontje for Nanimarquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

     

    Nanimarquina, the exquisite area rug design company based in Spain, is 20% off until November 21st. This is a purchase that you will be happy with for reasons beyond great design and aesthetics. This company goes to great lengths to ensure that their products are ethically manufactured, working closely with Care and Fair's initiative against child labour in carpet production.

     

    Roses by Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    Topissimo by Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    Zoom Cojin by Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

     

    Nanimarquina carries a wide variety of unique rugs in a rainbow of colours and neutrals. There is design for every space in this line. The Victoria and Losanges designs are reminiscent of the delicate palette and patterns of Persian carpets while the Aros rugs are modern and minimal.

     

    Victoria by Sybilla for Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    Losanges by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Nanimarquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    Aros by Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    Aros by Nani Marquina - photo: nanimarquina.com

    nanimarquina - making of v.2 - 2011 from nanimarquina on Vimeo.

    Check out these and other Nanimarquina rugs on our website here.
    Visit Nanimarquina's website here.
    Learn more about Care and Fair here.
    Read our earlier blog post on Losanges by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec here.

  • Eye Spy ... Alessi Magic Bunnies

    Sometimes I'm surprised by the things that pop up with the search bar at grshop.com. Some of the products that we carry have names that are either difficult to pronounce or just totally adorable like "Magic Bunny." There are actually two products that appear if you search "bunny" on our online store... the Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder and the Bunny and Carrot Paper Towel Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi.

     

    Bunny and Carrot Paper Towel Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi

     

    Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi

     

    The toothpick holder is available in all the colours shown above: blue, pink, green and yellow. The paper towel holder is available in blue and green. I love the way that the carrot peeks out just above the top of the paper towel roll - as though it is ready to pull out of the ground. The toothpick holder bunny has a "jack in the box" appeal - he is nestled neatly inside the container and as you pull on his ears, he emerges along with the toothpicks stored inside.

     

    Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi - photo: alessi.com

    Bunny and Carrot Kitchen Roll Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi - photo: alessi.com

     

    View these, and other adorable products by Alessi here.
    Visit Alessi's website here.
    Learn more about designer Stefano Giovannoni here.

  • New to Gabriel Ross: Wästberg

    Last name: Wästberg. First name is of little concern according to the manifesto: "Lamps for Neanderthal Man". Yes, this is a lighting line that comes with a manifesto. The manifesto is brilliant and hilarious. The designs are mega functional and super cool.

    Wästberg Claesson Koivisto Rune Table Lamp - w101 - photo: wasteberg.com

    "Man appeared.
    Man felt comfortable and safe around light sources he could control.

    Man felt comfortable and safe for 300,000 years.

    Man began to over-illuminate rooms and halls.
    General lighting was calibrated for the areas that needed the most light.
    Far too many areas received far too much light.
    Man felt dazzled and irradiated.
    Man no longer felt comfortable or safe.

    One of the people affected (a Swede) started reasoning to himself.
    What would happen if you softened general lighting, and used direct
    lighting where needed instead? A more functional, more economic,
    more energy efficient, more flexible and more aesthetic lighting solution
    would ensue.
    But entirely new demands were made of the new direct lighting.

    Man started to experiment.
    Man got scent.
    Wästberg appeared."

    source: wastberg.com/philosophy

    This is a new line for Gabriel Ross and we are thrilled to have it. These lights combine beautiful, simple, modern design with adjustable everything. These lights twist, turn and tilt in every direction - head and stem.

    Wästberg lighting display in our showroom

    Wästberg Irvine Table Lamp - w082

    Wästberg Claesson Koivisto Rune Table Lamp

    Wästberg Studioilse Table Lamp - w084

    Wästberg Studioilse Table Lamp - w084 - detail

    Wästberg Studioilse Table Lamp - w084 - base detail

    View these, and the rest of the amazing Wästberg collection on our website here.
    Read the "Lamps for Neanderthal Man" manifesto on Wästberg's website here.

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