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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Richard Schultz Returns to Knoll

    This past March was a month of reuniting between the design house leader, Knoll, and iconic mid-century designer Richard Schultz. After 20 years apart, the two have come together again Gabriel Ross' selection of exquisite outdoor furniture grows larger.

    1966 Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: knoll.com

    Schultz began designing for Knoll at the start of his career in 1951. His first iconic work, the Petal table, was designed to work with Harry Bertoia's Diamond Chairs - Bertoia and Schultz were colleagues together at Knoll. The table eventually earned a spot in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

    Petal Table by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: richardschultz.com

    He also designed his 1966 collection for outdoor - a series of tables, chairs and loungers with classic clean modern lines in the finest materials durable enough to withstand the elements.

    Adjustable Chaise Lounge and Contour Chaise Lounge from the 1966 Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: knoll.com

    I designed the collection in 1966 at the request of Florence Knoll, who wanted well-designed outdoor furnishings that would withstand the corrosive salt air at her home in Florida.

    Richard Schultz

    1966 Collection Lounge Chair by Richard Schultz for Knoll

    Swell Seating by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: knoll.com

    Dining Chair with Arms and Table from the 1966 Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: knoll.com

    A design departure from the minimalist 1966 Collection, the Topiary collection is more organic and decorative. It is also available in a variety of colours including "daffodil yellow" as seen below:

    Topiary Chair by Richard Schultz for Knoll - image: knoll.com

    I wanted to design a chair that looks like a shrub pruned to look like a chair. I am fascinated by the way sunlight comes through the leaves of shrubbery, producing dappled shadows.This furniture acts as a light filter, disappearing into nature.I wanted to design a chair that looks like a shrub pruned to look like a chair. I am fascinated by the way sunlight comes through the leaves of shrubbery, producing dappled shadows.This furniture acts as a light filter, disappearing into nature.

    Richard Schultz

    Topiary ignited Schultz to start his own business and design firm 1992. He re-ignited the classics, continued designing new work, and built up the value of his work just in time for Knoll to scoop up the brand in 2012. A brilliant acquisition for Knoll, the Schultz collection is a perfect fit and will once again nestle up next to Bertoia's wire chairs.

     

  • Must love birds - Modern bird feeders

    Perhaps you've adorned your own home with stainless steel appliances, mid century modern furnishings, polished concrete floors and Italian lighting...

    What's next?

    Share the love! Share your modern design-savvy love with the birds.

    Bird Feeder House by Blomus

    Blomus, German manufacturing and design house, offers an extensive selection of modern stainless steel accessories for the home - inside and out. This of course includes some sleek and sexy eateries for our feathered friends.

    Fuera Bird Feeder by Blomus

    Half Moon Bird Feeder by Blomus

    If mobiles are more your style, Danish mobile company Flensted offers a bird feeder also.

    Bird Feeder by Flensted

    View these bird feeders and other fabulous outdoor accessories by Blomus on our website, here.

  • So long blue. Hello new!

    If you haven't driven down Bay Street in Victoria, BC recently, here's what you're missing:

    Gabriel Ross' Future Showroom Space - Bay Street, Victoria BC

    There is all kinds of heritage modernization going on at Bay St. and Rock Bay Ave., and we are bursting with excitement over it. Our future space is coming along ... new windows, fresh coat of clean white paint and a brand new front entrance worthy of a giant cluster of George Nelson Bubble Lamps.

    Front Entrance

    Corner View

    These warehouse windows have retained their heritage bones, but received the all star treatment with new glass and finishings. They will make the perfect backdrop for our modern lighting and furnishings.

    Here's a shot of the back of the building with the old blue paint remaining. So long blue. Hello new!

    Back View

    If you're curious, check out this project at the corner of Bay Street and Rock Bay Avenue, or connect with us on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest updates.

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