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  • NEW to Gabriel Ross: Steuart Padwick

    Steuart Padwick

    Gabriel Ross is thrilled to be the first and only Canadian firm representing British designer, Steuart Padwick. Padwick's first collection debuted in the UK in 2009 and was quickly picked up by high end retailers such as The Conran Shop, Heals and Liberty. Launching in North America this year, grshop.com is the place to find Padwick designs online in Canada and we have a showroom order on the way for the viewing pleasure of those local or visiting Victoria BC.


    Belly Desk by Steuart Padwick

    The collection currently features 17 pieces of finely curated furniture and lighting including home office, bedroom, dining, desk and floor lamps, and versatile storage units. Padwick's hallmark design aesthetics include quirky legs, vivid colours and solid wood - all with a nod to British culture and wit.


    Legs Crossed Dressing Table by Steuart Padwick


    Wall Desk by Steuart Padwick


    Coast Sideboard by Steuart Padwick


    Coast Sideboard by Steuart Padwick


    Darcey Oval Table by Steuart Padwick


    Detail - Darcey Oval Table by Steuart Padwick

    The award winning Darcey Oval Table illustrates Padwick's primary interest in furniture legs and bases - often considered secondary by designers. Darcey measures approximately 84" x 41", making a perfect dining surface with plenty of leg room due to the base posture. Manufactured in Canada by Speke Klein, Padwickk has this to say regarding the partnership: “I want to produce more of my work closer to where it is sold – it makes sense for the business and it makes sense for the environment."


    Double Cross Table featured in Food and Wine Magazine, February 2013

    Recently featured in February's Food and Wine Magazine, the Double Cross Table is one of the most versatile pieces in the Padwick collection as it functions as both a console and dining table. Its lemon yellow legs and picket-fence like silhouette lends a more rustic charm to this piece, though it integrates well in any modern environment.

    For bedroom, Steuart Padwick offers his Pointe sleep series that includes a modern bed frame, bedside table and two chests of drawers. The Pointe bedside table, featured in Elle Decor Magazine in 2010, offers concealed storage and compliments the matching bed frame perfectly.


    Pointe Bed and Bedside Tables by Steuart Padwick


    Pointe Six Drawer Chest by Steuart Padwick


    Pointe Bedside Table takes center stage in Elle Decoration Magazine, Nov. 2010

    Lighting by Steuart Padwick is fittingly named "Sticks". Composed primarily of wood, the tabletop and floor lamp have counterbalanced arms to perfectly position the lamp head - available in black and cream finishes. Padwick's Sticks Floor Lamp was featured in Garden and Homes Magazines in 2010 as part of a shortlist of floor lamps coined "Smart and functional designs guaranteed to light up a room in style"


    Sticks Floor Lamp by Steuart Padwick featured in Homes and Gardens Magazine, November 2010


    Sticks Table and Floor Lamp by Steuart Padwick

    Stay tuned for an update on Steuart Padwick's newest designs launching this week at London's leading independent design festival, Clerkenwell Design Week, May 21-23, 2013.

    Visit grshop.com to see the entire Steuart Padwick collection available in Canada, here.
    Read more about Steuart Padwick on their website, here.

     

     

     

  • Featured Brand: Tom Dixon, part 2

    Last week we featured Tom Dixon, the company. Today we introduce the designer himself, some iconic designs, his latest ECLECTIC collection and a very cool collaboration happening at this year's ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York City this month.


                                               Tom Dixon

    One of Tom Dixon's earliest designs, The S Chair, was an example of Dixon's early works after learning to weld out of necessity. With no formal design training, he began building one-off welded chairs with recycled materials which he sold until his workshop became a design studio and office. The S Chair was first produced by Cappellini in 1989 and is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


                    S Chair by Tom Dixon. image: cappellini.it

    One of the most recognizable Tom Dixon designs can be used as a floor light, but looks more like sculpture... put 3 or 4 them together and they become larger than life. "Jack" was launched in 1994 and was mass produced in the UK using rotary moulding. Utilizing industrial processes is a recurring theme in Dixon's work including EPS polystyrene and the pressed glass processes usually used to build car head lamps and glass insulators. Jack is multifunctional - often described as ‘sitting, stacking, lighting thing’.


                                                 Jack by Tom Dixon


                                                 Jack Installation

    Last year  Tom Dixon launched ECLECTIC - a collection of everyday objects made of honest and accessible materials including wood, copper, cast iron and marble. The collection is made up intriguing smalls including a piggy bank, door stop, decorative bowls, candles and even a mini Jack.


                                    Cast Factory Money Bank


                                  Form Bowl Set by Tom Dixon


                                       Cast Shoe Black by Tom Dixon


                                        Mini Jacks by Tom Dixon

    View the rest of the ECLECTIC collection on grshop.com.

    Lastly, if you're lucky enough to be attending the 25th annual ICFF this year, be on the lookout for Tom Dixon doing some on-site design collaboration with high-tech sheet metal production and laser based production company TRUMPF Inc. You'll be able to watch as Dixon's creativity and design genius flows in real time - "witness design history in the making" (icff.com/special-features).

    Read more on ICFF, here.
    Visit Tom Dixon's website, here.
    View Tom Dixon's products on grshop.com.

     

     

     

     

  • Featured Brand: Tom Dixon, part 1

    Tom Dixon is a British manufacturing and design house of contemporary lighting, furniture and eclectic accessories. Some highly recognizable pieces along with some other unique/obscure designs comprise a collection that is revamped annually with new product launches. Innovation and history are both on the forefront of this company's mission and vision to revive the British furniture industry.


    Tom Dixon refurbishment of the Royal Academy of Arts in London
    image: tomdixon.net

    Over the last 11 years since Tom Dixon's inception, they have made design news across channels including some high profile public installations such as "The Great Chair Grab" of 2006. For the London Design Festival, Dixon filled Trafalgar Square with chairs moulded from EPS polystyrene as a demonstration of the material's potential. The best part? the public was invited to take the chairs home, for free!


    The Great Chair Grab, Tom Dixon 2006
    image: tomdixon.net

    The Great Chair Grab was followed up the next year at the 2007 Design Festival with The Great Light Giveaway - 500 energy saving Blow Pendant Lights were installed at the square, powered by a renewable energy source and again, given away to the public on a first come, first served basis.


    The Great Light Giveaway, Tom Dixon 2007
    image: tomdixon.net

    Tom Dixon's furniture and lighting collection is one of the most sought after brands in the world and we are thrilled to have them at grshop.com. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series which will feature both some well known and celebrated Dixon designs, plus his most recent "Eclectic" collection of everyday home accessories, giftware and design objects with a bit of British heritage and a modern twist.

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