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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Design: cushions and pillows - bolster your personal space

    If you have a passion for beautiful fabrics, cushions and throw pillows can be like icing on the cake. Beautiful pillows and cushions can enhance that sofa you just took delivery of or an easy fix if you want to rejuvenate any room in your house. You have a passion for beautiful fabrics. Throw pillows and cushions can be like icing on the cake and they can enhance that sofa you just took delivery of or be an easy fix if you want to rejuvenate any room in your house.

     

    Cushions are perfect accent pieces to quickly inject a contemporary new look into your home without overspending, and are easy to update depending on the season.

    Maharam, founded in 1902, offers numerous textile re-editions, including classic designs by Verner Panton, Alexander Girard and Charles and Ray Eames. These re-editions, along with bold, colorful patterns by contemporary designer Paul Smith, round out the textile designs for their select offering of Maharam Pillows.

    The Maharam Unisol Pillow by Verner Panton will certainly adds some pop to your room The Maharam Unisol Pillow by Verner Panton will certainly adds some optic pop to your room.

     

    The Maharam Palio Diagonal Stripe Pillow was designed by Alexander Girard. The Maharam Palio Diagonal Stripe Pillow was designed by Alexander Girard, who was the director of design for Herman Miller's textile division. During his tenure, he created over 300 textile designs in multitudes of colorways, wallpapers, prints, furniture, and objects.

     

    The Maharam Quatrefoil Pillow created by Alexander Girard in 1954, echoing and abstracting a floral motif used as architectural ornamentation. The Maharam Quatrefoil Pillow created by Alexander Girard in 1954, echoing and abstracting a floral motif used as architectural ornamentation.

     

    Charles and Ray Eames designed Dot Pattern for a printed textiles competition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. Charles and Ray Eames designed Dot Pattern for a printed textiles competition
    at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947.

     

    The Maharam Point Pillow by Paul Smith twists the tradition of vibrant colors and patterns into a brightly textured stripe motif. Available in The Maharam Point Pillow by fashion icon Paul Smith, twists the tradition of vibrant colors and patterns into a brightly textured stripe motif. Available in citrus as well.

     

    Colour and texture in cushions is where your individuality can really come out. Use them for relaxed cozy moments and enjoy how the colors and patterns serve as decorative eye-catchers.

    Menu designers Signe Hytte & Kristina Kjær experimented with old knitting machines and their results produced Rain - a knitted woolen series of cushions and throws inspired by the dark and melancholic winter weather in the North. The pattern is hand drawn and tells a story about how we love to snuggle with warm blankets and cushions when the cold winds are shaking the trees outside.

     

    rain_cushion The Menu Rain Cushions are made of 100% knitted wool. The pattern and neutral colors of Rain will fit in many different contexts and have the potential to become a life-long companion. Available in grey, nude and blue.

     

    Menu Raw Cushions feature "open" edges on all sides, giving the pillows four identical sides and setting them apart from pillow designs with zipper or button closures. Layer them with other natural, earthy tones to add a warm feel to your space. Available in six earthy colours. Menu Raw Cushions feature "open" edges on all sides, giving the pillows four identical sides and setting them apart from pillow designs with zipper or button closures. Layer them with other natural, earthy tones to add a warm feel to your space. Available in six colours.

     

    These Moooi Oil Pillows have saturated colours and expressive graphics.

    Sold in sets of 3, these Moooi Oil Pillows were designed by Marcel Wanders. Sold in sets of 3, these Moooi Oil Pillows were designed by Marcel Wanders.

     

    These Moooi Heritage Pillows (black and white) create an environment of love, passion and make our most exciting dreams come true. These Moooi Heritage Pillows (black and white) create an environment of love, passion and might make your most exciting dreams come true.

     

    Try some designer cushions and pillows to lift your spirits during this season of darkness.

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

  • Height adjustable sit-stand solutions for your work space

    I am sure you have heard it - sitting is the new smoking! 2016 is the year to start standing at work. Switching between seating and standing postures throughout the day is not only good for energy and productivity but for overall health too: studies have shown regular standing can burn calories and have a positive impact on well being, and can prevent everything from heart disease to high blood pressure.

    A height-adjustable desk, a high quality chair, and an adjustable keyboard tray and monitor arm are all essential components of an ergonomic office, and Humanscale makes some of the best ergonomic products around. GRShop offers the full range of Humanscale products.

    For those seeking a completely new work surface, Humanscale’s height adjustable sit/stand desk, Float, is the ultimate standing desk. Watch the video of the Float Table features.

     

    float_gallery4 Float is a revolutionary standing office desk that brings effortless operation to traditional sit-stand products. Ease of use is at the heart of Float, as it seamlessly adjusts between sitting and standing postures without interrupting workflow.

     

    With a minimal aesthetic, Float complements traditional offices and home work spaces. The Humanscale Float Table provides 20” of height adjustability (27” to 47” from the floor, excluding tabletop thickness). With a minimal aesthetic, Float complements traditional offices and home work spaces.

     

    Those with established work surfaces can transform their desks with the Humanscale QuickStand Height-adjustable Work Station.

    quickstand_white_q3_600 Humanscale's QuickStand seamlessly transforms any fixed-height desk into an active one. QuickStand neatly attaches to the back of any work surface, placing the screen and keyboard in an ergonomically correct position for the user.

     

    Our bodies aren't designed to stay in one position. We were made to move. But between sitting and sleeping, most North Americans are sedentary for around 21 hours a day.

    Herman Miller is taking the health-positive movement to a new level with the Renew Sit-to-Stand Table. It makes moving from sitting to standing—and back again—a natural part of your day. Combined with an ergonomic chair such as the Aeron Chair or one of the Eames Executive Chairs, it gives you a full range of supported movement to help you stay more active and healthier while you work. Watch the video of the Renew Sit-to-Stand Table.

     

    Every inch of Renew was thoughtfully considered from your point of view and the person sitting or standing next to you. Softly angled corners underneath prevent bumps and bruises. Slim-profile legs give you more room to move. A top-to-bottom design looks presentable from all angles, even when the table is raised. And a design that integrates easily helps you create a dynamic, supportive place to work. Every inch of Renew was thoughtfully considered. Softly angled corners underneath prevent bumps and bruises. Slim-profile legs give you more room to move. A top-to-bottom design looks presentable from all angles, even when the table is raised. And a design that integrates easily helps you create a dynamic, supportive place to work.

     

    photo_gallery_renew_sittostand_tables_6 Available in two sizes and several finishes, the Herman Miller Renew Sit-to-Stand Table has a top-of-surface height range from 27" to 46" with an electronic adjustment.

     

    Sitting and seldom moving, office workers are often drowsy, easily fatigued, and prone to injury. Providing people with natural ways to move throughout their workday can reverse these negative effects and contribute to people’s overall health. Start 2016 resolved to start moving more and you will feel the benefits by the time Spring comes around.

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

  • A tribute: Industrial designer Richard Sapper dies at 83

    Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose extraordinary career gave us the highly engineered Artemide Tizio Lamp, the Alessi Espresso Maker and the Sapper Kettle has died at age 83.

     

    Richard-Sapper_portrait_dezeen_ban Sapper offered some clues as to what constituted a classic. “It’s when the form of an object establishes contact with you, and you have to interact with it, ... I am very interested in objects that move and change character. That’s the main theme of the Tizio, for example, or the 9090 Espresso Maker also has this nature — it makes noise, steam comes out of it, you see the condensation drops form. It starts to live.”

     

    Born in Germany in 1932 but based in Milan, Richard Sapper created innovative products by mining the knowledge of far-flung disciplines. One of the few industrial designers never to have attended a school of design or architecture, Sapper studied philosophy, anatomy, engineering and economics. Sapper began his design career working in the styling department of Mercedes-Benz. In 1958 he went to Italy, where he worked with such luminaries as Gio Ponte, Marco Zanuso, and Gae Aulenti.

     

    c66629896ef0913ada203825274ebb034d8dfef9 The 9091 Kettle, designed in 1972, was Alessi's first designer kettle, ushering in a long and successful tradition. The central element in the design is the brass whistle which, when the steam exits, produces a short and pleasant melody. Sapper wanted to avoid the usual anxiety-generating noise produced by other kettles on the market.

     

    A ten-time winner of the Compasso d’Oro, Sapper created the incredibly successful Tizio table lamp for Artemide.

     

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    Called a ‘designer's dream,’ this revolutionary table lamp has a sleek, narrow body, adjustable counterbalanced arms and head and swivels smoothly in four directions. In 1972, the use of the lamp’s arms to conduct electricity was a never-before-seen feature, a true innovation representative of Sapper’s work.

     

    tizio_led The Artemide Tizio Lamp is available today with both halogen and LED options and in several sizes and has a floor support option.

     

    Ernesto Gismondi of Milan-based Artemide asked him to improve the design of his own work lamp. Sapper wanted the light to have a wide range of movement and claim only a small amount of desk space. By happy chance the halogen light was invented at this time and it allowed Sapper to reduce the size of the head. Artemide began producing the Tizio light and it became a best-selling design icon.

    Richard Sapper was especially revered by coffee connoisseurs for his stove top 9090 Espresso Maker, a graceful stainless-steel, machine that was introduced in 1979 by Alessi. For frustrated espresso drinkers, the new Alessi machine offers a nearly idiot-proof solution.

     

    Orginally named for the town of Cobán in central Guatemala, where Mr. Sapper’s grandfather had harvested coffee — is now in the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection. Originally named for the town of Cobán in central Guatemala, where Mr. Sapper’s grandfather had harvested coffee — the Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is now in the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection.

     

    Available in four size options, including the incredibly cute 1 cup edition, the Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is able to go from the stove top to the table. Available in four size options, including the incredibly cute 1 cup edition, the highly designed Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is able to go from the stove top to the table.

     

    In over 50 years he designed more than 200 products and was an impressively versatile designer who created compelling visual objects.

    The Alessi Todo Giant Cheese Grater took its inspiration from the fact that Sapper was in charge of grating cheese for his family. a precise, state-of-the-art functional performance that just about transforms into playful gestural expressiveness one of the most boring and least qualifying culinary operations. The Alessi Todo Giant Cheese Grater took its inspiration from the fact that Sapper was in charge of grating cheese for his family. A precise, state-of-the-art functional object that transforms playful gestural expressiveness from one of the most boring and least interesting culinary operations.

     

    The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Collection of pots and pans offers a more professional performance to cooking enthusiasts. The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Collection of pots and pans offers a more professional performance to cooking enthusiasts.

     

    Richard Sapper designed just about everything, from cars to bikes to flatware to radios and televisions. He put a deftly erudite slant on all sorts of domestic objects, making them lucid in concept and elegant in their restraint. German precision meets Italian flare.

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