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Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • Ron Arad - acclaimed artist, designer and architect

    For those of you lucky enough to be heading to London, UK before September 26th, like this happy blogger, check out the Ron Arad exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery in the Mayfair area. The exhibition at Ben Brown Gallery is the culmination of Ron Arad's most recent work, spanning sculpture, hand-crafted studio pieces and industrial design, and showcases the artist's constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibilities of materials, from metals to wood and glass.

    GRShop.com offers several of Ron Arad's home furnishings designed for Vitra, Magis and Alessi.

     

    magis_voido_rocking_chair_d Ron Arad's Voido Rocking Chair for Magis is a statement in movement and ingenuity with materials. Made of rotational-molded polyethylene, it is available in black or white.

     

    Movement is a central theme in Arad's oeuvre. His pieces often encourage interaction, expressed both in his functional designs and purely aesthetic pieces. Drawing inspiration from William Morris's infamous quote "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful", Ron Arad combines cutting-edge techniques with expert craftsmanship.

     

    With its undulating, sculptural form, Ron Arad’s Magis Folly Bench will spark conversations while providing a comfortable place to chat. Molded in nearly indestructible polyethylene for both indoor and outdoor use, the bench’s seat and back surfaces merge seamlessly and encourage lounging any which way. With its undulating, sculptural form, Ron Arad’s Magis Folly Bench will spark conversations while providing a comfortable place to chat. Molded in nearly indestructible polyethylene for both indoor and outdoor use, the bench’s seat and back surfaces merge seamlessly and encourage lounging any which way.

     

    Educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad is an Israeli artist, industrial designer and architect who lives and works in London. He was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence and became a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013.

     

    The elegant plastic shell of T-Vac offers comfortable seating not only in interior spaces but also in outdoor settings: special additives in the molded polypropylene shell help to prevent the colour from fading, and the powder-coated finish of the base makes the chair suited for use on the terrace or in the garden. Since the chair can be stacked, it is especially useful in places where large numbers of chairs are required. The elegant plastic shell of the Vitra T-Vac Chair offers comfortable seating not only in interior spaces but also in outdoor settings: special additives in the molded polypropylene shell help to prevent the colour from fading, and the powder-coated finish of the base makes the chair suited for use on the terrace or in the garden. Since the chair can be stacked, it is especially useful in places where large numbers of chairs are required.

     

    Ron Arad has teamed up with Magis once again, but this time he was determined to come up with a rotational-moulded design with a difference. This was done by making a continuous looped ribbon with a defined inside and outside texture that serves to make the continuous band more readable, and like stuffed pasta the ribbon appears to be inflated. Ron Arad teamed up with Magis to make the Raviolo Chair, which is available in a multitude of colours, and offers a continuous looped ribbon with a defined inside and outside texture that serves to make the continuous band more readable, and like stuffed pasta, the ribbon appears to be inflated.

     

    The exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery includes such pieces as the Puddle 21, 2015, a signed and numbered table with a mirror polished stainless steel top. The exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery includes such pieces as Puddle 21, 2015, a signed and numbered table with a mirror polished stainless steel top. Photo: Ben Brown Gallery, London.

     

    Check out the exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery in London, ends September 26th. http://www.benbrownfinearts.com/exhibitions/107/overview/

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

  • ANGO - Lights that double as art

    Thailand-based ANGO uses unique materials like silk cocoons, rattan, mulberry tree bark, sea kelp polymer and hand-cast polymer in its innovative lighting designs. ANGO designs, develops and manufactures luxury, handcrafted lighting.

     

    logo -ango-unit-_pendant-r_ The Ango Unit Pendant Light is made of rattan woven in a random weave technique. The hardware is hand-finished stainless steel with copper.

     

    Working at the intersection of design, materials and innovative production processes, each ANGO light has a unique character. The natural materials used produce a beautiful diffused light that fill your space with energy.

     

    The Ango Cherry Moon Pendant Light is made of unprocessed silk cocoons. The Ango Cherry Moon Pendant Light is made of unprocessed silk cocoons.

     

    The Ango Midnight Moon Pendant Light is also made of silk cocoons. The Ango Midnight Moon Pendant Light is also made of ebony black silk cocoons.

     

    The Ango Hanging World Pendant Light is The Ango Hanging World Pendant Light is rattan shaped into a free-form, natural globe.

     

    With originality and sophistication, ANGO creates lighting and light fantasies that are uplifting and unique.

     

    The Ango Snow Circle Pendant Light is made of Mulberry Tree bark that is harvested in autumn and then boiled and beaten by hand. The Ango Snow Circle Pendant Light is made of Mulberry Tree bark that is harvested in autumn and then boiled and beaten by hand. The fibers are then hand-sewn to the diffuser frame to create a soft white, unique ceiling light.

     

    ANGO has received many international design awards including several Best Product Awards at Maison et Objet in Paris.

    Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

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

  • Task Lighting - for the student in your home

    Its hard to think of summer ending and long evenings disappearing into short, dark days. But every year inklings of back to school haunt families around cottage dining tables. Buying a well designed desk lamp is an excellent long-term investment for your young student. Desk lights are now designed with LED technology so they have long life spans that will take your student through to college and beyond, so worth the extra investment.

     

    Under a night sky this young man works under a Flos Kelvin Desk Lamp. Under a summer sky this young man works under a Flos Kelvin Desk Lamp. Available as a table, wall or floor lamp, the series of Flos Kelvin Lamps provide direct lighting, with a pantograph arm and an adjustable head.

     

    Anything in the physical environment that affects the fit between a person and their work is ergonomic by nature. A good fit includes lighting, which is as important as any other work space tool. In the absence of good light, people will hunch, squint, and frown over their work, without realizing it. By reducing eyestrain and allowing people to maintain healthy posture, proper lighting can improve productivity and reduce tiredness.

     

    Perched beside you, the Knoll Sparrow desk Lamp brightens your work space. Advanced LED technology produces warm, even illumination and intuitive controls allow you to choose the appropriate light level and easily position the illumination where it is needed without glare. Perched beside you, the Knoll Sparrow Desk Lamp brightens your work space. Advanced LED technology produces warm, even illumination and intuitive controls allow you to choose the appropriate light level and easily position the illumination where it is needed without glare.

     

    Well-designed task lighting have the on-off controls within easy reach of the individual; the individual can also control the projection of the light (to reduce glare on the monitor screen and the surface) and the heat generated isn’t scalding to the touch. 

     

    The Knoll Copeland Task Light integrates design dexterity with workplace needs at an affordable price. Efficient use of materials, a pioneering spring mechanism and novel dual-mode head create Copeland's fluid movement and streamlined profile. The Knoll Copeland Task Light integrates design dexterity with workplace needs at an affordable price. Efficient use of materials, a pioneering spring mechanism and novel dual-mode head create Copeland's fluid movement and streamlined profile.

     

    The Herman Miller Flute Desk Light was designed by Tom Newhouse to be flexible, versatile, compatible, economical. And with its LED technology, 24-year life span, and cost that’s less than a cup of coffee to use it for a whole year, Flute leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Weighing in at just two pounds, this task light also leaves a small footprint on your desk. And it's home-grown: made in the USA. The Herman Miller Flute Desk Light was designed by Tom Newhouse to be flexible, versatile, compatible and economical. With its LED technology, 24-year life span, Flute leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Weighing in at just two pounds, this task light also leaves a small footprint on your desk. Available in three finish options.

     

    Ideally, a task light provides “control within control,” so not only is the on/off switch easy to reach for, but also the amount and position of the light. When available, brightness controls should have a generous range.

     

    The Artemide Tizio Desk lamp was designed by Richard Sapper in 1990 and it became an instant classic. The Artemide Tizio Desk lamp was designed by Richard Sapper in 1990 and it became an instant classic. It features adjustable counterbalanced arms and an adjustable head. Available in several size options and LED options. Also available with a floor lamp option.

     

    GRShop and Gabriel Ross offer a large variety of beautiful and functional task lights. Find one for your student that brings together ergonomics, energy conservation and long term cost-savings. Let another year begin!

    Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

    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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