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  • Millennial pink - the colour that is so now!

    So there is a new colour out there that designers are using on everything from fashion to home furnishings. Millennial pink, or Tumblr pink, as it is also known, represents a kind of ironic prettiness, or post-prettiness. It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon. So let's embrace this timeless, but very now, colour.

    Almost no other animal enjoys such popularity as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humour, it is part of our everyday experience as a child’s cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature. Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to their charms and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames elephant is now available for the first time in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster. Charles and Ray Eames recognized the charms of elephants and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames Elephant is now available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s' bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster.

     

    So where did this new pink come from? Some say it was Wes Anderson’s 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, which embodies a kind of retro-kitsch and is centred on a hotel painted several kinds of pink. Others say it was the "rose gold" iPhone in 2015. Pantone, the international authority on colour and colour systems named Rose Quartz as its colour of the year for 2016.

     

    Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way, Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way. The Vitra Alcove Collection of sofas, chairs and ottomans  are awash in this craze, plus it goes beautifully with black, grey, white and just about all other colours.

    IMG_1109 This grouping of Vitra furnishings was spotted at the Vitra Design Museum recently. Its all very Alice in Wonderland-y!

    The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics! The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics!

     

    Pink is the most gender-loaded of all colours, interlaced with femininity in everything from toy-store branding to the pink pussy hats of the recent women's marches. This modern pink is complicated. There are even anti-pink campaigns targeting the role of pink-saturated marketing to young girls. But a new generation of culturally aware young people are taking a different approach to the same problem, subverting or reclaiming pink as their own, hence the name Millennial pink.

     

    Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, Van Severen paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasise Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also give it a fresh and optimistic sense. Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, who paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasized Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also gives it a fresh and optimistic sense.

     

    If you find Millennial pink just not quite to your taste you can always go in another direction.

    Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves that befriend the body and wrap the sitter in its embrace, the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” The influence of contemporary sculpture is clear and Finn Juhl was a pioneering force in his own country and credited with introducing Danish modern to mid-century America. He certainly seemed to have loved pink, in all its shades.

    So if you are confused about what exactly this new pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you. So if you are confused about what exactly this new Millennial pink or Tumblr pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour idea in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you.

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  • Planning your outdoor landscape lighting

    Many of you are still buried in ice and snow and the thought of heading outdoors hasn't quite entered your consciousness yet but Summer will come and it is fun to plan ahead. Add the finishing touch to your exterior spaces with well-planned outdoor landscape lighting.

    Vibia Halley Floor-to-Floor Outdoor Lamp The Vibia Halley Floor-to-Floor Outdoor Lamp works Just like a comet, radiating an arc of light that creates a relaxing and comfortable environment. The slim form of the Halley is made from highly durable yet lightweight materials making it easy to move and assemble while meeting the highest standards of quality and durability.

     

    There is a wide range of lighting fixtures available for nearly every outdoor situation, including wall fixtures, sconces, portable lamps, chandeliers and pendants and large standing lights. While lighting can be placed virtually anywhere, some spots are an absolute must.

    Paths: A well-lit path is both welcoming and required, providing illumination that extends hospitality to visitors and makes walking more secure. High illumination isn't necessary and down facing lights will prevent glare.

    4100_ambiente The Vibia Break Outdoor Lamp could pass as a sculpture. The form is that of a vertical block with a head that appears to separate, leaving open a small slit through which the beam of light emerges. This provides pleasant, subtle lighting that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and its forms in the evening with non-disturbing glare. It can be used to mark paths or illuminate smaller spaces.

    The Vibia Break Lamp is available in two sizes and two finish options. Made of concrete. The Vibia Break Lamp is available in two sizes and two finish options. Made of concrete.

     

    Entries: Place lights either to each side of a door or overhead at front, back and side entry doors.

    The Foscarini Havana Outdoor Lamp Outdoor lamp made of a single rotational moulded piece in white polyethylene. The structure is available in the version with a stake, with underground box or with repositionable base. The Foscarini Havana Outdoor Lamp is made of a single rotational molded piece of white polyethylene. The lamp is available in three base options: with a stake, with an underground box or with a repositionable base.

     

    Driveway: Low-voltage landscape lighting is a good option along a driveway.

    Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp The Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp is a great choice to light driveways and entrance areas. It grazes the wall creating interesting highlights and shadows.

     

    Steps: Steps should be lighted for safety; either the risers or the treads can be lit.

    Vibia Tree 4005-03 Outdoor Lamp Tree is a family of outdoor lamps for ambient illumination on an over sized scale. The organic shapes are contrasted by the materials allowing the tree to blend in and yet stand out at the same time. The tree is available in four size made of UV resistant polythene diffuser with white lacquered base. Tree is bolted to the surface (hardware not included) and is powered by a cord and plug. Equipped with 70 inches of black cord. The Vibia Tree Outdoor Lamp is a family of outdoor lamps designed for ambient illumination. The organic shapes allow the Tree to blend in and yet stand out at the same time. The tree is available in four sizes and shapes and consists of a UV resistant polythene diffuser with a white lacquered base.

     

    Decks or Patios: Lighting can be used to illuminate specific task areas on a deck or patio, such as a kitchen or cooking spot, a pool or hot tub, as well as railings and seating areas.

    foscarini-solar-outdoor-floor-lamp-1 The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Floor Lamp is a contemporary hearth around which to gather and chat. The top surface finish has a rusty and textured effect and the hemispherical body, made of polyethylene, is stable even when it is tilted by 15°. The angling determines the quantity of light diffused, allowing multiple effects and atmospheres to be created.

    s2_1 The Flos SuperArchimoon Outdoor Lamp, designed by Philippe Starck, is an amazing "extra large" oversized floor lamp. The imposing size of the amazing Superarchimoon Floor Lamp is perfect for larger deck spaces, a fresh and brilliant floor lamp which clearly stands out.

    The Artemide Tolomeo Lantern Outdoor Hook Lamp The Artemide Tolomeo Lantern Outdoor Hook Lamp is one of the more flexible use outdoor lamps available and a new addition to the popular Tolomeo Lighting Series. The light source recalls the design of old lampposts and is enclosed in a diffusing cap fitted inside a transparent IP65 plastic unit, for direct and diffused lighting. The Tolomeo Lantern is available in floor, hook and suspension styles.

     

    Architectural Features: Outdoor landscape lighting can be used to highlight a wall, for example, by washing it or grazing it. When a wide beam of light is aimed at a wall from a few feet away, it creates a wall wash. A light used to graze a wall creates interesting highlights and shadows. Both will provide a little accent to nearby plants.

    vibia_micro_outdoor_wall_fixture_b The Vibia Micro Outdoor Wall Lamp is a compact surface-mounted wall light for indoor and outdoor use. It gives good general indirect ambient light that washing over wall surfaces.

     

    When it comes to lighting your landscape, a little goes a long way. That's because your eyes need less light outdoors than they do indoors in order to see light, shadow, and pattern. To plan your outdoor lighting project walk around your yard at night, envision how and when you want to use your spaces. Make notes and draw up some plans.

    GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross have over sixty choices of outdoor lighting to help you expand and complete your outdoor spaces.

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  • Introducing the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair

    It is always exciting when a new chair debuts and the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair designed by the British team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby is very exciting. Marrying visual and material lightness with exceptional comfort, the Pilot Chair is an innovative swivel lounge chair with a striking, slim profile, equally suited for the home or office.

    Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair. Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair.

    The designers of the lounge chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture." The designers of the Pilot Lounge Chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot Chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture."

    The Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair offers a choice of a high or low back seat which features a unique upholstery substructure for greater flexibility, appears to float in the air, giving the chair a refined silhouette and an essential, timeless appeal.

    HyperFocal: 0 Here is the high back Pilot Chair, with upholstered arms, shown with the Knoll Piton Side Table, also designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.

    The low back Knoll Pilot Chair The low back Knoll Pilot Chair is very styling in one of the many leather upholstery options.

    introducing-pilot-hero Embodying refinement, comfort, and craftsmanship, the Pilot Chair is unmistakably contemporary but modern in sensibility. It features a cast-aluminum structure that links the crane-neck, 360-degree swivel base to the assembly of the seat and back, creating the impression that the cantilevered seat is almost floating.

    Also designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and taking cues from the aesthetic principles of modernism and pragmatic considerations of the height-adjustable stools manufactured for sewing professionals in the mid-century era, the Knoll Piton Stool and Side Table are equally well suited for industrial tasks and domestic settings.

    The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. They also have an outdoor option.

    Piton is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure. The Piton Stool is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure.

    “The pencil is the ultimate tool for the transfer of ideas from mind to paper,” says Edward Barber. In 2011 Barber and Osgerby were appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Their research-led practice has developed collections for Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, Cappellini, Magis, Swarovski, Flos and Established & Sons, while also producing special edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions. They are based in London.

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