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  • Thayer Coggin, 60 years of modern classics

    New to our Gabriel Ross Showroom in Victoria, BC, Thayer Coggin Furniture is celebrating 60 years of custom, made-to-order furniture. With a definite nod to mid-century modern, Thayer Coggin is one of the most celebrated names in luxury home furnishings. They proudly handcraft all pieces in their workshops in High Point, North Carolina.

    The Milo Design Classic Chair was designed by Milo Baughman. A "classic modern" piece, it is enduring and timeless. The Milo Design Classic Chair was designed by Milo Baughman. A "classic modern" piece, it is enduring and timeless.

     

    Entering into business in 1953, Thayer Coggin carved out a unique identity in the home furnishings market through a commitment to modern, classic design. Through founder Thayer Coggin's vision and Distinguished Design Award honoree Milo Baughman's creations, Thayer Coggin has amassed a collection of some of the most recognizable furniture designs in the world.

    cg9IjWlOG2QjkIMI6EpFuNHnNavHF0xqXAb3G-KG6Bw Thayer Coggin selects their upholstery from hundreds of in-house fabrics and leathers, and they also accept client supplied fabrics. They also use the highest quality of cushioning available, and all foams are environmentally safe.

     

    The mid-century era was one of great change and unbridled spirit. From this regeneration of energy and excitement came Milo Baughman (1923 - 2003) who challenged himself to create original modern furniture that would appeal to the post-war developments in modern design, architecture and urban development.

    The Draper Chair, designed in 1965, is a modern, comfortable, small chair The Draper Chair, designed in 1965, is a modern, comfortable, small chair that gives you a great sit and great style. The frame is solid walnut and it is available in a large choice of leathers and fabrics.

    The Design Classic Sofa is Thayer Goggin's best selling sectional. The Design Classic Sofa, designed by Milo Baughman, is Thayer Goggin's best selling sectional. A clean, simple design that lets the sofa float in your space. Available in a variety of configurations and upholstery choices.

     

    To further Thayer Coggin and Milo Baughman's incredible legacy of working together they have re-issued many of their original, authentic designs. Each model is crafted to the original dimensions and bench-made by their own very experienced furniture makers in the same workshops they have occupied since 1960.

    The 1965 Roxy Swivel-Tilt Tub Chair offers a small The 1965 Roxy Swivel-Tilt Tub Chair offers a small, comfortable chair that swivels and tilts, a great combo!

    Nikolas Kage Cocktail Table The new Nikolas Kage Cocktail Table offers you a wide choices of options. For the base: Satin Brass, Brushed Bronze or Polished Stainless Steel. The top: White Carrara Marble or Black Marquina Marble.

     

    Several of Thayer Coggin's most popular products are available on a "Quick Ship" program that means that if you choose one of the selected fabrics, you can have your piece in about 6 weeks.

    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.

  • Happy 100th Birthday to Florence Knoll

    Last week marked the 100th birthday of Florence Knoll whose signature style and pioneering spirit are at the core of everything Knoll. Her influence on the "total design" sensibility of Knoll cannot be overstated. Florence broadened the company’s existing array of furniture offerings, developed the Knoll Planning Unit, an interior design division of the company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior, and in 1947 she launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles.

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    Florence Knoll's early life was marred by tragedy when she was orphaned at age 12. After boarding school Florence enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she met Harry Bertoia, who would also collaborate with Knoll on modern furniture designs. During her formative years studying architecture in Chicago, Florence met many of the leading architects of the time, including Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.

    In 1941 she met Hans Knoll who was the third generation of a Stuttgart-based furniture manufacturing family, who sought to bring European Modernism to a new audience in the United States. They married in 1946 and renamed the company Knoll Associates.

     

    With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the relaxed edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit. Consistent with all of Knoll’s designs, it has a spare, angular profile that reflects the objective perfectionism of modern design in the early 1960s. With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the Relaxed Lounge Sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the Relaxed Edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit.

     

    In 1945 Florence Knoll started The Planning Unit, an interior design division of the furniture company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior. Florence Knoll’s meticulous methods of assessing a client’s needs were clear in her sketches, annotations, and especially the "paste-up" cardboard models she used to demonstrate envisioned spaces.

    Finding the marketing lacking, Florence Knoll also designed individual pieces of furniture. "I needed a piece of furniture, it was not there, so I designed it." - Florence Knoll.

    The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. Available in six table top finishes.

    Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection Perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed, the iconic Florence Knoll low credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office. Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection is perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed. The iconic Florence Knoll Credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office.

     

    In 1947, Florence Knoll  launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles. "It became apparent to me that suitable textiles were not available for our furniture and interiors," she wrote.

    Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard. Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard.

     

    In the early 1950s, under Florence Knoll's stewardship, the company developed a distinctive graphic identity, collaborating with Swiss photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter to design everything from advertisements and stationery to the company’s distinctive logo.

    But in 1955, her life was struck by a second tragedy when Hans Knoll was killed in an automobile accident and she suddenly found herself as Knoll’s sole owner. In 1957 she married again and continued in her capacity as Knoll's president and later as its director of design, but eventually sold the company to Art Metal Construction Company in 1959. Even after her departure from Knoll, the company continued to be inspired by her synthetic view of design and rigorous standards.

    To celebrate a century of Florence Knoll and her inspired brand of modernism, Knoll expanded the Florence Knoll Collection with the addition of new and archival products.

    Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Hairpin™ Stacking Table. The early design was based on Shu's wire studies done while she was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated to the immensely popular design for Knoll. Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Knoll Hairpin Stacking Table. The early design was based on her wire studies done while a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated into the immensely popular design for Knoll.

    The discipline of her practice and the inspired arrow of her ideas were lifelong attributes. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States.

     

    In the lasting acclaim for the planning projects she spearheaded and the pieces of furniture she quietly designed, Florence Knoll has continually proven her own mantra—that "good design is good business."

    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.

  • Niche Modern Lighting - handmade in NY State

    Made, not manufactured is the mantra of Niche Modern Lighting. Every piece of Niche glass is hand-blown in their factory in upstate New York. Over the last decade, Niche has established a signature collection of stunning modern lighting products that combine natural elements, simple lines, and gorgeous colours. They are committed to bringing the most luxurious of modern lighting to the world.

    Our Creative Director, Jeremy Pyles, starts each new modern lighting piece with a sketch. Following that comes a lot of hard work, patience and expertise until we see the vision come to life, right here in our glass studio. We believe in authentic and original design, and are proud to be carrying on the tradition of glass-blowing within our local community. Niche's creative director, Jeremy Pyles, starts each new modern lighting piece with a sketch. Following that comes a lot of hard work, patience and expertise until they see their vision come to life, right in the studio. Niche is a strong believer in authentic and original design, and is proud to be carrying on the tradition of glass-blowing in their local New York State community.

    The Pharos modern pendant light takes its name from the ancient texts where a pharos is a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships. One of the very first designs in the Niche's modern lighting line, the Pharos is one of our best-selling pendants and looks fabulous in clusters or in lines of multiples over a kitchen counter or restaurant bar. The Niche Modern Pharos Pendant Light takes its name from ancient texts where a pharos is a tower with a light that gives warnings of shallow shoals to passing ships. One of the very first designs in Niche's lighting line, the Pharos is one of their best-selling pendants and looks fabulous in clusters or in lines of multiples over a kitchen counter or restaurant bar.

    The Helio modern pendant light originates from Niche’s taller and more slender Pharos pendant and is designed for versatility. It is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings and ready for use with an array of different lamping options, including incandescent, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs. The delightfully compact shape of the Helio modern lighting collection works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy. The Niche Modern Helio Prisma Pendant Light originates from Niche’s taller and more slender Pharos Pendant Light and is designed for versatility. It is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings. The delightfully compact shape of the Helio Collection works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy.

    Stunningly minimalist and straightforward in its presentation, the celebration of one single Edison style bulb at the center of the Solitaire modern pendant light is beautiful to behold. With so many colors to choose from and so many potential uses, the Solitaire modern lighting collection is lovely on its own or in a cluster. Stunningly minimalist and straightforward in its presentation, the celebration of one single Edison style bulb at the center of the Niche Modern Solitaire Pendant Light is beautiful to behold. With so many colours to choose from and so many potential uses, the Solitaire Collection is lovely on its own or in a cluster.

    Based on the orb glass shape, the Binary modern pendant light uses two incandescent bulbs, giving it a slightly more contemporary twist on the nostalgic Edison style elegance of our Solitaire pendant. Each Niche Binary pendant is handmade with great care and is ideal for both hospitality and residential modern lighting. Available in several luxurious glass colors, the Binary pendant's palette is influenced by the beautiful details all around us. Take a look at this silhouette's contemporary colored glass shades and the inspiration behind these breathtaking hues. Based on an orb shape, the Niche Modern Binary Pendant Light uses two incandescent bulbs, giving it a slightly more contemporary twist on the nostalgic Edison style elegance of the Solitaire Pendant. Each Niche Binary pendant is ideal for both hospitality and residential modern lighting. Available in several luxurious glass colours, the Binary Pendant's palette is influenced by beautiful details of nature.

    Our unique Effervescent glass is a playful yet tasteful addition to any environment. The optic bubbles, which are made by hand in our studio, create an effect that is reminiscent of raindrops beading together. Hang two Binary pendants in Effervescent glass on either side of your bathroom vanity to bring balance to your space. Niche's unique "effervescent" glass option is a playful yet tasteful addition to any environment. The optic bubbles, which are made by hand in their studio, create an effect that is reminiscent of raindrops beading together. Hang an effervescent glass pendant with other Niche pendant colours to bring beautiful balance to your space.

    Your modern dining room pendant lighting display should make a decorative and intimate statement while also providing enough light for the table. Proportion is important — you'll want to choose a pendant light that will complement the size and shape of your dining table, not overwhelm it. No matter how you style your handmade pendant lights, a unique centerpiece of Niche hand-blown glass will surely add flavor to your meal and impress your guests. A design tip from Niche: Your dining room pendant lighting display should make a decorative statement while also providing enough light for the table. Proportion is important — you'll want to choose a pendant light that will complement the size and shape of your dining table, not overwhelm it. A unique centerpiece of Niche Modern hand-blown glass will surely add flavor to your meal and impress your guests.

     

    Niche Modern is a pro when it comes to defending their original designs from would-be copycats and knockoff retailers. They have taken many steps to protect their designs from copyright infringement. Niche has had great success in removing their products from hundreds of fraudulent websites. They also encourage retailers to educate their clients about craftsmanship and originality. Every Niche order is sent with a Certificate of Authenticity, reassuring clients that they have an original piece, made with love.

    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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