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  • 30 years of Tolomeo

    Artemide is celebrating 30 years of the Tolomeo Lamp. Tolomeo, designed by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, was launched in 1987 and the classic table lamp has since become an icon of modern design and changed the way we experience light. To celebrate, Tolomeo’s 30th anniversary, select models of the Tolomeo are available at a special price.

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    I DESIGNED THE TOLOMEO IN 1986. PERHAPS I OUGHT TO SAY THAT I INVENTED IT, AS IN POINT OF FACT, THE IDEA FOR A NEW MECHANISM CAME BEFORE THE LAMP WAS CREATED.”
 -Michele de Lucchi

    Over 30 years the Tolomeo family of lamps has evolved to include table lamps, wall scones, suspension lamps, floor models and outdoor floor and suspension models. Each edition includes a wide variety of options, each providing flexible light to address the needs of all application fields.

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    The Tolomeo lamp was born from de Lucchi’s desire to have a lamp he personally designed on his desk that would work over his drawing board, where he spent many hours a day. The design was inspired by the movement of rods used to support and maneuver fishing nets. The lamp is held together by tension produced by the string in the arm.  The floating arm of lamp stays firm when moved in position with only one hand.

     

    artemide-tolomeo-classic-wall-1 The Artemide Tolomeo Classic is available in a floor model, a wall scone, a variety of table options and also with LED technology.

     

    Tolomeo was first awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1989, and continues to be honoured with design awards today. Most recently the Tolomeo Outdoor Lampione series received the Wallpaper Design Award in 2017 for Best Outdoor Lighting.

    There is a Tolomeo for every space. It represents technology, creativity and humanism, three of the core elements at the heart of Artemide.

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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.

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  • 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.

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