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  • Pantone's 2017 Colour of the Year is Greenery

    Pantone, the international authority on colour, colour systems and the leading technology company for accurate communication of colour, has named "Greenery" as its 2017 Colour of the Year. Here are some products you can find at GRShop.com that will give you a very green 2017.

    Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen is now producing a mini version of the iconic Panthella Lamp by Verner Panton. The desktop lamps come in a range of bright colours drawn from Panton's work, including this glossy green, straight out of the 1970s. Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen is now producing a mini version of the iconic Panthella Lamp by Verner Panton. The desktop lamps come in a range of bright colours drawn from Panton's work, including this glossy green, straight out of the 1970s.

    Pantone's colour pick for next year is a "tangy yellow-green" shade often seen in foliage – technically called Pantone 15-0343, variations of the shade have already started to crop up in all sorts of well designed products.

    The Artifort Mushroom Chair and Footstool,, designed by Pierre Paulin in 1960, several shades of green, including one similar to Pantone 15-0343. The Artifort Mushroom Chair and Footstool, designed by Pierre Paulin in 1960, is available in several shades of green, including one similar to Pantone 15-0343.

    Pantone said the choice was made in response to a "stressful and tense world. Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

    The Vitra 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. The Vitra Eames Elephant is available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy 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.

    The first birds created by Oiva Toikka and the glassblowers of the Nuutajarvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, saw the light of day in 1973. Each bird is a unique individual, signed with the artist's name as well as the name of Nuutajarvi. The Birds are cherished and valued gifts, and are irresistible to collectors around the world. The first Iittala birds were created by Oiva Toikka and the glassblowers of the Nuutajarvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, in 1973. Each bird is a unique individual, and is signed with the artist's name as well as the name of Nuutajarvi. The iittala Birds are cherished and valued gifts, and are irresistible to collectors around the world.

    The Pantone Colour Institute advises the fashion, product, interiors and packaging design industries on the use of colour in design. It has been choosing a Colour of the Year since 1999. For 2016, Pantone picked two soft colours – a baby blue and dusty pink.

    Similar to the choice of Greenery, previous Colours of the Year have tended towards the bolder end of the spectrum, with the brownish-red Marsala colour for 2015 and Radiant Orchid for 2014.

    Two examples of Noguchi's predilection for sculptural lines are his Freeform Sofa and Ottoman, the shapes of which are reminiscent of river pebbles. Noguchi himself described his design as "soft rock". Thanks to its organic shape and the natural tones of its upholstery fabric the sofa has a light, elegant feel, despite its voluminous form. Vitra Design Museum Collection Isamu Noguchi's predilection for sculptural lines are present in his Freeform Sofa and Ottoman, the shapes of which are reminiscent of river pebbles. Noguchi himself described his design as "soft rock". Thanks to its organic shape and the natural tones of its upholstery fabric the sofa has a light, elegant feel in shades of Greenery.

    Artifort loves "Greenery" for many of its upholstered chairs and sofas. Artifort’s decision to reintroduce the F 978 in 2006 Artifort loves "Greenery" for many of its upholstered chairs and sofas. Artifort reintroduced the F 978 Chair in 2006 and it is rocking this bright refreshing colour.

    pantone-colour-of-the-year-greenery_dezeen_hero2 So when you are choosing products for your home or office, go for Greenery, and have a very merry 2017.

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

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  • 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/

    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.

  • Fakes in the marketplace: Emeco settles with IKEA over copyright question

    American furniture brand Emeco has accepted an out-of-court settlement from IKEA after accusing the Swedish furniture giant of copying its Emeco 20-06 stacking aluminum chair, designed by British architect Norman Foster. The agreement makes clear that Emeco owns the intellectual property rights to the 20-06 chair, which was designed by Foster in 2006.

    Emeco had claimed that IKEA's stacking Melltorp dining chair was "very, very similar" to its own product. IKEA disagreed with the claim.

     

    norman-foster-emeco-chair_dezeen_banner Norman Foster's 20-06 Chair (on the left) is handmade from 80 per cent recycled aluminum and retails for around $900 in North America. IKEA's stacking Melltorp Chair (right) features a powder-coated steel frame and a polypropylene seat and backrest and retails for $15. It is still for sale on the IKEA Canada website.

     

    The settlement is the latest victory for Emeco, which has resorted to legal action to protect its designs on several occasions in the past.

    In 2013 it reached a settlement with the US furniture giant Restoration Hardware, which it had accused of copying its iconic aluminum Navy Chair. Restoration Hardware agreed to cease selling the product.

     

    Emeco-chair_dezeen_3 Emeco has been making their aluminum Navy Chairs using a unique 77 step process since 1944. Given the 150 year warranty, chairs produced for battle in WWII are still under warranty today. Now that's shelf life! As a plus the chairs are beautiful, simple, clean and made of aluminum - three times the strength of steel.

     

    Emeco's CEO Gregg Buchbinder expressed his frustration at firms that copied their products, "It's something that, as a manufacturer that puts a lot of time and effort into the development and research and everything else, is a very hard thing to swallow."

    In a related story Airbnb replaced a set of eight aluminum chairs at its new San Francisco headquarters after Emeco pointed out that they were fake Navy Chairs.

     

    Airbnb-removes-knockoff-Emeco-Navy-Chairs-from-new-headquarters_dezeen_1sq The Emeco Navy Chair is one of the most widely copied designs of the last century and Emeco has been active in the courts to protect its intellectual property.

     

    Emeco’s experience with fighting replicas and reproductions of its designs is a small part of the ongoing problem of fakes in the marketplace.

    Recently the delivery of 100 replicas of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner’s Round Chair were seized and destroyed by Norwegian customs.

     

    Hans-wegner-round-chair-pp-mobler_Dezeen_936_3 The Round Chair, often simply referred to as The Chair, is "absolutely the most important work of Hans J Wegner". Its design features a curved wooden back and arms made of a single piece of solid wood.

     

    In the UK, manufacturing and selling copies of mass-produced designs won't be illegal until after 2020, when a new copyright protection law will be introduced to give industrially manufactured items the same protection as works of art, books or music.

    The change to the law followed a wide debate on copyright for furniture designs after the British prime minister's wife purchased a reproduction of the Castiglioni brothers' iconic 1962 Arco Floor Lamp in 2011.

     

    The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is another design icon that has been endlessly copied by replica manufacturers. The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is another design icon that has been endlessly copied by replica manufacturers.

     

    The copying of original design eats away at the very creativity of the design industry. GRShop and Gabriel Ross only sell original and authentic furnishings and objects. We strongly urge you not to be seduced by the lower prices of fakes and replicas - you really won't be happy long term with your purchase. Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation.

    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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