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  • Tizio's doing the horizontal Dance

    I came across a funny design related video on the other day.

    It involves a couple of Tizio lamps doing the nasty.

    Check it out and let me know if you think this should be allowed or if it is too risque' even for the internet


  • Let there be Light !

    I can't believe that we are finally in the last days of our home renovation.

    What started out as a simple interior paint job that would take a couple of weeks, has finished up as a six month, major renovation, that has more than touched every room in the house. Most notably, the entranceway, the kitchen, both of the bathrooms and all three bedrooms.

    I could go on in length about all of the changes that have now made our house our home, but, I won't. I am here today to talk about one major change. Well actually, several major changes in one form.

    I have always been the type of person that will go without for years, rather than have something in my home that I just don’t like. Lighting is one of those things that can be so important and yet so many people choose this as the place to save money. Yes, you can spend a pretty penny lighting your home, but there are also ways of doing it on a budget, that will give you great results, great light and possibly leave a few rubles in your pocket.

    Like with any purchase for your home, the worst way to save money is to spend it on something you don’t love. If you don’t love it when you buy it, chances are it isn’t far off being at the landfill.

    So, we used plenty of pot lights throughout the house. These are relatively inexpensive, they give great light with a contemporary feel and they make a great start to your lighting plan.

    Now all you have to do is fill in the holes with a selection of ceiling, suspension, wall, floor and table lamps. This is where I say, “Do it right”

    Most of these items are things that I personally plan on taking with me, if I ever move. So, the idea of spending a little more on lighting isn’t quite so painful.

    That being said, there are still some great deals on spectacular lighting, that will set you apart from your neighbours.

    To name a few:

    Table lamps

    The Miss K table lamp by Flos

    Tizio classics are always well priced classics that stand the test of time.

    Artemide came out recently with the Castore table lamps, which are a group of four different sizes

    The Artemide Tolomeo Micro’s were re-released this year in an amazing new color range and a special price, so check them out.

    My favourite table lamp / bedside lamp for it’s clean classic lines that fit into any interior is still the Thuban table lamp by Nemo Italinaluce. Beautiful white glass and chrome with an old style cord in white and black or red.

    Floor Lamps

    We just brought in an Artemide Alfiere Floor Lamp. I know we had sold a few on the internet and now I know why. Very nice floor lamp, somewhat adjustable and a very reasonable price.

    The Foscarini Havana Floor Lamp is an elegant piece that lights up at night and fills the room with quite a nice ambient light. My personal favourite is with the white shade.


    For more reasonably priced fixtures, you can look at Flos Miss K suspension, Nemo Italiana Luce Sirius suspension or Nemo Ursa Major (or Ursa Minor) and the best bang for the buck in Suspension fixtures right now has to be the Modernica Bubble Lamps in all the shapes and sizes. (Saucer Lamp, Cigar Lamp, Ball Lamp, Apple Lamp, Criss Cross Lamp, etc.)

    For those in the US, our partner company Modern Planet also has a wide variety of beautiful lighting options.

    Now, if I had only taken more of my own good advise, maybe I’d still have a few Rubles in my pocket.

  • My Vintage Fritz Hansen Grand Prix Chair

    After losing out at the auction on an amazing set of six vintage Fritz Hansen Grand Prix chairs with wood legs earlier this year, I couldn't believe it when a few weeks ago I was driving up Fort St. here in Victoria and there in the window of the local auction house was another original Grand Prix chair with wood legs. OK, it wasn't a set of six, but to be honest, I'm not sure I ever saw this chair as being my dining chairs or kitchen chairs anyway. I don't know what it is about this chair, but every time I look at it, this chair brings a smile to my face. Maybe because it isn't as common as the Series 7 or the Ant chair, or maybe because I live on the West Coast and the back looks like the tail of a whale. No, it probably isn't for that reason. Anyway, it is slightly awkward, slightly beautiful. The patina that it has picked up over the years is amazing. Every scratch, every mark has a story. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have a house full of vintage furniture, but having a few select pieces can sure add a sense of being to your home.

    I guess it's kind of like my latest passion for 65 Ford Falcons. I bought my first Falcon when I was fifteen, before I could even legally drive a car and for some reason, in my 43rd year, I just had to get another one, which has now turned into two. There is nothing like jumping behind the wheel of a brand new car, with great acceleration and stick to the road handling and braking and all the modern conveniences that come with it , but, when you get behind the wheel of an old car, with an AM radio, a noisy heater fan, wipers that smear the water around so you can get a sense of which direction you're heading, well that is something that just can't be described. All of a sudden you're driving at half the speed, you aren't in a hurry to get where you're going, because once you get there, you won't be driving anymore. You even take the long route, just to prolong the experience.
    Well, I’m either babbling, or this is some sort of an analogy about the appeal of vintage furniture.

    The good news is that during the period of losing out on the set of six chairs and “winning” the single chair, Fritz Hansen has re-released The Grand Prix Chair. It is available as the metal leg version and it is available in several finishes. The other good news is that after more than two years of harassing Fritz Hansen to allow Gabriel Ross to become an authorized dealer of Fritz Hansen furniture, they have finally conceded and we are in the throws of placing our first showroom order.

    So, if you have enough vintage pieces in your home and you love this design as much as I do, then you might just want to get yourself one or six, so you can start marking and scratching them. That way, one day, someone else might inherit them, or buy them and then they too will have some vintage pieces for their home.

    The Fritz Hansen Grand Prix Chair is now available in the USA at Modern Planet by Gabriel Ross.

    Merry Christmas & A Happy New year to you!

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