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  • Mater, Danish ethical design and expert craftsmanship

    Creating classic, timeless and ethical designs is at the heart of the Danish design company Mater. They take pride in a long-standing dedication to high quality materials, simple style and a colour scheme of calm, organic muted tones. Mater is 20% off until March 21st.

    The Bowl Table has a top made from the wood of the mango fruit tree. Mango trees is grown and tended, and once the productive life of the tree is over, it is cut down and another one is planted. Incidentally, mango, as a fruit is widely consumed across the country hence the wood is plentiful. It is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi” or the wood turning community, thereby supporting local skills. The legs are made of mild steel, machined out of rods. The finishing is done with lead free water based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment. The Mater Bowl Table reconciles Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The Bowl Table's top is made from the wood of the mango fruit tree, harvested once the productive life of the tree is over. The wood top is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi”, the local Indian wood turning community. The finishing is done with lead free water-based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment.

    Mater means "mother" in Latin. It is Mater's daily reminder of their contribution to help with the challenges mother earth faces. Design influences how we as humans live our lives; it shapes values, culture and society. Unfortunately, the choices made during the design process often have environmental consequences. However, as a manufacturer, Mater has the opportunity to rethink dubious practices and create ethical and sustainable design that minimizes adverse social and environmental impacts.

    The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools. The Mater Shell Bar Stool is a contemporary and yet very premium bar stool with a leather stitched seat. The craftsmanship involved in making the seat is inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. A swivel makes the bar stool suitable for various spaces in both the residential and the commercial settings. The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools have leather stitched seats, inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. The swivel seat makes the Mater Bar Stool suitable for various spaces in both residential and commercial settings.

    The Mater Shell Lounge Chair The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. It has three wood frame options and a highly curated fabric and leather upholstery selection.

    Ethics plays a large part in the Mater company ethos. They care about using resources responsibly in their designs and they try hard to implement and motivate sustainable business principles within the production chain. They are aware of the associated environmental, ethical and social consequences of production of design objects. They want to inspire consumer behavior and engage people in sustainable thinking, helping making design matter and reducing their overall footprint.

    The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The combination of the wooden frame and the woven paper cord seat provides a unique seat that molds to your body.

    The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace. The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace.

    The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by the Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen, has nine discs in three different sizes that are positioned at angles suitable for hanging hats, scarves and umbrellas. Available in black or aluminum finish, made of recycled aluminum.

    The Mater Collection is an ongoing interplay of exquisite design talent, shared wisdom from craftsmen and master artisans, sustainable techniques, premium materials and reflective insights.

    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.

  • Menu - clever solutions for modern living

    Based in Denmark, Menu's philosophy is simple: they want to make the world better, less complicated, a little bit nicer to wake up to. Right now all Menu products are 20% off until March 31st. Menu is always introducing new products so here are a few new Menu objects to be treasured now… and forever.

    The Menu Echasse Vase, designed by Theresa Arns, combines the classic elegance of a traditional glass vase with a playful, light expression. The word échasse is French for stilts – and this round-bottomed vase is anchored to the table by four slender legs that resemble stilts. The Menu Echasse Vase, designed by Theresa Arns, combines the classic elegance of a traditional glass vase with a playful, light expression. The word échasse is French for stilts – and this round-bottomed vase is anchored to the table by four slender legs that resemble stilts.

    Menu designers have a mantra, "Expect more from Design, we do!" They work with some of the most exciting and driven creative individuals from the worlds of architecture and design to produce high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look.

    The Menu Meet Bench / Table, designed by Norm Architects, A versatile, multi-use piece, its name refers to the two stabilizing tubes that elegantly join under the seat. The bench is also just big enough for two people to sit together – and 'meet'. The Menu Meet Bench / Table, designed by Norm Architects, is a versatile, multi-use piece, and its name refers to the two stabilizing tubes that elegantly join under the seat. The bench is also just big enough for two people to sit together – and 'meet'. The removable top cover is felt, and the legs are powder-coated steel.

    The versatile, multiple-use Copenhagen Tray Table combines the functionality of a traditional tray with the elegance of a side table. Designed by Norm Architects for use in the home, office, even the garden, the table is portable and slender enough to slot stylishly into any corner of the room. The versatile, multiple-use Menu Copenhagen Tray Table combines the functionality of a traditional tray with the elegance of a side table. Designed by Norm Architects for use in the home, office, even the garden, the table is portable and slender enough to slot stylishly into any corner of the room.

    Menu makes a wide selection of different lighting solutions, from wall and table lamps to pendant lighting and chandeliers. Here are a few new Menu lights to add ambience to your rooms.

    Cast Pendant takes inspiration from the traditional plumb weight – a weight hanging from a line used by masons and carpenters since Ancient Egypt to establish a true vertical. The Menu Cast Pendant Lamp takes inspiration from the traditional plumb weight – a weight hanging from a line used by masons and carpenters since Ancient Egypt to establish a true vertical. Hang one lamp on its own or cluster several into an installation. The lamp is available in three variations, and is designed for both commercial and residential use.

    The Menu Walker Wall Lamp was designed by Søren Rose, based on a trip he took to the Tribeca area in New York City, searching for beautiful old lamps. He used this inspiration to design lamps for The Silo, an urban revitalization scheme in Copenhagen. The Menu Walker Wall Lamp was designed by Søren Rose, based on a trip he took to the Tribeca area in New York City, searching for beautiful old lamps. He used this inspiration to design lamps for The Silo, an urban revitalization scheme in Copenhagen.

    Menu designs and produces a large range of home accessories, everything to make your day a little bit nicer. From vases to candle holders, plus kitchen and bathroom accessories and very useful objects like coat hangers and warm throws. Here are two new products...

    The Menu Darkly Mirror takes us back to the point at which humans began to place importance on the ability to see themselves the reflected image The Menu Darkly Mirror takes us back to the point at which humans began to place importance on the ability to see themselves in the reflected image. Designed by Nick Ross Studio, the Darkly Mirror is available in solid brass or aluminum.

    The marble Menu Hover Bowl can be used as a soap dish in the kitchen or bathroom, as a candle holder, or to hold personal items such as keys. In the dining room, make it the centrepiece of your table – all the better to admire the beauty inherent in the natural grain of the marble. The natural marble Menu Hover Bowl can be used as a soap dish in the kitchen or bathroom, as a candle holder, or to hold personal items such as keys. In the dining room, make it the centre piece of your table – all the better to admire the beauty inherent in the natural grain of the marble. Available in two sizes.

    Menu loves natural materials such as wood, marble and ceramics. They want to make beautiful objects for everyday use, whether that’s an indispensable item of kitchen equipment, a clever floating shelf or a beautiful vase that adds the finishing touch to your living space.

    Norm Architects designed the Menu Plinth make bespoke furniture, shelving and podiums that are simple, plain and understated. A box in a natural material often becomes more part of the architecture than a piece of furniture that always tend to be more sculptural and expressive in shape. Plinth is designed in white and black marble in three different sizes. A low wide and rectangular podium, a cube like podium and a display podium. Norm Architects, who designed the Menu Plinth, make bespoke furniture, shelving and podiums that are simple, plain and understated. A box in a natural material, in this case marble, often becomes more a part of the architecture than a piece of furniture that always tend to be more sculptural and expressive in shape. Plinth is designed in white and black marble in three different sizes, cubic, tall and low.

    Collaborating with super-talented designers since 1976, Menu makes objects to be treasured, used and enjoyed.

    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.

     

  • Be Original - a commitment to authenticity

    GR Shop.com and Gabriel Ross have joined with hundreds of like-minded people and organizations to demonstrate our commitment to authenticity in design. Be Original is an organization that supports original design and its creators. Our membership confirms our ongoing dedication to inform, educate and influence the public on the value of original design.

    The Barcelona Chair, arguably one of the most famous chairs of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, and it is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. The Barcelona Chair, arguably one of the most famous chairs of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, and it is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. Here are two of the original chairs, from 1929, in the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, Switzerland.

    The Barcelona Chair, arguably the most famous chair of the last century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929, is one of the most knocked off chairs in the market place. Companies that produce licensed designs (such as Knoll, Herman Miller and Cassina) have been forced to become more assertive with stamping and labeling their products to distinguish them from their counterfeit cousins.

    Ross Taylor, owner of GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross, strongly champions Be Original and its work, "GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross has a long history of supporting original design and has been a supporting member of Be Original for several years now. Our tag line "Always Authentic" pretty much sums it up. We feel strongly that originality crosses all price points and if the authentic item that you covet is not in the budget, then seek out something authentic that is. There is an industrial designer out there who would love to have your support."

    You have all seen, and maybe some have unintentionally purchased, a knockoff or a fake. There is a good rule of thumb when buying new or vintage design classics: if there is no mention or markings of the manufacturer, the piece was probably not made by the original or licensed manufacturer. In other words — it's a knock-off.

    Check out Be Original Americas' web page. They encourage you to contact them with photos of examples of original designs that are being copied and sold in the marketplace.
    http://www.beoriginalamericas.com/

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