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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Can Can by Marcel Wanders for Flos

    Marcel Wanders - photo:

    Marcel Wanders has applied his whimsy once again to another family of lighting - Can Can for Flos. Using the same symmetrical circular pattern that tattoo'd Wanders fans' biceps (and likely a collection of other body parts...) at ICFF last year, Can Can is both a departure and an homage.

    Get Lit, Get Inked tattoo design for ICFF 2011 - photo:

    This is the well known (and loved) diffuser embellishment featured on Wanders' Skygarden pendant light:

    Skygarden by Marcel Wanders for Flos

    And of course the beautiful embossed dinnerware for Alessi aptly named "Dressed":

    Dressed dinnerware by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

    For Can Can, this design makes up the core of the light diffuser in injection moulded PMMA (thermoplastic glass alternative).

    Can Can family by Marcel Wanders for Flos - image:

    Can Can Pendant Light by Marcel Wanders for Flos

    Can Can measurements

    Also available in a mini version, this pendant serves as a striking dining room fixture and/or as kitchen island lighting.

    Can Can Mini by Marcel Wanders for Flos

    Can Can Mini measurements

    Can Can is available in several different colour shades and diffuser combinations. Black or white exterior shade with your choice of transparent, amber, or violet diffuser. My personal fave (a shared preference with some of my grshop mates) is light and bright with a splash of colour: white exterior with violet insert.

    Can Can in white with violet diffuser by Marcel Wanders for Flos

    Own your own piece of Marcel Wanders design for an accessible price of $325.* The mini version is priced at only $195.*

    Visit to view this product and other modern lighting, furniture and home accessories here.

    *pricing reflects pricing at the time of writing this article.


  • The Design Story

    We've been settling into our new digs for a few weeks now and are loving every moment of it. Our fresh new look, exciting new products, and glorious white space has offered a whole new life to each and every one of our beautiful designer offerings.

    This post is all about our new look and the talent behind it: Ivan Meade from Meade Design Group, a multidisciplinary firm in Victoria BC and long valued client of Gabriel Ross.

    Known as "The designers to the designers", Meade Design Group offers both interior and graphic design services so our website project was a perfect marriage of their interior experience and graphic skills. For Ivan, a degree in business was also a strong influence in his work with

    "Over the years we have been very fortunate to brand and design the logos, collateral materials and websites for a lot of businesses that are part of the design industry. My first degree is in business so I also understand what a business needs and I have a unique advantage in that being in the interior design field I can understand firsthand what a client or colleague’s needs are when shopping online."

    Ivan Meade, Meade Design Group

    When designing the new site, Ivan says our products served as inspiration:

    "We wanted to create a site that would live up to the well-thought out process and design of the classic and modern pieces sold through GR Shop."

    Ivan Meade, Meade Design Group 

    Cite Chair, 1930 by Jean Prouve for Vitra

    Keeping in mind our motto "Always Authentic", and maintaining our pre-existing brand recognition as the premier Canadian contemporary furniture e-commerce site were also key elements considered during the design process.

    I asked Ivan what the top functional priority of the new design was, and the answer was something that I myself and all e-shoppers crave to see and experience online:

    "Navigation – Always Navigation.  For an e-commerce site and any website actually, good and efficient navigation is a must... all of the information, options and key features need to be accessible at any time in a pleasant and friendly manner. The customer needs to have the same experience as they would if they found themselves in the Gabriel Ross showroom."

    Ivan Meade, Meade Design Group

    Ivan is a fellow mid-century modern design enthusiast so I had to know... What is Ivan Meade's favourite piece of MCM?

    Barcelona Stool by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll

    "I love the Barcelona stool – It is a classic and not used as often as its counterpart – the Barcelona Chair. I love the symmetry in the piece."

    Ivan Meade, Meade Design Group

    Meade Design Group is truly an integral part of Victoria's creative community and we are so pleased to have been able to work with them on this project.

    What's the next big thing for MGD? A heartfelt awareness campaign for men's health inspired by Ivan's own personal story:

    "I started a Testicular Cancer awareness campaign that we hope to launch in October.  As a cancer survivor, I was in shock to learn that men don’t check themselves. Ever... There is very little [awareness] material for Testicular Cancer so I decided to use all the resources at my disposal to bring awareness in my own community."

    Ivan Meade, Meade Design Group

    We wish Ivan the best of luck with his upcoming campaign launch and can't wait to work with Meade Design Group on future projects!

    Visit Meade Design Group's website here.
    Read their take on the project here.
    Follow Meade Design's blog, an invaluable source of current projects and design news including designer interviews, here.

    Let us know if you love our new website as much as we do! We'd love to hear your feedback - please leave us a comment below or email us at

  • Wedgwood on SALE until the end of August!

    From traditionally decorative to minimally modern, Wedgwood has offered something for everyone over the course of it's two+ century lifetime since 1759. Quintessentially English, Wedgwood's products are known as timeless, elegant, classic and understated. In recent years though, the heritage company has partnered with contemporary designers such as Jasper Conran and Vera Wang to offer a more modern palette.

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    Something that hasn't and will never change about Wedgwood though, is their regard and commitment to quality and craftsmanship. And that is why contemporary consumers are still acquiring and will continue to own and love Wedgwood for years to come.

    For the month of August, all Wedgwood products are on sale at 20% off. This includes the entire Jasper Conran bone china collection from the whimsical Blue Butterfly to the elegant Platinum stripe and the classic White series.

    Blue Butterfly Mini Mug by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    Blue Butterfly 27cm Plate by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    Platinum Teacup and Saucer by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    Platinum Plate by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    White Sauce Jug by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    White Teapot by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    My personal favourite Wedgwood offering is the must have Jasper Conran White 0.4 ltr. Mug. This piece is truly as beautiful to drink from as it is to look at. It makes a lovely gift for those with a keen eye for exquisite design and for coffee-lovers alike.

    White Mug by Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

    Shop the Wedgwood sale at until the end of August.

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