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  • New: Alessi Anna Etoile Corkscrews - Wow!

    Designed by Alessandro Mendini and a best seller since it was first produced in 1994, the Anna G. corkscrew is a tongue-in-cheek homage to a real woman. Her smiling face has become something of a cult figure over the years, giving birth to a family of objects for the table and kitchen in a wide range of materials.

    Now, Alessi has released a new series of Anna corkscrews, the Anna Etoile Collection, limited edition pieces that push the envelope when it comes to luxury and affordability.

     

    The Alessi Anna Etoile Collection of corkscrews consists of seven different limited edition "Annas", each with its own personality. The Alessi Anna Etoile Collection of corkscrews consists of seven different limited edition "Annas", each with its own personality.

     

    Each different Anna in this collection evokes a unique personality. This one has silver and enamel decorations. Limited edition of 99 numbered copies. Each different Anna in the Etoile collection evokes a unique personality. This one has silver and enamel decorations. Limited edition of 99 numbered copies.

     

    This Anna Etoile Corkscrew is made of zamak, gold plated. Gold, diamonds, topaz and coral decorations. Limited edition of 9 numbered copies. This Anna Etoile Corkscrew is made of zamak, gold plated, with gold, diamonds, topaz and coral decorations. Limited edition of 9 numbered copies and a price to match!

     

    So now, if that is just a little beyond your budget there are many other Alessi Anna products that are more practical but just as much fun.

     

    The Alessi Anna G Corkscrew in chrome-plated zamak is a great gift for all those wine enthusiasts who love their tools. The Alessi Anna G Corkscrew in chrome-plated zamak is a great gift for all those wine enthusiasts who love their tools.

     

    The Alessi Anna G corkscrew is also available in four fun colours. The Alessi Anna G corkscrew is also available in four fun colours.

     

    Alessi offers other kitchen products in the Anna Collection: a bottle stopper, a sugar and cream set, a teaspoon set and a pepper mill.

     

    The Anna Kitchen Timer adds some fun to cooking. Available in three colours. The Anna Kitchen Timer adds some fun to cooking. Available in three colours.

     

    So as wedding season approaches, remember GRShop has a gift registry where you can tailor your guests choices to your needs. It might be fun to include an Alessi Anna Etoile Corkscrew and see if anyone goes for it!

    Always be sure you are buying original and authentic products. Look for the logo and ask questions of the seller. 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.

  • Tom Dixon Spring 2016 Semi Annual Sale - 15% off - Feb 29 - March 15

    Take advantage of the Tom Dixon Spring 2016 Semi Annual Sale, 15% off, February 29 - March 15th.

    Tom Dixon, a largely self-taught British design talent, explores Tom Dixon, a largely self-taught British design talent, combines traditional materials and contemporary production processes to produce his extensive line of home furnishings.

     

    Known for his eclectic lighting, furniture and much-loved accessories, Tom Dixon explores materials like no other designer.

    The Melt Collection of pendant lighting explores Tom Dixon's experiments in the technologically advanced field of vacuum metallisation.

     

    The light bouncing and reflecting around the uneven surfaces creates a dramatic melting hot blown glass effect. Melt is translucent when on and mirror-finish when off. Available in chrome, copper and gold and in two sizes. The light bouncing and reflecting around the uneven surfaces creates a dramatic melting hot blown glass effect. Melt is translucent when on and mirror-finish when off. Available in chrome, copper and gold and in two sizes.

     

    The Etch Collection of lighting and tea light holders borrows its inspiration from nature, in this case a Chinese lantern seed head.

     

    -The-Etch-Light-2012-009 The detailed pattern of the Etch Collection creates a mass of intricate shadows when lit. Etch can be used with any standard fitting. Also available as a tea light holder. Photograph: Alamy/Tom Dixon

     

    Whether used as a dining chair or side chair, the Scoop Chair Collection is all about comfort. It is generously proportioned and its scooped shape is designed to hold the sitter in a comforting embrace. The soft form of Scoop is achieved by applying upholstery to an injection‑molded hard foam shell. The copper‑plated steel legs create an unusually decorative pedestal for the sculptural form.

     

    Scoop is available in a low back version and also with oak or copper legs. Scoop is available in high back and low back versions and also with oak or copper legs.

     

    The Pylon Collection of furniture, inspired by bridges, towers and space frames, combines a hand welded copper‑plated steel rod base and a smoked glass top. These pieces are semi‑transparent and lightweight yet also form a structurally strong functional sculpture.

     

    The Pylon Collection consists of a dining table, a coffee table, a side table and a coat stand. The Pylon Collection consists of a dining table, a coffee table, a side table and a coat stand.

     

    Tom-Dixon_First-New-York-show-room_The-Shop_Manhattan_dezeen_936_4 The Tom Dixon Pylon Table combines with the Scoop Chair (low) and the Void Pendant Light, which is available in stainless steel, copper and brass.

     

    Tom Dixon's extensive accessories collections of objects for the home has many twists and turns, combining different materials into unique objects of desire.

     

    TANK decanter is made from mouth-blown clear glass ornamented with hand-painted copper detailing. A heavy and generously proportioned object with our logo sand-blasted on the base. Presented in white gift-packaging. The Tank wine and bar collection is made from mouth-blown clear glass ornamented with hand-painted copper detailing. They are heavy and generously proportioned objects with the Tom Dixon logo sand-blasted on the base. Presented in white gift-packaging.

     

    The Bash Vessel Collection is formed of brass and shaped by hand into an expressive crumpled form. It can be used as an extravagant flower vase, fruit bowl or as a contemporary sculpture. Each piece is unique in shape and finished with a gold wash. The Bash Vessels makes an excellent gift for all occasions.

     

    I yearn again for more aggressive, rougher and unpredictable design. I think that the eye starts to crave and demand imperfection and personality in an object. These Bash Vessels show the marks of their making: a few extra bulges and creases that give each piece an honest attitude all its own.'Photograph: Henry Bourne/Tom Dixon Tom Dixon was yearning for more aggressive, rougher and unpredictable design. The Bash Vessels show the marks of their making: a few extra bulges and creases that give each piece an honest attitude all its own. Photograph: Henry Bourne/Tom Dixon

     

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    Be sure you are buying original and authentic pieces - look for the Tom Dixon logo.

     

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  • Ray and Charles Eames created serious fun for children

    "In a good old toy there is apt to be nothing self-conscious about the use of materials. What is wood is wood; what is tin is tin; and what is cast is beautifully cast." - Charles Eames

    Ray and Charles Eames took child’s play seriously. They invented playthings, furniture, and films to spark young imaginations. Given their own ideas of fun, these toys tended to emphasize composition, structure, and building. Many of their designs embrace what kids and parents have long known: that the box an item comes in, especially if it’s a very large item, can be more exciting than the contents.

     

    Set up in what appears to be the parking lot outside the Eames Office, Carton City apes the fictional community of Mayberry, with stop signs, neighborly visiting, even miniature landscaping (top). Dotted lines printed onto the Eames Storage Unit shipping cartons indicate ideal locations for the entrance and windows with awnings, 1950 (bottom left). Sun-kissed kids play in Eames Alley and Miller Street (bottom right). © Eames Office, LLC Set up in what appears to be the parking lot outside the Eames Office, Carton City is complete with stop signs, neighborly visiting, even miniature landscaping. Dotted lines printed onto the Eames Storage Unit shipping cartons indicate ideal locations for the entrance and windows with awnings, circa 1950.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    The humble cardboard box offers children their first chance to make space for themselves, whether that’s a race car, a robot, or a house, The humble cardboard box offers children their first chance to make space for themselves, whether it's a race car, a robot, or a house.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    As adults designing play things for children, the Eameses found inspiration in boxes and colourful paints. In 1951 The Toy was released by Tigrett Enterprises. It offered children the chance to make their own prefabricated structure, one more colorful and flexible than Carton City.

    Ray Eames plays with an early prototype of The Toy outside the Eames House in 1951. © Eames Office, LLC Ray Eames plays with an early prototype of The Toy outside the Eames House in 1951.
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    The Toy combined thin wooden dowels, pipe cleaners, and a set of square and triangular stiffened-paper panels in green, yellow, blue, red, magenta, and black. Children could run the dowels through sleeves on the edges of the panels to strengthen them, and then attach these struts at the corners. Initially sold in a big, flat box via the Sears catalog, the Eameses soon redesigned this packaging, creating a far more elegant 30-inch hexagonal tube, into which all parts could be rolled and stored.

     

    The Toy combined thin wooden dowels, pipe cleaners, and a set of square and triangular stiffened-paper panels in green, yellow, blue, red, magenta, and black. Children could run the dowels through sleeves on the edges of the panels to strengthen them, and then attach these struts at the corners. Initially sold in a big, flat box via the Sears catalog, the Eameses soon redesigned this packaging as well, creating a far more elegant 30-inch hexagonal tube, into which all parts could be rolled and stored. The first version of The Toy made spaces big enough for children to inhabit, like the cartons. The Little Toy, (top left photo) released in 1952, was scaled more like an architectural model, allowing children to radically reinterpret the dollhouse. © Eames Office, LLC

     

    House of Cards originally came as two decks of 54 cards, with two slots on each side and one on the ends. The idea was to make construction of spaces as easy as possible. The notches more elegantly solve the problem of connections: no more dowels or wire frames, and no tools. Players got to choose 54 different patterns for the first deck, and 54 different photographs for the second.

     

    The photographs and patterns on the House of Cards (left) were chosen with much deliberation, intended to illustrate common objects like scissors, buttons, lockets, and lace whose everyday beauty might be overlooked. Tin cars and tin trains also appear, five years before they would be animated in the Eames film “Toccata for Toy Trains.” The notches on House of Card made them easier than The Toy to build with, as Charles Eames demonstrates (right), 1952. © Eames Office, LLC The photographs and patterns on the House of Cards were chosen with much deliberation, intended to illustrate common objects like scissors, buttons, lockets, and lace whose everyday beauty might be overlooked. Tin cars and tin trains also appear. The notches on House of Card made them easier than The Toy to build with, as Charles Eames demonstrates, 1952.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    The catalog for all three Eames toy products noted, “This group of toys has been happily received by parents and educators because they make available real color and real space through three construction systems of three greatly different sizes, all different and all brilliant.”

    Cardboard offers an opportunity for a child’s first attempts to build and Ray and Charles Eames indeed offered a prelude to the more serious explorations of structure and material they embarked upon with houses, showrooms, and furniture. Cardboard comes into your house without designer packaging. Seeing its potential opens you up to a world in which any box contains a city and a lot of fun.

    So this holiday season, keep some of those packing boxes that clutter your living room and add some paints and see what happens. Might be some serious fun.

     

    Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production. Now manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant is available to the target group for which it was originally intended: children. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, it never went into production. Now manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant is available in five colours.

     

    Whether as a toy (also good 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.

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