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  • Architect and Designer Michael Graves dies at 80

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    It was with deep sadness that we at GRShop and Gabriel Ross heard the news that architect and designer Michael Graves, had passed away on March 12, 2015, suddenly, peacefully and of natural causes. He was 80 years old.

    Michael Graves was born in Indiana in 1934. He trained to be an architect at Harvard, earning a master’s degree in 1959.

    Since founding the firm of Michael Graves Architecture and Design in 1964, Michael transformed the role of architects and designers and even the place of design in our everyday lives. He was an extraordinary designer, teacher and mentor. Michael Graves’ humanistic design philosophy and commitment to creating unique design solutions that transform people’s lives will continue.

    In 1980, Michael Graves received an invitation from Alessi to participate in a promotional project known as the “Coffee and Tea Piazza.” Of all the sets, Michael Graves’ design sold best.

     

    alessi_01b Michael Graves once received a postcard from a French poet who wrote, “I’m always very grumpy when I get up in the morning. But when I get up now, I put the teakettle on, and when it starts to sing it makes me smile – damn you!”

     

    Graves was then asked to design the now famous whistling bird kettle that became a timeless design icon. This led to a decades-long design collaboration with Alessi that produced more than 150 products.

    In 1980, Michael Graves received an invitation from Alessi to participate in a promotional project known as the “Coffee and Tea Piazza.” Of all the sets, Michael Graves’ design sold best.

    The Alessi Press Filter Coffee maker was designed by Graves with clear references to the very successful kettle with bird whistle. This coffee maker is for preparing coffee using the filtered method. The Alessi Press Filter Coffee Maker was designed by Graves with clear references to the very successful Alessi Kettle with bird whistle. This coffee maker is for preparing coffee using the filtered method. Available in 3 cup and 8 cup sizes.

     

    A clock as a work of architecture! Designed in 2013 the Mantel Pendulum Clock in maple-veneered wood has a quartz movement. The Graves Mantel Clock is a small, domestic work of architecture made entirely by hand and it fascinates us with its many construction details. A clock as a work of architecture! Designed in 2013, the Mantel Pendulum Clock in maple-veneered wood is a small, domestic work of architecture made entirely by hand and it fascinates us with its many construction details. Pure Michael Graves.

     

    After he began using a wheelchair, Mr. Graves became internationally recognized as an advocate of health care design. In a 2011 interview, he explained why he tended to use color in designing hospital rooms. “It’s not there to get you well,” he said, “but make you smile and make you think life is not as bad as that operation you had.”

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • GRShop & Gabriel Ross Staff Holiday Wish List for 2014: #1

    What are you giving - and hoping to receive - this holiday season? The staff at GR Shop and Gabriel Ross are a design savvy bunch who are constantly surrounded by beautiful objects. It is hard to choose one favourite from all the possible pieces but here are their choices for a happy holiday season.

    Ross:  For the traveller on your list, it has to be the Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker. I personally always travel with the 6 cup size, as it can make two Americanos in one go by adding 3 espresso shots to each mug with a little boiling water. No one wants to start a day on the road with bad coffee so take one of these very nicely designed, easy to use, espresso makers along for the ride.

    The Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker, designed by Richard Sapper in 1980, is available in 3 sizes: 1 cup, 3 cups and 6 cups. A perfect start to a holiday morning. The Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker, designed by Richard Sapper in 1980, is available in 3 sizes: 1 cup, 3 cups and 6 cups. A perfect start to a holiday morning.

     

    Amber: The Herman Miller Eames Hang It All is my choice.  Great design and super functional, Ray and Charles Eames elevated the everyday coat rack into something inventive and fun. First crafted with multicolored balls and a white wire frame, two new monochromatic options, all-black and all-white, are now available and they expand the sense of play and inventiveness of the original. With young kids around the house, this would be a great gift to receive!

     

    The Herman Miller Eames Hang It All is great for hallways, bathrooms, kid's rooms, anywhere you need to add function and fun. It is available with multi- coloured wooden balls or all-black or all-white balls. The Herman Miller Eames Hang It All is great for hallways, bathrooms, kid's rooms and anywhere you need to add function, colour and fun. It is available with multi-coloured wooden balls or all-black or all-white balls.

     

    Vanessa: Everyone loves eclectic objects and the Vitra Eames House Bird is one of my favourites to add to anyone's collection. The masterfully simplistic black bird (circa 1910) with its tapered beak and sleek tail was evidently one of Ray and Charles Eames' most prized objects of Appalachian folk art. It became famous in the 1950s when it was featured in a poster highlighting some of their chairs.  Vitra used 3-D scans of the original to create the solid alder wood reproduction that is made today in Germany.

    The Eames House Bird is made of black lacquered solid alder and has steel wire legs. Add it to your collection! The Vitra Eames House Bird is made of black lacquered solid alder and has steel wire legs. Add it to your collection!

     

    Alexandra: As an avid tea drinker I love the Alessi Michael Graves Electric Kettle, with its bird-shaped whistle. A beautiful classic, it does what it's supposed to do: look good and boil water - quickly! This kettle combines modern design with a bit of whimsy and it will bring some beauty into your everyday life. And the little bird may even make you smile. It is also available in a stove top version. Check it out at: GRShop.com

    The Alessi Michael Graves Electric Kettle is also available in a stove top version, with a blue, black or white handle. The Alessi Michael Graves Electric Kettle is also available in a stove top version, with either a blue, black or white handle.

     

    Whether you have been naughty or nice, we have a great list of in-stock gift ideas at: https://grshop.com/featured.html

    Stay tuned for more holiday gift ideas in the weeks to come!

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts In Stock on grshop.com

    The holidays are fast approaching and grshop.com has your last minute gifts covered. Here's a few ideas for sure-to-be-loved modern gifts that are in stock and ready to ship...

    Anna G Corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi: $62 for for black, red, yellow, green and blue. $112 for chrome finish (call to confirm stock in your colour choice):

    Kettle with Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi, $193. Available in black, ivory, and classic blue with red whistle (call to confirm stock in your colour choice):

    Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer by Philippe Starck for Alessi, $103:

    Special Edition Natural Spruce Ball Clock by George Nelson for Vitra, $383:

    DwellStudio Chinoiserie Duvet Set: $308-full/queen, $347-king (call to confirm stock of your size choice):

    While we always offer free shipping within Canada on grshop.com, some eastern or rural locations may require express shipping, at an additional charge, to assure pre-holiday delivery.

    Not sure whether your purchase will arrive in time? Just give us a call at 866-207-1111 or send us a message and we promise we'll do our best!

    Note: featured products in stock at the time of this post. Please contact us to confirm availability.

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