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Richard Sapper

  • Task Lighting - for the student in your home

    Its hard to think of summer ending and long evenings disappearing into short, dark days. But every year inklings of back to school haunt families around cottage dining tables. Buying a well designed desk lamp is an excellent long-term investment for your young student. Desk lights are now designed with LED technology so they have long life spans that will take your student through to college and beyond, so worth the extra investment.

     

    Under a night sky this young man works under a Flos Kelvin Desk Lamp. Under a summer sky this young man works under a Flos Kelvin Desk Lamp. Available as a table, wall or floor lamp, the series of Flos Kelvin Lamps provide direct lighting, with a pantograph arm and an adjustable head.

     

    Anything in the physical environment that affects the fit between a person and their work is ergonomic by nature. A good fit includes lighting, which is as important as any other work space tool. In the absence of good light, people will hunch, squint, and frown over their work, without realizing it. By reducing eyestrain and allowing people to maintain healthy posture, proper lighting can improve productivity and reduce tiredness.

     

    Perched beside you, the Knoll Sparrow desk Lamp brightens your work space. Advanced LED technology produces warm, even illumination and intuitive controls allow you to choose the appropriate light level and easily position the illumination where it is needed without glare. Perched beside you, the Knoll Sparrow Desk Lamp brightens your work space. Advanced LED technology produces warm, even illumination and intuitive controls allow you to choose the appropriate light level and easily position the illumination where it is needed without glare.

     

    Well-designed task lighting have the on-off controls within easy reach of the individual; the individual can also control the projection of the light (to reduce glare on the monitor screen and the surface) and the heat generated isn’t scalding to the touch. 

     

    The Knoll Copeland Task Light integrates design dexterity with workplace needs at an affordable price. Efficient use of materials, a pioneering spring mechanism and novel dual-mode head create Copeland's fluid movement and streamlined profile. The Knoll Copeland Task Light integrates design dexterity with workplace needs at an affordable price. Efficient use of materials, a pioneering spring mechanism and novel dual-mode head create Copeland's fluid movement and streamlined profile.

     

    The Herman Miller Flute Desk Light was designed by Tom Newhouse to be flexible, versatile, compatible, economical. And with its LED technology, 24-year life span, and cost that’s less than a cup of coffee to use it for a whole year, Flute leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Weighing in at just two pounds, this task light also leaves a small footprint on your desk. And it's home-grown: made in the USA. The Herman Miller Flute Desk Light was designed by Tom Newhouse to be flexible, versatile, compatible and economical. With its LED technology, 24-year life span, Flute leaves a minuscule carbon footprint on the earth. Weighing in at just two pounds, this task light also leaves a small footprint on your desk. Available in three finish options.

     

    Ideally, a task light provides “control within control,” so not only is the on/off switch easy to reach for, but also the amount and position of the light. When available, brightness controls should have a generous range.

     

    The Artemide Tizio Desk lamp was designed by Richard Sapper in 1990 and it became an instant classic. The Artemide Tizio Desk lamp was designed by Richard Sapper in 1990 and it became an instant classic. It features adjustable counterbalanced arms and an adjustable head. Available in several size options and LED options. Also available with a floor lamp option.

     

    GRShop and Gabriel Ross offer a large variety of beautiful and functional task lights. Find one for your student that brings together ergonomics, energy conservation and long term cost-savings. Let another year begin!

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  • A tribute: Industrial designer Richard Sapper dies at 83

    Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose extraordinary career gave us the highly engineered Artemide Tizio Lamp, the Alessi Espresso Maker and the Sapper Kettle has died at age 83.

     

    Richard-Sapper_portrait_dezeen_ban Sapper offered some clues as to what constituted a classic. “It’s when the form of an object establishes contact with you, and you have to interact with it, ... I am very interested in objects that move and change character. That’s the main theme of the Tizio, for example, or the 9090 Espresso Maker also has this nature — it makes noise, steam comes out of it, you see the condensation drops form. It starts to live.”

     

    Born in Germany in 1932 but based in Milan, Richard Sapper created innovative products by mining the knowledge of far-flung disciplines. One of the few industrial designers never to have attended a school of design or architecture, Sapper studied philosophy, anatomy, engineering and economics. Sapper began his design career working in the styling department of Mercedes-Benz. In 1958 he went to Italy, where he worked with such luminaries as Gio Ponte, Marco Zanuso, and Gae Aulenti.

     

    c66629896ef0913ada203825274ebb034d8dfef9 The 9091 Kettle, designed in 1972, was Alessi's first designer kettle, ushering in a long and successful tradition. The central element in the design is the brass whistle which, when the steam exits, produces a short and pleasant melody. Sapper wanted to avoid the usual anxiety-generating noise produced by other kettles on the market.

     

    A ten-time winner of the Compasso d’Oro, Sapper created the incredibly successful Tizio table lamp for Artemide.

     

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    Called a ‘designer's dream,’ this revolutionary table lamp has a sleek, narrow body, adjustable counterbalanced arms and head and swivels smoothly in four directions. In 1972, the use of the lamp’s arms to conduct electricity was a never-before-seen feature, a true innovation representative of Sapper’s work.

     

    tizio_led The Artemide Tizio Lamp is available today with both halogen and LED options and in several sizes and has a floor support option.

     

    Ernesto Gismondi of Milan-based Artemide asked him to improve the design of his own work lamp. Sapper wanted the light to have a wide range of movement and claim only a small amount of desk space. By happy chance the halogen light was invented at this time and it allowed Sapper to reduce the size of the head. Artemide began producing the Tizio light and it became a best-selling design icon.

    Richard Sapper was especially revered by coffee connoisseurs for his stove top 9090 Espresso Maker, a graceful stainless-steel, machine that was introduced in 1979 by Alessi. For frustrated espresso drinkers, the new Alessi machine offers a nearly idiot-proof solution.

     

    Orginally named for the town of Cobán in central Guatemala, where Mr. Sapper’s grandfather had harvested coffee — is now in the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection. Originally named for the town of Cobán in central Guatemala, where Mr. Sapper’s grandfather had harvested coffee — the Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is now in the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection.

     

    Available in four size options, including the incredibly cute 1 cup edition, the Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is able to go from the stove top to the table. Available in four size options, including the incredibly cute 1 cup edition, the highly designed Alessi 9090 Espresso Maker is able to go from the stove top to the table.

     

    In over 50 years he designed more than 200 products and was an impressively versatile designer who created compelling visual objects.

    The Alessi Todo Giant Cheese Grater took its inspiration from the fact that Sapper was in charge of grating cheese for his family. a precise, state-of-the-art functional performance that just about transforms into playful gestural expressiveness one of the most boring and least qualifying culinary operations. The Alessi Todo Giant Cheese Grater took its inspiration from the fact that Sapper was in charge of grating cheese for his family. A precise, state-of-the-art functional object that transforms playful gestural expressiveness from one of the most boring and least interesting culinary operations.

     

    The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Collection of pots and pans offers a more professional performance to cooking enthusiasts. The Alessi La Cintura di Orione Collection of pots and pans offers a more professional performance to cooking enthusiasts.

     

    Richard Sapper designed just about everything, from cars to bikes to flatware to radios and televisions. He put a deftly erudite slant on all sorts of domestic objects, making them lucid in concept and elegant in their restraint. German precision meets Italian flare.

  • 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!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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