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Always Authentic

Vintage & Collectables

  • Be Original - a commitment to authenticity

    GR 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 and Gabriel Ross, strongly champions Be Original and its work, " 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.

  • Eames Hang-It-All Select Limited Edition

    Herman Miller Select™ 2010 Eames® Hang–It–All®

    As of August 15, 2010, Herman Miller’s Select program is presenting a new classy looking Eames Hang-It-All from the multicoloured version to a striking design which now includes a black steel frame and solid walnut hooks.

    The Hang-It-All was inspired by the Eameses’ love for playful furniture and children’s toys. Introduced in 1953, it was designed to hold an assortment of children’s belongings—mittens, scarves, jackets, dolls, slingshots, skates, and knapsacks, according to Eames Design.

    It was available from Tigrett Enterprises’ Playhouse Division until the company went out of business in 1961. Herman Miller reintroduced it in 1994.

    Herman Miller’s Gregg Vander Kooi chose to feature the Hang-It-All as this year’s Select item because of its whimsical appeal.

    “Plus,” he adds, “walnut is a fairly neutral wood that fits with almost any décor.”

    If you want one you better hurry! It’s only being offered until February 15, 2011, or while supplies last.

    Herman Miller Select™ 2010 Eames® Hang–It–All®
  • House Birds

    CrowA neighbour in my apartment building has two fake stuffed crows in his window that curiously peer out at me while I fill up my watering can.  At first glance, they were a bit scary … but after meeting their gaze a few times, I’ve grown to like them … a lot.  Crows get a bit of a bad wrap in our culture – like when you refer to a group of several crows, it’s called MURDER. 

    That’s harsh. 



    Also, they eat garbage and that’s no good for their rep.  The other day outside of Zellers I noticed a MURDER of crows trying to bust into an entire bag of bagels with a series of teeny tiny punctures inflicted by their pointy beaks.  It seemed as though they had been working tirelessly at this for hours, so naturally I sympathized.  I bravely approached the MURDER to rip open the bag and free the yummy circles of doughy goodness and all traces of bagel disappeared within seconds. 

    It was amazing.


    Anyhoo… Apparently Charles and Ray Eames also had an affinity for the black bird (maybe not crow specific).  On one of their many travels they picked up an American folk art object … a black wooden bird and brought it home to live in the centre of their living room. 


    Vitra has re-produced the Eames’ beloved pet as a beautiful smooth black bird with the very same skinny stick legs and round eye balls.  It’s elegant and endearing and makes a nice alternative to a feathered friend of the live variety.  Against a back-drop it becomes a graphic image and on the carpet in the middle of room it’s just sweet and loveable.

    Eames house bird 2


    Eames house bird


    MURDER of house birds


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