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Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Our Fall Sales have begun - 15% off, October 8 - 22, 2015

    Modern Planet is offering 15% off home furnishings, lighting and area rugs from international greats such as Vitra, Artek, Artemide, Flos and Nanimarquina!

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    For Canadian customers interested in modern furniture, lighting and accessories, please go to our Canadian site, GRShop.com

  • Noguchi Akari Lights - inspired by Japanese tradition

    AP Photo The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum Isamu Noguchi in his studio in the 1960s, surrounded by his light sculptures . Photo: AP Photo The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum

     

    The Isamu Noguchi lamps — called akari, the Japanese word for light — were inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns used in ancestor worship. Over the decades, the Noguchi Akari Lights became classics of mid-20th century modern home decor.

    Noguchi didn't call them lanterns or lamps, he called them light sculptures. He constructed many versions of these light sculptures including table, ceiling and floor versions. The lamps are created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame. They are shipped flat, ready to assemble.

    uf-06-300x450 Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.

     

    bb-05-300x450 Akari Noguchi Model BB3-33S Floor Lamp's stand is a bamboo pole and has a black cast iron base. There are several models in this series of lights, all have the iron base.

     

    The Akari Noguchi lights were conceived as sculptures that delicately stand as warm friends in an interior space. They glow, so will probably be the dominant focus in any space they are in.

    light_img The Noguchi Akari Table Lights add true warmth to any room. Each is unique and many appear breathtakingly elegant; others have a whimsical, futuristic look.

     

    20120622_9e616e Designs range from spheres, discs and cylinders to triangles, boxes, trapezoids, and other geometric shapes and combinations. Most shades are white, but some are decorated in orange, green or black, with abstract designs.

     

    pendantlong-04-300x450 There are several ceiling or pendant versions of the Noguchi Akari Lights, some are stunning like this Model 30P, which is 63 inches long.

     

    Be sure you are buying a Noguchi Akari light, and not a knock off. Aside from the difference in workmanship and materials, the knockoffs aren't at all like the originals. Noguchi made these lamps so that people could buy them and live with his sculptures. Be aware and look for the logo.

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    For Canadian customers interested in modern furniture, lighting and accessories, please go to our Canadian site, GRShop.com

  • Tom Dixon Fall Sale, 15% off, October 1 – 18th

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    Jump start your holiday shopping by taking advantage of savings on all that is Tom Dixon, the British brand that produces lighting, furniture, home accessories and gifts. Whatever you choose will become much-loved objects formed from honest and resilient materials. All Tom Dixon designs are inspired by Britain's unique heritage and are designed in London and produced using unique processes and materials.

    Lighting: Tom Dixon offers table, floor, and pendant lighting for your home, office or commercial space.

    New to Tom Dixon: The Melt Series of Lighting. Tom Dixon experimented with the technologically advanced field of vacuum metallization and it took on a new twist. Melt is a distorted lighting globe that creates an extraordinary optic effect and casts an ethereal luminosity on its surroundings. The light bouncing and reflecting around the uneven surfaces creates a dramatic melting hot blown glass effect.

    Melt is translucent when on and mirror-finished when off. Available in chrome, copper and gold. And also in a mini version. Melt is translucent when on and mirror-finished when off. Available in chrome, copper and gold. And also in a mini version.

     

    New to Tom Dixon: The Cog Series of pendant lighting. Machined from blocks of brass-plated solid aluminum and meticulously assembled, Cog Pendant Lights bring the rugged beauty of the engineering workshop into the home.

    The Cog Series of pendant lighting is available in Cog Cone, Cog Stack and Cog Dome. The Cog Series of pendant lighting is available in Cog Cone, Cog Stack and Cog Dome.

     

    New to Tom Dixon: The Lens Pendant Light is the latest output in Tom Dixon's long-running obsession with geometry and luminosity. Lens is a 60-cm clear poly-carbonate globe made of 12 pentagonal components subdivided into 5 prismatic triangular lenses that explode and project the source light in all directions.

    The Lens Pendant Light is a spherical light made of 60 triangular poly-carbonate lenses that refract and focus the light bulb in an unusually luminous way. The Lens Pendant Light is a spherical light made of 60 triangular poly-carbonate lenses that refract and focus the light bulb in an unusually luminous way.

     

    Gifts and Accessories: Tom Dixon's extensive range of accessories and gifts includes table-top dining accessories, bowls, vases, scented candles, and design objects for the home.

    The Beat Vessel series of large vases are big, bold and expressive floor vases handcrafted using the traditional, rapidly vanishing skills of master craftsmen from India.

    Weighing in at around 20 lbs, these large floor vases will add an exciting accent to any room. Weighing in at around 20 lbs, these large floor vases will add an exciting accent to any room.

     

    The Block Series of watches are made from the most minimal components with Swiss movement mechanisms and have an etched dial for timing precision.

    The Tom Dixon Block Watches are available in brass leather, rose gold and stainless steel. The Tom Dixon Block Watches are available in brass leather, rose gold and stainless steel.

     

    Furniture: Contemporary furniture by Tom Dixon ranges from tables and chairs, to mirrors and coat stands. They explore the use of a wide range of materials and processes, and their upholstery fabrics are from Kvadrat. All Tom Dixon designs are inspired by Britain's unique heritage and are designed in London.

    The Wingback Collection: A 17th century English archetype re-thought and updated for the 21st century. The extravagant and fully upholstered form has been tweaked and teased to give an even more rakish silhouette, the ergonomics adjusted for more comfort and the frame has been re-tooled for industrial production.

    The Tom Dixon Wingback Collection of seating is available in a very highly curated collection of fabrics and a choice of black or copper legs. The Tom Dixon Wingback Collection of seating is available in a very highly curated collection of fabrics and a choice of black or copper legs.

     

    GRShop.com has over 200 Tom Dixon products to choose from. Enjoy cruising the entire collection for objects for your home. Modern Planet has over 100 Tom Dixon products to choose from. Enjoy cruising the entire collection for objects for your home.

     

    For Canadian customers interested in modern furniture, lighting and accessories, please go to our Canadian site, GRShop.com

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