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  • Planning your outdoor landscape lighting

    Many of you are still buried in ice and snow and the thought of heading outdoors hasn't quite entered your consciousness yet but Summer will come and it is fun to plan ahead. Add the finishing touch to your exterior spaces with well-planned outdoor landscape lighting.

    The Vibia Halley Floor-to-Floor Outdoor Lamp works Just like a comet, radiating an arc of light that creates a relaxing and comfortable environment. The slim form of the Halley is made from highly durable yet lightweight materials making it easy to move and assemble while meeting the highest standards of quality and durability. The Vibia Halley Floor-to-Floor Outdoor Lamp works Just like a comet, radiating an arc of light that creates a relaxing and comfortable environment. The slim form of the Halley is made from highly durable yet lightweight materials making it easy to move and assemble while meeting the highest standards of quality and durability.

     

    There is a wide range of lighting fixtures available for nearly every outdoor situation, including wall fixtures, sconces, portable lamps, chandeliers and pendants and large standing lights. While lighting can be placed virtually anywhere, some spots are an absolute must.

    Paths: A well-lit path is both welcoming and required, providing illumination that extends hospitality to visitors and makes walking more secure. High illumination isn't necessary and down facing lights will prevent glare.

    The Vibia Break Outdoor Lamp could pass as a sculpture. The form is that of a vertical block with a head that appears to separate, leaving open a small slit through which the beam of light emerges. This provides pleasant, subtle lighting that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and its forms in the evening with non-disturbing glare. It can be used to mark paths or illuminate smaller spaces. The Vibia Break Outdoor Lamp could pass as a sculpture. The form is that of a vertical block with a head that appears to separate, leaving open a small slit through which the beam of light emerges. This provides pleasant, subtle lighting that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and its forms in the evening with non-disturbing glare. It can be used to mark paths or illuminate smaller spaces.

    The Vibia Break Lamp is available in two sizes and two finish options. Made of concrete. The Vibia Break Lamp is available in two sizes and two finish options. Made of concrete.

     

    Entries: Place lights either to each side of a door or overhead at front, back and side entry doors.

    The Foscarini Havana Outdoor Lamp is made of a single rotational molded piece of white polyethylene. The lamp is available in three base options: with a stake, with an underground box or with a repositionable base. The Foscarini Havana Outdoor Lamp is made of a single rotational molded piece of white polyethylene. The lamp is available in three base options: with a stake, with an underground box or with a repositionable base.

     

    Driveway: Low-voltage landscape lighting is a good option along a driveway.

    Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp The Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp is a great choice to light driveways and entrance areas. It grazes the wall creating interesting highlights and shadows. Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp The Vibia Meridiano Outdoor LED Wall Sconce Lamp is a great choice to light driveways and entrance areas. It grazes the wall creating interesting highlights and shadows.

     

    Steps: Steps should be lighted for safety; either the risers or the treads can be lit.

    The Vibia Tree Outdoor Lamp is a family of outdoor lamps designed for ambient illumination. The organic shapes allow the Tree to blend in and yet stand out at the same time. The tree is available in four sizes and shapes and consists of a UV resistant polythene diffuser with a white lacquered base. The Vibia Tree Outdoor Lamp is a family of outdoor lamps designed for ambient illumination. The organic shapes allow the Tree to blend in and yet stand out at the same time. The tree is available in four sizes and shapes and consists of a UV resistant polythene diffuser with a white lacquered base.

     

    Decks or Patios: Lighting can be used to illuminate specific task areas on a deck or patio, such as a kitchen or cooking spot, a pool or hot tub, as well as railings and seating areas.

    The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Floor Lamp is a contemporary hearth around which to gather and chat. The top surface finish has a rusty and textured effect and the hemispherical body, made of polyethylene, is stable even when it is tilted by 15°. The angling determines the quantity of light diffused, allowing multiple effects and atmospheres to be created. The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Floor Lamp is a contemporary hearth around which to gather and chat. The top surface finish has a rusty and textured effect and the hemispherical body, made of polyethylene, is stable even when it is tilted by 15°. The angling determines the quantity of light diffused, allowing multiple effects and atmospheres to be created.

    The Flos SuperArchimoon Outdoor Lamp, designed by Philippe Starck, is an amazing "extra large" oversized floor lamp. The imposing size of the amazing Superarchimoon Floor Lamp is perfect for larger deck spaces, a fresh and brilliant floor lamp which clearly stands out. The Flos SuperArchimoon Outdoor Lamp, designed by Philippe Starck, is an amazing "extra large" oversized floor lamp. The imposing size of the amazing Superarchimoon Floor Lamp is perfect for larger deck spaces, a fresh and brilliant floor lamp which clearly stands out.

    The Artemide Tolomeo XXL Floor Lamp is part of the very successful Tolomeo family of lighting. With a mighty height of 103 inches and a length of 115 inches, this is one XXL light for your outside spaces. The Artemide Tolomeo XXL Floor Lamp is part of the very successful Tolomeo family of lighting. With a mighty height of 103 inches and a length of 115 inches, this is one XXL light for your outside spaces.

     

    Architectural Features: Outdoor landscape lighting can be used to highlight a wall, for example, by washing it or grazing it. When a wide beam of light is aimed at a wall from a few feet away, it creates a wall wash. A light used to graze a wall creates interesting highlights and shadows. Both will provide a little accent to nearby plants.

    The Vibia Micro Outdoor Wall Lamp is a compact surface-mounted wall light for indoor and outdoor use. It gives good general indirect ambient light that washing over wall surfaces. The Vibia Micro Outdoor Wall Lamp is a compact surface-mounted wall light for indoor and outdoor use. It gives good general indirect ambient light that washing over wall surfaces.

     

    When it comes to lighting your landscape, a little goes a long way. That's because your eyes need less light outdoors than they do indoors in order to see light, shadow, and pattern. To plan your outdoor lighting project walk around your yard at night, envision how and when you want to use your spaces. Make notes and draw up some plans.

    GRShop.com and Gabriel Ross have over sixty choices of outdoor lighting to help you expand and complete your outdoor spaces.

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  • Introducing the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair

    It is always exciting when a new chair debuts and the Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair designed by the British team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby is very exciting. Marrying visual and material lightness with exceptional comfort, the Pilot Chair is an innovative swivel lounge chair with a striking, slim profile, equally suited for the home or office.

    Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair. Available in both high and low back versions as well as a range of leather and fabric upholstery options, the Pilot Chair is a versatile lounge chair that can be adapted to match the aesthetics of any setting. It is available armless, or with upholstered, or steel loop arm options and painted grey or polished aluminum base finishes. Pilot is an endlessly customizable chair.

    The designers of the Pilot Lounge Chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot Chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture." The designers of the Pilot Lounge Chair, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, are well-versed in the delicate art of balancing tradition with innovation. "When designing for a company like Knoll, one continuously wonders how to place new ideas into such an iconic collection," they commented. "Our new Pilot Chair not only responds to today’s needs, but also offers an elegant, innovative design for a different culture."

     

    The Knoll Pilot Lounge Chair offers a choice of a high or low back seat which features a unique upholstery substructure for greater flexibility, appears to float in the air, giving the chair a refined silhouette and an essential, timeless appeal.

    Here is the high back Pilot Chair, with upholstered arms, shown with the Knoll Piton Side Table, also designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby. Here is the high back Pilot Chair, with upholstered arms, shown with the Knoll Piton Side Table, also designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.

    The low back Knoll Pilot Chair is very styling in one of the many leather upholstery options. The low back Knoll Pilot Chair is very styling in one of the many leather upholstery options.

    Embodying refinement, comfort, and craftsmanship, the Pilot Chair is unmistakably contemporary but modern in sensibility. It features a cast-aluminum structure that links the crane-neck, 360-degree swivel base to the assembly of the seat and back, creating the impression that the cantilevered seat is almost floating. Embodying refinement, comfort, and craftsmanship, the Pilot Chair is unmistakably contemporary but modern in sensibility. It features a cast-aluminum structure that links the crane-neck, 360-degree swivel base to the assembly of the seat and back, creating the impression that the cantilevered seat is almost floating.

     

    Also designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and taking cues from the aesthetic principles of modernism and pragmatic considerations of the height-adjustable stools manufactured for sewing professionals in the mid-century era, the Knoll Piton Stool and Side Table are equally well suited for industrial tasks and domestic settings.

    The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. They also have an outdoor option. The Piton Stool is available in a fixed or height adjustable stool or a side table. It is available in many top and base finishes. They also have an outdoor option.

    The Piton Stool is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure. The Piton Stool is a perfect pull-up option or full-time dining chair. The swiveling seat sits atop a cast-aluminum, powder coated base which is a unique reinterpretation of the familiar tripod structure.

     

    “The pencil is the ultimate tool for the transfer of ideas from mind to paper,” says Edward Barber. In 2011 Barber and Osgerby were appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Their research-led practice has developed collections for Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, Cappellini, Magis, Swarovski, Flos and Established & Sons, while also producing special edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions. They are based in London.

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  • Mater, Danish ethical design and expert craftmanship

    Creating classic, timeless and ethical designs is at the heart of the Danish design company Mater. They take pride in a long-standing dedication to high quality materials, simple style and a color scheme of calm, organic muted tones. Mater is 20% off until March 21st.

    The Mater Bowl Table reconciles Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The Bowl Table's top is made from the wood of the mango fruit tree, harvested once the productive life of the tree is over. The wood top is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi”, the local Indian wood turning community. The finishing is done with lead free water-based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment. The Mater Bowl Table reconciles Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The Bowl Table's top is made from the wood of the mango fruit tree, harvested once the productive life of the tree is over. The wood top is turned manually on the lathe, showcasing the skill of the “kharaadi”, the local Indian wood turning community. The finishing is done with lead free water-based PU lacquers, thereby respecting the local environment.

     

    Mater means "mother" in Latin. It is Mater's daily reminder of their contribution to help with the challenges mother earth faces. Design influences how we as humans live our lives; it shapes values, culture and society. Unfortunately, the choices made during the design process often have environmental consequences. However, as a manufacturer, Mater has the opportunity to rethink dubious practices and create ethical and sustainable design that minimizes adverse social and environmental impacts.

    The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools have leather stitched seats, inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. The swivel seat makes the Mater Bar Stool suitable for various spaces in both residential and commercial settings. The Mater Shell Collection of lounge, dining and bar stools have leather stitched seats, inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. The swivel seat makes the Mater Bar Stool suitable for various spaces in both residential and commercial settings.

    The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. It has three wood frame options and a highly curated fabric and leather upholstery selection. The Mater Shell Lounge Chair has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates an interaction of stability and dynamism. It has three wood frame options and a highly curated fabric and leather upholstery selection.

     

    Ethics plays a large part in the Mater company ethos. They care about using resources responsibly in their designs and they try hard to implement and motivate sustainable business principles within the production chain. They are aware of the associated environmental, ethical and social consequences of production of design objects. They want to inspire consumer behavior and engage people in sustainable thinking, helping making design matter and reducing their overall footprint.

     

    The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The combination of the wooden frame and the woven paper cord seat provides a unique seat that molds to your body. The Mater J80 Chair was designed by Jørgen Bækmark in the 1950s. The combination of the wooden frame and the woven paper cord seat provides a unique seat that molds to your body.

    The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace. The Mater J80 Chair is available in a great collection of frame and seat options. Combine them to create a fun but classic look that will age with grace.

    In Finnish Terho means acorn and the name refer to the natural and sympathetic shapes of acorns found in nature. The special color of alder wood and the opal made of white mouth blown glass is a unique combination of glass and wood only seen in lamps designs on rare occasions. The Terho lamps can be used individually or as a combination of different sizes in a small group. In Finnish Terho means acorn and the name refer to the natural and sympathetic shapes of acorns found in nature. The Mater Terho Pendant Lamp is made of alder wood combined with white blown glass. The wood is sourced from responsible European forestry (FSC), treated with natural wax, and the glass is mouth-blown in the Czech Republic. The Terho lamps can be used individually or as a combination of different sizes in a small group.

    The Mater Liuku Collection of pendant lamps is a contemporary pendant lamp designed by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari. Liuku is consisting of a coloured mouth-blown glass shade nestling over an FSC-certified alder wood base in two different shapes, with long-life LED built in. Liuku’s shade is available with clear glass or in two beautiful tones of smoke or gradient violet. Additionally, the wooden base can be used on it’s own as a single pendant, or to create a rows and clusters for both residential. The Mater Liuku Collection of pendant lamps, designed by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari, consist of a colored mouth-blown glass shade nestling over an FSC-certified alder wood base in two different shapes. Liuku’s shade is available with clear glass or in two beautiful tones of smoke or gradient violet.

    The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by the Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen, has nine discs in three different sizes that are positioned at angles suitable for hanging hats, scarves and umbrellas. Available in black or aluminum finish, made of recycled aluminum. The Mater Trumpet Coat Stand, designed by the Danish architect duo Space Copenhagen, has nine discs in three different sizes that are positioned at angles suitable for hanging hats, scarves and umbrellas. Available in black or aluminum finish, made of recycled aluminum.

     

    The Mater Collection is an ongoing interplay of exquisite design talent, shared wisdom from craftsmen and master artisans, sustainable techniques, premium materials and reflective insights.

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