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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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  • Knoll Classics Sale - 15% off + free delivery

    The Knoll Classics Sale has begun. Until February 28th you can save 15% and receive free delivery on the iconic designs of Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe and others.  They are as exciting today as they were at their introduction.

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    The Florence Knoll Collection

    Florence Knoll humbly referred to her furniture designs as “meat and potatoes” — filler between the standout pieces of Bertoia, Mies, and Saarinen. Sixty-five years later her furniture is anything but filler. Her attention to detail, eye for proportion, and command of the modern aesthetic resulted in some of the most celebrated furniture of the modern era.

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    The Eero Saarinen Collection

    From the late 1940s through the 1950s, Eero Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip Chair and Pedestal Table, the Womb Chair, and the Executive Seating Collection. His designs used modern materials in graceful ways, helping establish the identity of Knoll during their formative years. Today they contribute greatly to the Knoll Classics Collection.

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    The Mies van der Rohe Collection

    Renowned architect Mies van der Rohe mentored a young Florence Knoll while she was a student at Illinois Institute of Technology. Florence has always credited Mies as her most influential instructor and, in 1948, Mies granted Knoll exclusive rights to produce his furniture, including the Barcelona Collection and the Brno Chair.

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    The Harry Bertoia Collection

    Hans and Florence never demanded that Bertoia design furniture when they gave him a studio in an early Knoll factory. They simply asked that he show them if he arrived at something interesting. He arrived at something outstanding. Introduced in 1952, the Bertoia Collection remains one of the great achievements of modern design.

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    The Warren Platner Collection

    Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner Collection represents the designer's attempt to infuse modernism with "the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful kind of design that appeared in period style, like Louis XV". In celebration of the the 50th anniversary, the Platner Collection is now available with an 18k gold-plated finish.

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    The Marcel Breuer Collection

    While at the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer revolutionized the modern vocabulary with his tubular steel furniture. His first designs — inspired by bicycle construction and fabricated using the techniques of local plumbers — are among the most influential and important of the modern movement.

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    The Jens Risom Collection

    Jens Risom joined the Hans Knoll Furniture Company in the early 1940s as the sole designer of interiors and furniture. Working ingeniously within the constraints of wartime material shortages, Risom designed his eponymous collection of chairs and tables using essentially scraps of wood and rejected nylon straps from parachute production.

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    The George Nakashima Collection

    Consistent with his renowned handcrafted work, the furniture Nakashima designed for Knoll in the 1940s balances the modern aesthetic with a deep respect for the inherent beauty of natural wood.

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    The Pollock Collection

    Both Charles Pollock chair designs for Knoll demonstrate his command of line, form and material. The 657 Arm Chair was reintroduced in 2014 to rejoin the Executive Chair and complete the Pollock Collection.

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    Beware of fakes and "replicas". Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

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  • Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery

    Pantone, the international authority on color, color systems and the leading technology company for accurate communication of color, has named "Greenery" as its 2017 Color of the Year. Here are some products you can find at Modern Planet that will give you a very green 2017.

    Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen is now producing a mini version of the iconic Panthella Lamp by Verner Panton. The desktop lamps come in a range of bright colors drawn from Panton's work, including this glossy green, straight out of the 1970s. Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen is now producing a mini version of the iconic Panthella Lamp by Verner Panton. The desktop lamps come in a range of bright colors drawn from Panton's work, including this glossy green, straight out of the 1970s.

     

    Pantone's color pick for next year is a "tangy yellow-green" shade often seen in foliage – technically called Pantone 15-0343, variations of the shade have already started to crop up in all sorts of well designed products.

    Emeco's aluminum Nine-O Stacking Chairs come in a collection of armchairs, counter stools and swivel options. Lots of fun colors to chose from. Emeco's aluminum Nine-O Stacking Chairs come in a collection of armchairs, counter stools and swivel options. Lots of fun colors to chose from, including a very green Greenery.

     

    Pantone said the choice was made in response to a "stressful and tense world. Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

    The Vitra Eames Elephant is available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy or as an item for children’'s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster. The Vitra Eames Elephant is available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy or as an item for children’'s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster.

     

    The first Iittala birds were created by Oiva Toikka and the glassblowers of the Nuutajarvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, in 1973. Each bird is a unique individual, and is signed with the artist's name as well as the name of Nuutajarvi. The iittala Birds are cherished and valued gifts, and are irresistible to collectors around the world. The first Iittala birds were created by Oiva Toikka and the glassblowers of the Nuutajarvi Glass Factory, the oldest in Finland, in 1973. Each bird is a unique individual, and is signed with the artist's name as well as the name of Nuutajarvi. The iittala Birds are cherished and valued gifts, and are irresistible to collectors around the world.

     

    The Pantone Color Institute advises the fashion, product, interiors and packaging design industries on the use of color in design. It has been choosing a Color of the Year since 1999. For 2016, Pantone picked two soft colors – a baby blue and dusty pink.

    Similar to the choice of Greenery, previous Colors of the Year have tended towards the bolder end of the spectrum, with the brownish-red Marsala color for 2015 and Radiant Orchid for 2014.

    Isamu Noguchi's predilection for sculptural lines are present in his Freeform Sofa and Ottoman, the shapes of which are reminiscent of river pebbles. Noguchi himself described his design as "soft rock". Thanks to its organic shape and the natural tones of its upholstery fabric the sofa has a light, elegant feel in shades of Greenery. Isamu Noguchi's predilection for sculptural lines are present in his Freeform Sofa and Ottoman, the shapes of which are reminiscent of river pebbles. Noguchi himself described his design as "soft rock". Thanks to its organic shape and the natural tones of its upholstery fabric the sofa has a light, elegant feel in shades of Greenery.

     

    The Menu Propeller Trivet plays with form and function whilst protecting your table top from heat, cold and liquids. The wings are slim and aerodynamic, giving them a light and airy appearance. The blades of the trivet can be folded together, just like a fan, and save you a lot of space. Once folded, it will fit just perfectly into the cutlery drawer. Easy peasy. The Menu Propeller Trivet plays with form and function while protecting your table top from heat, cold and liquids. The wings are slim and aerodynamic, giving them a light and airy appearance. The blades of the trivet can be folded together, to fit perfectly into the cutlery drawer.

     

    So when you are choosing products for your home or office, go for Greenery, and have a very merry 2017. So when you are choosing products for your home or office, go for Greenery, and have a very merry 2017.

     

    Support creativity and help protect the history of design and the future of innovation - always buy original and authentic designs.

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

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