CHILLIDA RUGS BY NANIMARQUINA
To pay homage to the artist, Spanish rug manufacturer nanimarquina translates the works of Chillida's drawings into rugs. Chillida’s artistic nuances have been faithfully translated - woven using various techniques and a range of natural materials like wool, silk and mohair.

VINTAGE EXHIBITION PRINTS
We've selected a series of lithograph prints from Chillida exhibitions from the 1960s-1980s. Represented by Galerie Maeght for much of this time, the prints are of varied ages and qualities, many of which used as advertisements from specific gallery exhibitions.

Chillida was known to have had an intimate relationship with his artworks, playing a hands-on role in the production with a team of blacksmiths and other artisans.

Born in 1924 in San Sebastian, Spain, Chillida is best known for his iron and granite sculptures, as well as an expansive body of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. The artist worked within abstraction, linking shapes and forms that played with concepts of light, landscape, and space.

He leaned on Gaudi’s architectural designs for inspiration – the base of the table and lamps inspired by the building’s vaulted ceilings.

Made from solid pieces of bent steel or brass, the collection merges the modernist impulses of Gaudi with Corsini's reductionist approach to design.

In 1955, Barba Corsini renovated the loft space within the building - transforming it from a storage facility into 13 beautifully-designed apartments.

To complement the modernist architecture, Corsini custom-designed furniture for the space, including the now iconic Pedrera lamps and table.

Constructed in 1921, "La Pedrera" is one of modernist architect Antoni Gaudí's most famous buildings. Located in a residential quarter of Barcelona, the building was controversial at the time of because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies, and otherworldly rooftop.

What are some general ways we as consumers can assess the environmental friendliness of the products we purchase?
The design, the materials, and the packaging are three key things to consider. A great, well-built (Gus* Modern!) design will always have a longer life cycle. Check that materials can be verified to be sustainable. As mentioned, we’re certified with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Lastly, check that recyclable packaging is used wherever possible for your products.

What inspired the idea to plant trees as a tie-in to your promotion. Do you partner with another organization to do so?
As a Canadian company, our cultural identity is tied closely to nature. Replacing trees used for manufacturing by planting new ones creates a clear connection between products and source materials. A percentage of sales from the Gus* #growmodern event will be donated to the Nature Conservancy’s Plant A Billion Trees campaign. The Nature Conservancy is an environmental non-profit organization whose mission is to “protect the natural landscapes that harbor the diversity of plant and animal life on Earth”. The Plant A Billion Trees campaign plants trees in North America, South America, and Asia, “to help forests regrow where they have been severely degraded, and helps ensure clean water, air, diverse species and full, healthy forests for future generations."

How is your environmental consciousness reflected in your products?
It’s reflected in the designs themselves and in the materials we use. Showcasing wood grain and sourcing sustainable wood products wherever possible. We’re proud to use FSC-Certified hardwoods in all of our sofa frames. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization that provides a reliable, independent way to confirm that wood products can be traced back to responsibly managed forests.

Not long after he began posting his works to a blog he called “What I Saw Today,” Richard captured the admiration and attention of everyone from Miuccia Prada to editors at the New York Times. In 2012, Prada commissioned the artist for a yearlong collaboration, culminating in a 150 page concept book and a capsule t-shirt collection sold in flagship stores around the world. Regularly seated in the front rows of fashion shows, Richard is often commissioned by brands to capture designs as they walk down the runways. He also serves as a columnist for the Sunday Times London, is a regular contributor to the T Magazine and displays his works at gallery shows around the globe, including a newly opened exhibit at the Daniel Cooney Gallery in Manhattan.

The artist lives and works out of a loft space in Bushwick - a primary source of the his daily inspiration. Observing passersby on the streets and subway, Richard instinctively captures these moments on paper, using a range of mediums including charcoal, pastels, watercolor and ink. Focused primarily on fleeting subjects, he’s developed a unique and distinctive style - one that embraces the beauty of imperfection with a rare sense of movement and expression.

Richard spent most of his life as a fashion designer, working for the likes of Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. His original plan was to pursue a career in fashion illustration - but as he finished his studies in the 1970s, photography abruptly supplanted illustration, prompting a necessary career pivot. As fate would have it, Richard’s career eventually came full circle when an economic downturn cut his design career short and catalyzed the rediscovery of his early passion.

The Material
"Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising.” Inspired by the design cultures of their two native countries, GamFratesi prides itself on an experimental approach to both materials and techniques. “We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work,” says the pair. The result is innovative, yet timeless furniture that illustrates the process and techniques which created it.

The Process
"Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising.” Inspired by the design cultures of their two native countries, GamFratesi prides itself on an experimental approach to both materials and techniques. “We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work,” says the pair. The result is innovative, yet timeless furniture that illustrates the process and techniques which created it.

The Designer
"Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising.” Inspired by the design cultures of their two native countries, GamFratesi prides itself on an experimental approach to both materials and techniques. “We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work,” says the pair. The result is innovative, yet timeless furniture that illustrates the process and techniques which created it.

The Philosophy
"Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising.” Inspired by the design cultures of their two native countries, GamFratesi prides itself on an experimental approach to both materials and techniques. “We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work,” says the pair. The result is innovative, yet timeless furniture that illustrates the process and techniques which created it.

The Studio
The GamFratesi studio is based in Copenhagen, Denmark - the native country of Stine Gam, one half of the design duo. Both architects by education, their studio has developed into a prolific product design house, with multiple collections for Gubi, Menu and Fredericia under its belt. Though continually growing in scope and size, Stine and Enrico maintain an intimate role in every project, closely collaborating from concept to execution. While Denmark remains their home base, the pair frequently travels to Italy for research and development - Enrico’s home country, and a strong source of inspiration for the studio’s innovative approaches.