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Friday, August 28th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: DLP-Design


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Designed by Doron Lachisch in 1998, DLP-Design’s Cubitec shelves are a favorite of homeowners for books, favorite objects, food and clothing storage, as well as retailers who use them to chicly display their wares around the world. The modular systems come in kits of 12 panels that can be arranged in many different ways (12 panels yields a grid of four boxes.)


Composed of injected-molded non-toxic polypropylene, the shelves have a deceivingly light look that holds a lot of weight (up to 55 pounds per shelf). You can can make this versatile system into different compositions — a grid, a long horizontal console, a wall of shelves, a tall vertical unit of shelves or even a stepped arrangement:


Cubitec comes in white or orange.


If the open look isn’t for you, there are also backs and doors you can order separately.


Today through midnight September 11, 2015 Design Public has these systems on sale.

Kits: $215 (12 panels; yields a grid of 4 boxes)

Doors: $45 each

Backs: $40 each


Friday, May 29th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Kahler Design

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If you don’t know Kähler, you’re going to want to get to know them. The iconic Danish ceramics company has been making museum-worthy pieces since 1839. Don’t let the pedigree scare you though; the Kahler pieces you’ll treasure forever are still handmade by artisans yet are reasonably priced.



Hand-painted stripes mark the classic Omaggio line by Kähler. A variety of shapes and sizes in a range of colors, the vase collection is made for all sorts of leaves, branches and blooms.



Omaggio will dress your table with style as well. A favorite is the crisp contrast of black and white with lovely wooden details like the butter dish’s top.


As an interesting side note, Kähler more recently expanded from making serveware to serving regional Danish specialties in their restaurants in Denmark.


The Botanica vases have beautiful colored glazes that reflect the light.

Watch Kähler being made:



Kähler’s Urbania lantern’s windows glow on the table.




Speaking of glowing,Kähler has a variety of playfully shaped candleholders.


Kähler’s Ora Table Clock adds sweet charm to any table or bureau top. It comes in white, black, pigeon blue and rose.

Shop all Kähler



Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Introducing Skargaarden

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We are proud to announce that Design Public is now carrying Skargaarden, a brand of beautiful furniture that comes to us all the way from Gävle, Sweden. We’re going to tease you with just a few of their stunning pieces.HARLS-T_HS-AFL-W_WB_2.jpg


The pieces shown above are part of Skargaarden’s Häringe Collection.  It’s built to stand up to inclement weather, and the wooden slats are gorgeous teak.

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Before you get to know them a little better through photos, here’s a bit of their design philosophy:

“We like to think of ourselves as part of a tradition that’s truly Scandinavian. On the other hand we’re inspired by everything from early American shaker style to Bauhaus. We believe that less really is more.”


Their Nozib Sun Lounger embodies these principles to a T. It’s comprised of 88 layer-glued teak slats, stripped down to its most The neck cushion is made from water-resistant artificial leather and can be height adjusted or removed.

The Skargaarden Tipi Lamp has a conical shape and its teak construction adds to the glow it provides.

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While we love teak, but we’re also happy that Skargaarden has some whimsical fun with metal in their Reso Collection. These pieces throw some great curves and color into the mix.


The Skaargarden Reso Chair with Fabric Seat is upholstered with hardworking Sunbrella fabric.


There are fun accessories like fire baskets, doilies, napkins, candle lanterns, coasters and rugged throw pillows. Their Hamse Pillow (above) has a modern nautical style.

That’s just a small sampling people; Click here to shop all Skargaarden


Friday, January 2nd, 2015

SALE! 15% Off Gus Modern

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If you’re in the middle of rethinking your furniture and interior design for 2015, now’s a good time to shop. We are offering 15% off all Gus Modern for the entire month of January. Here are just a few highlights to tempt you.

gt-rockerGus Modern GT Rocker

carmichael-bedGus Modern Carmichael Bed

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Gus Modern Bloor Sofa

wireframetable01b_1024x1024Gus Modern Wireframe End Table


Gus Modern Spanner Chair


Gus Modern Davinport Bi-Sectional Sofa


Gus Modern Hex Ottoman

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

(Re)Introducing the Spanner Lounge Chair With Arms


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We are so pleased to announce that we are carrying The Spanner Lounge Chair with Arms at Design Public. Originally created in 1950 by Russell Spanner (1916-1974), the award-winning designer’s chair has been out of production for more than 50 years. Gus*Design Group worked in collaboration with the Spanner family to revive this iconic chair, meticulously matching the materials, construction and details to the original chair.

The frame is constructed of  solid birch and curved birch plywood and the seat is 100% cotton woven strapping. During the design collaboration with the Spanner family, Gus*Design Group worked hard to match the finishes (both light and dark birch) and strapping colors (choice of green, red or black strapping):

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Today we’re talking with Joran Van Lange, the designer at Gus* Design Group who acted as design and production lead for the Spanner Lounge Chair reissue, to learn more about this exciting re-release.

How did you discover the work of Russell Spanner?
I first saw his work in a design lecture while I was in school.  His original designs show up occasionally here in Toronto at vintage and mid-century antique shops, so before we even knew Russell’s background story, we were familiar with the Russell Spanner “look”, which is very recognizable.

What drew you to the Spanner Chair in particular?
There’s something really positive and energetic about the lines and angles of the chair.  It’s bold without being too serious.

Which leads me to, what about its mid-century design still works so well today?

The design is relevant today for the same reasons it was relevant in the 1950s. At that time, North American cities were seeing an explosion of compact, post-war homes, which needed furniture that was smaller scale.  The movement toward condo and small space living in the last decade has meant that consumers are again looking for smaller, lighter furniture pieces.

Aesthetically, the chair embodies the mid-century tradition of leaving components and hardware in plain view.  Nothing is hidden by panels or upholstery.  There’s a transparency in that which people appreciate.

What is the history of the chair?

The Lounge Chair was designed by Russell while he was working as foreman at his family’s woodworking factory.  It’s believed that he used some of the jigs and parts of other industrial products to form the basic components for the Lounge Chair.  As an example, the frame for the seat shares the same proportions and joinery as the industrial battery boxes which the factory produced at the time.

Where are the reproductions produced?

We felt that because this chair was originally designed and produced in Toronto, it was important to carry on that legacy and produce the re-issue here as well.

Did you learn anything new about design and production from the process of putting the Spanner Chair back into production?

We realized once we began to dissect the original chair that there are some very sophisticated joinery details going on.  Everything must be manufactured perfectly in order for the design to work.

It works beautifully.

Purchase a Spanner Lounge Chair with Arms at Design Public


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