Brutal Love.

“A box is the easiest thing to build. This ain’t no box,” said Paul Rudolph in response to criticism of the Government Center he designed in the town of Goshen, New York. Completed in 1967, the Brutalist building is considered one of Rudolph’s greatest achievements.

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Two great American companies
in one great chair.

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Emeco’s 111 Navy Chair®, for which Design Within Reach is the proud retail source.

What could a plastic soda bottle and a chair have in common? Everything, as it turns out.

This is the story of how Coca-Cola and the Electrical Machine and Equipment Co., better known as Emeco, teamed up to produce a beautiful and timeless chair from recycled soda bottles.

The story, told on the Coca-Cola website, follows a fascinating chain of events that include Emeco's manufacture of the 1006 aluminum chair for the U.S. Navy during World War II and the certain juxtaposition of sailors’ seated on those chairs downing bottles of Coca-Cola, which the company had committed to providing to American service men and women.

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Congratulations to our Milo Recliner winner!

The Milo Recliner (far right) in its new home.

“The chair arrived last week and we absolutely love it,” writes Shauna, the lucky winner of our Milo Baughman Recliner Giveaway. “It’s gorgeous and so comfy – perfect for reading – and I’ve enjoyed using it every day since it arrived.”


Living in Queens with her husband Matthew and dog Cashew, Shauna is a conservator of modern and contemporary paintings, and her husband is a PhD candidate in art history. Translation: aesthetics and great design are important to this savvy duo, and we were flattered when they responded to our “you won” email with, “The basket weave fabric in wheat is lovely and will look great in our home. We’re so excited and can’t wait to receive it!”

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Designing for a need... their own.


Illustration by Kathyrn Rathke, courtesy of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

"We never planned to be New Englanders. We were New Yorkers through and through," writes Scott Fellows in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Fortunately for modernists everywhere, he and his partner Craig Bassam made the move to New Canaan, Conn. Upon arrival, the design duo completely restored the Willis Mills House – saving it from destruction by neglect – and started designing their own furniture.

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Architect Willis Mills designed this New Canaan house for his family in 1956.

They needed "pieces that would hold their own against the powerful nature outside and the double-height glass walls," explains Fellows. Thus, the furniture powerhouse called BassamFellows was born.

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The Living Room Sale has begun!


It's the Living Room Sale at DWR! Save on sofas, sectionals, sleepers, armchairs, occasional tables and rugs. We're also offering free shipping on all lighting. Shop the sale at your local DWR Studio or online at dwr.com.

Mies must-read.

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of Phaidon

Did you know that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies? Find out what else you don’t know about this master of modern design in Detlef Mertins’ extraordinary monograph, Mies (Phaidon).


Few authors could have written this book, and it reveals as much about Mies as it does about Dr. Detlef Mertins, who was uniquely qualified for the task. Mertins spent a decade researching and writing this monograph but sadly died before it was published, at 56. He spent the last 10 years of his life living Mies, and I cannot imagine a more touching and selfless tribute to one of the 20th century’s most influential architects.

860–880 Lake Shore Drive, 1948–51, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of Phaidon

Growing up with a father who was an architect and a mother who worked for Knoll, Mertins’ appreciation of the built world began in childhood. Born in Stuttgart and raised in Canada, he had an understanding of German and North American culture, which served him well in his roles as architect, historian and writer and as professor of architectural history and theory at the University of Pennsylvania. An avid reader, his Toronto home had to be structurally reinforced to support the weight of his library of more than 4,000 titles that were recently donated to Penn.

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Hello, Seattle!


We’ve been busy opening spacious new locations across the country especially for you. The recently renovated and expanded Seattle Studio opened earlier this month and includes many breathtaking features. Stop by to experience the billowing Light Cloud overhead, a colorific Swatch Wall, the full-room vignettes and much more.

Camber Sofa, Barcelona Chair and Stool, Saarinen Table

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Craving Culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Eames chairs from Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America, an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Photo by Balthazar Korab, courtesy of the Herman Miller archives.

From quilts in Boston and porcelain in Portland to futurism in New York and expressionism in Los Angeles, there is a rich range of art to see now. Here is a selection of must-see exhibitions running around the country.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky

Denver Art Museum
Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective


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Be Original: Supporting authentic design.

DWR is proud to be a member of Be Original Americas, joining Alessi, Cassina, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller®, Vitra and other companies in the fight against counterfeit design. Being a member means that we’re a vetted retailer of authentic goods.

Christian Grosen Rasmussen. Photo courtesy of Fritz Hansen

This month’s Be Original profile is Christian Grosen Rasmussen, head of design at Fritz Hansen, the Danish company that produces authored works by Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Piet Hein and others.

The authentic Egg Chair (1958) by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen.

Q: Why is Be Original important?
A: Because without originality the world would become an imitation of itself and we wouldn’t move forward, expanding our knowledge, improving solutions and thereby life in general. Originality is needed more than ever, so it’s important that we understand and respect intellectual property rights.

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Huge DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend!


These photos were just taken to give you an idea of what you’ll find at the DWR Warehouse Sale in New Jersey. Take an additional 20% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Find details, including information about our Free Shuttle from NYC, at dwr.com/outlet


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A light way to savor summer.


The designers at Rich Brilliant Willing are saying "Hello, summer!" with a sunny twist on their logo. Stephanie Murg at Unbeige praises the design as a refreshing way to celebrate a season that "is typically welcomed with little more than picnic-themed grocery store displays before it is ushered offstage in a blaze of back-to-school-themed commercials."

We're guessing this playful spirit is what enables RBW to come up with brilliant (and rich and willing) ideas like using audio jacks as connectors in their lamps. What will this summer inspire them to do?

Making the Glass House disappear.

The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

During the annual Glass House Summer Party, we were treated to Fujiko Nakaya’s art exhibition Veil. On view through November 30, this project “produces an opaque atmosphere to meet the building’s extreme transparency and temporal effects that complement its timelessness.” Huh?

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Here’s my unscholarly interpretation: Nakaya is using fog – something that normally hides things – to give shape to a transparent house. It’s as if Johnson drew his house in invisible ink and Nakaya’s fog is the “black light” needed to reveal the secret message.

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Stepping inside Philip Johnson's library.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Architect Philip Johnson had his 384-square-foot Library-Study painted white with a red door when it was completed in 1980. However, Johnson later changed the color specifically to a nameless brown because, in his words, “It’s an emotion, not a color.”

Note the Ghost House in the distance. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Rarely open to the public, this one-room workspace stands alone on the 49-acre, 14-structure Glass House property that Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut. In Johnson’s day, there was no path to the Library-Study, so guests had to find their own way through tall grass and wetlands. “It keeps the uninteresting people out,” he explained.

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Need to see your space in 3-D?


Looking for something creative to do this long weekend? Check out the DWR 3-D Room Planner, a free online tool that lets you see your space furnished with DWR furniture. You can also improve your view, move walls, add square footage -- anything your heart desires.

A sleek space created by Martin Mobley of DWR West Hollywood.

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Hello, Chicago!

Photo by William Zbanek

The new DWR Chicago Studio in Lincoln Park is now open, and we invite you to stop by. We’ve combined our two previous locations into one, giving you a bigger, brighter space to luxuriate in authentic modern design.

Photo by William Zbanek

Upon arrival, the first thing you’ll notice is the blazing Light Cloud of hanging pendants billowing over the entryway. Inside, the furniture is arranged in “houses” to help you envision how these pieces will work in your own home. And just for Chicago, we’ve created a Dining Test Lab where you can test-drive the largest assortment of iconic dining chairs in the world.

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Craving Culture? Exhibitions to see now.

Untitled by Bill Owens. Gelatin-silver print from the series Suburbia, 1973, on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

From celebrating suburbia in Scottsdale to Jeff Koons in New York to mythic and mystical modernism in Seattle, there is richness to enjoy everywhere. Here are the must-see exhibitions happening around the country.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Bill Owens: Suburbia 

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Myerhoff Collection

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What we're reading: Mies


We're kicking off our summer reading with Detlef Mertins' amazing monograph, Mies (Phaidon). A full review will follow in a few weeks (or however long it takes to meander through 560 pages of Mies). Until then, drop us a comment to let us know what you're reading or to suggest what we should read next.

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The Farnsworth House. Photos courtesy of Phaidon.

Looking for another book to dive into? Check out our review of Cape Cod Modern (Metropolis Books).

"First of its kind," says Houston Chronicle.

Photo by Gary Zvonkovic

The new DWR Houston Studio is now open and getting rave reviews. Sarah Rufca of the Houston Chronicle writes, "The new Design Within Reach studio in Highland Village is the first store of its kind in Texas."

Photo by Gary Zvonkovic

She continues, "Just across from Restoration Hardware's stucco fortress of luxury in Highland Village, the two-story windows that wrap around the new Design Within Reach studio leave little to the imagination, beckoning instead with Eames chairs and Noguchi coffee tables dramatically lit by satellite chandeliers and artichoke lamps."

Stop by and see what all the excitement is about. We look forward to seeing you.

It's the Herman Miller Sale at DWR!

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Eames Lounge and Ottoman

Authentic classics by Eames, Nelson, Noguchi (all the heavy hitters) are on sale, in stock and shipping for free. Shop the Herman Miller Sale.

Highlights from Design Week: ICFF.

Introducing the Su Stool by Nendo for Emeco.

Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Su and Broom stools in the Emeco booth at ICFF.

Hello, Su! The latest launch from Emeco, the sleek and simple Su Stool (top photo) made its NYC debut at ICFF and the DWR SoHo Studio. A beautiful mix of Japanese simplicity and American craftsmanship, Su will be available at DWR in July. Also new from Emeco is the Broom Stool designed by Philippe Starck.

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Remembering Massimo Vignelli.


It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Massimo Vignelli. The Italian architect and designer died on May 27 at 83. In recent weeks, word of his illness motivated the design community to generate a campaign of letters, to let Massimo know how much he changed the world in which we live. At DWR, we sent him a letter, which read:

We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the contributions you’ve made – not only to the world of modern design but also to the world in general. We’re firm believers in the notion that work such as yours improves the lives of people everywhere.

Also, we thought you might like to hear what a few of our own people had to say about you.

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Featured Articles

07.25.14   Brutal love.
07.25.14   Mies must-read.
07.02.14   Making the Glass House disappear.
07.02.14   Stepping inside Philip Johnson's library.
04.29.14   Cape Cod Modern must-read.


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