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April 11, 2010

The latest buzz.


May 16, 2010 Update: It's Here! Check out the 111 Navy Chair® at and DWR Studios. 

April 11, 2010 Post: Launching this week at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, is the 111 Navy Chair®. Made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles, the 111 Navy Chair is the result of a special collaboration between Emeco and Coca-Cola, and it’s available exclusively at Design Within Reach. You’re probably already familiar with Emeco’s 1006 Navy Chair, which is made from 80% recycled aluminum. To check out the plastic version (in six colors) of this iconic chair, visit a DWR Studio in mid-May. The 111 Navy Chair will make its USA debut on May 16 in New York City. Learn more here, and stay in the loop with Twitter tag: #111navychair.

April 09, 2010

Eames auction report.


Wondering how your Eames® Chair might perform at an auction one day? Check out the results of this week’s landmark auction of items by Charles and Ray Eames. The auction included many unique items, like the Speaker shown above (result $4,463), however, some of the highlights were pulled out at the last minute, due to a lawsuit filed by Lucia Eames against sellers John and Marilyn Neuhart. Eames claims that the Neuharts, who were the official archivists of the Eames Office, didn’t have the right to sell some of these items. Upon learning of the lawsuit, the auction house, owned by Richard Wright, agreed to pull the lots in question until a resolution was found.

April 08, 2010

Dear DWR Readers,

Wow! We’ve just mailed our first new catalog in months. Welcome back to the DWR world. I have been on the job since January, and I’m so excited about our beautiful company. For the past 11 years, I have been a fan of DWR just like you. I have purchased Bubble lamps, lounge chairs, a fire pit, a bottle opener ... you get the idea.

John Edelman at the DWR Studio in Westport, CT. Photo courtesy of Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times/Redux

I have spent the last 15 years working with my family and my closest friend, John McPhee, producing the finest leather in the world for interior design. After we sold the company to Knoll, it was time to move on, and the opportunity to become the leaders of DWR came at the perfect moment.

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April 05, 2010

If Charles Eames had owned a cat, he would’ve designed this.


The unsightly kitty privy is a challenge every cat-owner struggles with: where in your home can you stash the purple, plastic, Barney of a litter box? Fortunately, the genius designers of the ModKat Litter Box have given us a solution. This sleek box, which The New York Times called “the iPod of litter boxes,” is modern, functional and very smart. I’ve put it to the test (or rather, my cat has) and I’m smitten. The modern aesthetic works beautifully in my home, and box’s flip-top lid and handy scoop make it easy to empty. Unlike any other litter box I’ve seen, ModKat has a “rooftop” entry lid, which ensures privacy for your kitty and keeps unsightly unmentionable things from view. Plus, the perforated surface helps prevent litter from scattering all over your floor. When kitty jumps out of the hole and onto the perforated lid, stray bits of litter fall back into the box, which is like having a built-in litter-catching matt. But don’t just take my cat’s word for it: the ModKat Litter Box has recently received a “red dot design award.” What do you think – should we add this to the DWR assortment?

April 02, 2010

DWR products help a bike company pick up speed.


After being part of the DWR team at our Portland Studio for more than five years, Todd Peres left to join another company, called Kalkhoff USA. Fortunately, Peres didn’t completely forget about us as he pedaled off to a new opportunity. His showroom in Portland, Oregon is outfitted with our Cubitec and Primary Pouf products. (It’s also filled with cool pedal electrics, or “e-bikes”, made by Kalkhoff, a 90-year-old German bike manufacturer.) Their product showroom and corporate offices are located at 528 NW 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97209.