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May 26, 2010

Launch party photos.

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Check out the great photos – maybe you’re in them – from our 111 Navy Chair® launch parties:

NYC, May 16 Party Photos
San Francisco, May 20 Party Photos
Atlanta, May 20 Party Photos
Portland, May 27: Party Photos
Austin, May 27: Party Photos
Los Angeles, June 3: Party Photos

You can also take a look at the video from the New York Launch of the 111 Navy Chair® (click here to watch in HD):

May 25, 2010

NYC must-do event for this weekend.

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Furniture and Accessories 3-Day Flash Sale: We’ve packed a temporary storefront entirely with floor samples from all of our NYC Studios. Be sure to check it out before Monday evening because as soon as the long weekend is over, the Flash Sale and the temporary location disappear. The floor will be restocked each morning.

WHEN: Saturday, May 29–Monday, May 31: 11am–6pm
WHERE: 124 Hudson St., NYC
All merchandise is sold as is, and all sales are final. Items must be removed from the premises the same day. A delivery service will be available, for a fee.

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Yellow dresses, naked men and a furniture show.

When I heard that seven women were sharing a 100-square-foot platform for five days in Bryant Park, I was curious. When I heard that they were wearing matching yellow dresses and were not allowed to talk to each other, I knew I had to see it. I caught the end of their “act” when I flew to NYC for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).

Seven women in taxicab yellow dresses participating in an art project in Bryant Park, NYC

The “Walk the Walk” project was the work of Kate Gilmore, who asked her volunteers (a questionable term since a ladder was required to escape from the eight-foot-high platform) to walk with purpose from 8:30am to 6:30pm. However, even with a shift change at midday, the hours spent in matching ivory pumps had turned the walk into more of a hobble, and the answer to “is there a Dr. Scholl’s in the house?” was clearly “no.”

In contrast to the yellow-clad gals on the move is the Antony Gormley exhibit of naked men who don’t move at all. The lack of movement is because they are iron statues, and it’s a good thing too, because they are perched on the edges of rooftops.

Two of the life-size naked figures perched on buildings in NYC.

The figures were controversial when they first appeared – not because they’re nude, but because people thought they were jumpers. But after New Yorkers understood that it’s just art, they embraced the idea of looking for naked men on buildings around the Flatiron District. What could be better? Like an Easter egg hunt for grownups, there are 31 life-size naked figures to find in NYC; the identical forms are cast from Gormley himself.

It’s ironic that the ladies in yellow were so desperately in need of a chair (and I suppose the naked Gormleys might have enjoyed a bed) since the event happened during Design Week. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is an annual event held at the Javits Convention Center, and while it lacks the punch of Milan’s Salone, there are still interesting things to be found.

Here are some of my favorites:

Cloud Softlight by Molo Design. Made from recyclable Tyvek, these floating forms are lit up by LED bulbs.

“Happy Hardcore” (right) is a tire and hemp seat designed by Fernanda Fajardo, a student at Pratt. “The tire is a symbol of extreme toughness and unwanted filth,” said Fajardo, “while the hemp twine symbolizes the unity and support within the HardCore punk culture.” On the left is Philippe Starck’s lamp for Baccarat (a symbol of the hardcore penthouse culture).

The Private Cloud by Kloker. I imagine that those ladies in yellow dresses would’ve paid money to take a break in this. Add one of Gormley’s naked statues to the mix and we’ve got a showstopper.

Eco-friendly wall coverings by Miss Print (left), made with organic pigment inks. On the right are Jeff Taly and Greg Benson, the designers of our Adirondack Chair and other outdoor furniture. While it looks like Greg is thinking about having some milk, the wall graphics depict the fact that their furniture is made out of recycled milk jugs.

Norman Cherner’s iconic 1958 armchair, shown in natural Redgum. On the right are 1006 Navy® Chairs in a quiet moment before the DWR launch party of the 111 Navy Chair®.

I’ll be posting more images from NYC, and writing about the Hospitality and Design Expo in Las Vegas, so be sure to check our blog this week to see what’s new.

May 17, 2010

111 Navy Launch Party in NYC.

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The 111 Navy Chair® made its debut at our West 14th Street Studio last night. The chair was very well received by our guests who sipped cocktails from Bacardi and Coke and debated about which color chair was their favorite. The blog sub-studio liked red and green the best. Find a launch party near you or check out pictures from the NYC Launch.

May 16, 2010

NYC Design Week.

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The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) has begun in NYC. During my stroll through the Javits Convention Center yesterday, one of the booths that really stood out was the Herman Miller space. In addition to showing their product – like the Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs in all the new colors – Herman Miller is asking people to participate in the booth experience. 

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May 11, 2010

DWR Planters Project.

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Our second annual Planters Project is underway. We’ve teamed up with some of the best garden artists and landscape architects in the country to bring you inspiring ideas for your space. Using a DWR planter as their canvas, five teams of creative green thumbs will present their work at a local DWR Studio.

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May 07, 2010

Architectural tourism.

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The average tourist will find architectural masterworks in all the major cities of the world but more adventurous travelers will find big rewards in the great buildings located far off the beaten path. Works like the Frank Gehry Guggenheim in the dirty port city of Bilbao, Spain, and the breathtaking Eero Saarinen North Christian Church in the farm country of Columbus, Indiana, are two examples of truly inspiring architecture living in locations otherwise left off the map of the Great Cities of the World. The newest entry in this category is the Tampa Museum of Art, designed by the brilliant San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz, and completed just a couple months ago.

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May 01, 2010

Under the ash plumes in Milan.

Despite the horror stories of being stranded in Italy under a veil of volcano debris, I’m still incredibly jealous of the DWR group who just returned from the Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Fortunately, our outdoor buyer Ben was kind enough to share his photos with me, and now I’m inviting you to share in this virtual journey to Milan.

The foliage-studded exterior of the Hedgehog (left), and it’s interior as seen when looking up at the sky (right).

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