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July 28, 2010

Why didn’t we think of that?


One of the entries to our DWR Design Gallery contest included an innovative way to use Cubitec. When designing their home architecture studio, Brian Farling, RA & Melissa Farling, AIA, chose Doron Lachisch’s Cubitec shelving system. But rather than placing it on the floor like a traditional bookcase, they mounted it to the wall. The cantilevered boxes are used to hold the architecture team’s library, which are some hefty books. This successful installation maintains the feeling of lightness in the space, mirrors the vertical window over the desk and keeps your eye moving toward the view of the Arizona sky. To see other sleek ways that our customers have used Cubitec, go to this page and click on the Zoom/Additional Images button.

July 23, 2010

DWR Design Gallery Contest: And the winners are...

We were overwhelmed by the response to our DWR Design Gallery contest and we’re very excited to show you the winners. A panel of judges rated each entry on a scale from 1 to 10 in each of the following criteria: innovation, honesty, timelessness and approachability. The four with the highest scores were our winners. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered.

Russell Hill Road Residence, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Designed by gh3 - Pat Hanson (Partner in Charge) and Anthony Provenzano (Project Architect)

Built in the Brutalist style of architecture of the 1970’s, the house had been changed over the years by previous owners who converted large open spaces into cellular rooms. Hanson and Provenzano reversed this by reopening the ground floor so that it became an open loft-like space from front to back (the house is about 70′ long). They also stripped back the interior to create a neutral shell punctuated by sculptural elements like a curved stair and stone fireplace wall.
Interior finishes were chosen for their neutrality. Most surfaces were painted white and other surfaces that would incur more wear – like bathtubs and counters – were finished with custom fabricated white Corian. All floor surfaces, including the stairs are wood, stained nearly black. The contrast with the walls also serves to extend and unify the space.

Vinto Restaurant ( 418 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Designed by David Harries and Louis Ulrich, principal Lu’na Design Studio

David Harries immediately saw the potential in this old building to house a casual, modern Italian food concept. Working once again with Louis Ulrich, AIA, the first goal was to create a feeling of simplicity. The narrowing of the restaurant allowed for visual variety and booth design, but also pulled the eye to the back of the space; the choice to use the Random Light by Bertjan Pot, reinforced this visual goal while maintaining the airy view to the back.
Because of the exposed ceiling joists, they explored industrial finishes, with the end result being exposed metal, wood, marble, and cork. The industrial-chic, Icon Chair and Barstool by Philippe Starck, and the 20-06 Counter Stool by Foster & Partners provided added enhancement. This seating choice provided simplicity and comfort, while the open back maintained visual openness.

McGuire Warman Residence, Ludlow, Kentucky
Designed by Carey McGuire Warman

Carey McGuire Warman’s philosophy is that if you design with things you love, they will always work. The trick is, you just have to be really picky about what you choose to love. With that in mind, the design challenge she had with her 120-year-old house was how to blend two long rooms split by pocket doors into one cohesive living room. And since she was her own client and her own design team, she had to figure it out herself. This is a designer who loves to blend modern design with vintage and antique pieces, and creating striking contrast between the two. So, seeing as the house already brought a lot of vintage character to the space, she looked to some modern pieces for inspiration.

Satzger Residence, Menlo Park, CA
Designed By Douglas Lorie Design

Husband and wife design team Doug and Lorie Satzger took a simple approach to designing their home. They selected pure designs for simple design for everyday indoor-outdoor living.

Congratulations to our winners and check out for honorable mentions. We'll be posting them for the next week or so.


DWR Design Gallery Honorable Mention

DESIGNERS: Garen Scribner and Scott Sitrin
LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

Lucky homeowners: their ceiling height is perfect for this “wall” of Cubitec. The designers successfully divided the living and sleeping areas with this functional storage system that allows light to filter through. The Yanagi Butterfly Stool is used for seating or as a footstool.

DWR Design Gallery Honorable Mention

Minarc - MIRANDA Living 2
DESIGNER: Erta Dogg Ingjaldsdottir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of MINARC
PROJECT LOCATION: Mount Washington, CA

A 1940’s Spanish style house was converted into a simplistic eco-conscious design that is focused on functionality and in creating a family environment that breathes. And in this case, “breathes” is meant quite literally as the designers did not use any chemicals, wall-to-wall carpets, tiles or paint. The furniture they chose is built to last and includes Molded Plastic Eames chairs and a Nelson Cigar Pendant. (The longevity of the Ernie and Bert balloon is uncertain.)

DWR Design Gallery Honorable Mention

The winning entries have been selected, but there were also a handful of entries that we really loved. These entries received an Honorable Mention for their extraordinary uses of color, light, proportion… and freaking awesomeness. We’ll be posting them here on the blog over the next week and here is the first one:


DESIGNER: Laurie Berk of Berk Design Group LLC

In downsizing from a 6,000 to 832 square foot home, the client wanted a soft, modern, minimalist style. The entire interior structure was gutted and the new spaces incorporated several DWR products, including Bertoia barstools and a Cellula chandelier.

SFMOMA selects Snøhetta to design new wing.

SFMOMA has selected the Norwegian firm Snøhetta to be their partner in building the new Fisher wing. The expansion will add more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space to accommodate their growing collections, including the Doris and Donald Fisher collection of modern and contemporary art. Follow the museum’s progress here.

July 21, 2010

Breaking bread with design brainiacs.

If you could be invited to any dinner party in the history of mankind, which would you choose to attend? For me, it would be one of the legendary gatherings at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, where the table was often surrounded by the greatest minds in art, design and architecture. Fortunately, I’m not the only one, and a new website is here to satiate our thirst for inspiring conversations. Check it out at – a website experience that begins with a provocation each Monday. People have only five days to respond. After comments have closed a “Final Word” is chosen from the replies. In this week’s conversation, Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic of the International Herald Tribune,

Continue reading "Breaking bread with design brainiacs." »

July 20, 2010

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year.


If you’re in NYC, be sure to check out the 2010 Kitchen of the Year designed by Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s Flipping Out. Design Within Reach provided a lot of the furniture, including the Theatre Sofa, Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table and Risom Chair in the comfortable lounge area shown above. The Kitchen is on display in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza through July 23.

Check out this clip from the Today Show (watch for our 20-06 Counter Stools and Bottega Stools in the kitchen, and the living room at the end of the clip):

For a full list of DWR product featured in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, visit

July 19, 2010

A milestone for the iconic SAS Royal Hotel.


The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (today known as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel) celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. Arne Jacobsen designed the hotel as well as most of its furniture. For its busy lobby, he created the biomorphic Egg and Swan chairs, which are believed to be the first swiveling upholstered chairs. The chairs are still used at the hotel, and one room – Room 606 – has been left unchanged through 50 years of renovations. Room 606 is available for booking and it is one of the most recognizable and photographed hotel rooms in the world. To celebrate the hotel’s anniversary, a recreation of Room 606 (shown above) has been installed at the SAS Business Lounge at Copenhagen Airport.

July 16, 2010

Win a Mad Men inspired living room.


AMC and Design Within Reach have teamed up to give one lucky winner all the furniture to create a room inspired by the acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. Learn more.

July 15, 2010

Plugging into smart design.


Yves Behar, designer of the Leaf Light for Herman Miller, has teamed up with GE to create an electric-car charging station. Called the GE WattStation, the device was created to be “as durable as street furniture, as visible as a light beacon, and as beautiful as street greenery.” Personally, I think it looks like a giant electric razor, but I can see the streamlined form working well in a variety of settings – from a public street to a private drive. Global roll out is planed for 2011 and the unit will sell for $3,000 to $7,000. A wall-mounted home unit (priced around $1000) will be introduced in October. Learn more.

July 09, 2010

DWR Design Gallery update.


Update: we've selected a small group of finalists from which we’ll be choosing four winners. However, to be fair and accurate in our judging, we’re reaching out to a few people to check a few details. We’re hoping to announce the winners by the end of next week. We greatly appreciate your patience in this process and look forward to sharing the wonderful winning spaces with you.

July 08, 2010

Solo Tengo Un Amor: I only have one love.

“When I design a product, it must have a different personality,” says Jesús Gasca. “It has to be beautiful, and it really has to be comfortable. Otherwise, it’s just a decorative object and not a chair.” Click on the image to launch a video about Jesús Gasca, founder of Stua (Solo Tengo Un Amor: I only have one love), a company that prides itself on producing a limited range of furniture.

July 07, 2010

Faces in the Wild: Call for Entries.

Our partners at Humanscale (makers of the Liberty Chair, Freedom Chair and other ergonomic masterpieces) are now accepting artwork submissions for their 10th annual Faces in the Wild art auction and benefit. Artists, designers, photographers and philanthropists are invited to donate wildlife-themed artwork or photographs to be auctioned in October at a gala event in Humanscale's New York City showroom. Proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Fund, the leader in international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. For more information or to register a submission, contact Karen Brooking at 212-353-1383 or