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October 28, 2010

Special event for Atlanta modernists.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), with local partners Atlanta History Center and Cherokee Garden Library, will host "Landscapes for Living: Post War Landscape Architecture in Atlanta." Fourteen speakers will examine the influential landscape architects of the 20th century, including how this legacy is impacting 21st century design and historic preservation. The event will be held on November 5, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center.

October 20, 2010

Roman and Williams: coming soon to DWR.

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“Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch’s architectural aesthetic has hit the luxury-recession sweet spot, and their firm, Roman and Williams, is behind many of the new New York spaces so reassuringly steeped in the old. Just don’t accuse them of nostalgia.”

Read more about this designer-architect team in an in-depth article from New York magazine. We guarantee that you will be seeing a lot more from Roman and Williams in the near future and we are very excited to announce that they are working on a line of furniture for us. Roman and Williams: coming soon to DWR.

October 11, 2010

The Architecture & Design Film Festival: Oct 14-17 in NYC.

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This groundbreaking festival is the first of its kind in the U.S., and will include 41 films, 13 programs, 31 speakers and 1 comfortable lounge furnished by DWR. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics, from architecture to urban design to packaging and graphic design. This is an unprecedented opportunity to immerse yourself in the ideas of Oscar Niemeyer, Lucienne and Robin Day, Julius Shulman, Milton Glaser, Renzo Piano and many other iconic giants who’ve shaped our visual and physical world. Go to adfilmfest.com for a list of films and to purchase tickets. All films will be shown at Tribeca Cinemas on 54 Varick Street. The festival bar and DWR-furnished lounge (also at 54 Varick) will open to the public. Design Within Reach is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Image above is from the film, The Aluminum Chair

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Film: Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower

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Film: Visual Acoustics 

October 08, 2010

Which is more beautiful: the model or location?

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Fashion photographer Pasquale Abbattisata achieved the impossible when he was allowed to shoot on location at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein for ELLE Deutschland. Only one other fashion photographer has ever been permitted such access. The setting includes the new VitraHaus designed by Architects Herzog & de Meuron, and the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry. The model shown above shares the camera with Nelson Clocks, Marshmallow Sofa and Eames Bird.

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In 1977*, Charles and Ray Eames made a nine-minute film called Powers of Ten that takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey. It starts with a sleeping man at a picnic, then takes you out to the edge of space, and then brings you back, and into, the hand of the sleeping man. Every year on the tenth of October, the Eames Office celebrates the Power of Ten. This year’s celebration includes an online streaming of the film. You can also purchase a copy for yourself in the six-volume Eames DVD Set, which includes nearly 400 minutes of films by Charles and Ray Eames. This DVD Set is included in our Semiannual Sale.

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The Eames Office is also celebrating the Powers of Ten with the Penfolds Tenfold. It includes a limited edition Eames® House of Cards wine rack, commemorative box and a magnum of Penfolds 2007 Bin 389. To order, call 707.265.5107 or visit www.cellar360.com/eames. Enter EAMES at checkout for an extra 25% discount.

* “There are two versions, the 1968 black-and-white Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Film Dealing with the Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of the Universe and the 1977 color Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero. The 1968 film, which was an early interpretation of the basic concept prepared for the Commission on College Physics, added advances in science that had occurred in the nine years between the two.” Source: Eames by Gloria Koenig, © 2005 Taschen