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February 28, 2011

A Hue-morous Way to Organize Your Books.


Starring an ordinary bookshelf with the extraordinary ability to single-handedly coordinate its contents by hue, this playful stop-motion animation video by Sean Ohlenkamp and Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp may tempt even the most stringent catalogers to reconsider their organizational methods.

Tell us, how do you organize your bookshelf? By subject? By author? By color?

February 25, 2011

Learn more about Dedon and their work with Philippe Starck.

Wondering what happens when Dedon -- the outdoor furniture powerhouse -- plays with Philippe Starck? Check out the new outdoor collection called Play and learn more about the collaboration in the Dedon Blogazine.

Be careful when you dust behind the sofa.

According to the BBC, a woman in Brazil found an alligator hiding behind her sofa. The report says she was "alerted to the reptile's presence by her three-year-old son, who was petting the reptile's head." One has to wonder, was it a crocodile leather sofa? Shown: Croco Loco Grande by Edelman Leather.

February 23, 2011

Sneak peek at March catalog.

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We’re so excited about our March outdoor catalog that we’re giving you a sneak peek online. Inside you’ll find the largest launch of new DWR collections for outdoor living, including the new Ollie Collection (shown above), a DWR Exclusive.

February 18, 2011

Time flies.

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since Santiago Calatrava completed his $100 million Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The captivating structure includes a steel brise soleil that unfolds each morning and folds back up at night. The museum will celebrate this marvel of engineering and grace with an exhibit opening in September. When you go, be sure to check out our Globus Chairs, designed by Jesús Gasca, in the Windhover Hall (shown below).


February 17, 2011

New York Times: Objects for Minimalists.

In today’s paper, architects Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke share their favorite pieces of furniture to use in projects. One of which is our Tractor Stool by BassamFellows. “We use this in all of our projects,” Mr. Messana said. “I love that the shape is based on a tractor seat, and that it’s solid wood,” he said. “There’s no fuss about it.”

February 16, 2011

Historic preservationists vs. Steve Jobs.

For nearly a decade, Steve Jobs has been fighting preservationists over his plans to demolish his Woodside, California home. Built 86 years ago, the 30-room Spanish Colonial Revival home was designed by architect George Washington Smith for copper baron Daniel Jackling. Jobs lived in it for a while, and then left it vacant as he pursued permits to destroy the house and build something smaller. Eleven years of neglect later, the home was determined to be beyond repair and the town granted the demotion permit. Two days ago, it was torn down. What do you think, should the buyer of a historically significant home be responsible for its legacy, or is it theirs to keep or destroy as they please?

February 15, 2011

DWR seating is on the menu.

The new Van Horn Sandwich Shop in Brooklyn has been receiving rave reviews for its food, drinks and (most importantly, in our opinion) its decor. Furnished by Design Within Reach, the Cobble Hill eatery has Salt Chairs and Era Barstools to relax in as you enjoy their Southern-inspired sandwiches. If you go, be sure to send us a comment with your review of Salt and Era seating (and let me know if they mix a mean Side Car).

February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Verner Panton.

Celebrating what would have been his 85th birthday, we're featuring the work of Verner Panton today. Drawing on his architectural background, Panton designed ground-breaking domestic living spaces – fusing disparate elements such as floor, wall, furniture, lighting, and textile – into wholly original and indivisible interiors. The effects of these spaces, with Panton's characteristic preferences for geomatric shapes and intense colors, melded seamlessly with the emerging psychadelic sensibilities. Learn more about Verner Panton.

February 10, 2011

Trying to find the right words?

Looking for a special way to let someone know how you feel? The Positive Posters by Bisgràfic may have the words you're looking for. These downloadable posters combine positivity and design. It's "an idea with optimistic intensions born in cloudy times," and a sure bet if you want to make someone smile.

Because designers have wrestled with sleep, you don't have to.

Sonno Mattress
"I have never slept so well. I love my mattress so much, I have a difficult time getting to work on time." -Elizabeth Hart.
Learn more about the Sonno Mattress, or check it out for yourself at a DWR Studio. The Sonno is included in our Bedroom and Mattress Sale.

February 09, 2011

DWR Boulder Studio Event: Rev your engine!

Win a date with the Tesla Roadster at our Boulder Studio this Saturday night. Design Within Reach and Tesla Motors are hosting a Valentine-themed event to support the Boulder County Aids Project (BCAP). Visit the DWR Boulder Studio to check out Tesla’s Red Hot Roadster and Saarinen’s super sexy Womb Chair. Make a donation to BCAP at the event to be entered to win prizes including a weekend with the Tesla Roadster. Enjoy sweets from Concertos in Chocolate, and beer from Avery Brewing. Champagne and wine will be served as well.

RSVP to:
WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 6-9pm 
WHERE: DWR Boulder Studio, 2049 Broadway, Boulder, CO

February 08, 2011

Exhibit: the grand dame of French interior design.

Through February 26, an exhibit at Hôtel de Ville de Paris is celebrating the famed French interior designer Andrée Putman. With a career spanning six-decades, Putman is known as “la reine du damier” (the queen of the checkerboard). Her signature graphics have been installed on everything from luxury jets to pianos to the rooms of the Morgans Hotel in New York. In her work with this hotel, she invented the boutique hotel concept and later designed the Morgans Chair.

February 07, 2011

Be my modern Valentine.

If you miss your favorite chair enough to send it a Valentine, this Etsy card is for you. It could also be sent to your significant other, but I'm not sure what the message is... I miss sitting with you? You are as well designed as an Eames Chair? Whatever it is, the card is unique, and sure to get someone's mid-century love vibe going. Happy V day.

Travel art: up, up and away.

During the 1950s and 1960s, David Klein designed and illustrated dozens of posters for Trans World Airlines (TWA). His influential work captured the excitement of air travel and defined the language of travel advertising and poster art of the period. His highly collectible posters include landmarks such as the Gateway Arch (shown above) designed in 1947 by Eero Saarinen. Learn more about David Klein.

February 04, 2011

The timeless appeal of a comfortable chair.

Wing Chair Wegner
Although Hans Wegner designed his Wing Chair in 1960, it wasn’t put into production until 2006 – debuting at the IMM Cologne furniture fair where it received a classic innovation award for its timeless appeal. Learn more about the Wing Chair at DWR.

February 03, 2011

A marvel of grace and beauty.

ShellChair by Wegner
Hans J. Wegner (pronounced VEG-ner in English and VAY-ner in Danish) preferred to work in solid wood, but occasionally he explored the use of bent plywood, and for that we are very thankful. Sometimes called the “smiling chair,” his Shell Chair (1963) achieves a floating lightness due to its wing-like seat and the arching curves of its tapered legs. Learn more about the Shell Chair at DWR.

February 02, 2011

If DWR sold cars...

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About once a year, I get car lust for some sleek beauty that I know I'm too much of a spazz to drive. This year's crush: the One-77 by Aston Martin. The English company, founded in 1913, will build only 77 of these, and every one has already been sold. The fact that the rest of us will have to admire it from afar is befitting for something designed to be "closer to art than the automobile," said Marek Reichman, director of design.

STUA: Solo Tengo Un Amor (I have only one love).

Stua's latest video is a treat for the eyes. There are stunning shots of their Nube Chair, Onda Stool and many other products. Jon Gasca, the son of Stua founder Jesús, explains the company's approach and appreciation for simple design. DWR is proud to be the exclusive retailer of Stua products in the U.S.