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August 08, 2011

Do you Haiku? If so, you could win tickets to a special event.

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Send us your Haiku (a poem written in 17 syllables, divided into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables each) about why you love modern architecture. The winner will receive two tickets to Conversations in Context at the Glass House on August 18. Includes a 2-hour tour hosted by photographer Todd Eberle and a reception. (Photo courtesy of Todd Eberle.) Contest details...

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The story behind the Hector Lighting Collection (new at DWR).

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Saving a factory and helping the employees keep their jobs was not something Peter Bowles thought he’d be doing when he designed his first bone china light. The story begins in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the British ceramics industry, where its prized porcelain has been produced for more than three centuries.

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New items added to our 3D Room Planner.

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Our 3D space-planning tool has even more furniture than before. Choose from dozens of renderings of DWR furniture that you can mix, match and move (no heavy lifting) until you find the perfect arrangement. For inspiration, browse the Gallery of Furnished Rooms.

The DWR Trade Program.

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Did you know that DWR has the world’s largest assortment of in-stock classics from Herman Miller®, Knoll®, Cassina and others? Or that we offer a discount to qualified architects, interior designers and design professionals? As a member of the DWR Trade Program, you’ll receive exceptional tailored services – including COM and COL. To apply for a Trade Account, call 1.800.944.2233, stop by a DWR Studio or go to dwr.com/trade. (Shown above: Tolix Marais Stool.)

August 06, 2011

Lounge (and light) for less.

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Did you know that our Upholstery & Rug Sale has begun? Save on sofas, sectionals, sleepers, ottomans and armchairs, as well as rugs, runners, table lamps and floor lamps. The Sale even includes NEW items like the Bantam Sofa in leather (shown above) and System 1-2-3 Lounge Chair by Verner Panton. Shop the sale by visiting dwr.com, calling 1.800.944.2233 or stopping by your local DWR Studio.

August 05, 2011

They've arrived! System 1-2-3 Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton.

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"I want to design furniture that grows up out of the floor," said Verner Panton. "To turn the furniture into something organic. Which never has four legs." Pushing materials to their limits was a passion of this Danish architect and designer, who always approached design challenges in unconventional ways. Learn more about Panton's System 1-2-3 Lounge Chair. The Teal and Grey/White versions are in stock and ready to ship. It's also on sale during our Upholstery & Rug Sale (Floor & Table Lamps, Too!).

August 18: Conversations in Context at The Philip Johnson Glass House.

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DWR is proud to be the sponsor of Conversations in Context at the Philip Johnson Glass House – continuing the legacy of what has been described as “the longest running salon in America” – established as a gathering of great minds in architecture, art, and design in New Canaan, Connecticut at the invitation of Philip Johnson and David Whitney. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, it extended the tradition to an invite-only Conversation series that took place at the property.

Tickets are available for the August 18 Event.
Host: Todd Eberle, Photographer

Evening begins at 5:30pm

2-hour guest-hosted tour and reception
Purchase tickets ($150 each) at PhilipJohnsonGlassHouse.org.

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August 04, 2011

It's here: The DWR August Catalog!

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The August catalog is in the mail. You can also pick one up at your local DWR Studio or browse our e-catalog online. Inside you'll find many new products, from Verner Panton furniture (shown above) to cool industrial lighting. Many of which are included in the Upholstery & Rug Sale (floor & table lamps, too!).

August 01, 2011

From forgotten ruin to the setting of our August catalog.

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Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene were looking for a mid-century home to restore, but when they first saw this structure, which had water dripping through ceiling fixtures and a partially collapsed roof, they were apprehensive. They tracked down the architect, Arthur Witthoefft, who built this home in 1957 and lived in it for 32 years.

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KnollTextiles: 1945–2010.

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Photo by Robert Damora, courtesy of KnollTextiles: Knoll showroom at 601 Madison Avenue, New York, in 1948. View of installation with string screen by Herbert Matter and textile display. 

On Friday, DWR was treated to a guided tour of "KnollTextiles: 1945–2010" at the Bard Graduate Center. The exhibit, four floors filled with textiles and archival materials of KnollTextiles from its founding in 1947 to present day, closed yesterday, but a comprehensive book of the exhibit entitled KnollTextiles: 1945–2010 is now available through Yale University Press.

Known for her “full design” approach to interiors, Florence Knoll (née Schust) started KnollTextiles as a way to increase business for Knoll, the furniture company founded by her husband Hans Knoll. She wanted to develop a proprietary line of textiles focused on experimental fibers and materials that employed techniques in response to changing environments and needs. In turn, she built a legacy of pioneering female designers that began with Eszter Haraszty and today continues with Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas.

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