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September 30, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Carl Avani.

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We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. Carl Avani was one of them. Based out of Portland, Avani works at design consultancy Ziba as a writer, editor and researcher. To learn more about Carl Avani and his passion for in-season produce, visit the 111 Chairs Project.

September 29, 2011

They've arrived! Iconic lamps designed by Greta Grossman.

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We showed you the Grasshopper Lamp last April when we were in Milan, and we're very excited to announce that these classic lamps are finally here! Even the New York Times is excited about this news and they featured these lamps in today's paper. Back in production after 50 years, these are authentic Greta Grossman lamps, produced to the designer's original specifications.

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Artwork courtesy Browngrotta Arts: 48mg MULTIPLICITY, Mary Giles, copper, iron, paint on wood panel, 37" x 60", 2010.

Swedish designer Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906–1999) was an architect, designer and modernist who broke through gender barriers to embark on a prolific career. In 1940, she and her husband immigrated to

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September 28, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Nigel Barker.

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Nigel Barker is one of the 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals we asked to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. You may recognize him as a judge from America’s Next Top Model, but this New Yorker is also a photographer, filmmaker, father and author – his book Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation was released last year. Learn more about Nigel Barker and which NYC neighborhood he calls home at the 111 Chairs Project.

 

A sleek solution for your home office.

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Posted today on Uncrate, the Airia Desk and Media Unit "will help you create a home office that you won't want to hide." Read their complete review here. You can find the Desk and Media Unit at dwr.com.

September 27, 2011

The Dining Sale ends today.

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Tables, chairs, stools, accessories and lighting: shop The Dining Sale before it ends at midnight. We have chairs at all price points, like the Salt Chair for just $83. This Shaker-style chair is a timeless classic, and its lack of ornament and unnecessary excess makes it befitting of the modern aesthetic. To shop the sale, visit a DWR Studio, call 1.800.944.2233 or go to dwr.com.

September 26, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Kegan Fisher.

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We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. New-York based artist/designer Kegan Fisher was one of them. As founder of Design Glut, Fisher creates housewares and jewelry with unexpected twists. Learn more about her at the 111 Chairs Project.

September 25, 2011

Test your design IQ: A DWR Exclusive Word Search.

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Back by popular demand: The DWR Word Search by the very talented Olivia Edelman. This challenging puzzle features designers' names beginning with A, B or C. How quickly can you find them? Share your time by posting a comment below and have fun! Bonus question: What does Scott Fellow's name have to do with A, B or C?

September 24, 2011

Your creativity could win you a $500 DWR Gift Card.

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The Dining Room Design Contest ends Tuesday. There's still time to design a room in our 3D Room Planner and enter it in the contest for a chance to win a $500 DWR Gift Card. To get started, go to dwr.com/roomplanner. Good luck!

September 23, 2011

U of Maryland takes early lead in Solar Decathlon.

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Through October 2, the National Mall is the place to be for solar-powered living. The winner of this U.S. Department of Energy competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Design Within Reach is proud to be a sponsor of the WaterShed by the University of Maryland. The WaterShed shows how the built environment

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10 days only: The Knoll Sale at DWR!

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The Knoll Sale at DWR has begun! Save on classics by Saarinen, Platner, Mies van der Rohe and others. This is the only time this year that the entire Knoll assortment is on sale. We have the largest assortment of in-stock Knoll product, which means fast delivery for you. Shop the Knoll Sale at DWR.

September 22, 2011

New arrivals at the DWR Outlet!

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A new shipment (actually, more than one) of great items has just arrived at our Secaucus, New Jersey Outlet. As an evolution of our cult classic Warehouse Sale, the DWR Outlet represents an assortment of customer returns, discontinued merchandise and overstocked items. We're open seven days a week. If you can't make it to New Jersey, be sure to check out our Online Outlet at dwr.com/ebay.

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Georgetown Studio Event: A Night of Knoll at DWR.

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Tonight, DWR Georgetown Studio hosts an evening that's entirely Knoll. Learn about Knoll's iconic designers, including Harry Bertoia, Warren Platner and Florence Knoll Bassett, then test your knowledge in our Knoll Triva Challenge -- yes, there will be prizes. Guests will be treated to a photo shoot in their favorite Knoll chair, and champagne and casual hors d'oeuvres will be served.

We hope you can make it!

A Night of Knoll at DWR | Thursday, September 22, 6–9pm
DWR Georgetown Studio
3306 M Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202.339.9480 

For directions visit the DWR Georgetown Studio Page

September 21, 2011

Planning a Vacation? Check out Welcome Beyond.

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Stay in this geodesic urt in Chile. Photo courtesy Welcome Beyond.

Welcome Beyond hopes that your next vacation exceeds even your wildest dreams. Founded by two Berlin-based brothers, the unconventional travel site specializes in hand-picked vacation rentals from French B&B's to modernist homes in Austria, tree hotels in Sweden, and remote geodesic urts in Chile. Visitors can search for accomodations by location, region, or interest, inlcluding unusual vacations. Each property includes a brief bio about the owner and/or property manager, numerous photos -- we spotted the BL3 Floor Lamp in the bedroom of this vacation home -- and details on pricing. 

Meet Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard, Winners of the UN Council Chamber Contest.

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Trusteeship UN Council Chamber, 1965. Visit the UN Photo Gallery for more photos.

Designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and Brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer, the UN headquarters was completed in 1952 and remained mostly untouched until four years ago. That’s when it was announced that the complex would be fully renovated by 2014. The changes include improvements to safety and functionality, as well as energy-saving measures to make the decades-old world headquarters LEED-certified. The renovation includes a significant facelift to the Trusteeship UN Council Chamber, originally designed by Danish architect Finn Juhl. At the age of 38, Juhl experimented with furniture, color schemes, carpeting and wall coverings to create a “total interior plan” for the Chamber, where the whole space and its details work and play together.

Preserving what Juhl created was paramount to the Danish Arts Foundation, so in December 2010 it held a design competition, inviting five of Denmark’s leading furniture designers to create new chairs and tables for the Chamber, all of which had to be in keeping with Danish tradition and the legacy of Finn Juhl yet mindful of modern materials. The Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, in cooperation with Danish Realdania Foundation, provided the necessary funding for the UN Council Chamber renovations.

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September 20, 2011

Jeanne Gang named MacArthur Fellow.

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Congratulations to architect Jeanne Gang on winning a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Gang's work includes the Aqua Tower in Chicago, a building described by Paul Goldberger as an "undulating landscape of bending, flowing concrete, as if the wind were blowing ripples across the surface of the building." The $500,000 award is given to individuals who stand out for "their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future."

The Dining Room Design Contest ends soon.

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There's still time to enter The Dining Room Design Contest. To enter, design a room using our free 3D Room Planner tool and furnish it with DWR tables, stools, chairs (or no chairs, as this person has done), lighting, rugs and more. The winner will receive a $500 DWR Gift Card. To get started, go to dwr.com/roomplanner. Have fun!

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September 19, 2011

Glass House News: Support the Brick House restoration fund.

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Located in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Philip Johnson Glass House is actually comprised of two structures – one made of glass, the other made of brick – which Johnson conceived as one design. The Brick House (aka the Guest House) sits across a landscaped courtyard from the Glass

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September 16, 2011

Knoll honored with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

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This week, at a White House luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama bestowed Knoll with a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement—a well-deserved honor. Read more and see a slideshow at NY Magazine. Shown above: Hans Knoll and his wife and partner Florence, flanked by designers Herbert Matter (left) and Harry Bertoia, in 1952. Photo courtesy of Knoll.

Friday Film: From raw clay to raw beauty.

 
This lovely film shows the making of the Hector Lamp, one of the collections from Original BTC, a company with an interesting story to tell. 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

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September 15, 2011

The making of a Deck Light.


Kudos to our partners at Davey Lighting for making this beautiful video -- so much care and skill goes into making just one of their Deck Lights. Enjoy.