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December 31, 2011

Remembering Eva Zeisel, 1906–2011.

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We mourn the loss of Eva Zeisel today. This inspiring ceramicist, artist, designer and friend will be missed by all of us at Design Within Reach.

Eva Zeisel was continually intrigued by what she called her "playful search for beauty." A person of delightfully defiant spirit, the designer was just beginning her career when she declared war on the fashionable avant-garde. "I didn't accept the purism of modern design," she said. "In my definition, if it gave beauty to the eye, it was beauty."

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Our red Neutra Numbers are so loud, they go up to 11.

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Update: Thank you so much for all of your imaginative entries. We have chosen five winner who will be contacted shortly.

There are countless ways to use Neutra House Numbers. From building a kid’s height chart, to bringing logic to your kitchen drawer handles, to numbering the steps in a staircase … these sleek digits inspire many creative ideas. (Neutra Numbers are also available in Aluminum.)

Got a creative idea to share? Tell us how you’d use Neutra Numbers and you could win a set for your house (or for anywhere you want to use them).

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December 29, 2011

In today's New York Times: Shopping for Fire Pits.

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Industrial designer Joe Doucet goes shopping for fire pits, described by the New York Times as "those vessels, often made of ceramic or iron and fueled by wood or gas, that lovers of the outdoors set up in chilly weather for heat and light and charm." When he sees our Cast Iron Fire Bowl, he says "it strikes the perfect balance -- the reductive design can fit into a modern environment, but the cast iron adds historical significance, so it can sit in environments that aren't so contemporary." He also liked its portability and the optional stainless grill top. "It becomes multifunctional," he says. "In urban environments, where space is at a premium, you want things to do more than one thing if possible." Photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

December 27, 2011

Remembering Andrew Geller.

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the loss of Andrew Geller, who died on December 25. An American architect, Geller is perhaps best known for the beach houses he designed in the 1950s and 60s, many of which were in the Hamptons. On May 5, 1957, the New York Times featured a story about the A-frame house he designed for Elizabeth Reese in Sagaponack, New York, and Geller’s fresh approach to this style of architecture was met with international acclaim. For 35 years, Geller worked at the international design firm Raymond Loewy & Associates, where he designed the “Typical American House” shown at the American Exhibition in Moscow. The house was the cause of the famous Kitchen Debate between Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on July 24, 1959. A year later, the model home led to the creation of Leisurama Homes, a line of summer houses that could be purchased at Macy’s. Geller’s work can be seen in many books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons by Alastair Gordon.

Our thoughts are with his family. This modernist architect will be missed.

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Richard Schulman photography. schulmanphotography.com

December 25, 2011

The DWR Floor Sample Sale begins Dec. 26.

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Furnish your room with our need for elbow room. Every DWR Studio is having a Floor Sample Sale. Shop early for the best selection. We also have great deals on dwr.com, the DWR Online Outlet, and the DWR Outlet in Secaucus. Find a Studio near you. Looking for something specific? Call your local Studio or our Connecticut sales team at 1.800.944.2233.

Video: A soothing and visually rich treat for the holidays.

“The modernists were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of furniture danced in their heads…” Begin your long winter’s nap with this soothing video from our partners at Stua. Happy holidays.

STUA CHRISTMAS from JAVIER GUERRERO on Vimeo.

 

December 24, 2011

Craving culture? Museum exhibitions to see.

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Here are just a few exhibitions to see around the country. Do you have suggestions to add to this list? Drop us a comment and we'll post it. Shown: Ocean Park #79, 1975. Oil on canvas. ©The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn. Image courtesy The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

NEW YORK
MoMA: 194X-9/11: American Architects and the City (ends Jan. 2) 
Dec. 26 hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm

LOS ANGELES
LACMA: California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way 
Dec. 26 hours: Noon – 8pm

SAN FRANCISCO
SFMoMA: Richard Serra Drawing (ends Jan 16)
Dec. 26 hours: 11am – 5:45pm

FORT WORTH
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series (ends Jan 15) 
Dec. 26 (closed). Dec. 27 hours: 10am – 5pm

CHICAGO
The Art Institute: Architecture for Urbanism: Selections from the Bertrand Goldberg Archive (ends Jan 2)
Dec 26 hours: 10:30am – 5pm

 

 

December 23, 2011

Video: Tour the Glass House with Paul Goldberger.

Join Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker, as he tours the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Goldberger is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters (Yale University Press, 2009).

Conversations in Context: Paul Goldberger from The Philip Johnson Glass House on Vimeo.

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.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Join professor Greg Lynn and his 14 graduate students as they look into the future in collaboration with the leaders of Walt Disney Imagineering. The UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Master of Architecture II program, also known as Suprastudio, is a yearlong studio course designed to promote critical practice by emphasizing applied research.

Suprastudio Greg Lynn from UCLA Architecture & Urban De on Vimeo.

 

December 21, 2011

Our Holiday Wish Lists: Kimberly Phillips

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Job: Managing Editor.

Favorite Holiday Song: Jingle Bells by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.

Best Winter Treat: Red and Green Jelly Wreaths – I think about them all year.

Wish List: Oh! It’s hard to pick just one! Right now there are three items on my wish list. (And lucky for me, they coordinate!)

1. City Wall Throw

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I would like to thank Diane von Furstenberg for encouraging Suki Cheema to design textiles inspired by his travels. They’re a visual treat, and his City Wall Throw is an effortlessly stylish accent for any room.  

2. Uten.Silo I

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I love the story behind this product. It was inspired by a multi-pocketed fabric storage system and intended to be easily mass-produced in plastic. Unfortunately, because of the oil embargo in the mid-70s, plastics became too costly to produce, and it fell out of production – until it was reissued by Vitra Design Museum in 2002. 

3. Coatrack Dots

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The Dots are a quirky way to hang coats, dog leashes, bags, just about anything. But it’s because of the designers’ humorous quote that they made my wish list: "Being a very social set of hooks, the Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing the Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then to admire their shape and material."

December 20, 2011

Our Holiday Wish Lists: Michael Sainato

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Job: V.P. of Marketing + Creative.

Favorite Holiday Song:  There is no such thing as a good holiday song.

Best Winter Treat:  Black Squirrel - maple syrup, Bourbon, bitters, orange and Heering (Danish cherry liquor).

Wish List: The Eames® Aluminum Lounge and Ottoman in black powder coat and black leather - black on black. What more do you need to say. The coolest chair.

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December 19, 2011

Our Holiday Wish Lists: Jae Hah

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Job: Northeast Area Manager

Favorite Holiday Song: An old Johnny Cash Christmas record I found in a vintage store in Kewaskum, Wisconsin while I was visiting my husband's family one year. I'm not sure what the title is because the cover was in tatters when I found it. That's my soundtrack of choice during the holidays (especially while housecleaning).

Best Holiday Treat: "Dduk Guk," a Korean soup made of savory rice cakes and stuffed dumplings in beef broth traditionally consumed on the morning of New Year's Day. My mom only makes it once a year, and although it can be ordered at Korean restaurants anytime, her version is obviously the most delicious.

Wish List: The Grasshopper Floor Lamp designed by Greta Grossman is on my wish list, in Blue Grey. It reminds me of a louche, worldly woman. Or a dandy silent film star with jazz hands. Or, The Thinker. It has so much personality that it trips off a reel of delightfully anthropomorphic images in my mind every time I look at it. And the understated, perfect color. I want all the walls in my house to be that color; Benjamin Moore doesn't quite have it down. It's the new neutral.

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December 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Ray!

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Today marks the 99th birthday of artist, designer, filmmaker and innovator Ray Eames – and she's had quite a year. With last month's premiere of documentary film Eames: The Architect and the Painter, the Eameses have been enjoying a renewed presence in the cultural spotlight. Ray's fashion sense was recently chronicled on the New York Times' fashion blog, and this Monday, December 19, PBS will premiere the much-talked about Eames documentary as part of its American Masters series.

For more information on the film and to check local listings, visit pbs.org.

 

December 13, 2011

DWR Outlet Sale: Herman Miller samples from Art Basel.

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This weekend: Incredibly fabulous NJ DWR Outlet Sale. Our partners at Herman Miller have agreed to let us sell the 340 products that they just showed at Art Basel | Miami. This includes new products, and new finishes on classic products. You'll find an Eames® LCW in white ash; Nelson Swag Leg Chairs with white legs; a new Tuxedo Sofa (below) by BassamFellows that's to die for... there are many wonderful finds. Take 20% off the lowest marked price during this Two-Day Sale. There are also great buys on Photo Samples, Customer Returns and Gift Items. Mark your calendar and catch the FREE SHUTTLE from NYC. Find details at dwr.com/outlet.

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December 12, 2011

Watch: The Eames Lounge Chair's 1956 Debut.

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To celebrate the last day of our Herman Miller Sale, we're rewatching this vintage NBC clip of Charles and Ray Eames introducing their now-iconic design to the world. Save 15% on the Eames® LCW, Eames® Lounge Chair and other great items through midnight tonight! Sale ends December 12. 

The Andy Warhol Experience.

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Not long after arriving in New York City in 1953, a young artist named Andy Warhol began to make his way in the world of commercial illustration. Edelman Leather was one of Warhol’s first clients and over the course of several years he worked closely with owners Arthur and Teddy Edelman, producing everything from advertisements to showrooms. Their relationship culminated in a coloring book that could have only come from the mind of Warhol, created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961. Now back in print, A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol (1961/2011) will amuse and charm a new audience, both young and old.

We recently had opportunity to speak with the Edelmans (if the name sounds familiar it's because they're our CEO's parents) about Warhol and what is was like working with the young commercial illustrator who would go on to become the most famous pop art artist in the world.

DWR: Describe the first time you saw Andy Warhol.

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New York Times: Shopping for Bar Carts.

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Imagine being the global brand ambassador for Bombay Sapphire gin and living in NYC ... so many bottles, so little cabinet space. Fortunately for Raj Nagra, there are many smart Bar Carts to choose from, and he showcased his favorites in The New York Times. Among the finalists: The Barboy designed by Verner Panton in 1963. The Barboy is available at Design Within Reach.

December 09, 2011

Popuphood.

Did you know that in the early days of DWR, our office was based in West Oakland? This is a place that is near and dear to our heart, and we're excited to report that the city has just implemented an interesting new way to revitalize it's beautiful downtown historic district. "Popuphood" is a new urban initiative that placed six new locally-owned retail shops in previously vacant store fronts with six months free rent. Watch the video to get the full scoop on this cool community-based initiative.

Wright Auction Preview: Panton Chairs, Cobra Lamp, Frank Lloyd Wright House.

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Here are a few highlights in next week's Important Design Auction at Wright in Chicago. The lot I'm especially eager to watch is a set of eight very rare bent plywood chairs by Verner Panton. First conceived in 1956 for the German WK design competition, it wasn't until 10 years later that he found a factory able to produce them. Lot estimate: $15,000-$20,000. There's also a Double Cobra table lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman, with an estimate of $5,000-$7,000. Earlier this year, DWR worked with Gubi to bring this authentic collection back into production (and priced at a very reasonable $455.). Last but not least, the auction includes the Kenneth Laurent House and Furnishings, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Estimate $500,000-$700,000.

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