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April 30, 2012

Knoll free shipping ends Tuesday, May 1.

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Through Tuesday, May 1, enjoy Free Standard Shipping on iconic works designed by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen and others. Knoll® is a Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company that has been producing the work of these modern masters since being founded by Hans and Florence Knoll in 1938. Shop all Knoll at DWR. 


April 27, 2012

Do we all need more Discipline?

"Focusing on natural materials, real values and good times," the design collective known as Discipline presented their first collection earlier this month at Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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With their manifesto including "not forgetting to smile" as well as "bringing discipline into projects" the group of 14 international designers -- including Mario Bellini and Claesson Koivisto Rune -- are creating simple, colorful objects. Check out our photos and let us know what you think of their work. 

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April 26, 2012

Glass House speakers announced for 2012.

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The Glass House is the 14-structure, 49-acre, private residence that Philip Johnson designed for himself in New Canaan, Connecticut. The site is now managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and tours for the 2012 season begin May 2. Tickets are also available for the Conversations in Context program, which includes the following lineup of guest speakers:

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April 23, 2012

Refined homes for Peter, Polly, Fluffy and Spot.

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While wandering around Salone, Chimère’s modern domiciles for animals caught our eye. The name Chimère means “fantasy” or “dream” in English but also relates to the word “chimera” – a mythical creature combining parts of several animals. In this case, the company’s logo combines the head of a rabbit, tail of a fish and body of a cat. Founded by Frederic Stouls and Marc Ange, it is Ange’s agency Bloom Room that designs Chimère’s dream-like objects, with material interest and sophisticated form in mind.

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Ralph Caplan honored with AIGA Medal.

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Photo by Judith Ramquist, courtesy of AIGA.

“A chair is the first thing you need when you don’t really need anything,” wrote Ralph Caplan. “And is therefore a peculiarly compelling symbol of civilization. For it is civilization, not survival, that requires design.” One of the best design critics of our time, a fantastic writer and an inspiring teacher, Ralph Caplan can now add AIGA Medalist to his list of titles.

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Milan Highlights: Refuge Tonneau by Charlotte Perriand.

Charlotte Perriand is best known for her elegant modernist tubular steel furniture of the 1920s and 1930s, but it was her architecture that stole the show at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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An exhibition of her Refuge Tonneau showcased the kind of prefabricated aluminum buildings and interiors Perriand designed in the 1930s. Inspired by a children’s fairground ride in Croatia, Perriand had the idea for a mobile mountain refuge in 1936. Two years later, working with Pierre Jeanneret, she developed this dodecahedron structure, consisting of a metal frame, central pole and umbrella-like top with 12 spokes. It was initially envisioned for the steep terrain of the Alps, but one can easily see this “space shuttle–mountain shelter” taking off in the aeronautic world.

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The interior is made from pinewood, giving the minimal structure a welcoming feel. The heater is inside the central steel pillar and warms the entire interior while occupying as little space as possible. 

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Hallingdal 65.

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Designed in 1965 and distinguished by its textural appearance (a blend of wool and viscose), Nanna Ditzel’s Hallingdal fabric is easily one of the most widely used textiles in residential and commercial settings. Manufacturer Kvadrat attests that it "has sold more than 4 million metres of Hallingdal for both public uses in airports, trains, hospitals, etc. along with the decoration of private homes,” and at DWR customers may select the upholstery for many products, including Møller's Model 57 Armchair, Finn Juhl's Pelican Chair and Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair.

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April 21, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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San Francisco MoMA
The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area
Through July 29 

LACMA 
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way 
Through June 3

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April 20, 2012

Milan: Day Four – “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

This year’s SaloneSatellite included a tribute to Steve Jobs, who considered design “the fundamental soul of a man-made creation.”

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Jobs’ advice to “stay hungry, stay foolish” is befitting the SaloneSatellite, which brings together the most promising young designers from around the world with the most important business people and talent scouts gathered in Milan during Salone del Mobile each year.

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Since SaloneSatellite was created in 1998, hundreds of the prototypes presented have gone into production, thus launching the careers of many young designers. This year’s Salone Satellite Award Winners have been announced. Keep reading to discover who took first prize. 

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Milan: Day Four – replacing the light “bulb” with a bubble.

“A bubble is brief, and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts, it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-colored temporary structure.” That’s how Gil Molho of Front Design explains the Surface Tension Lamp.

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Seeing the bubble as the most ephemeral of lampshades, the designers have created a lamp that changes constantly. It uses an LED light source that will last for 50,000 hours, and by the time that bulb burns out, this lamp will have had 3 million different “shades.” The Surface Tension Lamp was presented by Holland-based booo studio at Salone del Mobile. See it in action below.

  

Milan: Day Four – look beyond the paint.

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The students at Singapore Polytechnic’s Design School are literally climbing the walls with ideas. As participants in the Design Facility – an extension of the Experience and Product Design Diploma – they asked themselves: “Can wall painting depart from mere cosmetic and surface protection?” Confident that the answer is “yes,” they designed Moldable Paint. A 3D material, this paint allows the user to mold shelves and hooks right onto the surface of their walls. What do you think about their idea? How would you use this material?

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April 19, 2012

Milan: Day Three – who are you calling cute?

There are few words more forbidden at DWR than “cute” and yet, that is how our VP of Creative described this lamp. Alas, if it swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a (cute) duck.

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Finn Juhl designed the FJ Lamp series in 1963 for the Danish lamp company LYFA. Production was discontinued just seven years later, making the vintage models very rare and highly coveted by fans of Finn Juhl. Making its debut at this year’s Salone, the lamp is back in production, thanks to the efforts of Ivan Hansen and Hans Henrik Sørensen of Onecollection, the producers of authentic works by Finn Juhl.

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Milan: Day three – 90 chairs and 10 tables at Marni.

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During Salone, installations and exhibits pop up throughout the city of Milan. This year, avant-garde Italian fashion label Marni is celebrating with a multidimensional art project called "L'arte del Ritratto," in which “products become subject and setting of the 17 portraits by photographer and filmmaker Francesco Jodice.”

One of those portraits tells the story of chairs produced by a Colombian man named Antonio, who as a prisoner set up a social rehabilitation program for prisoners reentering society. Embracing his skills as a craftsman while incarcerated, Antonio started building chairs out of plastic and iron.

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Milan: Day Three - exhibitions in surprising places.

Salone del Mobile is the world's largest design fair, centered around the Fairgrounds where more than 1,200 vendors exhibit their products to 300,000 visitors. There is also plenty to see "off campus" -- from satellite exhibitions like MOST by Tom Dixon at the National Museum of Science and Technology Milan to everyday storefronts transformed for the occasion. Even our Lisboa Chair is putting on the ritz, shown here at a Milan cafe called Mama Burger.

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April 18, 2012

Milan: Day Two – walls that think outside the box.

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The Swiss company Vitra is exhibiting at Salone in a booth built out of plastic storage bins. The translucent bins are stacked to create walls, and after two more tradeshows, Vitra will grind down the boxes and recycle them into furniture.

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Milan: Day Two – reclaimed, repurposed, recyclable.

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“Imagine,” says Philippe Starck, “a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic.” The “dust” that Starck refers to is reclaimed polypropylene and reclaimed wood fiber, the two materials used to create the Broom Chair by Philippe Starck and Emeco. The chair is making its debut this week at Salone. What do you think about the Broom?

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April 17, 2012

Milan: Day One – Courreges at Corso Como.

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Fashion icon Andre Courrèges introduced the world to the miniskirt in 1961, but short skirts weren’t the only things on this designer’s mind. He also had a passion for futuristic cars. After more than 40 years, the battery-powered prototype that Courrèges made in 1968, might hit the streets as an electric vehicle in 2012. Andre’s wife Coqueline created the new design of Bulle EV (“bubble” in French), often working on it in the garage of her Paris home.

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DWR’s Michael Sainato stumbled upon the Bulle yesterday at 10 Corso Como, which was founded by Carla Sozzani in 1990 as a virtual narrative of a magazine layout.

What do you think, is there an electric Bubble in your driving future? 

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Follow us in Milan.

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Follow us at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Will we find the next sedia (chair), tavola (table) or lampada (lamp) for DWR? Let us know if you think there is something we should check out while we're there. Other updates and photos can also be found at: DWR_Tweets, facebook.com/designwithinreach, and the Instagram App for iPhone (search for designwithinreach - all one word). Ciao.

April 11, 2012

Enter to win a modern living room.

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Design Within Reach has partnered with Houzz – a leading website for design professionals, homeowners and design fans to share portfolios, photos and ideas for decorating and remodeling – to give away the ultimate living room revamp. One lucky winner will receive design services valued at $20,000 from a top Houzz professional and $20,000 of furniture from Design Within Reach. Contest ends at 11:59pm on May 1, 2012.

Visit www.houzz.com/dwr for Official Rules and Entry Details.

April 08, 2012

Episode four airs tonight ... what's your favorite Mad Men chair?

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When you watch Mad Men, do you find yourself more interested in the furniture than the characters? If so, you should know that we are hiring. You should also know that we’d love to hear your thoughts about the set designs. Share your comments here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Oh, and if you want to impress your friends with your smarts, the chair that Pete is sitting in above is the Eames® Executive Chair, also known as the Time-Life Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1960. Our CEO loves this chair so much that he collects them, and uses one in his office at home. What’s your favorite Mad Men chair?