“Don’t be smart.” Dad said this (a lot) but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like smart things. In fact, he’ll appreciate the smart design of our gift ideas. Our Teak Petanque Set includes six boules (or balls), a wooden jack (or cochonnet), and a sleek box for storage and transport.
Father’s Day is June 17. Keep reading to see other Father's Day ideas.
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In 1956, Irving Harper was working at George Nelson’s design firm when the two of them were approached by a Long Island company that had invented self-skinned injected plastic cushions. The inventors believed that the plastic discs could be produced inexpensively and saw the potential for creating something interesting with them. Harper and Nelson were intrigued and spent a weekend designing possible ways to use the discs. A model of a sofa was made (using checkers arranged on a small frame), which led to the design of the Marshmallow Sofa (above). Unfortunately, the plastic discs were not inexpensive to produce after all, and the Long Island company could not deliver the product they’d promised.
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Wondering what helps the Creative, Marketing and Web teams keep the beat at DWR headquarters? Here are a few songs from our current playlists. What are you listening to?
Geneva Sound System
MARK: Bloodbuzz by The National; Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine; Angela Surf City by The Walkmen
ERIN: Lover of Mine by Beach House; Hope by the Descendents; Precious Little Diamond by Fox the Fox
RICARDO: Every Time I Go by Double Hill; Esta historia es una estoria by Raphael; You can have it all by Yo la tengo
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Anyone who’s seen the movie The Graduate is familiar with the scene when Mr. McGuire says to Benjamin, “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word … Plastics.” And while this suggestion is dated today (it was even a bit dated when the movie was made in 1967), the truth is that plastics were big business – a “wonder material” that emerged after WWII. Charles and Ray Eames, who started working with it for chair production, immediately recognized the possibilities of plastics.
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