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June 05, 2012

Celebrate your modern dad.

“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.

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Father’s Day is June 17. Keep reading to see other Father's Day ideas.

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Almost toasted: how the Marshmallow Sofa was saved.

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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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June 04, 2012

The DWR playlist: what we’re listening to.

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?

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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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June 01, 2012

As seen in The New York Times.

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut, the founders of WantedDesign (where DWR exhibited during Design Week NYC), are searching for bistro chairs, and their hunt was profiled by Julie Lasky in yesterday's New York Times. When the two women were asked to define what makes a "bistro chair" their responses included: the simplicity of the lines, always comfortable, easy to store, stackable, light enough to be slung around and strong enough to withstand years of wear. Two of their favorites were the classic bentwood chair by Michael Thonet and our very own Cafe Chair. Click here to read the article.

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Modern materials.

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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