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July 30, 2012

MoMA's playful new exhibition.

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I want to play with every single thing shown in this photograph. Perhaps the name of MoMA's latest exhibition should be "Century of the child-at-heart" rather than "Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000." The show is the first "large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking." The themes explored include school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books. The must-see objects on display range from Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Bauhaus nursery furniture to children's chairs by Marcel Breuer to works by Charles and Ray Eames.

Which childhood toy or game do you wish you still had?

July 28, 2012

July 28 and 29: DWR Warehouse Sale + Free Shuttle from NYC.

This weekend at the DWR Outlet, take an additional 25% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail.

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Without Wheels? Catch our Free Shuttle from the DWR Studio at 408 West 14th Street in NYC at: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. The shuttle will leave New Jersey for the return trip at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm.

Take your purchases home with you or use our low-cost delivery service. Sale hours: 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

July 27, 2012

Sneak peek: DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend.

These photos were taken today at the DWR Outlet in Secaucus, NJ, where we're having a huge Warehouse Sale this weekend: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

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Take an additional 25% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Without Wheels? Catch our Free Shuttle from the DWR Studio at 408 West 14th Street at: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. The shuttle will leave New Jersey for the return trip at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. Click here for Sale details.

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DWR Warehouse Sale starts tomorrow!

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Making plans for the weekend? Be sure to check out our huge Warehouse Sale at the DWR Outlet in New Jersey + Free Shuttle service from NYC. Take an additional 25% off the lowest price. The savings are up to 75% off retail. Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at dwr.com/ebay.

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July 19, 2012

Where to watch the sunset in Seville.

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Designed by Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, the Metropol Parasol in Seville claims to be the world's largest wooden structure. Overlooking the city's old quarter, this 490-foot-long structure was completed in 2011. There are four levels to explore, and fantastic views to enjoy from the panoramic terraces. The elegant furnishings include Jesús Gasca's Onda stools, which are the same stools we use in DWR headquarters.

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July 17, 2012

Taking seed in the Outback.

These life-size trees were "planted" in Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a popular children's toy. Do you recognize the shape? If so, what is the toy?

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Read more at designboom.

July 12, 2012

As seen in the New York Times: When Being Small-Minded Is a Good Thing.

Our Sapien Bookcase made the pages of this week's Times, as a featured item in "Must Haves for the Micro Pad" by Jesse McKinley.

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Do you have any small-space tips to share? Drop us a comment and share your big ideas for thinking small. 

July 03, 2012

Craving Culture? Museum exhibitions to see now.

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Olivetti: Innovation & Identity is currently at the Denver Art Museum.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

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Denver Art Museum 
What is Modern? 
Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

FLORIDA

Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum

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WTHR: Weather app inspired by Dieter Rams' 10 principles of design.

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Based on Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Design, WTHR is a sleek new weather app that’s definitely worth a look (and a $.99 download). It is the work of David Elgena, who created a single-screen experience that "will complement your life, not complicate it." In other words, it is as little design as possible (to name just one of Rams’ principles).

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Happy Birthday, Thonet.

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A daredevil puts on a show in Thonet's classic chair.

This week we celebrate Michael Thonet, who was born on July 2, 1796. The inventor of one of the most important innovations in bent wood furniture making, Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated – and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards and scrolled arms for sofas. This process eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints, and Thonet’s iconic 1859 chair has been in production for more than 150 years. 

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Hello, sunshine.

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If you misplaced a chair in NYC earlier this year, it could be among these 50 chairs, found abandoned on the streets of the city by Bade Stageberg Cox. The architecture firm rescued the chairs, repaired them and painted them taxicab yellow for a project at The Armory Show in May. The chairs are now for sale on their website, each one stamped with the date and location it was found. The partners describe their chairs as being “like the city’s residents … the chairs are an eclectic mix.” (Albeit a monochromatic kind of eclectic mix.)

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Street Seats at The Armory Show.

Which one is your favorite? Can you name the designer of any of these chairs?

The Olympics: The design of gold, silver and bronze.

Artist David Watkins designed the Olympic medals for the 2012 London Games (Lin Cheung designed the Paralympics medals), making him the creator of some of the most coveted objects in the world right now. The 4,700 medals are currently locked in the Tower of London vaults, quietly awaiting their moments of glory in the coming weeks.

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Olympic Medal for 1896 Olympiad in Athens, designed by Jules Clement Chaplain.

The tradition of these prizes began with the first Olympiad in 1896, when the fastest runners were given sold bronze coins and the winners of the other games received silver discs. Jules Clement Chaplain designed the medals, which featured an image of Zeus holding Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, who has been the symbol of these games ever since the first events in Athens.

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Olympic Medal for 2012, designed by David Watkins.

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