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September 30, 2012

Fit for a queen (sans such royal prices).


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the Barcelona Chair in 1929 so the king and queen of Spain would have a comfortable place to sit at the International Exhibition in Barcelona. Such majestic modernism is 15% off for just one more day – the Knoll® Sale ends tonight at midnight. Shop it now right here.

September 28, 2012

Shop the Knoll® Sale ’til Sunday.


A very happy Friday to you! Planning to so some furniture shopping this weekend? Our entire Knoll assortment is 15% off + free shipping through Sunday. DWR has the world’s largest assortment of Knoll product in stock and ready to ship – and as you know from reading our blog, this includes the work of Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others. Click here to shop the sale. And either way, have a great weekend.

September 27, 2012

Why yes, the Bertoia Chair does kind of look like a dish rack.

This week’s Knoll® Sale has given me a chance to do some exploring into the history and legacy of the iconic company. I found a gem in a June 17, 1959 article in the New York Times. Florence Knoll, then president of Knoll Associates, Inc., tells the author, Rita Reif, about that time when she was hanging out in her kitchen with Harry Bertoia. “While holding a rubber-sprayed dish drainer,” Reif relates, “Mrs. Knoll asked the sculptor-designer whether this was not the ideal technique for treating his seating pieces. It was.”

Though it’s now coated in the more eco-friendly polyamide Rilsan, the Bertoia seating still looks great in a kitchen. Click here to learn more about Bertoia and see the collection (which is on sale until Sunday).

September 26, 2012

Take a Saarinen break.

I was thinking about Eero Saarinen when I stumbled across a post by Gwendolyn from October of last year about the architect’s 1962 TWA terminal at JFK Airport. I thought the pictures and sentiment were so beautiful they're worth resharing. Here’s what she said: “It is the most beautiful building I've ever been in, and when you are wrapped in its swooping, elegant curves, you experience the incredible genius of Saarinen.” (Smaller examples of Saarinen’s genius are now 15% off during the Knoll Sale. Click here to learn more about this lengendary architect and see his work.)



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September 25, 2012

Extreme canvas and steel.


Inspired by bicyle handlebars and his friend Wassily Kandisky, Marcel Breuer originally designed his Wassily Chair in 1925 with canvas belting. MoMA – which includes the chair in its permanent collection – quotes Breuer describing it as “my most extreme work . . . the least artistic, the most logical, the least ‘cozy’ and the most mechanical.” It is also, of course, the most recognizable and it’s believed to be the first bent tubular steel chair. Perhaps the modernist master was being a bit modest. While calling it “cozy” might goes a bit too far, the chair’s intuitive ergonomic structure makes it a very comfortable seat to sink into. Design Within Reach is the only place to get the canvas version – and, through September 30, it’s on sale. Check it out here.

September 21, 2012

It's here! The Knoll Sale at DWR.


This is the only time this year that the entire Knoll assortment will be on sale. Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on the work of Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others.

September 20, 2012

Celebrating in San Francisco.


California Home + Design executive editor Erin Feher, and our newest intern (just kidding) Rob Forbes at the smashing Fillmore Studio event last night. The founder of Design Within Reach, Forbes joined us for our Wine, Dine and Design party in San Francisco. Want to hear about DWR Events (and potential celebrity sightings) in your area? Join our email list.

September 18, 2012

Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979.

Feature in 1956 issue of Playboy magazine. Image courtesy of Princeton University's Media + Modernity program.

As if we needed another reason to go to The Netherlands... The exhibition "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979" will be on view at NAiM/Bureau-Europa from September 29 to February 10. Created in collaboration with Princeton University, the exhibition will explore "the way Playboy magazine used architecture and design as important tools to shape a new identity for the American male." Check out Interior Design for a preview of the exhibition and slideshow.

September 17, 2012

Need a refresher course on design?


Dear Readers,

Happy September! Summer is over, school has begun, and at DWR we’re focused on dining and entertaining.

We’ve launched so many products over the past two years that this catalog is like a refresher course on design. From chairs by Philippe Starck, Møller, BassamFellows and Gubi, to our Mapp Dining Table, the Cross Extension Table and the classic Saarinen Pedestal, we have more choices to suit your modern needs than anyone in our industry – many of which are exclusive and in stock.

We build our catalog with you in mind and plan our photo shoots to demonstrate the many ways you can live with our products. Modern is not cold. Modern is not stark (even when designed by Philippe Starck). Modern is timeless. Visit your local DWR Studio and let us design your home with a 3-D rendering, or request an in-home visit and we’ll help you learn what goes with what. Our passion for design shows on every page of this “back to school education in design.”

Enjoy it, and thank you for believing. 

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September 15, 2012

A new book about Eero Saarinen, only at DWR.

Pre-order your copy of Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman by Brian Lutz. Available only at Design Within Reach, the first 50 copies of this book will be signed by the author. You’re also invited to meet the author at our Flatiron Studio in NYC on September 27.

One of the most celebrated, prolific, and unorthodox architects and designers of the 20th century, Eero Saarinen has become a beacon of American modernism. While famous for his sculptural and bold architecture, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the TWA Terminal at the JFK International Airport in New York, Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman is the first monograph to focus exclusively on his furniture.

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September 14, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Louis Ghost.

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It's been 10 years since Philippe Starck designed the Louis Ghost Chair, and yet, this transparent marvel continues to shock, amuse and amaze those who see it for the first time. For those of us who've loved it for a decade, the honeymoon isn't over. (Although, I would suggest that Starck design a Ghost in glow-in-the-dark plastic so I'll stop tripping over it at night.)

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Where in the world are they?

Can you guess where Banana Republic shot their fall campaign?

Here’s a hint, they should’ve photographed this model sitting in a Womb Chair rather than Arne Jacobsen’s Egg. Keep reading to see additional photographs.

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Craving Culture? Museum exhibitions to see now.

Chipp, madras jacket, circa 1970, on display at FIT in New York.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the "Ivy League look" in NYC to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.


The Museum at FIT
Ivy Style

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000


Denver Art Museum 
What is Modern? 

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September 13, 2012

Pre-shop the Knoll Sale at DWR.

Knoll is a Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company that has been producing the work of Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Warren Platner and others since being founded by Hans and Florence Knoll in 1938. More than 40 Knoll products are in the permanent collection at MoMA.

The Knoll Sale begins September 21 and lasts for only 10 days.


Just In: The Min Table by Luciano Bertoncini.

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For dining or workspace, the new Min Table by Luciano Bertoncini echoes the clean, simple aesthetic of his Min Bed, which as been a best-seller in our assortment since 2003. With its white steel frame and choice of glass or steel tabletop, this versatile table is an apt choice for any environment. Rounded corners and balanced proportions further its quiet character. The Min Table is included in The Dining Sale.

September 04, 2012

Goldberger gives gold stars to Hadid, Nouvel and Foster.

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger names Zaha Hadid as one of the top architects defining our era. In last week's Q&A by Catherine Osborne for Azure magazine, Goldberger goes on to also name Jean Nouvel, and he praises Norman Foster for being "more successful than anybody in creating a huge office and doing enormous projects and maintaining a high level of quality." Read the entire piece at