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November 29, 2012

Jens Risom's Block Island retreat.

Jens Risom's Block Island Retreat by Gary Nadeau for Dwell from gary nadeau on Vimeo.

Step inside Jens Risom's Block Island home in this beautiful video from Dwell. “There’s something peaceful about the island," says Risom. "It is a unique feeling that you’re there. Not that it’s yours but you’re using it.” Learn more about this iconic designer, his thoughts on prefab and the simple summers he and his family enjoyed (and still enjoy) on the island.

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Jens Risom being interviewed by Gary Nadeau for Dwell magazine.

November 26, 2012

Holiday Wishes from our President.


Dear Readers, 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Design Within Reach. The DWR family is having its best season ever, thanks to you. We have been bringing you fresh products like Lampe Gras, B&B Italia, Milo Baughman and Hay – and it's clear that you love them!

Your choice to support authentic product and shun copies has fueled our growth in all regions, from California to Florida, Boston to Austin, Atlanta to Scottsdale.

We're doubling our SoHo Studio, creating a huge space in Miami and opening our largest Studio to date in Costa Mesa. And, of course, there are always exciting things to see at

It's our passion to search the world for new designers to share with you, and everything in this catalog has been curated to ensure that the dream of making authentic modern design accessible is a reality. 

Please remember that accessible means in stock, available to see and touch in our Studios and available to the public. We love what we do, and we would be nowhere without you.

Happy Holidays!

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November 21, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

Red Sun by Arthur G. Dove, 1935. Oil on canvas. On display at Amon Carter Museum. © Estate of Arthur G. Dove; The Phillips Collection

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From the Phillips Collection in Fort Worth to Eero Saarinen in Los Angeles to Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.


Amon Carter Museum of American Art
To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection
Industrial Monuments: Photographs and Works on Paper from the Machine Age


Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation 

Pasadena Museum of California Art 
Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts 

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You have to read George.

George Nelson posing for Herman Miller advertisement "Traveling Men," ca. 1954. Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum Archive.

At last week's Yale symposium about George Nelson, one message was clear: You have to read George. In other words, George the writer trumps George the architect, George the designer and George the teacher, combined.

For two days, scholars, design nerds, editors and Murray Moss (there is no label to define him) talked about the legacy of this American icon. Known mainly for his furniture and design work for Herman Miller, Nelson also wrote and edited for Architectural Forum, Fortune, Pencil Points, Life and McCall's, and co-authored the bestselling Tomorrow's House with Henry Wright.

Cover of November 1959 issue of Architectural Forum, where George Nelson was associate editor (1935-1943) and consulting editor (1944-1949).

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Exploring (and slightly disagreeing with) the Finn Juhl exhibition.


Across the museum courtyard, a beautiful red and gold building foreshadows the Finn Juhl exhibition we were about to see: Furniture for the Senses at Designmuseum Danmark.


Finn Juhl's gold and purple sofa designed in 1957, shown with a coffee table he designed for professor Alf Ross in 1948. Ross was a Danish lawyer, legal philosopher and the author of Guilt, Responsibility and Punishment in which he wrote about "morality's capacity to guide human behavior." Which brings me to the question of the built-in vase in this coffee table. Are we to see the flowers as imprisoned in the tabletop and, if so, what pray tell was their crime?

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November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from DWR.

Dear Readers,

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at DWR. Because of you, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we want you to know how very much we appreciate your support and passion for authentic modern design.

Our offices and Studios will be closed on Thursday, but you can shop online all day and in between courses.


Still hoping you'll get the wishbone? Which color would you choose?


It's the Herman Miller Sale at DWR!

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Our Charlotte Studio team kicks off the Herman Miller Sale with enthusiasm. Shown left to right: Eames Soft Pad Management Chair, Eames Walnut Stool C, Eames Walnut Stool B, Eames Walnut Stool A.

Oh, and the people are Amy, Cameron, Raquel, and Jim. 

A sneak peek at our new Costa Mesa Studio.


Opening in just a few days, here are the first photos of our new Costa Mesa Studio in Orange County, California. Located in the South Coast Collection shopping center – Costa Mesa’s premier destination for design and interiors – the Studio is more than 20,000 square feet, making it one of the largest DWR stores in the country.

When complete, this hallway will have more than 50 dining chairs for you to test-drive.

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November 16, 2012

Home for the holidays…

Pulled from the pages of our November catalog, here is our 2012 holiday story. It was shot on location in Armonk, New York, in a stunning mid-century home designed by Arthur Witthoefft.


Home for the holidays…



"I feel foolish that I came outside carrying a wreath, hammer and nail," she said as they stood outside their glass house. He took the wreath from her hand, hung it on the doorknob and said, "Let the holidays begin."

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November 14, 2012

A big award for a 500-square-foot space.

Photo by Muffy Kibbey. 

Congratulations to the team at Building Lab on receiving the Grand Award 2012 from Remodeling magazine. Designers Stephen Shoup, Hide Kawato and Chris Rogers created an au pair suite out of an unused space under a garage in San Francisco, Calif. 

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Theatre Sofa and Chair and Pool Coffee Table from DWR. Photo by Muffy Kibbey.

The homeowners worked with Eric Hildebrandt at the DWR Potrero Studio to select the perfect complements to the space, including a Theatre Sofa in custom leather and the Pool Coffee Table. "It's a tiny jewel box of craftsmanship that has all the essentials of living, sleeping, eating, and bathing contained in less than 500 square feet," said the judges.

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Diane Keaton book launch at DWR.

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Diane Keaton with DWR account executive Sara Zofko

We were proud to welcome Oscar-winning film star and architecture preservationist Diane Keaton to our Beverly Boulevard Studio for the release of her new book, House. Published by Rizzoli, House is a stunning portrayal of what’s possible in domesticated spaces. It showcases rusticated, reimagined or repurposed homes across the country.

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November 12, 2012

Eva Zeisel: The Life of a Remarkable Woman.

Photo by Jim Bastardo for DWR

Eva Zeisel would have turned 106 tomorrow, and even though we lost this talented designer last year, the world still celebrates Eva. A new e-book "Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir" will be presented tomorrow by PEN American Center, A Public Space magazine and Strand Book Store. The event will include a reading of Eva's prison memoirs and audio recordings of Eva herself. Admission is $12.

When: November 13, 7:30PM
Where: Strand Book Store, in the Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street), NYC

Photo by Jim Bastardo for DWR

This Weekend: DWR Warehouse Sale.

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Mark your calendar for this weekend's huge Warehouse Sale at the DWR Outlet in New Jersey + Free Shuttle Service from NYC. These photos were taken today to give you an idea of what you'll find at this great sale. Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at

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November 07, 2012

What will you put in your Vitra Toolbox?

Designed by Arik Levy, the Vitra Toolbox is a sleek, simple way to organize your everyday items. From art supplies to cosmetics to kitchen utensils ... heck, you can even keep real tools in it ... this versatile carryall is sure to please. Shown with Girard Dolls and Vitra Miniatures.


November 06, 2012

Form follows function – and a fabulous story.

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Le Corbusier and one of his assistants working under the light of a Lampe Gras, 1959

We are so excited to present the iconic Lampes Gras Collection, a DWR exclusive. 

This is not a lamp designed to satisfy the ego of a designer. Rather, it is the product of Bernard-Albin Gras’ passion to improve working conditions for hundreds of laborers in ordinary machine shops, research laboratories and design studios in the 1920s. His success in creating a beautiful form by reducing a lamp to its pure function made Lampe Gras an emblem of modern design in the early 20th century.

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November 05, 2012

Big sale on tiny chairs: Save 25% on Vitra Miniatures.

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Each handmade Vitra Miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design reduced in size at a scale of 1:6. True to the original pieces in structure and materials, the miniatures are precision-crafted, making them a thoughtful gift for a furniture lover or design professional. Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet. Save 25% on Vitra Miniatures, only at DWR.

Free Shipping through Monday, Nov. 5.


Enjoy Free Standard Shipping in all categories, from sofas and chairs to beds and accessories. This offer is valid at DWR Studios, 1.800.944.2233 and

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Shown: Tractor Stool, Paulistano Chair, Risom Desk, Flight Recliner.