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January 28, 2013

Pop the Champagne – winners have been chosen!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 DWR Champagne Chair Contest. Choosing the top three was one of the toughest decisions our judges ever had to make in this contest. Our judges -- DWR President and CEO John Edelman; COO John McPhee; VP of Merchandising Kari Woldum; and VP of Marketing and Creative Michael Sainato -- send their sincere appreciation to all of the entrants this year. 

First Place and $1,000 DWR Gift Card goes to Miwa F. for her "Rockin' Chaise." This design is truly masterful with a functional drink holder that moves. Our judges loved the innovation of this design using mid-century aestethics and were impressed with how the materials come together into one seamless piece.

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Second Place a $500 DWR Gift Card goes to Jeffery Molter who designed a modern folding chair as well as a case to store it in. Our judges were so impressed with this design and we cannot remember ever receiving anything like this before. Form meets funciton in this whimsical yet useful piece.

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Third Place and a $250 DWR Gift Card goes to Aaron Padilla. Named "F8 Chaise," this is beautifully constructed, unique design. The underside of the seat is fully sculpted of cork and the the upholstery overlaying it is a foil basketweave. Thank you Aaron for this clean and well thought out design. We also loved the packaging it came in! 

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On behalf of our judges and everyone here at DWR, we would like to congratulate the winners and all of the contestants on their beautiful, innovative and functional designs this year. Thank you for taking the time to create a champagne chair for our special contest. Please browse all 319 submissions here

We'll see you next year!

Till Tuesday: The Living Room Sale.

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The Living Room Sale: Save on sofas, chairs, rugs and lighting through Tuesday, January 29.

 

January 24, 2013

The ABCs of Architecture.

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Thanks to our friends at Metropolis magazine for sharing this video on their blog. Designed by Andrea Stinga and Federico Gonzalez, it's an engaging (and alphabetical) spin through iconic buildings by some of the world's best architects. "A lot of them have been left out with grief," says Stinga, "because we only need one for each letter and we have made an effort to have different nationalities."

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In today's New York Times...

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Today's Times features auction house owner Richard Wright shopping for Scandinavian design. His company holds two auctions devoted to Scandinavian design a year, and Wright understands the power and beauty of the work produced in this region. “There’s a really great sense of modernity and restraint balancing each other,” he says. “They have long winters, and a little hit of humor or color can be pretty welcome.” In naming good examples of the work coming from young Scandinavian designers today, Wright highlights our Kaleido Trays by Swedish designer Clara von Zweigbergk. "The trays come in various sizes and colors, and fit together in a modular system, so users can create their own compositions. 'It’s just pure geometry,' says Wright. 'In color.'"

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January 22, 2013

Named "Best Bet" by New York magazine.

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Kudos to the editors at New York magazine for naming our Allen Log Carrier a Best Bet. "New Yorkers lucky enough to have a fireplace this winter can spruce it up with this handsome log carrier," they wrote on their blog (which also features an awesome pair of long underwear. Correction: leggings. Either way, they rock.). "Fashioned by Italian creative team Cristiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes, the Log Carrier envelops timber in the kind of supple hand-stitched leather that makes urban woodsmen go weak in the knees." Indeed.

Champagne Chair Contest finalists and honorable mentions.

Wow. Thank you to everyone who designed a chair for the DWR Champagne Chair Contest. We were so overwhelmed with the response this year and absolutely delighted to the see the amount of innovation, creativity, originality, thought and time that was put into each and every one of these chairs.

After careful consideration (and really tough decisions) we are ready to announce the 10 Finalists along with 7 Honorable Mentions.

The 10 Finalists

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Rockin' Chaise, Designed by Miwa F.

Continue reading "Champagne Chair Contest finalists and honorable mentions." »

January 18, 2013

It's Philippe's Day.

Happy birthday Philippe Starck!

Known as a designer who approaches design in a subversive, intelligent and always interesting way, his objects surprise and delight even as they transgress boundaries and subvert expectations. 

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In 2012, Starck brought us the Broom Chair, perhaps one of the most passionate design stories of modern time. "Imagine a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic," says Starck of his famed Broom Chair.

Today we celebrate this inspiring designer. Cheers, Philippe. We know you are doing something fabulous for your birthday!

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Broom Chair, Saarinen Pedestal Table, Chilewich Abstract Lounge Weave Floor Mat

January 14, 2013

Toronto: Where to find mid-century modern.

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The DWR Studio in Toronto.

Vicky Sanderson of the Toronto Star has generously shared her must-shop list for mid-century modern in Toronto. We're thrilled to be included, and we love how she described the DWR Toronto Studio:

"If you are falling in love with modern design, Design Within Reach is a shrine at which you must worship. Take note that “within reach" means things not found elsewhere and things in stock, not necessarily within reach of your puny décor budget. But even if you don’t have $5,700 for an Eames Lounge and Ottoman, go to this store if you want to see best in class. Worried about snooty salespeople who will sniff you out as a neophyte and treat you accordingly? Not an issue. The staff is terrific, love to share their knowledge and won’t blush even if you ask a dumb question. I speak from experience."

Thank you, Vicky!

January 11, 2013

From Marie to MoMA, The Story of Vipp.

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In Danish, the function of opening and closing is called vipp, which is also the name of a design company that’s been producing iconic pedal bins since 1939. “When we were accepted into MoMA’s permanent collection – next to all the classics, it was a huge honor,” says Sophie Egelund. “We thought of Granddad and hoped he was watching us.” Learn more about the Vipp story in this video.

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January 09, 2013

Champagne Chair Contest Entries due Jan. 14.

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One of the many great chairs we've already received (no pressure).

There is still time to enter the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. The challenge is simple: Create an original miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles (Prosecco or sparkling wine are also fine). Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card. The deadline for submissions is 5PM (EST) on January 14. Cheers!

Learn more at dwr.com/champagnechair. After you've designed your chair, feel free to share it on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #dwrchampagnechair.

TIP: HAVING TROUBLE UPLOADING? TRY USING GOOGLE CHROME OR FIREFOX RATHER THAN SAFARI. 

January 08, 2013

DWR products as seen in Dwell magazine.

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The February issue of Dwell magazine (on newsstands now) features two products available at DWR. The Vitra Toolbox was selected by editor Kelsey Keith as a great way to help organize work spaces in Say Yes to the Desk, while the Hot Stuff column themed around the Danish concept of hygge – "a sense of warmth that pervades even the sleekest modern household" – includes our colorful Dot Cushions by Hay

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Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable dies at 91.

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Ada Louise Huxtable. The famed architecture critic for the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Huxtable "changed the way most of us see and think about man-made environments," said an editor at the Times. In 1963, she became the first full-time architecture critic for an American newspaper, and in 1970, she won the first-ever Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

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Huxtable with Arthur Ochs Sulzberger in 1970. Librado Romero/New York Times

Still writing at 91, Huxtable's piece about the $300 million restructuring plan for the New York Public Library appeared in the Journal just a few weeks ago. In Undertaking Its Destruction, Huxtable's honest, eloquent, smart, witty and somewhat saucy style is in full gear as she writes "This is a plan devised out of a profound ignorance of or willful disregard for not only the library's original concept and design, but also the folly of altering its meaning and mission and compromising its historical and architectural integrity. You don't 'update' a masterpiece. 'Modernization' may be the most dangerously misused word in the English language."

"Buildings change; they adapt to needs, times and tastes," she continued. "Old buildings are restored, upgraded and converted to new uses. For architecturally or historically significant buildings with landmark protection, the process is more complex; subtle, subjective and difficult decisions are often required. Nothing, not even buildings, stands still."

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Ada Louise Huxtable in 1974. Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine

Huxtable inspired us and made us think about the world that surrounds us. I love her for using "august" as an adjective -- referring to the library as "an august institution" -- which I rarely see except for in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. My compass and my mentor, you will be missed.

 

January 07, 2013

We Have the Best Seat in the House

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So who does have the best seat in the house? According to Monica Khemsurov for the December/January issue of Details magazine, it belongs to whoever is sitting in one of DWR’s favorites; the Eames Lounge and Ottoman.

January 05, 2013

Champagne Chair Contest: great entries so far. There's still time to make your chair!

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The entries are coming in and we're very impressed so far. You have until January 14 to enter the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. The challenge is simple: Create an original miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card. Cheers!

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Learn more at dwr.com/champagnechair. After you've designed your chair, feel free to share it on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #dwrchampagnechair.

January 04, 2013

Hello, Costa Mesa!

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Our recently opened Studio in Orange County, California is really taking shape. There are still things to do, but we're thrilled with how great the space is looking. 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. If you're in the area, please stop by!

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So many chairs to test-drive...

Happy New Year from John Edelman, CEO.

Dear Readers,

Happy modern new year and welcome to 2013! I want to personally thank you for your support last year. It was the best in DWR’s history. This company was founded by and for people who are passionate about design, and your dedication and loyalty to authentic modern is why we continue to thrive.

This month, we continue to bring you more new future icons than ever before: Roll & Hill lightingMuuto, the Herman Miller® Collection, Lampes Gras, bedding, rugs and a fabulous new table from Brad Ascalon. Many are exclusive to DWR; all are authentic modern.

Revel in our luxurious new catalog, and please dig in to our new iPad App to get the stories behind the stories. We are charged up and ready to explore the world all over again in 2013 to satisfy our faithful fans. Our new Costa Mesa Studio is now open, and later this month we’ll debut new spaces in Miami and SoHo.

We appreciate you more than you can know!

Happy new year.

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John Edelman
President and CEO

 

Express yourself in cork and foil.

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Previous contest winner by Tony Nemyer. Chair name: Grape Divine Chair.

Still haven’t taken out the recycling from New Year’s Eve? Luckily, it’s not too late to enter the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. The challenge is simple: Create an original miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles.* Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card. The deadline for submissions is January 14. Cheers!

Learn more at dwr.com/champagnechair. After you've designed your chair, feel free to share it on Instagram and Twitter with #dwrchampagnechair

*If champagne is not your thing, we also accept chairs made from the foil, label, cage and cork of Prosecco or any other sparkling wine.

January 03, 2013

The Living Room Sale has begun.

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It's the Living Room Sale at DWR. Save on sofas, chairs, rugs and lighting. Shop the sale at dwr.com, 1.800.944.2233 and DWR Studios.

January 02, 2013

As seen in Interior Design magazine.

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Photo courtesy of Interior Design magazine.

The Gubi Chair and Saarinen Pedestal Table are looking sharp in this Manhattan loft with views of the High Line and Hudson River. Appearing in Interior Design magazine, this 1800-square-foot interior design project included a specific request from the owners: "No fussy fabrics or finishes." One look at this rich, warm and sophisticated space and it's clear that the designers at Shamir Shah understood what their clients wanted. Bravo!