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March 27, 2013

Toyo Ito named 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate.

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Toyo Ito, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, 2013
Photo by Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the industry's highest honor. Acknowledged for being a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury cites Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” [Call me a chair nerd, but the Series 7 Chair is the perfect choice for his Pritzker portrait.]

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

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Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

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Happy Birth van der Day.

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Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum (www.chicagohs.org)

On this day 127 years ago, the modern master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born. "An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve," said the architect and Bauhaus director who designed the Farnsworth House in Illinois and the Seagram Building in New York, to name just two of his architectural triumphs. Equally significant is his furniture – minimalist forms that exhibit an unerring sense of proportion. Mies van der Rohe may have designed the Barcelona® Chair for the king and queen of Spain, but in our book, he was the one who was truly royalty. A salute to Mies on this day.

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March 25, 2013

#onDWRtime: Winners Announced.

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Nelson Eye Clock – @Simsydc

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 Book Clock – @Danny_Unites

Our Nelson Ball Clock Giveaway on Instagram proved what we knew all along, that DWR fans tell the time fabulously. Our readers have chosen two winners: the Nelson Eye Clock from @Danny_Unites and the Book Clock from @Simsydc. Each of them will receive a Nelson Ball Clock.

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DWR Employees favored the First Christian Church Clock Tower designed by Eliel Saarinen from @StevePaszt. Steve will be receiving the book: "Eero Saarinen: Furniture For Everyman," written by Brian Lutz.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a timekeeper and voted. Look for more DWR Giveaways very soon. 

Download the Stua App.

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For iPhone or iPad, our partners at Stua have launched a sleek new app. Download the free app through iTunes and let us know what you think.

March 21, 2013

This weekend: DWR Warehouse Sale.

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Check out the DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend at the DWR Outlet in Secaucus, NJ. 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 903 Broadway (at 20th).

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March 20, 2013

#onDWRtime: The best timekeepers around.

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@simsydc: Book Clock

What fun we had with our Timekeeper Contest in our Instagram community. We asked you to find the coolest timekeeper and tag it with #onDWRtime. We had more than 250 submissions and here are our ten favorites. Which one do you like best? The winners will be announced this week.

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@StevePaszt: Saarinen

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March 19, 2013

Gardner Museum heist solved?

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Degas, La Sortie de Pesage Pencil and watercolor on paper, 10 x 16 cm

Twenty-three years after 13 pieces of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the F.B.I. has announced that it might be close to solving the case. The announcement that federal officials know the identities of the thieves was reported in yesterday's New York Times

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The museum is offering a $5 million reward for the return of the pieces, and the F.B.I. has set up this website with photographs of the missing works of art and reports of recent developments. 

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Manet, Chez Tortoni, 1878–1880 Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 cm. 

Even today, the museum keeps the empty frames on display to remind visitors of the paintings that were lost. Sadly, despite this huge break in the case it is still uncertain if the artworks will ever be recovered.


Semiannual Sale ends today!

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Save from floor to ceiling, on items for indoors and out during the DWR Semiannual Sale. Shop the sale at your local DWR Studio, online at dwr.com or by calling us at 1.800.944.2233.

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March 18, 2013

Now you know your ABC's.

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The second edition of "Typeseat" by Tim Fishlock is available through twentytwentyone as a limited edition print. How many chairs can you name?

March 15, 2013

Hello, SoHo.

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the grand opening of our newly renovated SoHo Studio on Greene Street. We appreciate everyone who supported us during this amazing transition, and we are so grateful to be in our new space.

Stop by and visit when you have a chance. 

March 12, 2013

You're invited to tour DWR CEO's home (and move in if you wish).

 

DWR CEO John Edelman is selling his NYC penthouse and this incredible space is featured in a Halstead Property online Open House. Step into Edelman's shoes and check out this fantastic urban pad.

As seen in Veranda Magazine.

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Photo: Laura Resen 

From flouncy skirted slipcovers to sleek shapes and calm neutrals -- see this month’s Veranda magazine for Frances Schultz's story on this 1926 French-style home in Houston’s Museum District.

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The Eames Lounge and Ottoman, shown in white ash. Photo: Laura Resen

March 11, 2013

Now open in the Miami Design District.

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DWR is pleased to announce the opening of our Miami Design District Studio. Last week's grand opening was warmly received by this hot design community and many of our designers came out for the festivities.

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Studio Proprietor Tyler Stone cutting the red ribbon, shown with: Chris Hardy, Brad Ascalon, John Edelman, John McPhee, Sandra Hansel, Kari Woldum and Marcella Barry. Look for Chris Hardy's new table collection for DWR, coming in May.

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Just in: New products at dwr.com.

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Colorful Krenit bowls, iconic Tolix tables, summer-crush-worthy outdoor collections and more ... see what's new at DWR. Many of these new items are included in the Semiannual Sale, happening now.

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The Paulistano Outdoor Chair by Paulo Medes da Rocha

March 08, 2013

A letter from John Edelman, DWR President and CEO.

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The DWR March catalog is in the mail and available at DWR Studios. You can also check it out online. The book begins with this letter from John Edelman, DWR President and CEO.

Dear Readers,

At Design Within Reach, we make authentic modern design accessible. Authentic means it is the real thing. We don’t do “inspired by” or “just as good as” or “in the spirit of.” If it’s a Richard Schultz chaise, you can be assured that he designed it and that the company that has the rights to produce his work is making it. The same goes for pieces by Saarinen, Eames, Mies, Bernett and the rest of our designers. If you buy it from DWR, you know it’s the real thing.

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March 05, 2013

How you can help publish a book about modern design.

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Bruno Mathsson’s home in Varnamo, Sweden. Photo: Leslie Williamson

Author Leslie Williamson has nine days left in her kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to launch her latest book: Handcrafted Modern Europe. With $32K raised toward her $41K goal, she's almost there, and any contribution will help. For a pledge of $100, you'll receive a first edition of the book, signed by the author. Williamson is the author of Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid Century Designers, published by Rizzoli in 2010.

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Alvar Aalto's house in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Leslie Williamson

March 04, 2013

Finn Juhl, the UN Chamber and his Ordrup home.

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Trusteeship Council Chamber, 1952. UN Photo

You’ll be hearing Finn Juhl’s name in the news this month because the Trusteeship Council Chamber he designed for the United Nations headquarters in New York is being reopened. This chamber was a gift from Denmark to the United Nations and its construction cost roughly $20,000 in 1952. 

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Renovation in progress, 2012. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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Step inside the desert architecture of Will Bruder.

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Architect: Will Bruder. The Jarson residence, Paradise Valley, AZ.
Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

When Debbie and Scott Jarson decided to build a house on the land they’d owned for 13 years, they were surprised that many architects didn’t understand the building site, and some told them it would be impossible to put a home there. Then they met Will Bruder – whose work Scott had been a fan of since the 1970s – and they found their match. “We invited Will to the site and he sat on a rock and drew the house,” says Scott. “That’s the house we built.”

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March 03, 2013

The right way to save a Wright house.

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Photo: Scott Jarson, azarchitecture.com

The David and Gladys Wright House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son and daughter-in-law. Located in a citrus orchard in Phoenix, this 1950s masterpiece had been threatened with demolition until an anonymous benefactor purchased it for $2.387 million in December 2012. The buyer intends to transfer ownership to a not-for-profit organization, which will restore and maintain the home, while also making it available for educational purposes.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

This happy ending was an unexpected twist at the end of a seven-month battle between preservationists and a development company that planned to destroy the house in order to split the property.

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March 01, 2013

It takes a village ... and a VW bus.

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Photo: Jim Bastardo

The 14-hour days and challenging conditions don't scare our photo crew. Here are a few of the lighter moments from our recent Arizona photoshoot for the March catalog.

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Photo: Jim Bastardo

We like to say that "Umbrellas are for cocktails, Tuuci systems are made for shade." In this case, it appears the team is enjoying both.

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