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April 26, 2013

Does this look familiar?

WAAC architects and their chairs

These clever Virginia Tech furniture design students were inspired by an iconic photograph. Can you name it?

The reason for their centerfold pose is an upcoming event at the DWR Georgetown Studio. Starting on May 10, we'll be hosting a nine-day exhibition of their work, interspersed throughout the store alongside the best in modern design. Join us at 6pm on May 10, for the opening reception. RSVP to

April 20, 2013

Happy Record Store Day.

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Since 2007, the third Saturday in April has been internationally celebrated as Record Store Day, or RSD, as the cool kids call it. The day's festivities include exclusive vinyl and CD releases, live performances and special appearances at independent record stores. On this day we also remember Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer who created many of the album covers we continue to covet.

Here's a list of DWR staffers' fave places to score vinyl:


Good Records – Dallas
Cactus Music
– Houston


Gramaphone Records – Chicago
Permanent Records
 – Chicago
Logan Hardware
 – Chicago
Reckless Records
 – Chicago

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April 16, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

At MAD in NYC: Grapes by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Bill Orcutt


Museum of Arts and Design
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design

David Zwirner Art Gallery
Richard Serra: Early Work


MIT Museum
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

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DWR iPad App nominated for a Webby.


The DWR iPad App is a Webby Awards Nominee for best mobile shopping app. If you enjoy our iPad app and think we deserve a Webby, please vote for us here.


April 15, 2013

Highlights from Milan.

Here are a few of our favorite products, exhibitions and displays from this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan.

DWR CEO John Edelman at the Danish Chromatism exhibition.

DANISH CHROMATISM was an exhibition of traditional and modern design from 30 Danish companies, showcased in a colorful collage that challenged the standard (read, static) furniture display. Held at the Triennale di Milano, this impressive show was the work of Signe Byrdal Terenziani and GamFratesi. The participating companies included Carl Hansen & Søn, Fritz Hansen, Gubi, Kvadrat, LEGO, Libratone, Louis Poulsen and others.

The Shell Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

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Hi ho Hotel Valley Ho!

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If you’re going to be anywhere near Arizona, you must soak in the midcentury charm of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. This is the place to recharge your love of all things modern and well designed. The pool, spa and swinging lounge beckon to those on vacation, while the comfortable rooms with large work area and plentiful outlets make the business traveler feel at home … or at work … maybe a bit of both.


Built in 1956, the Hotel Valley Ho is one of the few midcentury hotels still standing in Scottsdale. It rose from the desert just five years after Scottsdale was incorporated as a city and it still has the optimistic spirit of a young city of 2,000 residents on the verge of a boom.

Archival photo of the Hotel Valley Ho lobby.

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April 14, 2013

55 years of the brick.


To honor the 55th anniversary of the Lego brick, the Montreal ad agency Brad created a campaign of 55 graphic riddles. Here are a few of our favorites. Can you solve them?


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April 12, 2013

All that glitters in Milan.


Baccarat presents its Highlights Edition 2013 at the Palazzo Morando, Milano.

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Nervous Zenith by Louise Campbell for Baccarat

Designer Louise Campbell has created a new version of the iconic Zenith chandelier designed in the 19th century. Campbell maintained the classic Zenith form but added color, asymmetry and a few eccentric twists. Named Nervous Zenith, the push-pull feeling of this design certainly foreshadows the many future dinners to be hosted beneath its crystal branches.

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April 10, 2013

Piana meanders and mingles in Milan.

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Leave it to the sociable Piana Chair to make friends easily in Milan. From seeing the sights to becoming a key player in the nighttime party scene, Piana shows us how it's done. All photos by Mark Seelen.

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Seeing red (chairs) at SaloneSatellite in Milan.

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All photos: Mark Seelen

SaloneSatellite was created in 1998 as a place to showcase the work of promising young designers. Many of the prototypes presented at SaloneSatellite have gone into production and the show has helped launch many careers. We went to meet this year's group of emerging stars, many of whom were excited to check out our Piana Chair. All photos by Mark Seelen.

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In Milan on a modern train.


The folks at Vitra are celebrating Salone in style with their modern train (click the image above to see it in action). I especially love the rocking RAR in the second-to-last car. Next stop (we wish) the DWR office!


Photos from the Vitra booth at Salone in Milan.

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DWR CEO John Edelman with Eames Demetrios in the Vitra booth at Salone. Check out the wall behind them (move over, guys) made of plastic storage bins.

April 09, 2013

One red chair, many Milan ways.

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We were wondering what would happen if a DWR photographer took a red Piana Chair to Milan. All photos by Mark Seelen.

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April 05, 2013

For sale: the Millard House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

Built in 1923, the Millard House (aka, La Miniatura) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project using his modular textile block, a technology with which he hoped to “take the despised concrete block and turn it into a thing of beauty.” One look at this lovely home, with its richly textured brocade-like walls, and I'd say he succeeded.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

Recognized by Wright as his earliest “Usonian” house, the Millard House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also currently for sale. The property includes a residence and studio, nestled into an acre of gardens within the Prospect Historic District of Pasadena. List price: $4,495,000.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

TGIF quiz question.


Show us your modern smarts:

Where was this photograph taken?

Who was the architect who designed the building?


April 04, 2013

Hello, sunshine: A letter from our President and CEO.

Go to "It takes a village ... and a VW bus" for behind-the-scenes coverage of this photoshoot.

Dear Readers,

Happy spring! We love traveling through the seasons with you. Flowers are poking through the grass, and the days are getting longer. The new season sheds a fresh light on our homes, and this makes me think redecorate.

For indoors and out, we have product to inspire you. This is a time when “outdoors and indoors are inseparable,” said landscape architect Garrett Eckbo. “They are two sides of the same door.”

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Charlotte celebrates modern dogs.

Photo: Lift-Off Photography

The DWR Charlotte Studio recently invited customers to strut their pup down the, er, catwalk at a very pet-friendly event. The cutest, cleanest and best-behaved dogs won special prizes, as judged by a panel of pooch aficionados, including local dog trainer Roger Alan Bernard of Savvy Canine Training.

Photo: Lift-Off Photography

Which pooch is your favorite? Keep reading to see additional photos.

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April 02, 2013

Make a wish.

Hans Wegner admiring a model of his smoking Wing Chair.

The late Hans Wegner was born on this day 99 years ago. A prolific designer, the Danish master created more than 500 chairs in his lifetime, including the iconic Wishbone Chair (1949). Known for crafting perfectly finished joints and exquisite forms, it’s no wonder that Wegner was widely regarded as “the chair-maker of chair-makers.” On this day we raise our glasses to Hans Wegner. Make a wish!

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