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May 31, 2013

Take your pleasure seriously.

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DWR’s Benjamin Smith, Scott Burns and Robert Fodor are in a spin about the Herman Miller Sale. Shown seated in Herman Miller Spun Chairs, available via special order at DWR. They look fun, don’t they?

 

The Herman Miller Sale has begun!

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It's the Herman Miller® Sale at DWR! For a brief time, save on the work of Eames, Nelson, Noguchi (all the heavy hitters) and enjoy free standard shipping. Shop the sale at dwr.com, 1.800.944.2233 and DWR Studios.

 

May 30, 2013

Human Kind Story: Featuring David Weeks.

 

Our friend David Weeks is the subject of a Human Kind Story for the Sundance Channel. Check it out for a behind-the-scenes look at his studio and to learn more about this innovative designer.

Heavy beach reading.

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Noppenhalle, Zurich - Baierbischofberger Architects. Photo: Phaidon Publishing.

Forget flimsy paperbacks this summer; my recommendation is Concrete, a must-have architecture book from Phaidon. Written and edited by William Hall, with an essay by Leonard Koren, this visual stunner will amaze and intrigue you. Think concrete is a cold, dull material? These 240 pages will change your mind.

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Pradolongo Housing - Madrid-Wiel Arets. Photo: Phaidon Publishing.

 

The modern man.

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We're very excited to see DWR's President and CEO in this month's issue of Modern Luxury's Men's Book Atlanta. "Our house was filled with everything from Tiffany lamps to Andy Warhol paintings," he notes of his childhood home. Read the fully story here

May 29, 2013

George Nelson: Safety first.

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Apparently back in ye olde 1950s, before the interwebs turned everyone into “the press,” they used to hold press conferences for designers. In honor of George Nelson’s 105th birthday today, I was clicking around the New York Times archives and found this brilliant nugget of his, quoted from the 1950 “Trends in New Design” press conference: “The dangerous becomes safe as soon as three people have bought it.”

The press from those days notes how his use of technology created for other industries – such as bent steel for a car’s fender – was totally revolutionary…unsafe, if you will. And his clear response? Eh, you’ll get used to it. “Familiarity breeds acceptance,” he once said. His Swag Leg pieces (the Desk is pictured above) are perfect examples of this innovation. The swaging process, which uses pressure to taper and curve a metal tube, was invented for industrial uses, not exactly for the creation of sleek, functional interiors.

So, George, we salute you and your mind-boggling forethought. Probably not an example of forethought, but fortuitous nonetheless, his Swag Collection – as well the entire Herman Miller® collection – goes on sale on Friday.

May 23, 2013

ICFF: the fun, the whimsical and the wonderful.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) wrapped up this week in New York City, and the general feeling about the show is that it was a lot more fun than in recent years. Here are a few of the colorful, organic, amusing, beautiful and "that's cool" highlights.

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Acoustic wall panels that make me wish I lived in a louder house. These custom designs are by Anne Kyyrö Quinn.

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Evoking the charm of a picket fence (in a good way), is the Se7e Chair by Rahyja Afrange. The young architect recently spent a year studying furniture design in Denmark before returning to São Paulo-Brazil and establishing her own multidisciplinary studio. Her philosophy is “Live well, in lovely ambiances.”

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The Oo Desk Lamp by Sverre Uhnger was one of the prototypes displayed in "The Essence of Things: New Design From Norway." To select the 18 designers featured, Metropolis editorial director Paul Makovsky traveled across the country in search of under-the-radar talent at schools and studios.

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Making weekend plans? Go to the DWR Outlet Sale!

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Take an additional 20% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture at the DWR Outlet Sale. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Worth noting: this writer waited years for a Saarinen dining table to appear at the Outlet. If I didn't already have mine, I'd be driving to New Jersey right now.

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Can't make it to New Jersey? Shop our Online Outlet at dwr.com/ebay. Keep reading to see many more photos, taken today at the DWR Outlet.

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May 21, 2013

UN Trusteeship Council Chamber reopens.

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Photo: Salto & Sigsgaard

“When I walked into the room yesterday – seeing it for the first time – it was like walking into Alice in Wonderland,” says designer Kasper Salto. “It was like walking into the drawings we’ve been working on for two years.”

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Photo: Hans Ole Madsen

The room he’s describing is the fully restored Trusteeship Council Chamber that Finn Juhl designed more than 60 years ago for the UN headquarters in New York. After decades of use and off-target alterations, the chamber has been renovated with the furniture, lighting fixtures, draperies and other objects originally specified by Finn Juhl. The updated space also includes a new chair and table designed by Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard, who won a competition sponsored by the Danish Arts Foundation.

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The Council Chair by Salto & Sigsgaard. Photo: Hans Ole Madsen

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May 20, 2013

The past, present and future of design at WantedDesign.

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The Ø Chair designed by Asher Israelow.

At this year's WantedDesign, DWR launched the Helix Table by Chris Hardy alongside a showcase of seven designers who we feel represent the design industry’s future. While materials and methods differ, commonalities of smart design, solving old problems in new ways and being relevant to how we live ring true in their works.

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Roulé Family designed by Pauline Deltour for Discipline.

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Abstract Square and Textured Stripe Pillows designed by Tamasyn Gambell, coming to DWR this summer.

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Wows, wants and oh-mys from WantedDesign.

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WantedDesign is an international design event in New York City. Now in its third year, this strongly curated exhibition continues to build on its reputation for being a must-see during Design Week, or NYCxDESIGN. Here are some of the highlights from this year's show.

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How do you like your eggs? Made by the French company Metylos, the Paul Table is a combination of beech wood and felt.

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New Zealand designer David Trubridge presented The Elements, an installation that incorporated a Swarovski crystal light fixture suspended over the angular carpeted planes of New Zealand's volcano, Mount Ruapehu. "The basis of all life on Earth is the eternal cycle of water," says Trubridge. "Evaporated from the oceans by the fire of the Sun, carried in the air to the mountains where it falls on the Earth as rain, running back to the ocean in rivers."

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May 18, 2013

Gold cards found at NYCxDESIGN.

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For our customers who've been asking where they can get the gold playing cards shown in this photo of our Helix Table, I have good news. You can pick them up this weekend at the neo-utility Pop Up retail shop at 379 Broome Street in SoHo. As part of New York Design Week, or NYCxDESIGN, this Pop Up shop is part of INTRO NY, a satellite design event featuring an exclusive line-up of design brands, like Council, the company who brought us the 47 Table.

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For those unable to get to SoHo, you can also buy the cards online. Enter NYPOPUP for free shipping, May 18-25.

Also! at NYCxDESIGN.

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Using a digital microscope to reveal hidden design details invisible to the naked eye.

What does a chair sound like? What does it look like inside? Those are two of the five questions explored by the students of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts. This series of interactions and interventions that explore how we experience new design are being presented at WantedDesign in NYC, May 17-20. Learn more at alsoproject.com.

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Students of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Products of Design program. 

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A brainstorming board by the students, posted by Also! contributor Charlotta Hellichius.

May 16, 2013

Meet the Past, Present and Future Designers: Chris Hardy.

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Meet Chris Hardy, one of the designers we'll be showcasing this week at WantedDesign.

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May 15, 2013

Meet the Past, Present and Future Designers: Jonah Takagi.

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Meet Jonah Takagi, one of the designers we'll be showcasing this week at WantedDesign.

Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah Takagi earned his bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He’s spent the last decade designing furniture and playing bass guitar for indie rock bands. Regrettably, being on the road gave him little time to exhibit his furniture. To showcase his growing body of work, he founded Atelier Takagi in 2005. Takagi says of his design approach, “After you create something, you have little to no control over the emotional content that people will attribute to the object, so your best bet is to make it sturdy, make it last and, if you say it is going to do something, make sure it does it well.”

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With a nod toward the Memphis movement, Takagi borrowed that American city’s nickname for his Bluff City Pendant. A mix of industrial and refined aesthetics, this pendant features a bulb that is enclosed in a metal cage on the top for ambient lighting and a solid metal shade on the bottom for concentrated downward lighting. Bluff City was nominated for a Dwell magazine Modern World Award in 2011.

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May 14, 2013

Meet the Past, Present and Future Designers: Tamasyn Gambell.

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Meet Tamasyn Gambell, one of the designers we'll be showcasing this week at WantedDesign.

“I use the most eco-friendly materials and processes,” says textile designer Tamasyn Gambell, “as I believe that designers have a responsibility to the environment and that being green does not have to compromise style or quality.”

After graduating from the Royal College of Art and Design in London, designer Tamasyn Gambell headed to Paris, where she mastered her trade at couture houses such as Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton. In 2007 she relocated to Stockholm to explore the opposite end of the spectrum, as a print designer for H&M, launching her own company a year later. A true contemporary modernist, Gambell believes that good design and green design go hand in hand.

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Daily Tech Find: Mantis Desk.

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We love Apartment Therapy, especially when they covet one of our products. Today's Daily Tech Find by Gregory Han features the new Mantis Desk. Han praises the "exemplary storage options built into the desk" and the "beautiful ash top fit for a fine kitchen." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thanks AT!

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May 13, 2013

Mixing it up in Cambridge.

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The DWR Cambridge Studio hosted Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, who showed the crowd how to make sophisticated original cocktails. Seeing a rise in high-end, handcrafted spirits – but a void in similarly crafted syrups – Forrest and his wife started Royal Rose in Brooklyn in 2010. In 2011 they sold their first batch of syrups and by ’12 had outgrown their Brooklyn digs and relocated to Portland, Maine. Certified 100% organic, Royal Rose Syrups now come in six amazing flavors, including three-chili, saffron and Tamarind.

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May 07, 2013

The May catalog is here (and it includes a very special Eames chair).

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The May catalog is now available online and in Studios.

Dear Readers,

Spring is here and we couldn’t be more excited. This is a time of birth and rebirth, and this month’s catalog represents both. Proving that the Eameses were 63 years ahead of their time, we are honored to be launching their Molded Wood Chair, never in production until now. Inside you’ll also find a table from Tolix® and a task chair from Cherner, the latter produced from sketches discovered by Norman Cherner’s son Ben. We bring you one of my favorite chairs of all time in Alexander Begge’s Casalino, a chair I have lived with for almost 20 years. This month, we also celebrate the arrival of Helix tables by Chris Hardy, who is one of our favorite new designers and someone we are championing.

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May 02, 2013

As seen in today's New York Times.

 

Introducing the Helix Table by Chris Hardy. Celebrated in today's New York Times, we're very excited to be adding this collection to our assortment. Helix is available now at DWR Studios and dwr.com, and will be featured at Wanted Design later this month. From producing licensed works by midcentury masters to launching the pieces of today’s brightest stars to helping develop career paths for promising future designers, we are passionate about design – from the past, present and future. You can preview the products we'll be showing during New York Design Week by going to our Facebook Page. Vote for your favorite and you could win it!

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