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June 27, 2013

As seen in today's New York Times.

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In today's Times, Tim McKeough goes lamp shopping with Daniel Libeskind, who believes a task light must meet two criteria. “‘First of all, it has to be something beautiful,’ he said, ‘because it’s an object that sits on a table.’ But it also has to be functional, not only ‘in terms of the kind of light it throws,’ he said, but also ‘how you change the light and how you move the lamp.’”

One of his favorites was the Tripod Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille. “Even after all these years, he said, its sculptural appeal still felt forward-looking. In fact, he speculated, ‘the designer of the space shuttle may have seen this lamp.’”

Libeskind also liked the Tab Lamp by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Flos and the Mix Lamp by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan.

June 26, 2013

Smile, you're at the Glass House.

One of the best things about summer is getting to visit The Philip Johnson Glass House for its annual summer party. DWR provided outdoor seating at the event, including the Eos Collection by Matthew Hilton, the Tolix Marais Collection by Xavier and Jean Pauchard and the Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube.

This year, we were able to capture all the guests who made the Glass House Summer Party a huge success. Take a moment to view the album below and share with family and friends. 

To learn more about visiting the Glass House, click here.

 

 

June 24, 2013

The Glass House: A taste of the Philip Johnson life.

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At this year's Summer Party at the Philip Johnson Glass House, guests were treated to a picnic, lawn games, music and wine. The attire was "summer chic," and it appears that many of the men translated that to mean, "dress like Philip Johnson." People watching aside, the setting was, of course, picture perfect. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event.

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The Glass House by photographer Bonnie Edelman.

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As seen in the Architect's Newspaper, Bonnie Edelman has added Philip Johnson's pool at the Glass House to her SCAPES (Land, Sea, Sky) collection, "a series of photographs that capture natural settings in blurs of color."

An exhibition of Edelman's work can be seen through August 24 at the Heather Gaudio Fine Art gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut.

June 18, 2013

Dream a little green: CU Boulder’s Green Design Competition.

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The DWR Boulder Studio has been working with University of Colorado architecture professor Julee Herdt to inspire the next generation of eco-friendly designers. With her course Green Technology: Design from Salvage, she charged her students with designing “an architectural object of beauty and high functionality without spending much (or any) money; vying for selection and exhibition in DWR Boulder’s storefront.” Well, the winners are in and they are extraordinarily innovative. We are proud to introduce you to the work of Josh Arendt, Matt Nickel and Taylor Hawley.

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June 13, 2013

A lamp fit for the son of a Beastie Boy.

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Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

In today's New York Times, Julie Earle-Levine is on location with Tamra Davis and Michael Diamond, aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys. The couple recently renovated their 3,200-square-foot Cobble Hill townhouse, and we were pleased to see the rubber Unfold Pendant in one of their bedrooms. “We used lighting, like this DWR pendant, that would not break if hit with a flying object in the boys’ bedroom,” Ms. Davis said. Check your head, indeed.

 

June 11, 2013

Remembering Niels Diffrient, 1928–2013.


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Renowned designer Niels Diffrient, who changed the landscape of ergonomic seating, has died. Diffrient was referred to by Forbes magazine as the “grandaddy of ergonomic revolution” for his previously unpracticed emphasis on the “human factor” in design. His famous three-volume treatise Human Scale, published in 1974, inspired future designers to take the shapes, patterns and preferences of the human body into consideration when designing a chair. All along, Diffrient’s commitment to the good of humanity remained intact. “Why would you design something,” he asked in the New York Times in 2003, “if it didn't improve the human condition?”

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Design in a nutshell: American Industrial Design.

 

While it's not 100% accurate (e.g. Raymond's surname is spelled Loewy, without an e after the w) I think you'll enjoy this short video by Clive Hilton for Open University. Translation note: When the narrator says "alu-min-e-um," I believe he means aluminum. Just my guess.

 

Design in a nutshell: Gothic Revival.

 

Are you ready to get your goth on? Learn a bit about Gothic Revival in this short video by Clive Hilton for Open University.

 

Design in a nutshell: Bauhaus.

 

This short video by Clive Hilton for Open University gives a quick lesson about the Bauhaus. While it is charming and informative, I do disagree with one point. The video states that Marcel Breuer's cantilevered Cesca Chair was inspired by a bicycle, but it was really his Wassily Chair, designed three years before the Cesca, that evolved from the graceful handlebars of the Alder bicycle.

What do you think, how bauhaus is your house?

 

Design in a nutshell: Arts & Crafts.

 

It's unclear to me why the craftsman appears to be mostly naked, but this charming video by Clive Hilton for Open University is a fun introduction to Arts & Crafts. I'll be sharing five more videos today, all about the history of design. Stay tuned for Bauhaus, American Industrial Design and others.

 

June 10, 2013

Decked out in Details magazine.

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It's "time to recycle the plastic lawn chair," writes Monica Khemsurov of Details magazine. "The world's top designers are making furniture so stylish you'll want to bring it inside, too." Her top picks in this month's Know & Tell column include the Medici Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Herman Miller and the 1966 Collection Adjustable Chaise by Richard Schultz for Knoll.

Last day of the Herman Miller® Sale.

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Today is the last chance to save 15% and enjoy Free Standard Shipping on the entire Herman Miller collection, including Charles and Ray Eames’ connsummate and iconic lounge chair set, pictured above. Don’t just lie there! Go get something new to lie there in. Shop the sale, through tonight at midnight, here.

June 08, 2013

The future – as envisioned 70 years ago.

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I’ve discussed on these very pages the nearly magical alchemical force that was Charles and Ray Eames’ creative energy. But even geniuses are sometimes constrained by the capacity of the times. So, back in 1950, when they conceived of the simple, accessible, organic form that became their Molded Plastic Chair, the vision was initially made with the warmth and material honesty of wood. Unfortunately those sexy curves were just too dramatic for the capacity of their “Kazam! machine.” Finally, Herman Miller®, in collaboration with the Eames heirs, have applied today’s 3-D veneer technology – whereby the wood is sliced into spaghetti-thin strips and then glued back together – to the creation of this new (old) design. The Eames® Molded Wood Chair is already a classic, it’s available exclusively at DWR and, conveniently enough, it’s also on sale.

June 07, 2013

The poster as provocation?

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Last year, Herman Miller® endeavored on an homage to the “power of the poster” as a vehicle to “to explore complex concepts in a succinct way.” For the Then x Ten collection, they used eight classic Herman Miller posters and commissioned 10 globally recognized graphic designers to create new ones.

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June 06, 2013

As seen in today's New York Times.

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Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

The Tolix Marais Stool is looking sharp in A Homestead for House Stalkers by Steven Kurutz. Designed by architect Adam Rolston, the house is "basically a 90-foot-long rectangle box, wrapped in cedar wood and standing-seam metal, with a bathroom and bedroom on each end and an open kitchen and living area as the anchor," writes Kurutz. The result is a simple house that's smartly built and stunningly serene inside and out. To order the Marais Stool in red, visit a DWR Studio or call 1.800.944.2233.

June 04, 2013

Show your support for the Eames House.

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Charles and Ray Eames moved into their Pacific Palisades home, also known as Case Study House #8, on Christmas Eve in 1949. For the rest of their lives, this was where they lived, worked and played, and today the interior remains very much as they left it. The Eames Foundation is taking serious efforts to conserve the property and stay ahead of the forces of nature weathering this iconic steel frame structure overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rather than waiting for the house to be in crisis, they've launched the 250 Year Project to plan for future needs now, and you're invited to be part of this important mission. 

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To help, you can purchase a limited-edition print inspired by an Eames quote or an object from the house. Each tax-deductible print costs $75, and all proceeds go to the Eames House.