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August 30, 2013

This Kahn can be yours.

As featured in our September catalog, this stunning house by Louis Kahn is currently for sale.

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Photo: William Whitaker

Architect Louis Kahn believed there should always be a beam of light in the house, and in the home he designed for Margaret Esherick this mantra is indeed true. The light is what current owner Lynn Gallagher likes best. “You can’t be depressed in this house,” she says. “It’s truly uplifting.”

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Photo: William Whitaker

In 1959, bookstore owner Margaret Esherick commissioned Kahn to design a house for her in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. It was completed two years later and sadly Esherick lived in it for only a few months before dying of pneumonia at the age of 43.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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August 23, 2013

Remembering Charles Pollock, 1930–2013.

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Famed designer Charles Pollock, distinguished by a modern interpretation of the office chair, has passed. Pollock was perhaps best known for his eponymous Pollock Executive Chair, which surfaced at a time in the 1960s when many corporate offices were beginning to embrace a sleek, modern aesthetic. The chair was an instant sensation upon release and went on to become one of the most recognizable and successful office chairs ever. Featuring ingeniously simple construction, it’s marked by an aluminum rim that supports the seat and back both structurally and visually.

Charles Pollack was born in Philadelphia in 1930. After moving to Detroit with his family as a teen, he enrolled in Cass Technical High School, where he was exposed to art and design. He excelled at Cass and received a full scholarship to the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute in New York. It was there that Pollock became skilled in the disciplines of sketching and model-making. While visiting Pratt one afternoon, designer George Nelson happened to come upon a sculpture of Pollock’s that he admired. Pollock later presented Nelson with that very same sculpture as a gift – a portent of exciting things to come.

Pollock soon took a job working for Nelson in New York, contributing to development of the Swag Leg Collection, introduced by Herman Miller in 1958. Building on the success of Swag, Pollock struck out on his own to open a studio in Brooklyn. Two years later, after taking note of his designs, Florence Knoll began paying Pollock a small monthly salary that he put toward rent and product development. The Pollock Executive Chair came to fruition in 1963 as a result of that relationship.

Pollock was the recipient of many awards, including the IBD Bronze Medal and Pratt Institute’s Excellence by Design Award, and his work is exhibited in museums throughout the world.

August 16, 2013

Now for sale: Grossman’s Hurley House.

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Greta Magnussen Grossman emigrated from Sweden in 1940 and went on to become one of the originators of the California modern aesthetic. She produced 14 residences over the course of her career – and, while there are only a handful left, her most ambitious and significant, the Hurley House, has just gone on the market for the first time since it was built in 1958.

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August 13, 2013

Wall Street Journal profiles desk toys.

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F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas

David Sokol of the Wall Street Journal recently featured desk toys in his design column, giving five stars (so to speak) to our Folding Stars. Designed by John Kostick, these "engaging toys can take you out of your prefrontal cortex and exercise different parts of your brain by offering a different type of challenge and a tactile, motor experience.," says Donna Flynn, director of workspace futures at Steelcase. "The experience offers a small reward that could trigger the release of dopamine — one of the key chemicals that balances with norepinephrine to stimulate brain function."

As Charles Eames would say, "We must take our pleasure seriously."

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August 06, 2013

Ready, set, lounge! The Living Room Sale is here.

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Goodland Sofa Collection

Save 15% on sofas, sectionals, lounge chairs, rugs, table lamps and floor lamps. Even new collections, like Goodland by Milo Baughman, are included. Shop the Living Room Sale.

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Bantam Sofa Collection

August 05, 2013

Alejandro Sticotti visits DWR Potrero Studio.

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Alejandro Sticotti and Mercedes Hernaez at DWR.

Argentinean architect Alejandro Sticotti and graphic designer Mercedes Hernaez stopped by the DWR Potrero Studio while on holiday in San Francisco. As a designer, Sticotti's work -- including his V Bench and Shelving -- is all about wood and simple lines. Learn more about this creative couple and see photos of their Buenos Aires home in this interview by Freunde von Freunden.

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Sticotti Shelving

We've got lots of new.

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Dear Readers,

Sometimes ambitious is different from ambition. The latter can be a negative, especially when employed to chase fame or power, while the former can describe work of true integrity. That’s why I’m proud to say that the August catalog is our most ambitious to date. We’ve launched two new sofa collections, rolled out one big bedroom collection and updated our entire textile selection – all at the same time. We’ve been to Europe, Asia and across the U.S. to deliver you excitement like you’ve never seen. Our designers have worked tirelessly to bring our mutual passion for authentic modern design to your doorstep. Come now to one of our exciting Studios, go to dwr.com to see everything that’s new, or use our iPad app to learn and be inspired. Let us excite you and share our overwhelming joy in what we’ve accomplished. Thank you for believing in us and supporting us. 

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August 02, 2013

Coming soon: DWR East 57th Street.

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Featuring three floors of the best in modern design, our new Studio -- opening in the fall -- is located on the corner of East 57th Street and Third Avenue. It's our largest space in NYC and conveniently located near Bloomingdales, the Architects and Designers Building and the Decoration & Design Building. If you're in the area, be sure to check out the cool graphics we recently installed in the windows (to hide our construction craziness). We look forward to showing you what's inside!

Find a DWR Studio near you.