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September 27, 2013

Modern love, let me count the ways.

Eero Saarinen wrote this letter to his wife Aline, shortly after they were married in 1954. Their romance began a year earlier when Aline was sent to Detroit to write a piece about the architect for the New York Times Magazine.

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Source: Archives of American Art

The letter goes on to say, "Darling: I think it is absolutely terrific that you and I are really married and that for now on we are man and wife and that we can now make out of that as beautiful a design -- a real work of art -- to the extent of our abilities -- is it not absolutely terrific!"

Absolutely terrific, indeed. Not only do I love Saarinen's work but I also love how he loved. It's time for love letters to come back into vogue. They are the ultimate timeless classic.

You could win a $1,000 DWR gift card.

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Collage by chris-saada on polyvore.

Enter to win a $1,000 DWR gift card by creating a collage that expresses how you would enjoy an evening at the best table in town - your own! Enter here.

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Collage by lets-be-crazy on polyvore.


September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Saarinen in stock then and now.


In mid-2005, we welcomed the Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company Knoll to our assortment. This partnership made it possible for retail customers to purchase authentic classics by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other modern masters, without having to work with an interior designer. In other words, we made design within reach.

Learn more about Knoll and be sure to shop the Knoll Sale at DWR through October 1.

September 25, 2013

It's the Knoll Sale at DWR!

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The Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.

Knoll is a Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company that has been producing the work of Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others since being founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll and later run by Florence Knoll. More than 40 Knoll products are in the permanent collection at MoMA. Through Tuesday, these authentic classics are on sale, in stock and ready to ship. Shop the Knoll Sale at DWR.

September 24, 2013

DWR named Top Workplace in Connecticut!

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We're very proud to announce that Design Within Reach has been named a Top Workplace by Hearst Media Services. The companies recognized as Top Workplaces were selected based on responses to employee surveys. In total, 649 companies were invited to take the survey and more than 13,000 employees were surveyed.

At DWR, we truly love what we do. Want to join us? Check out our career opportunities and read this interview with DWR President and CEO, John Edelman.

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September 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Take your pleasure seriously.


Thirteen years have passed since this catalog appeared in mailboxes around the country, but we’re still having fun at DWR. In fact, word searches continue to be a passion of ours. Test your design IQ with a DWR exclusive word search from Olivia Edelman.

September 16, 2013

Happy September from John Edelman.

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Dear Readers,

We hope you had a nice summer. It was a hot season in Connecticut, but as you can see from our 150-page September catalog, the heat didn’t slow us down. In fact, we’ve been busier than ever making authentic modern design accessible. We’ve launched products from Jeffrey Bernett, Chris Hardy, Brad Ascalon, Milo Baughman and others, introduced our first-ever line of textiles with amazing responses from you and even remerchandised every DWR Studio. Have you been in yet? If not, please stop by. Our passion for design has led us to accomplish more in the past year than ever in the history of Design Within Reach. Visit our Studios, use our iPad app, surf our website and read our blog. Our message is consistent and clear: We believe in authenticity and accessibility of modern design.

Thank you for believing in us and supporting us. 

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September 13, 2013

Friday eye candy x 4: house, man, car and chair.

Photographed at the Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills, David Gandy drives fast, struts around sans shirt and relaxes in, naturally, an Eames Lounge Chair. "I make the decisions," he says. Decisions well made, say we.

All furniture provided by Design Within Reach.

September 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The first-ever DWR catalog cover.


Fourteen years have passed since this catalog appeared in mailboxes around the country, but our passion for making authentic modern design accessible is just as strong today as it was back then. Thank you for believing in us!

September 11, 2013

A Warhol wonderland at the Brant Foundation in Greenwich.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Within these walls is a very special Andy Warhol exhibition. Founded by Peter Brant, the Art Study Center opened in May 2009 in a former fruit barn that was converted into gallery space by architect Richard Gluckman. Featuring annual exhibitions curated primarily from Mr. Brant's collection, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is free and open to the public by appointment.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Photo: Stefan Altenburger © 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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DWR loves local: Toronto.

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We’re exploring Toronto today.

We recommend starting at the Design Exchange on Bay Street (a five-minute walk from the DWR Toronto Studio) to view DXUNCRATED, an exhibition that celebrates Canada’s rich industrial design history from 1945 to the present.

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September 09, 2013

Herb & Dorothy 50x50 New York Premier this Friday.

Watch the trailer.

In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels gave a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all 50 states. In other words, 50 works of art to 50 states.

As a follow-up to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.

This Friday will be the New York Premier of Herb & Dorothy 50x50. Tickets are available for this IFC Center event, September 13-19, as well as for a series of Q&As with Martin Johnson, Cristo, Dorothy Vogel and others.


September 05, 2013

Man with a plan: Julien De Smedt.

Julien De Smedt with Mike, an urban bicycle designed by his new enterprise, Makers With Agendas.

"We do not belong to a design style," says Julien De Smedt in his interview with Karen Wong of Architizer. "We don’t have aesthetic canons to respect or fellow designers to bow to, as we don’t see ourselves as part of those respectable spheres. I think being a maker is very liberating in many ways. We will engage in everything we want to and in nothing we don’t need to."

What Julien is describing above is the intent of his new research and development company called Makers With Agendas. This enterprise will differ from his firm JDS Architects in that the projects will be smaller in scale and approached with more freedom.

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The Iceberg by JDS Architects, a residential development in Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Frost

"With Makers With Agendas we get to pick the issues we want to tackle; we’re not tied to a limited site or location of reach, and we can truly let our minds and ideas expand," he says. "In some way I feel like those projects are in fact a lot bigger."

We congratulate Julien and his team on the MWA launch and look forward to seeing what they create. Read the full interview at

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A DWR favorite: Stacked Shelving designed by JDS Architects.