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October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Boo!


We're haunted by some DWR catalog covers of the past, but not this one from February 2005. A staple in our assortment for more than a decade, the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck continues to impress us with its paranormal powers.


October 28, 2013

The Gift of Know-How.


Our gift to you: the timeless gift of know-how. Learn about style, drinks, books and food from some of our favorite aficionados. Watch their engaging videos and enter for a chance to win an Eames® Hang-It-All from DWR and a $500 gift certificate from emerging retailer Of a Kind.

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October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Pouf! The sale is (almost) over.


Today is the last day of our Semiannual Sale. To mark the occasion, we're looking back to our June 2005 catalog showcasing the Primary Pouf. Still a customer favorite, the weather-proof Pouf is made of a proprietary foam that's firm enough to use as a table and soft enough to use as a seat.

As for why there's a foot-measuring device in this photo, I'm not really sure. Perhaps the person is buying sneakers and using the Primary Pouf to tie her shoe? Or his shoe? So many questions...

The Semiannual Sale ends today!


Shop the Semiannual Sale at DWR. Save hundreds on thousands of items from floor to ceiling, for indoors and out. You'll also save on collections rarely on sale, including Cassina, Flos, Fritz Hansen and Kartell. Start shopping at The sale ends today.

October 23, 2013

The Semiannual Sale ends tomorrow!

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Shop collections rarely on sale, including Kartell, Flos, Fritz Hansen and Cassina. Wondering what's popular at DWR? Shop top sellers and classics on sale. There are three ways to shop from DWR: visit, call us at 1.800.944.2233 or stop by your local DWR Studio.

The Semiannual Sale ends tomorrow. Start shopping at

October 21, 2013

Provenance sells for $84,788 at Christie's.

Image courtesy of Simon Preston Gallery.

Congratulations to Amie Siegel on the impressive hammer price for Provenance, her film about the furniture trade from Chandigarh, the Indian city planned by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The film was Lot 248 in the October 19 Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction at Christie's in London. The realized price was £52,500 ($84,788 in U.S. dollars). More about the film here.

October 18, 2013

Auction watch: Corbu film at Christie's on Saturday.

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Provenance by Amie Siegel will be auctioned on October 19. The lot notes read: "Meditating on the trade in furniture, Provenance takes for its protagonists the silent pieces of furniture conceived by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in the 1950s for their utopic, modernist city Chandigarh in northern India."

We'll post the results here on the blog, or you can follow the auction at Christie's London


October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Twilight (Sleeper) Zone.


The Twilight Sleeper Sofa has been a DWR favorite from the beginning. Shown here on our October 2004 cover, it continues to impress our customers -- and their guests -- with its blend of comfort and ease of use.

P.S. Save 15% on Twilight during the Semiannual Sale.

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October 16, 2013

Help save the Weidlinger House.


Due to a lack of resources from the Park Service, this irreplaceable piece of our cultural heritage ended up abandoned and slated for demolition in the pristine landscape of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $50,000 toward the structure’s restoration and conversion into an artist/scholar residence by July 2014.

The living room in it’s original state. Photo: Madeliene Weidlinger-Friedli

In 1952, Paul Weidlinger bought this secluded parcel of land in Wellfleet. Inspired by his friend, the famed architect Marcel Breuer, who had settled just across the pond, he set out to combine his vision of experimental modernism with the particular requirements of a Cape Cod summerhouse.

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October 15, 2013

Now playing, Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli.


Described by The Atlantic as "a love letter about modern design and the Vignelli's 50-year marriage," this must-see documentary is playing this week at IFC Center in New York. For additional screenings around the world, click here.

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Heller Dinnerware by Lella and Massimo Vignelli.


As seen in the Wall Street Journal: Going for the brass.

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Lower left: the Helix Table by Chris Hardy for DWR.

"In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver," writes David A. Keeps for the Wall Street Journal. "Brass, last in vogue in the '70s, has been moving in from the margins, showing up on a pendant light here, a table leg there—exuding a certain cocky, outsider glamour. In recent years, it's started to make silver tones look, all too accurately, commonplace. And now, no metal is shining more compellingly: Brass is conclusively back."

October 11, 2013

Chieftains Chair sells for $674,099 at auction.

Image courtesy of Phillips.

The recent Nordic Design auction at Phillips featured several extraordinary pieces designed by Finn Juhl. His Chieftains Chair, designed in 1949, often brings above-estimate prices but a new record was set at this London sale: £422,500, or approx. $674,099 in U.S. dollars. And yes, we confirmed this price with the auction house. If you were outbid, you can still buy an authentic Chieftains Chair at DWR.


Rob Forbes on perfection ... and baseballs.

Check out Design Observer to learn more about DWR founder Rob Forbes and his company Public Bikes.

DWR Catalog cover, August 2003.

October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday: forever Fortuny.

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If you thought the Fortuny Lamp looked "out there" when you saw it on our cover in 2000, just imagine how it looked to people in 1907, when it was first designed.

Trained as a painter, Mariano Fortuny was also an accomplished architect, inventor, set designer and lighting technician. His patented cyclorama dome made it possible to change stage lighting instantly from bright sky to faint dusk, and his reflector lamp works on the same principle.

P.S. It's the Semiannual Sale at DWR! Save 15% on the Fortuny Lamp and more.

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October 09, 2013

The Semiannual Sale is here!


Save hundreds on thousands of items, including collections rarely on sale from Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Flos and Kartell. Orders over $5,000 will also receive a free upgrade to White Glove delivery service.

To shop the Semiannual Sale, visit, stop by your local DWR Studio or call us at 1.800.944.2233.

October 07, 2013

Lecture: Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom in a 1961 Playboy editorial, "Designs for Living."

Princeton Professor Beatriz Colomina will be giving a special presentation about her exhibition "Playboy Architecture 1953-1979," previously on view in the Netherlands. Colomina spent three years studying how Chicago-based Playboy Magazine deployed architecture to shape a new identity for the American man. These influences include the design of swinging bachelor pads, conversation pits and penthouse apartments (and you thought people read Playboy for the articles). Cost: $15.

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 | Reception at 5:30pm; Talk at 6:00pm

WHERE: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

RSVP to Judy Freeman at 773.929.0329 or

October 03, 2013

French architecture, peacocks, gardens ... and chairs.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Chateau du Clos Luce in Amboise, France. This is where Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1516 to 1519.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Landscaped gardens at Amboise Chateau Royal.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2E designed by Paul Andreu.

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Rue Mallet-Stevens in Paris.

Orange chairs for Lost in Paris Exhibition, placed to invite contemplation and to experience someone else's point of view. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

If the name Robert Mallet-Stevens isn't immediately familiar to you, you're not alone. The French architect and designer demanded that his archives be destroyed upon his death, ultimately erasing the memory of him as well. Fortunately, his architecture remains, as does rue Mallet-Stevens, a street and six houses that he built in the 1920s. Located in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, it is two blocks from Maison La Roche by Le Corbusier.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Exploring Maison La Roche in Paris.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

His sense of humor masked by a French facade, the museum curator handed me a pair of blue booties for my tour of the stair- and ramp-laden architecture of Maison La Roche in Paris. Designed in 1923 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, this house with art gallery was commissioned by Swiss banker Raoul La Roche.

LC3 Chair by Corbu Group in the art gallery. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Throwback Thursday: our modern model.


When the model didn't show for this 2000 DWR cover photoshoot at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, founder Rob Forbes jumped on his scooter and zipped over to Geary Street. He saved the day, and the photo turned out to be more authentic and true DWR than what we had planned. "I guess I used to have brown hair and wear khakis," says Rob.