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November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from DWR.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Design Within Reach. Because of you, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we want you to know how very much we appreciate your support and passion for authentic modern design. Our offices and Studios will be closed on Thursday, but you can shop online all day and in between courses.

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Still hoping you'll get the Wishbone? Which color would you choose?

November 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A classic rocks the Herman Miller Sale.

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Charles and Ray Eames were not rock musicians, but they certainly were rock stars of modern design. Much of their furniture, among many other pursuits, is considered classic and resides in museum collections all over. We featured one of those classics, the Molded Plastic Rocker (1948), on the cover of our January 2005 catalog to celebrate its reintroduction by Herman Miller after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. And we’re still rocking it in our catalogs, on our website and at DWR Studios. Stop by and take it for a test-rock today.

P.S. Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker during the Herman Miller Sale at DWR. 

DWR dresses the windows at Saks.

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DWR recently partnered with Saks to provide furniture for their Fifth Avenue windows. We were thrilled with the stunning displays, and the mannequins were psyched to have a comfortable place to sit (being bald and bored can be exhausting).

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Nothing but the best Bantam Sofa leg for this Saks squirrel.

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Express yourself in cork and foil.

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Last year's winning entry: "Rockin' Chaise" by Miwa.

If your holiday plans include champagne, champagne and more champagne (who, me?) then we have an exciting message for you: The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™ is coming! To enter, create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles.

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Last year's Third Place winner: F8 Chaise by Aaron Padilla.

The call for entries begins on December 27, giving you plenty of time to sober up, collect your materials and start designing. Check out last year's entries on Instagram by searching for #dwrchampagnechair. Click here for complete contest details.

November 26, 2013

Giving thanks for Paolo Soleri.

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Barrel vaults used as an office and workshop at Cosanti. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

If there were an official sound to Arizona, it would be the chime of Paolo Soleri’s wind-bells. Although this fascinating man left our world in April 2013, his voice has not been silenced. His bells – like doorbells that announce your arrival to another way of living – serve as reminders of what is possible when we approach our world with kindness and a sense of community.

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Wind-bells in front of earth-cast Cosanti structure. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, Paolo Soleri was an architect, writer, thinker, philosopher, artist and visionary. When he was in his twenties, he spent a year as an apprentice for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, returned to Italy for several years, then made his way back to the U.S. and settled in Arizona. In 1955, Soleri purchased a five-acre property in Paradise Valley, which he named Cosanti, a combination of the Italian words cose and anti. Together the words mean “before things,” expressing one of his hopes for humankind’s role in this world.

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Ceramics Studio (1958) at Cosanti. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Cosanti and the experimental town Arcosanti, which he founded in 1970, are human habitats that Soleri created to explore alternative methods of architecture and ways of group living. While Arcosanti is the stronger expression of his concept of arcology, which asserts that architecture and ecology are one integral process, many believe that Cosanti is his greatest work.

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Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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At the J. Paul Getty Museum: Red Building in Forest, Hale County, Alabama, ©William Christenberry 

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From stage designs at Yale to Edward Hopper in Manhattan and Dallas to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

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Designing Modern Women 1890–1990
American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

Museum of the City of New York
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future

Brooklyn Museum
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

TEXAS

Dallas Museum of Art
Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process

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Edward Hopper. House by the Railroad. 1925. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29" (61 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Digital Imaging Studio

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It's the Herman Miller Sale at DWR!

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Topping wish lists for 57 years, the Eames® Lounge Chair began with a desire to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” In continuous production by Herman Miller since its introduction in 1956, this comfortable chair by Charles and Ray Eames is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century.

Celebrate your passion for authentic modern design at our Herman Miller Sale, going on now. Rarely on sale, classics by Eames, Nelson, Noguchi and others are 15% off and shipping for free.

November 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Arne Jacobsen and his incredible Egg Chair

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The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, featured on the cover of our January 2007 catalog, is significant for a lot of reasons but perhaps mostly because one brilliant Dane, Arne Jacobsen, designed everything from the glass façade to the Egg and Swan chairs in the lobby. The hotel made a stunning impression in 1960 and the chairs are still highly coveted among lovers of modern design. We offer the authentic Egg and Swan in a range of colors and coverings, and you can visit a DWR Studio to take them, and their revolutionary swivel mechanisms, for a spin.

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November 15, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Books.

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Steve Kroeter in his book-filled living room.

"One of the terrific things about living in New York is that there are many great bookstores," says Steve Kroeter, founder and editor in chief of Designers & Books.

Launched in 2011, Designers & Books is an advocate for books as an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. Steve and his team publish lists of books that members of the international design community identify as important and formative. We recently turned the tables on Steve and asked him for a list of his favorite books, which led to a discussion about favorite book sellers.

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November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Le Corbusier’s vision of the future.

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There he was on the cover of our January 2006 catalog, Le Corbusier, a modern sphinx seeming to peer into the future in a photo taken around 1935. That was about the time Corbu, tackling the challenges of furnishing his own apartment in Paris, was conjuring up the LC5.F, which served as both a sofa and, with the flip of the back cushions, a bed. It was ahead of its time, but maybe Le Corbusier could see that apartment dwellers of the future would also appreciate such a design. In 2006, the LC5.F was new at DWR, available only in black leather. Now we offer it in a range of Corbu colors. Give it a test-drive at the nearest DWR Studio, and sink into your future. Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 3.37.38 PM

November 12, 2013

Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog sells for $58,405,000.

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Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (Orange) was the highlight of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on November 12. "The stage is set to make history," wrote the auction house, and they did not disappoint. Estimated to go for $35,000,000-$55,000,000, the hammer price was $58,405,000. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund future activities of The Brant Foundation Art Study Center. Now the question is: Who bought it?

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Huge DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend!

Truckloads of items have just arrived to fill our DWR Outlet. Mark your calendar for this weekend’s huge DWR Warehouse Sale in New Jersey + Free Shuttle Service from NYC.

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These photos were taken today to give you an idea of what you’ll find. This Saturday and Sunday, take advantage of drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Find details at dwr.com/outlet. Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at dwr.com.ebay.

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November 08, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Drinks.

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"No matter how much emphasis we put on the craft of mixology," says Joaquín Simó, "the bartender always needs to remember he’s serving guests, not drinks." With that kind of customer-centric attitude, it's no wonder that his cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons is a favorite in New York's East Village. Chosen to be our drinks aficionado for the Gift of Know-How, Simó created a signature cocktail for DWR called the Great Dane.

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A grapefruit garnish transforms the Great Dane into a Danish Devil.

The reviews of this Aquavit-based concoction ranged from "I could drink these all night" to "I'm high on the fumes," but everyone agreed it is beautiful. "Aquavita is essentially the national spirit of Scandinavian countries," explains Simó. "Its strong of note of caraway and anise is very identifiable with Scandinavian culture."

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Pouring Ribbons tables have slots for menus. Why don't all restaurants do this?

To create the drink, we outfitted Simó with Cylinda Line barware designed by Arne Jacobsen and expanded upon by Peter Holmblad. Originally sketched on a napkin in 1964, it took three years and new technology to make the stainless steel, seamless structures possible to produce.

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How Moore's Law is Influencing Design.

 

"Design is both superficial and substantive at the same time," says John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Learn more about his thoughts on design technology, the influence of Red Burns, less is more, cookies, laundry, design bubbles, Moore's law and more. Just be sure to ignore the knock-off furniture on the stage. Visit DWR to test-drive the authentic Barcelona Collection.

 

November 07, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Big fans of tiny chairs.

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Vitra Miniatures – shown here on our November 2000 catalog – continue to be a favorite gift by designers for designers. Each handmade Vitra Miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design, reduced in size at a 6-1 ratio. Almost never on sale, we're offering 25% off + free shipping for a limited time. It's a big sale on tiny chairs.

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November 05, 2013

Auction results at Wright.

Here are a few highlights from the recent Design Auction at Wright.

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Table Brush and Dustpan, circa 1930
Designed by Marianne Brandt
Estimate: $700-$900. Hammer price: $3750

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Fan-O-Plane ceiling fan, circa 1945
Produced by the Aircraft Mfg. Co
Estimate: $2000-$3000 Hammer price: $3556

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Maternelle table, no. 804 and chair, no. 805, 1951
Designed by Jean Prouvé
Estimate: $3000-$5000 Hammer price: $13,750

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November 01, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Style.

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If you’re going to bitch, say it in Day-Glo pompoms. This sign is just one of the thinking-different twists in the offices of emerging design retailer Of a Kind. Co-founded by Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, this design-centric, story-telling business is the Style section of our Gifts of Know-How.

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’Tis the season to show your true colors.

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Welcome to the holiday season! It’s been an amazing year so far. For those who have worked diligently and been fortunate enough to experience success, congratulations are in order. Be sure to take some time to enjoy and share the fruits of your labor. At DWR we believe the best possible gift to give or receive is the gift of authentic modern design, whether it be an Eames® Lounge Chair or a Greta Grossman Desk. If you are as passionate as we are about these items and others like them, go ahead and make yourself or someone you love – or both – very happy.

Happy holidays. 

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The DWR November Catalog is in the mail! You can also view it online, pick up a copy at your local DWR Studio or join our mailing list.