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January 31, 2014

Pop the champagne – winners have been chosen!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 DWR Champagne Chair Contest. Our judges -- design journalist Pilar Viladas, designer Theo Richardson of the design trio Rich Brilliant Willing and designer David Weeks -- send their sincere appreciation to all the entrants this year.   

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First Place and a $1,000 DWR Gift Card goes to Dale Foronda for his "Lounge Pod." After sketching out ideas for a few days, Dale finally decided he would need a Dremel rotary tool with grinding stone bits, Olfa SVR1 utility knife, cutting mat and sand paper to build his chair. It took 1.5 hours to complete. "I wanted to create a chair that was simple, and yet maintain the integrity of the champagne cork without deviating too far from its original form," says Foronda. Here's what our judges had to say:

“It’s inventive. Concise.” –Pilar Viladas

“This could be made into a real chair, at full scale, made out of cork, for us to actually sit in.” –Theo Richardson

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January 24, 2014

Built for peace and quiet.

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Photo by Irene Becker, it was the 8.2.12 Photo of the Day at National Geographic.

Kudos to Spencer Peterson at Curbed and Katie Hosmer at My Modern Met for sharing this river house with us. Built on the Drina River in Serbia, the house was originally built in 1968, and has been rebuilt six times since then after being lost to storms and floods.

Finalists announced: DWR Champagne Chair Contest.

12. Cupertino Lounge Chair

Cupertino Lounge Chair by Andrew Kligier

Wow. Thank you to everyone who designed a chair for the DWR Champagne Chair Contest. We were delighted to the see the amount of innovation, creativity, originality, thought and time that was put into each and every one of these chairs.

After careful consideration (and really tough decisions) we are ready to announce the 21 Finalists.

53. Floating chair

Floating Chair by Mark Schafer.

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January 23, 2014

Rocking the West Coast: DWR San Francisco Grand Opening.

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Marketing VP Mark Simmons, COO John McPhee, Founder Rob Forbes, President and CEO John Edelman at the ribbon cutting.

Continuing our party-party trip on the West Coast, here are photos from the Grand Opening of our new San Francisco Studio. If you haven't seen this stunning space, please stop by soon for a tour.

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DWR founder Rob Forbes and Kit Hinrichs, designer of the DWR logo.

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Hamming it up for the photobooth.

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January 22, 2014

West Hollywood Grand Opening photos.

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DWR guests and clients ham it up (who, me?) in front of the camera at the grand opening of the DWR West Hollywood Studio

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January 17, 2014

We're celebrating #dwrwesthollywood!

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Proprietor Gabe Holland and CEO John Edelman.

Last night we celebrated the Grand Opening of our West Hollywood Studio. It was an amazing evening with delicious treats and libations from Heirloom LA Catering and Orin Swift. Partygoers also enjoyed a scavenger hunt for their favorite chair and most fabulous party shoes, which they then shared on Instagram using #dwrwesthollywood. See below for our favorites, and stop by the Studio for a tour of our beautiful new space.

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Photo by: _sabin_ 

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January 15, 2014

Shop the January catalog online.

January 2014 Cover

The January catalog is now available online. You can also pick one up at your local DWR Studio. Check out the beautiful Como Sofa Collection (shown above) designed by Giorgio Soressi and made in Italy. This month we also launched the U-Turn Swivel Chair, marble-topped Basso Table and many other great finds.

 

January 13, 2014

Last call: Champagne Chair Contest Entries.

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Previous contest winner by Jesse Menayan. Chair name: Kub Armchair

DWR Champagne Chair Contest entries are due by 7pm (EST) on Tuesday, January 14. The challenge is simple: Create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles (prosecco and sparkling wine are also fine). Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card.

#dwrchampagnechair

January 08, 2014

Exploring the history of an iconic chair.

 

Silvermine exhibition: The Answer is Risom.

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Opening today, "The Answer is Risom" celebrates the work of this unparalleled designer. I've often said that one of the best things about working at DWR is running into Jens Risom in the hallways, as we continue to collaborate with him on projects for our customers. Risom is a long-time supporter of Silvermine Arts Center, located in New Canaan, Connecticut. If you're in the area, stop by and see the show or join us at the Opening Reception on Sunday.

January 07, 2014

Express yourself in cork and foil.

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Previous contest winner by Tony Nemyer. Chair name: Grape Divine Chair.

Still haven’t taken out the recycling from New Year’s Eve? Luckily, it’s not too late to enter the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. The challenge is simple: Create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card. The deadline for submissions is January 14. Cheers! #dwrchampagnechair