May 30, 2014
May 27, 2014
Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Hello, Su! The latest launch from Emeco, the sleek and simple Su Stool (top photo) made its NYC debut at ICFF and the DWR SoHo Studio. A beautiful mix of Japanese simplicity and American craftsmanship, Su will be available at DWR in July. Also new from Emeco is the Broom Stool designed by Philippe Starck.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Massimo Vignelli. The Italian architect and designer died on May 27 at 83. In recent weeks, word of his illness motivated the design community to generate a campaign of letters, to let Massimo know how much he changed the world in which we live. At DWR, we sent him a letter, which read:
We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the contributions you’ve made – not only to the world of modern design but also to the world in general. We’re firm believers in the notion that work such as yours improves the lives of people everywhere.
Also, we thought you might like to hear what a few of our own people had to say about you.
Finding furniture that can hold its own inside a Zaha Hadid building is not an easy task. Fortunately for Vienna University of Economics and Business, the solution was found in the Nube Chair. Designed by Jesús and Jon Gasca for Stua, the Nube Chair is similar to Hadid's architecture in its play of straight and fluid lines.
Nube was selected for the University's new Library, Learning Center and Cafe. "The Hadid project needed furniture that could be serious in one setting, and playful in the next. Nube was able to meet both requirements," says Jon Gasca.
May 23, 2014
Today is the birthday of Alexander Girard, Edith Heath, Florence Knoll and Isamu Noguchi. If it's also your birthday, you're keeping company with some of the most creative minds of the 20th century. To celebrate this day, we suggest visiting the Alexander Girard pop-up exhibition at 446 W. 14th Street in New York (closes May 28), Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, the Knoll Museum in East Greenville, or the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City.
Have you been to any of these places? If so, let us know what you think.
May 22, 2014
Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from WantedDesign.
Starting with the Design Within Reach booth, we debuted the Odin Table by Norm Architects, launching in September. The table was shown with the Finn Chair, also by Norm, and a new chair by Omar de Biaggio.
Upholstered Eames Chairs, Girard Wall Panel. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton
Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. The Michigan-based company Herman Miller exhibited in a stunning space at the Standard Hotel. They also hosted a pop-up exhibition celebrating Alexander Girard (on view until May 28).
"It's a world of possible impossibilities," said Marcel Breuer. Born on this day (or yesterday, depending on your source) in 1902, the Hungarian architect and furniture designer began his career as one of the youngest students at the Bauhaus. Passionate and curious, Breuer thrived on finding unique solutions to everyday problems. From cantilevered chairs to facades of glass to Brutalist buildings to his concept of the binuclear house (bedrooms in one wing, living/dining areas in the other, separated by an entry hall), Breuer shaped the world in which we live and continues to inspire designers today.
"Architecture should be anchored in usefulness," said Breuer, "its attitude should be more direct, more directly responsible, more directly social."
To celebrate Breuer's birthday, check out the building he designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The museum will leave this landmark building later this year to move to a new structure designed by Renzo Piano.
May 21, 2014
For four days: Take an additional 20% off already drastically reduced prices at the DWR Outlet in Secaucus, New Jersey and save up to 75% off original retail. Our inventory includes overstock, customer returns and scratch-and-dent items. The floor will be restocked hourly.
May 13, 2014
Charles James exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Cecil Beaton. Copyright © Condé Nast
From ball gowns in New York to Ansel Adams in California to designing for disaster in D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere. Here are the must-see exhibitions happening around the country.
Phoenix Art Museum
William H. Johnson: An American Modern
Silver Lake Architecture Tour - This Weekend
The J. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: Ansel Adams
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Visit our booth at WantedDesign to see new furniture collections from designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, founders of Norm Architects. While you're there, relax, read and enjoy coffee in our lounge; and catch book signings with design authors Melissa Feldman, Susan Szenasy and Peter Korn.
WantedDesign is an international design event in New York City. Now in its fourth year, this strongly curated exhibition continues to build on its reputation for being a must-see during Design Week, or NYCxDESIGN.
WHEN: May 17–19, 10am–7pm
WHERE: The Tunnel, 269 11th Ave. (at 37th Street) in NYC
Danish invasion during Design Week: Kasper and Jonas are taking over DWR's Instagram account (look out!) to share their experiences in New York. Follow them (and us) @designwithinreach. We'll also be sharing on Twitter @DWR_Tweets and Facebook.
May 09, 2014
Burkes-Belluschi House (1948) by Pietro Belluschi. Photo by Sally Painter.
“I was born with a natural sense of proportions, of materials, and a sense of how to go about designing,” said architect Pietro Belluschi (1899–1994), whose work is being celebrated this weekend with a six-house tour hosted by Restore Oregon.
Born in Italy, Belluschi came to the U.S. to study at Cornell, earning a degree in civil engineering in 1924. He took only one design class in college, but that was enough to infuse him with a love of architecture. After graduation he worked at an Idaho mine for a year, before being hired by a Portland design firm. “They gave me a job even after I told them that I’d had no experience in architecture; I had only and interest in it,” said Belluschi in an interview for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
May 08, 2014
Jens Risom with his iconic lounge chair designed in 1943.
We celebrate Jens Risom every day at DWR -- and especially today, his 98th birthday. Risom designed the first chair for the company Knoll in 1941, and he's still designing today. In fact, we'll be launching his latest collection in early 2015.
"Basically, my whole life has been in the design of pieces that make the living environment more enjoyable," says Risom. "Many designers lose sight of this. They want their work to be looked at like art. I prefer design that is neutral and not the center stage, furniture that is for people."
To the man who has brought us so much enjoyment in our living environments, we wish you a very happy birthday!
Learn more about Jens Risom in this DWR Film.