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October 03, 2013

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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October 02, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

Norman Bel Geddes, “Motor Car No. 9 (without tail fin),” ca. 1933. Image courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation / Harry Ransom Center.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From modern women at MoMA to Edgar Degas in Kansas City to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.


Designing Modern Women 1890–1990

Museum of the City of New York
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future - Opens Oct. 16

Archtober: The third-annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
Design for the Modern Child

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October 01, 2013

Don't miss Provenance at Simon Preston Gallery.



Through Sunday, October 6, the Simon Preston Gallery in SoHo is hosting Provenance by Amie Siegel, an exhibition that examines the global furniture trade from Chandigarh, the Indian city planned by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret.

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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.

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 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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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.

August 30, 2013

This Kahn can be yours.

As featured in our September catalog, this stunning house by Louis Kahn is currently for sale.

Photo: William Whitaker

Architect Louis Kahn believed there should always be a beam of light in the house, and in the home he designed for Margaret Esherick this mantra is indeed true. The light is what current owner Lynn Gallagher likes best. “You can’t be depressed in this house,” she says. “It’s truly uplifting.”

Photo: William Whitaker

In 1959, bookstore owner Margaret Esherick commissioned Kahn to design a house for her in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. It was completed two years later and sadly Esherick lived in it for only a few months before dying of pneumonia at the age of 43.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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August 16, 2013

Now for sale: Grossman’s Hurley House.

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Greta Magnussen Grossman emigrated from Sweden in 1940 and went on to become one of the originators of the California modern aesthetic. She produced 14 residences over the course of her career – and, while there are only a handful left, her most ambitious and significant, the Hurley House, has just gone on the market for the first time since it was built in 1958.

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July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Bucky Fuller.


"Integrity is the essence of everything successful," said R. Buckminster Fuller, born on this day in 1895. Learn more about one of the greatest minds of all time at the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

The Dymaxion House designed by Bucky Fuller.


July 03, 2013

Exploring Russel Wright's Manitoga.

Overlooking the quarry.

In 1942, the industrial designer Russel Wright purchased 75 acres next to an abandoned quarry in Garrison, New York. In addition to building his home and studio there, he also thinned trees, created paths, built moss-carpeted outdoor "rooms," moved boulders and diverted a stream to make a waterfall ... all for the purpose of creating what he called a "living theater."

The entryway in the house.

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Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

James Turrell, rendering for Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From rethinking the ballpoint pen in Connecticut to Corbu in New York to Turrell in California (and Texas and New York), there is richness to enjoy everywhere.


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
James Turrell

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Wallace Mitchell, Double Pennants, 1949, at Cranbrook Art Museum.


Cranbrook Art Museum
Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America 

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July 01, 2013

In his own words: Miguel Avila, winner of the DWR Eames House Contest.

Eames Molded Plastic Chair on the lawn at the Eames House.

To win this trip was amazing. I was notified on a Friday but it took the entire weekend for the news to really sink in. My wife and I were really happy.

This was our second visit to Los Angeles. We had been there before, about five years ago, but on a different kind of trip (a Disneyland-Universal Studios kind of trip). This time we were able to see a more sophisticated side of LA. Even though it was just a few days, we were able to cover a lot of ground. There were, of course, the wonderful tours of the Eames House and the Stahl House, but we also visited the incredible exhibition of Urs Fischer at MOCA, the Dwell on Design event at the Convention Center, The Getty and the Griffith Observatory with their magnificent views of LA, and even had a chance to enjoy a little bit of Santa Monica before running back to the airport on the last day.

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June 26, 2013

Smile, you're at the Glass House.

One of the best things about summer is getting to visit The Philip Johnson Glass House for its annual summer party. DWR provided outdoor seating at the event, including the Eos Collection by Matthew Hilton, the Tolix Marais Collection by Xavier and Jean Pauchard and the Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube.

This year, we were able to capture all the guests who made the Glass House Summer Party a huge success. Take a moment to view the album below and share with family and friends. 

To learn more about visiting the Glass House, click here.



June 24, 2013

The Glass House: A taste of the Philip Johnson life.


At this year's Summer Party at the Philip Johnson Glass House, guests were treated to a picnic, lawn games, music and wine. The attire was "summer chic," and it appears that many of the men translated that to mean, "dress like Philip Johnson." People watching aside, the setting was, of course, picture perfect. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event.



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June 06, 2013

As seen in today's New York Times.

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Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

The Tolix Marais Stool is looking sharp in A Homestead for House Stalkers by Steven Kurutz. Designed by architect Adam Rolston, the house is "basically a 90-foot-long rectangle box, wrapped in cedar wood and standing-seam metal, with a bathroom and bedroom on each end and an open kitchen and living area as the anchor," writes Kurutz. The result is a simple house that's smartly built and stunningly serene inside and out. To order the Marais Stool in red, visit a DWR Studio or call 1.800.944.2233.

June 04, 2013

Show your support for the Eames House.

Image courtesy of Eames Office © 2013 

Charles and Ray Eames moved into their Pacific Palisades home, also known as Case Study House #8, on Christmas Eve in 1949. For the rest of their lives, this was where they lived, worked and played, and today the interior remains very much as they left it. The Eames Foundation is taking serious efforts to conserve the property and stay ahead of the forces of nature weathering this iconic steel frame structure overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rather than waiting for the house to be in crisis, they've launched the 250 Year Project to plan for future needs now, and you're invited to be part of this important mission. 

To help, you can purchase a limited-edition print inspired by an Eames quote or an object from the house. Each tax-deductible print costs $75, and all proceeds go to the Eames House. 


May 21, 2013

UN Trusteeship Council Chamber reopens.

Photo: Salto & Sigsgaard

“When I walked into the room yesterday – seeing it for the first time – it was like walking into Alice in Wonderland,” says designer Kasper Salto. “It was like walking into the drawings we’ve been working on for two years.”

Photo: Hans Ole Madsen

The room he’s describing is the fully restored Trusteeship Council Chamber that Finn Juhl designed more than 60 years ago for the UN headquarters in New York. After decades of use and off-target alterations, the chamber has been renovated with the furniture, lighting fixtures, draperies and other objects originally specified by Finn Juhl. The updated space also includes a new chair and table designed by Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard, who won a competition sponsored by the Danish Arts Foundation.

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The Council Chair by Salto & Sigsgaard. Photo: Hans Ole Madsen

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April 16, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

At MAD in NYC: Grapes by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Bill Orcutt


Museum of Arts and Design
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design

David Zwirner Art Gallery
Richard Serra: Early Work


MIT Museum
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

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