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December 27, 2013

Life takes a U-turn into Usonia.

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Reisley House, 1952, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Roland Reisley

Imagine driving through a neighborhood of midcentury modern homes, admiring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Aaron Resnick, David Henken and others. You playfully say to your mate, “That’s my favorite. That’s the one I would want,” before finding out that it’s for sale. A few months later, you’re living in it. That’s how one modern-day couple – an architect and a designer – came to live in Usonia, a very special community of 47 homes in Westchester County, New York.

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Benjamin Henken House, 1949, by David Henken. Photo: Roland Reisley

“It was like discovering a midcentury Brigadoon,” says one, referring to Alan Jay Lerner’s story about a mysterious village that appears for only one day every hundred years. Fortunately, Usonia has stood on the same spot for 65 years, and the people who love it are going to make sure that it never disappears. “You can feel the sense of community,” she continues. “It’s woven into the landscape.”

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Kahn House, 1962, by Aaron Resnick. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

David Henken, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, initiated the idea for this cooperative housing community in 1943. A year later, he and his wife Priscilla had 13 families interested in being part of “the Usonian dream,” which they described as: creating a more fulfilling community life than they’d known previously, being part of a community of caring neighbors and living in harmony with one’s surroundings.

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Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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Pauline Trigere, French (1909 – 2002). Cape and Dress, 1971. Gift of Bobbie Haas

From fashion in Phoenix to seeing the future in New York to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere. Here are the must-see exhibitions happening around the country.

ARIZONA

Phoenix Art Museum
The Cape

MASSACHUSETTS

Peabody Essex Museum
Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landsapes

MIT Museum
Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines

ILLINOIS

Chicago History Museum
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair - Through Jan. 5

Art Institute of Chicago
Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine

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William J. McCloskey. Wrapped Oranges, 1889. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Acquisition in memory of Katrine Deakins, Trustee, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 1961–1985.

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December 26, 2013

Palm Springs Premiere: "Nobody Famous Ever Lived Here."

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Tickets are now available to the Palm Springs premiere of this film about Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, designed by Pierre Koenig. Built in 1960, this extraordinarily minimal house demonstrated how industrial materials could be used to create an affordable, inviting home (the stunning Hollywood Hills setting didn’t hurt). Today it’s one of the most famous private homes in the world. The film includes never-before-published photographs and home movies from the Stahl archives.

Palm Springs Premiere: February 15 at the Hilton Hotel. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with the director of the film, Steven Slomkowski.

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Sweetest gingerbread house, er, museum.

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The folks at Architizer were treated to impressive examples of architectural, engineering and baking skills as they reviewed the entries for their second annual Gingerbread Competition. The winner was the Aarhus Group's interpretation of the Guggenheim Museum, complete with sugar-spun "glass" roof. Frank Lloyd Wright would be very pleased. Click here to see the top 10 entries.

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December 06, 2013

DWR West Hollywood now open!

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Eames Lounge Chair and Grasshopper Lamp greeting customers to our new space.

The DWR Studio at 8612 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood occupies a new building with a two-story glass façade that invites a look inside. Unique features include a large Light Cloud of pendant fixtures, the Design Library Swatch Wall and 25 full-room vignettes.

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The new Studio is right at home in the neighborhood, which lies within the West Hollywood Design District and La Cienega Design Quarter, two areas dedicated to art, fashion, dining and design. Stop by for a tour of our beautiful new space. We look forward to seeing you.

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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.

NEW YORK

MoMA
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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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.

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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 03, 2013

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

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

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Landscaped gardens at Amboise Chateau Royal.

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

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Rue Mallet-Stevens in Paris.

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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.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Exploring Maison La Roche in Paris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

NEW YORK

MoMA
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.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Design for the Modern Child

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October 01, 2013

Don't miss Provenance at Simon Preston Gallery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Architizer.com.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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The Dymaxion House designed by Bucky Fuller.