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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.

Council chairs
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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April 15, 2013

Hi ho Hotel Valley Ho!

Porte Cochere Daytime

If you’re going to be anywhere near Arizona, you must soak in the midcentury charm of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. This is the place to recharge your love of all things modern and well designed. The pool, spa and swinging lounge beckon to those on vacation, while the comfortable rooms with large work area and plentiful outlets make the business traveler feel at home … or at work … maybe a bit of both.


Built in 1956, the Hotel Valley Ho is one of the few midcentury hotels still standing in Scottsdale. It rose from the desert just five years after Scottsdale was incorporated as a city and it still has the optimistic spirit of a young city of 2,000 residents on the verge of a boom.

Archival photo of the Hotel Valley Ho lobby.

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April 05, 2013

For sale: the Millard House by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

Built in 1923, the Millard House (aka, La Miniatura) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project using his modular textile block, a technology with which he hoped to “take the despised concrete block and turn it into a thing of beauty.” One look at this lovely home, with its richly textured brocade-like walls, and I'd say he succeeded.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

Recognized by Wright as his earliest “Usonian” house, the Millard House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also currently for sale. The property includes a residence and studio, nestled into an acre of gardens within the Prospect Historic District of Pasadena. List price: $4,495,000.

Photo: Scott Mayoral

TGIF quiz question.


Show us your modern smarts:

Where was this photograph taken?

Who was the architect who designed the building?


March 27, 2013

Toyo Ito named 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate.

Toyo Ito, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, 2013
Photo by Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the industry's highest honor. Acknowledged for being a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker Jury cites Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics that transcend all his works.” [Call me a chair nerd, but the Series 7 Chair is the perfect choice for his Pritzker portrait.]

Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

Architect: Toyo Ito. Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

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Happy Birth van der Day.

Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum (

On this day 127 years ago, the modern master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born. "An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve," said the architect and Bauhaus director who designed the Farnsworth House in Illinois and the Seagram Building in New York, to name just two of his architectural triumphs. Equally significant is his furniture – minimalist forms that exhibit an unerring sense of proportion. Mies van der Rohe may have designed the Barcelona® Chair for the king and queen of Spain, but in our book, he was the one who was truly royalty. A salute to Mies on this day.


March 12, 2013

You're invited to tour DWR CEO's home (and move in if you wish).


DWR CEO John Edelman is selling his NYC penthouse and this incredible space is featured in a Halstead Property online Open House. Step into Edelman's shoes and check out this fantastic urban pad.

March 04, 2013

Finn Juhl, the UN Chamber and his Ordrup home.

Trusteeship Council Chamber, 1952. UN Photo

You’ll be hearing Finn Juhl’s name in the news this month because the Trusteeship Council Chamber he designed for the United Nations headquarters in New York is being reopened. This chamber was a gift from Denmark to the United Nations and its construction cost roughly $20,000 in 1952. 

Renovation in progress, 2012. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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Step inside the desert architecture of Will Bruder.

Architect: Will Bruder. The Jarson residence, Paradise Valley, AZ.
Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

When Debbie and Scott Jarson decided to build a house on the land they’d owned for 13 years, they were surprised that many architects didn’t understand the building site, and some told them it would be impossible to put a home there. Then they met Will Bruder – whose work Scott had been a fan of since the 1970s – and they found their match. “We invited Will to the site and he sat on a rock and drew the house,” says Scott. “That’s the house we built.”

Photo: DWR

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March 03, 2013

The right way to save a Wright house.

Photo: Scott Jarson,

The David and Gladys Wright House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son and daughter-in-law. Located in a citrus orchard in Phoenix, this 1950s masterpiece had been threatened with demolition until an anonymous benefactor purchased it for $2.387 million in December 2012. The buyer intends to transfer ownership to a not-for-profit organization, which will restore and maintain the home, while also making it available for educational purposes.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

This happy ending was an unexpected twist at the end of a seven-month battle between preservationists and a development company that planned to destroy the house in order to split the property.

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March 01, 2013

Scottsdale: A very special DWR Studio.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Our Scottsdale Studio is in a building designed by Frank Henry, who was inspired to become an architect after a chance meeting with Frank Lloyd Wright. A native of Southern California, Henry moved to Arizona in the 1940s, and in 1960 he became the first person to receive a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the state of Arizona.

Archival photo of the Frank Henry building where the DWR Scottsdale Studio is today.

With more than 50 years in the industry, Henry has designed airports, banks, churches, hospitals, university buildings and one DWR Studio, although it was originally a Valley National Bank headquarters. Today he is Studio Master emeritus, teaching Hand Rendering and Perspective Drawing at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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February 28, 2013

On location with architect Michael P. Johnson.

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Bradley residence, Scottsdale, AZ.
Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.

“One percent of buildings are architecture,” says Michael P. Johnson. “The rest are just stuff.” Standing six foot four with a mop of white hair and a lot to say, Johnson has a rugged elegance that’s a lot like the juxtaposition between his sleek streamlined buildings and the rough terrain of the Arizona landscape. He drives a red pickup, drinks his coffee black and likes his scotch on the rocks. He’s married to the documentary filmmaker Suzanne Johnson, and the two of them live in a house that Michael designed in Cave Creek, Arizona. Inspired by Suzanne’s dream of living in a loft in New York City, Johnson gave his wife “a loft in the desert.”

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Johnson residence, Cave Creek, AZ.
Photo: Richard Mack

The Johnson house is set in a remote area north of Cave Creek, keenly attuned to the changing light throughout the day and subtle shifts of the seasons. It has luscious views of mountains, cacti and sky, and one of the few houses that can be seen is the Ellsworth house, which Johnson also designed (talk about taking control of your view).

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Ellsworth residence, Cave Creek, AZ.
Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.

The Ellsworth was one of the houses where we photographed the DWR March catalog, and we chose the space for its bold simplicity, balanced proportions and sleek industrial surfaces. In other words, we knew our furniture would look fantastic in a house designed by Johnson.

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