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March 06, 2012

Auction Watch: Sotheby's 20th Century Design.

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Lot 33: Charlotte Perriand, Early “Tokyo” Bench, circa 1955.            

Get your paddles ready. Tomorrow, Sotheby’s Auction House will hold a sale for 20th Century Design including a Private Collection of Mid-Century Design and Ceramic Art. The event promises to showcase some rare mid-century gems and a few peculiar lots, such as a staircase designed by Le Corbusier for The Unité d'Habitation in France. Other classics include an "Eye" Wall Clock designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company, a  "Grasshopper" Floor Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman and our editorial director’s favorite, the Swivel Chair by Hans Wegner. Here are a few of the lots we’ll be watching ...

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February 08, 2012

Which lives longer, a Chicken or a Cat?

Assuming that the chicken and cat are not living together, you may be surprised to learn which one has the longer lifespan. Find the answer on this very cool animal longevity chart by Otto and Marie Neurath, who pioneered the International System of Typographic Picture Education (ISOTYPE).


February 06, 2012

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

Museum Exhibitions

Milwaukee Art Museum (shown above)
Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum
Ends Feb. 12

Less and More: The design ethos of Dieter Rams
Ends Feb. 20

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion
Ends March 25

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January 19, 2012

An icon of modern design for an American icon.

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Our good friend David Lynch stopped by our LA Beverly Blvd Studio yesterday to test-drive Saarinen's classic Womb Chair and Ottoman before making his final decision to purchase the set in Crimson (although, we think he looks incredibly handsome in the aegean blue). David is a true artist and inspiration. His 2009 book signing at DWR was standing room only. Did you know he released an album in 2011 and has his own brand of coffee too?

December 12, 2011

The Andy Warhol Experience.

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Not long after arriving in New York City in 1953, a young artist named Andy Warhol began to make his way in the world of commercial illustration. Edelman Leather was one of Warhol’s first clients and over the course of several years he worked closely with owners Arthur and Teddy Edelman, producing everything from advertisements to showrooms. Their relationship culminated in a coloring book that could have only come from the mind of Warhol, created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961. Now back in print, A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol (1961/2011) will amuse and charm a new audience, both young and old.

We recently had opportunity to speak with the Edelmans (if the name sounds familiar it's because they're our CEO's parents) about Warhol and what is was like working with the young commercial illustrator who would go on to become the most famous pop art artist in the world.

DWR: Describe the first time you saw Andy Warhol.

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December 03, 2011

The Eames Living Room: Packed, Moved and Reassembled in 1:29.


Located in Pacific Palisades, the Eameses' Case Study House is an extension of their consummate performance, decorated with objects from their adventures and Ray's carefully considered vignettes. Its interior has remained virtually untouched since her death in 1988, until recently, when the living room was meticulously packed up and moved – a little more than 12 miles away – to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for inclusion in its exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way". It’s a daunting task to imagine, but thankfully, we don't have to. As the Eameses' living room was disassembled and reassembled, the LA Times' Bryan Chan captured the entire process on film and compiled it into a beautiful time-lapse video. 

California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" is on view at LACMA through June 3, 2012. In addition to the Eameses’ living room, it includes more than 300 other objects that demonstrate the Golden State's role in shaping material culture.

November 14, 2011

Michael Brennan’s Muhammad Ali.

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On Thursday evening, DWR Beverly Blvd Studio in conjunction with Artworks Gallery Pasadena, showcased the black and white photography of subject Muhammad Ali by National Portrait Gallery artist Michael Brennan. “The original image [“1977”] resulted from a unique intimacy between Michael Brennan, and Ali, who wanted to be helpful to the young photographer."

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November 08, 2011

SoHo Studio Event: Meet Artist Bonnie Edelman.

DWR Soho Flagship Store
Photo courtesy Remodelista.

Join us at DWR SoHo Studio on Thursday evening as we host photographer Bonnie Edelman. The artist will showcase her photographs and speak about the inspiration behind her book "Sermo Per Equus," a collection of expansive black and white images of horses that she has been documenting for over 10 years. Edelman was working as the travel editor for Sports Illustrated when she realized that she'd been on the wrong side of the lens throughout her distinguished magazine and fashion career – she's been shooting her artistic vision with a camera ever since. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast, and privately collected by celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Rob Thomas, and Nate Berkus.

We look forward to seeing you!

Meet the Artist: Bonnie Edelman
Thursday, November 10, 7–9pm
110 Greene Street
(between Prince and Spring)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212.475.0001 

For directions visit our SoHo Studio Page.

October 24, 2011

$4.8 million raised for DMA and amfAR.

Design Within Reach was proud to be part of this year's TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art event. The auction was held on October 20, and the items we donated included a Nube Chair, Eileen Gray Table, LC4 Chaise Longue and Onion Lamp. We want to thank our Dallas team and our customers for their extraordinary support of this important organization. TWO x TWO has raised $4.8 million this year for the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Shown in photo: Front row from left to right: E. David Goltl, Dow O'Neal, Matt Wilkerson. Second row from left to right: Alexis Bourn, Debbie Smith, Eileen Maxey. Back Row: DWR CEO John Edelman.

October 07, 2011

What do you know about post-modern art? Watch, write and win tickets to a special event.


Impress us with your knowledge of post-modern art and you could attend Conversations in Context at the Glass House. One winner will receive 2 tickets to the October 13 with David Salle. Winner is responsible for their own transportation, parking and any other costs. Ticket value $300 ($150 each).

Here’s how to enter:

  • Watch “The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984,” a short video review of the 1999 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit to learn about David Salle and this artist collective, ­whose work appropriated pop culture images and photography to create dramatic social commentary in reaction to the rise of mass media in the late 70s.
  • Write a brief statement about which piece of artwork featured in the video review is your favorite and tell us why. 
  • Email your entry to Include your name, city and state of residence, as well as your age, phone number and email address. 
  • Must be 21 to enter.

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August 19, 2011

Pencil sharp art.

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Originally from Brazil, Dalton Ghetti is now based in Connecticut, where he transforms the tips of pencils into his amazing micro sculptures. Using a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife (and no magnifying glass), each piece takes several months, and he once spent two and a half years working on a pencil with interlocking chains. When a piece breaks, he adds it to his Cemetery Collection. “People think it’s weird that I keep them but they’re still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now, but at one point I gave them life.” While many collectors have tried to buy his work, none of it is for sale. Ghetti gives his sculptures to friends as gifts.


July 06, 2011

"A Taste for the Modern" at Vassar.

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Indulge your love of modern art at Vassar's "A Taste for the Modern" exhibition. The show highlights 48 outstanding paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs, including works by Cézanne, Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Marin, and Stieglitz. All 48 were gifts to the Art Center by three Vassar alumnae with names as intriguing as the art they collected: Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, Edna Bryner Schwab, and Virginia Herrick Deknatel. Shown above: Le Chapeau Fleurs by Pablo Picasso.

June 28, 2011

New England Home Features Photographer Bonnie Edelman.

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"Horse and Tree at Last Light" (2009)

We were thrilled to see coverage of Bonnie Edelman's photography on the New England Home blog. Her collection Sermo per Equus (Conversations with Horses) was shot on Bordoneo Farm in Uruguay and is featured in the summer issue of New England Home Connecticut – it's also available at DWR

March 15, 2011

"American Streamlined Design" open at Philbrook Museum.


Tulsa, OK: Through May 14, this traveling exhibit explores how "sleek aerodynamic styling embodied a new and modern beauty." The show presents 180 objects by such designers as Henry Dreyfuss and Russel Wright. As reported in Antiques and The Arts Weekly, "objects in diverse new materials, from Bakelite to stainless steel, are organized thematically around the spheres of American life in the 1930s–50s." If you can't make it to Oklahoma, there is a book by David A. Hanks and Anne Hoy to accompany this exhibit.

March 10, 2011

MTA Conductor by Alexander Chen.

From 12-2am, Chen includes "ghost trains" for lines that no longer exist, such as the 8 train or the 3rd Avenue El.

Based on Massimo Vignelli's 1972 subway map, Alexander Chen's MTA Conductor engages both the transit geek and the indifferent commuter. The digital representation of the New York City subway system updates in real time and speeds up as time lapses, eventually cycling through to a 24-hour loop of transit patterns.

The highlight of the piece (and the rationale as to why Chen calls the Conductor an interactive string instrument) occurs when the train lines intersect, producing a reaction much like a cello string in both sight and sound.

If you're interested in learning more about MTA history, check out the interactive New York Times article "An Overhaul of an Underground Icon."

Via: Anil Dash.

February 07, 2011

Be my modern Valentine.

If you miss your favorite chair enough to send it a Valentine, this Etsy card is for you. It could also be sent to your significant other, but I'm not sure what the message is... I miss sitting with you? You are as well designed as an Eames Chair? Whatever it is, the card is unique, and sure to get someone's mid-century love vibe going. Happy V day.

Travel art: up, up and away.

During the 1950s and 1960s, David Klein designed and illustrated dozens of posters for Trans World Airlines (TWA). His influential work captured the excitement of air travel and defined the language of travel advertising and poster art of the period. His highly collectible posters include landmarks such as the Gateway Arch (shown above) designed in 1947 by Eero Saarinen. Learn more about David Klein.

January 26, 2011

Ezra Stoller Exhibit in NYC.

The stunning work of photographer Ezra Stoller is on display at Yossi Milo Gallery through February 12, 2011. Shown: Chamberlain Cottage by Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, Wayland, MA | Gelatin Silver Print (1942)

January 11, 2011

Have an eye for modern design?

This modern "eye chart" is the work of designer Joel Pirela. It's just one of the cool posters available for purchase on his website. Can you name all the chairs? How about naming them from 10 feet away?

January 05, 2011

Ezra Stoller Exhibit in NYC.

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If you're anywhere near NYC, be sure to check out the stunning work of photographer Ezra Stoller. On display at Yossi Milo Gallery January 6 through February 12, 2011. Shown above: General Motors Technical Center, Eero Saarinen, Warren, MI | Gelatin Silver Print (1950)