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April 14, 2014

As seen in The New York Times.

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Photo by Joss McKinley for The New York Times.

The Elevated Vase by Thomas Bentzen was featured in this week's "Trend Report | First Blush" in the print edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. "The edges of modern design are softening this season with delicate hues in the palest of pinks," writes market editor Monica Khemsurov. (If you're not partial to pink, the Elevated Vase also comes in pale grey.) 

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April 03, 2014

Surface magazine features Norm Architects.

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Portrait by Will Adler for Surface magazine.

“Feeding the enduring fascination with the midcentury Scandinavian aesthetic, Copenhagen-based firm Norm Architects recently launched the Finn outdoor furniture collection for Design Within Reach,” writes Janelle Zara for Surface magazine. “The firm’s partners, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, both 37, take great pride in their heritage. ‘The Scandinavian tradition is rooted in a sincere devotion to the crafts, with a strong focus on using good materials and creating designs that last,’ says Bjerre-Poulsen, who traces these qualities to a ‘socialist and humanist design spirit’.”

To read the whole article, pick up the April issue of Surface, the American magazine of global contemporary design. 

DWR PRESENTS: NORM ARCHITECTS from Design Within Reach on Vimeo.

Learn more about this Danish design duo in this DWR film.

March 28, 2014

DIFFA: Dining by Design in NYC.

DWR booth with Emeco Chairs; Chilewich Placemats; Zero Tables; Heller Dinnerware; Portable LED lamps. Photo: G. Horton

Design Within Reach was honored to be a sponsor of this year's Dining By Design event in New York City. This five-day fundraiser is the work of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which has granted more than $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Booth by Herman Miller and Gensler with Eames Chairs. Photo: G. Horton

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March 25, 2014

Huge DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend!

Truckloads of items have just arrived to fill our DWR Outlet. Mark your calendar for this weekend’s huge DWR Warehouse Sale in New Jersey + Free Shuttle Service from NYC.


These photos were taken today to give you an idea of what you’ll find. This Saturday and Sunday, take an additional 20% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Find details at Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at


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March 07, 2014

Speaking to our youth on design.


Participating in the Arthur and Teddy Edelman Speaker Series, our CEO John Edelman spoke alongside architect and designer David Rockwell at Promise Academy 1, founded by Harlem Children’s Zone to educate and empower local youth. Launched in 2013 by husband-and-wife design duo Sam and Libby Edelman, this series was conceived to inspire children and feed their passions – especially for art and design – while also giving them a strong practical understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s world and realize their dreams. Roughly 100 students attended the session with Arthur and Teddy, John and Sam’s parents.

February 25, 2014

DWR 57th & 3rd now open!

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Our breathtaking new NYC Studio occupies a stunning space at the corner of 57th Street and 3rd Avenue, with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal our most innovative display yet of modern design. At nearly 20,000 square feet on three floors, it’s the largest Studio in New York and among the largest in the U.S.

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February 14, 2014

Modern love.


Happy Valentine's Day from Design Within Reach. On this day, and every day, we celebrate your passion for authentic modern design.

February 10, 2014

Hans Wegner's 1950 logo adopted by Carl Hansen & Son.


Marking the 100-year anniversary of Hans Wegner's birth, the furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has a new logo. Rather, it's an old logo, designed by Wegner in 1950. "The logo is timeless," says CEO Knud Erik Hansen, "and takes us beyond being a traditional production company to being a modern design company, founded in over 100 years of furniture history."


Learn more about Carl Hansen & Son in this video celebrating their craft and heritage.

February 05, 2014

Elle Decor Japan celebrates DWR's Michael Sainato.


From a family home to a 355-square-foot apartment: How do designer Michael Sainato (V.P. of Creative at Design Within Reach) and stylist Iris in't Hout solve this? With lots of style - and storage room.


Drawers under the built-in benches maximize storage space in the dining area.

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January 31, 2014

Pop the champagne – winners have been chosen!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 DWR Champagne Chair Contest. Our judges -- design journalist Pilar Viladas, designer Theo Richardson of the design trio Rich Brilliant Willing and designer David Weeks -- send their sincere appreciation to all the entrants this year.   

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First Place and a $1,000 DWR Gift Card goes to Dale Foronda for his "Lounge Pod." After sketching out ideas for a few days, Dale finally decided he would need a Dremel rotary tool with grinding stone bits, Olfa SVR1 utility knife, cutting mat and sand paper to build his chair. It took 1.5 hours to complete. "I wanted to create a chair that was simple, and yet maintain the integrity of the champagne cork without deviating too far from its original form," says Foronda. Here's what our judges had to say:

“It’s inventive. Concise.” –Pilar Viladas

“This could be made into a real chair, at full scale, made out of cork, for us to actually sit in.” –Theo Richardson

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January 13, 2014

Last call: Champagne Chair Contest Entries.

Previous contest winner by Jesse Menayan. Chair name: Kub Armchair

DWR Champagne Chair Contest entries are due by 7pm (EST) on Tuesday, January 14. The challenge is simple: Create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles (prosecco and sparkling wine are also fine). Three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card.


December 27, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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.


Phoenix Art Museum
The Cape


Peabody Essex Museum
Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landsapes

MIT Museum
Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines


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

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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Call for entries: The DWR Champagne Chair Contest™.

Last year's winning entry.

Be the toast of the town! To enter, create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. A panel of DWR champagne and chair experts will judge the chairs, and three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card.

The deadline for submissions is January 14. Learn more at #dwrchampagnechair

December 19, 2013

How Batman test-drives a task chair.


Thank you Sarah Johnson for showing us how Batman finds the perfect task chair. See more Art of Sarah J on Tumblr.


December 06, 2013

Atlas Table named Best of Year by Interior Design magazine.

Atlas Table shown with Malena Armchair

Best of Year! We’re proud to announce that the Atlas Table received Interior Design magazine’s top honor for 2013 in the side table category. Designed by Brad Ascalon, the Table was inspired by Atlas, the Greek mythological character condemned for eternity to carry the heavens on his shoulders. Translating this into a physical object, Ascalon was intrigued by the challenge of making an elegant frame that could carry the weight of solid stone. The Altas Table, like Atlas himself, exemplifies strength and endurance. Congratulations to Brad Ascalon and the DWR Product Development Team!

Brad Ascalon at last night's award ceremony.

November 15, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Books.

Steve Kroeter in his book-filled living room.

"One of the terrific things about living in New York is that there are many great bookstores," says Steve Kroeter, founder and editor in chief of Designers & Books.

Launched in 2011, Designers & Books is an advocate for books as an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. Steve and his team publish lists of books that members of the international design community identify as important and formative. We recently turned the tables on Steve and asked him for a list of his favorite books, which led to a discussion about favorite book sellers.


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November 08, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Drinks.


"No matter how much emphasis we put on the craft of mixology," says Joaquín Simó, "the bartender always needs to remember he’s serving guests, not drinks." With that kind of customer-centric attitude, it's no wonder that his cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons is a favorite in New York's East Village. Chosen to be our drinks aficionado for the Gift of Know-How, Simó created a signature cocktail for DWR called the Great Dane.

A grapefruit garnish transforms the Great Dane into a Danish Devil.

The reviews of this Aquavit-based concoction ranged from "I could drink these all night" to "I'm high on the fumes," but everyone agreed it is beautiful. "Aquavita is essentially the national spirit of Scandinavian countries," explains Simó. "Its strong of note of caraway and anise is very identifiable with Scandinavian culture."

Pouring Ribbons tables have slots for menus. Why don't all restaurants do this?

To create the drink, we outfitted Simó with Cylinda Line barware designed by Arne Jacobsen and expanded upon by Peter Holmblad. Originally sketched on a napkin in 1964, it took three years and new technology to make the stainless steel, seamless structures possible to produce.

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How Moore's Law is Influencing Design.


"Design is both superficial and substantive at the same time," says John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Learn more about his thoughts on design technology, the influence of Red Burns, less is more, cookies, laundry, design bubbles, Moore's law and more. Just be sure to ignore the knock-off furniture on the stage. Visit DWR to test-drive the authentic Barcelona Collection.


November 05, 2013

Auction results at Wright.

Here are a few highlights from the recent Design Auction at Wright.

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Table Brush and Dustpan, circa 1930
Designed by Marianne Brandt
Estimate: $700-$900. Hammer price: $3750

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Fan-O-Plane ceiling fan, circa 1945
Produced by the Aircraft Mfg. Co
Estimate: $2000-$3000 Hammer price: $3556

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Maternelle table, no. 804 and chair, no. 805, 1951
Designed by Jean Prouvé
Estimate: $3000-$5000 Hammer price: $13,750

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November 01, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Style.


If you’re going to bitch, say it in Day-Glo pompoms. This sign is just one of the thinking-different twists in the offices of emerging design retailer Of a Kind. Co-founded by Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, this design-centric, story-telling business is the Style section of our Gifts of Know-How.


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