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.
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March 07, 2014
February 25, 2014
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.
February 14, 2014
February 10, 2014
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
January 31, 2014
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.
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
January 13, 2014
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
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
Peabody Essex Museum
Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landsapes
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.
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 dwr.com/champagnechair. #dwrchampagnechair
December 19, 2013
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 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!
November 15, 2013
"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.
November 08, 2013
"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.
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."
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.
"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
Here are a few highlights from the recent Design Auction at Wright.
Table Brush and Dustpan, circa 1930
Designed by Marianne Brandt
Estimate: $700-$900. Hammer price: $3750
Fan-O-Plane ceiling fan, circa 1945
Produced by the Aircraft Mfg. Co
Estimate: $2000-$3000 Hammer price: $3556
Maternelle table, no. 804 and chair, no. 805, 1951
Designed by Jean Prouvé
Estimate: $3000-$5000 Hammer price: $13,750
November 01, 2013
October 17, 2013
October 15, 2013
Lower left: the Helix Table by Chris Hardy for DWR.
"In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver," writes David A. Keeps for the Wall Street Journal. "Brass, last in vogue in the '70s, has been moving in from the margins, showing up on a pendant light here, a table leg there—exuding a certain cocky, outsider glamour. In recent years, it's started to make silver tones look, all too accurately, commonplace. And now, no metal is shining more compellingly: Brass is conclusively back."
October 11, 2013
The recent Nordic Design auction at Phillips featured several extraordinary pieces designed by Finn Juhl. His Chieftains Chair, designed in 1949, often brings above-estimate prices but a new record was set at this London sale: £422,500, or approx. $674,099 in U.S. dollars. And yes, we confirmed this price with the auction house. If you were outbid, you can still buy an authentic Chieftains Chair at DWR.
October 10, 2013
Trained as a painter, Mariano Fortuny was also an accomplished architect, inventor, set designer and lighting technician. His patented cyclorama dome made it possible to change stage lighting instantly from bright sky to faint dusk, and his reflector lamp works on the same principle.
P.S. It's the Semiannual Sale at DWR! Save 15% on the Fortuny Lamp and more.