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August 22, 2014

Be Original: Supporting authentic design.

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Nine-0 Chair, Broom Chair, Hudson Chair, 111 Navy Chair and 1006 Navy Chair - all by Emeco.

DWR is proud to be a member of Be Original Americas, joining Alessi, Cassina, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller®, Vitra and other companies in the fight against counterfeit design. Being a member means that we’re a vetted retailer of authentic goods.

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Gregg Buchbinder surrounded by Su Stools designed by Nendo for Emeco.

This month’s Be Original profile is of Gregg Buchbinder, president and CEO of Emeco, the Pennsylvania-based company that’s been responsibly making built-to-last furniture in America since 1944.

Q: Why is Be Original important?

A: Be Original Americas is working to inform and educate people about the importance of original design. Be Original also enlightens the public about the negatives of knock-offs and ways to identify them in the marketplace.

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Saving Gastrotypographicalassemblage.

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From cognac to bouillabaisse, knockwurst to finocchi, the CBS cafeteria wall work of art celebrates the world’s culinary traditions and is as renowned as its visionary designer, Lou Dorfsman. Spanning 33 feet in length and inspired by a partitioned drawer known as a California job case that was designed to store movable type used in printing, the piece is a smorgasbord of carved words, spoons, canned peas, a recipe for escargots, an eggbeater from Dorfsman’s own kitchen and even a quote from Longfellow.

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“Honey, have you seen the eggbeater?” Imagine Mrs. Dorfsman’s surprise when its location was revealed.

Dorfsman called his opus “Gastrotypographicalassemblage,” and he produced it with design legends Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase, who masterfully crafted the typography, as well as John Alcorn, Stanley Glaubach and Nick Fasciano.

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Lou Dorfsman with his wall in the CBS cafeteria, circa 1966.

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August 08, 2014

Congratulations to our Milo Recliner winner!

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The Milo Recliner (far right) in its new home.

“The chair arrived last week and we absolutely love it,” writes Shauna, the lucky winner of our Milo Baughman Recliner Giveaway. “It’s gorgeous and so comfy – perfect for reading – and I’ve enjoyed using it every day since it arrived.”

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Living in Queens with her husband Matthew and dog Cashew, Shauna is a conservator of modern and contemporary paintings, and her husband is a PhD candidate in art history. Translation: aesthetics and great design are important to this savvy duo, and we were flattered when they responded to our “you won” email with, “The basket weave fabric in wheat is lovely and will look great in our home. We’re so excited and can’t wait to receive it!”

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July 23, 2014

Be Original: Supporting authentic design.

DWR is proud to be a member of Be Original Americas, joining Alessi, Cassina, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller®, Vitra and other companies in the fight against counterfeit design. Being a member means that we’re a vetted retailer of authentic goods.

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Christian Grosen Rasmussen. Photo courtesy of Fritz Hansen

This month’s Be Original profile is Christian Grosen Rasmussen, head of design at Fritz Hansen, the Danish company that produces authored works by Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Piet Hein and others.

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The authentic Egg Chair (1958) by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen.

Q: Why is Be Original important?
A: Because without originality the world would become an imitation of itself and we wouldn’t move forward, expanding our knowledge, improving solutions and thereby life in general. Originality is needed more than ever, so it’s important that we understand and respect intellectual property rights.

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July 02, 2014

Need to see your space in 3-D?

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Looking for something creative to do this long weekend? Check out the DWR 3-D Room Planner, a free online tool that lets you see your space furnished with DWR furniture. You can also improve your view, move walls, add square footage -- anything your heart desires.

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A sleek space created by Martin Mobley of DWR West Hollywood.

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May 27, 2014

Highlights from Design Week: ICFF.

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Introducing the Su Stool by Nendo for Emeco.

Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

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Su and Broom stools in the Emeco booth at ICFF.

Hello, Su! The latest launch from Emeco, the sleek and simple Su Stool (top photo) made its NYC debut at ICFF and the DWR SoHo Studio. A beautiful mix of Japanese simplicity and American craftsmanship, Su will be available at DWR in July. Also new from Emeco is the Broom Stool designed by Philippe Starck.

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May 22, 2014

Highlights from Design Week: WantedDesign.

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Granit Teacup by Eva Zeisel. Photo by Kevin Shea

Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. Here are the highlights from WantedDesign.

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Photo by Kevin Shea

Starting with the Design Within Reach booth, we debuted the Odin Table by Norm Architects, launching in September. The table was shown with the Finn Chair, also by Norm, and a new chair by Omar de Biaggio.

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Highlights from Design Week: Herman Miller.

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Upholstered Eames Chairs, Girard Wall Panel. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

Whether you call it NYCxD, ICFF, Wanted, Design Week or something else, New York City in mid-May is the place to see what’s happening in furniture and product design. The Michigan-based company Herman Miller exhibited in a stunning space at the Standard Hotel. They also hosted a pop-up exhibition celebrating Alexander Girard (on view until May 28).

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton

Raise your hand if you love George Nelson. Designed in 1958, his Swag Leg Desk is looking sharp with the new Mirra 2 Task Chair and a lamp by Ilse Crawford.

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April 25, 2014

Be Original: Supporting authentic design.

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Panel at previous Be Original event at DWR Miami Studio. From left: Mark Simmons, VP of Marketing at DWR; Paolo Cravedi, Managing Director of Alessi; Caroline Baumann, Director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Giulio Cappellini, Art Director of Cappellini; Odile Hainaut, Co-Founder of WantedDesign.

DWR is proud to be a member of Be Original Americas, joining Alessi, Cassina, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller®, Vitra and other companies in the fight against counterfeit design. Being a member means that we’re a vetted retailer of authentic goods.

Upcoming Be Original Americas events:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 dwr.com/outlet. Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at dwr.com.ebay.

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March 07, 2014

Speaking to our youth on design.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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