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October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Twilight (Sleeper) Zone.


The Twilight Sleeper Sofa has been a DWR favorite from the beginning. Shown here on our October 2004 cover, it continues to impress our customers -- and their guests -- with its blend of comfort and ease of use.

P.S. Save 15% on Twilight during the Semiannual Sale.

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October 15, 2013

As seen in the Wall Street Journal: Going for the brass.

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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

Chieftains Chair sells for $674,099 at auction.

Image courtesy of Phillips.

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

Throwback Thursday: forever Fortuny.

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If you thought the Fortuny Lamp looked "out there" when you saw it on our cover in 2000, just imagine how it looked to people in 1907, when it was first designed.

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.

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October 07, 2013

Lecture: Playboy Architecture 1953-1979.

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom in a 1961 Playboy editorial, "Designs for Living."

Princeton Professor Beatriz Colomina will be giving a special presentation about her exhibition "Playboy Architecture 1953-1979," previously on view in the Netherlands. Colomina spent three years studying how Chicago-based Playboy Magazine deployed architecture to shape a new identity for the American man. These influences include the design of swinging bachelor pads, conversation pits and penthouse apartments (and you thought people read Playboy for the articles). Cost: $15.

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 | Reception at 5:30pm; Talk at 6:00pm

WHERE: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

RSVP to Judy Freeman at 773.929.0329 or [email protected]

October 03, 2013

French architecture, peacocks, gardens ... and chairs.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Chateau du Clos Luce in Amboise, France. This is where Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1516 to 1519.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Landscaped gardens at Amboise Chateau Royal.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2E designed by Paul Andreu.

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Throwback Thursday: our modern model.


When the model didn't show for this 2000 DWR cover photoshoot at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, founder Rob Forbes jumped on his scooter and zipped over to Geary Street. He saved the day, and the photo turned out to be more authentic and true DWR than what we had planned. "I guess I used to have brown hair and wear khakis," says Rob.


October 02, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

Norman Bel Geddes, “Motor Car No. 9 (without tail fin),” ca. 1933. Image courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation / Harry Ransom Center.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From modern women at MoMA to Edgar Degas in Kansas City to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.


Designing Modern Women 1890–1990

Museum of the City of New York
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future - Opens Oct. 16

Archtober: The third-annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
Design for the Modern Child

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October 01, 2013

Future customer celebrates the Knoll Sale at DWR.

Diamonds are forever.
Diamond Chair and Sheepskin Throw

This modern tot had fun test-driving the chairs at our Portland Studio yesterday, and selected the Diamond Chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll as her favorite. When studio proprietor Stacy Day observed that the little girl has refined tastes -- diamonds and furs -- her parents responded that her favorite food is foie gras. Is it too early to put this kid on our mailing list?

The Knoll Sale at DWR ends today!


September 27, 2013

You could win a $1,000 DWR gift card.

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Collage by chris-saada on polyvore.

Enter to win a $1,000 DWR gift card by creating a collage that expresses how you would enjoy an evening at the best table in town - your own! Enter here.

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Collage by lets-be-crazy on polyvore.


September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Saarinen in stock then and now.


In mid-2005, we welcomed the Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company Knoll to our assortment. This partnership made it possible for retail customers to purchase authentic classics by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other modern masters, without having to work with an interior designer. In other words, we made design within reach.

Learn more about Knoll and be sure to shop the Knoll Sale at DWR through October 1.

September 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Take your pleasure seriously.


Thirteen years have passed since this catalog appeared in mailboxes around the country, but we’re still having fun at DWR. In fact, word searches continue to be a passion of ours. Test your design IQ with a DWR exclusive word search from Olivia Edelman.

September 13, 2013

Friday eye candy x 4: house, man, car and chair.

Photographed at the Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills, David Gandy drives fast, struts around sans shirt and relaxes in, naturally, an Eames Lounge Chair. "I make the decisions," he says. Decisions well made, say we.

All furniture provided by Design Within Reach.

September 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The first-ever DWR catalog cover.


Fourteen years have passed since this catalog appeared in mailboxes around the country, but our passion for making authentic modern design accessible is just as strong today as it was back then. Thank you for believing in us!

September 11, 2013

DWR loves local: Toronto.

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We’re exploring Toronto today.

We recommend starting at the Design Exchange on Bay Street (a five-minute walk from the DWR Toronto Studio) to view DXUNCRATED, an exhibition that celebrates Canada’s rich industrial design history from 1945 to the present.

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August 23, 2013

Remembering Charles Pollock, 1930–2013.


Famed designer Charles Pollock, distinguished by a modern interpretation of the office chair, has passed. Pollock was perhaps best known for his eponymous Pollock Executive Chair, which surfaced at a time in the 1960s when many corporate offices were beginning to embrace a sleek, modern aesthetic. The chair was an instant sensation upon release and went on to become one of the most recognizable and successful office chairs ever. Featuring ingeniously simple construction, it’s marked by an aluminum rim that supports the seat and back both structurally and visually.

Charles Pollack was born in Philadelphia in 1930. After moving to Detroit with his family as a teen, he enrolled in Cass Technical High School, where he was exposed to art and design. He excelled at Cass and received a full scholarship to the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute in New York. It was there that Pollock became skilled in the disciplines of sketching and model-making. While visiting Pratt one afternoon, designer George Nelson happened to come upon a sculpture of Pollock’s that he admired. Pollock later presented Nelson with that very same sculpture as a gift – a portent of exciting things to come.

Pollock soon took a job working for Nelson in New York, contributing to development of the Swag Leg Collection, introduced by Herman Miller in 1958. Building on the success of Swag, Pollock struck out on his own to open a studio in Brooklyn. Two years later, after taking note of his designs, Florence Knoll began paying Pollock a small monthly salary that he put toward rent and product development. The Pollock Executive Chair came to fruition in 1963 as a result of that relationship.

Pollock was the recipient of many awards, including the IBD Bronze Medal and Pratt Institute’s Excellence by Design Award, and his work is exhibited in museums throughout the world.

August 13, 2013

Wall Street Journal profiles desk toys.

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas

David Sokol of the Wall Street Journal recently featured desk toys in his design column, giving five stars (so to speak) to our Folding Stars. Designed by John Kostick, these "engaging toys can take you out of your prefrontal cortex and exercise different parts of your brain by offering a different type of challenge and a tactile, motor experience.," says Donna Flynn, director of workspace futures at Steelcase. "The experience offers a small reward that could trigger the release of dopamine — one of the key chemicals that balances with norepinephrine to stimulate brain function."

As Charles Eames would say, "We must take our pleasure seriously."

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July 29, 2013

Surface magazine highlights Chris Hardy's Helix Table.

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Designer Chris Hardy and DWR CEO John Edelman.

If you haven't seen the Helix Table, which launched at DWR in May, be sure to read about it in this month's Surface magazine. Designed by Chris Hardy, the Helix Table fulfills our need for a new table that looks at home next to furniture by design greats

"It's very difficult to put a piece of furniture that you designed next to a Jacobsen egg chair, a Jeffrey Bernett sofa, and an Eames lounge and ottoman, and have it stand on its own," says DWR CEO John Edelman.

Be sure to read the full story on page 60 of the July/August issue of Surface magazine.

July 19, 2013

108 seconds of cool on an 108-degree day.


Brought to you by our friends at Herman Miller. What creative masterpiece will they come up with next?

July 03, 2013

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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