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December 06, 2013

Atlas Table named Best of Year by Interior Design magazine.

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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!

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Brad Ascalon at last night's award ceremony.
 

November 15, 2013

The Gift of Know-How: Books.

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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.

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"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.

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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."

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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.

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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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October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Twilight (Sleeper) Zone.

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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.

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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.

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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 jrfree3500@aol.com.

October 03, 2013

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

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

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Landscaped gardens at Amboise Chateau Royal.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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

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Throwback Thursday: our modern model.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
Design for the Modern Child

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October 01, 2013

Future customer celebrates the Knoll Sale at DWR.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!