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June 27, 2013

As seen in today's New York Times.

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In today's Times, Tim McKeough goes lamp shopping with Daniel Libeskind, who believes a task light must meet two criteria. “‘First of all, it has to be something beautiful,’ he said, ‘because it’s an object that sits on a table.’ But it also has to be functional, not only ‘in terms of the kind of light it throws,’ he said, but also ‘how you change the light and how you move the lamp.’”

One of his favorites was the Tripod Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille. “Even after all these years, he said, its sculptural appeal still felt forward-looking. In fact, he speculated, ‘the designer of the space shuttle may have seen this lamp.’”

Libeskind also liked the Tab Lamp by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Flos and the Mix Lamp by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan.

June 24, 2013

The Glass House: A taste of the Philip Johnson life.


At this year's Summer Party at the Philip Johnson Glass House, guests were treated to a picnic, lawn games, music and wine. The attire was "summer chic," and it appears that many of the men translated that to mean, "dress like Philip Johnson." People watching aside, the setting was, of course, picture perfect. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event.



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The Glass House by photographer Bonnie Edelman.

Photo: Bonnie Edelman, The Glass House, 2012

As seen in the Architect's Newspaper, Bonnie Edelman has added Philip Johnson's pool at the Glass House to her SCAPES (Land, Sea, Sky) collection, "a series of photographs that capture natural settings in blurs of color."

An exhibition of Edelman's work can be seen through August 24 at the Heather Gaudio Fine Art gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut.

June 18, 2013

Dream a little green: CU Boulder’s Green Design Competition.

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The DWR Boulder Studio has been working with University of Colorado architecture professor Julee Herdt to inspire the next generation of eco-friendly designers. With her course Green Technology: Design from Salvage, she charged her students with designing “an architectural object of beauty and high functionality without spending much (or any) money; vying for selection and exhibition in DWR Boulder’s storefront.” Well, the winners are in and they are extraordinarily innovative. We are proud to introduce you to the work of Josh Arendt, Matt Nickel and Taylor Hawley.

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June 13, 2013

A lamp fit for the son of a Beastie Boy.

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In today's New York Times, Julie Earle-Levine is on location with Tamra Davis and Michael Diamond, aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys. The couple recently renovated their 3,200-square-foot Cobble Hill townhouse, and we were pleased to see the rubber Unfold Pendant in one of their bedrooms. “We used lighting, like this DWR pendant, that would not break if hit with a flying object in the boys’ bedroom,” Ms. Davis said. Check your head, indeed.


June 11, 2013

Remembering Niels Diffrient, 1928–2013.


Renowned designer Niels Diffrient, who changed the landscape of ergonomic seating, has died. Diffrient was referred to by Forbes magazine as the “grandaddy of ergonomic revolution” for his previously unpracticed emphasis on the “human factor” in design. His famous three-volume treatise Human Scale, published in 1974, inspired future designers to take the shapes, patterns and preferences of the human body into consideration when designing a chair. All along, Diffrient’s commitment to the good of humanity remained intact. “Why would you design something,” he asked in the New York Times in 2003, “if it didn't improve the human condition?”

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Design in a nutshell: American Industrial Design.


While it's not 100% accurate (e.g. Raymond's surname is spelled Loewy, without an e after the w) I think you'll enjoy this short video by Clive Hilton for Open University. Translation note: When the narrator says "alu-min-e-um," I believe he means aluminum. Just my guess.


Design in a nutshell: Gothic Revival.


Are you ready to get your goth on? Learn a bit about Gothic Revival in this short video by Clive Hilton for Open University.


Design in a nutshell: Bauhaus.


This short video by Clive Hilton for Open University gives a quick lesson about the Bauhaus. While it is charming and informative, I do disagree with one point. The video states that Marcel Breuer's cantilevered Cesca Chair was inspired by a bicycle, but it was really his Wassily Chair, designed three years before the Cesca, that evolved from the graceful handlebars of the Alder bicycle.

What do you think, how bauhaus is your house?


Design in a nutshell: Arts & Crafts.


It's unclear to me why the craftsman appears to be mostly naked, but this charming video by Clive Hilton for Open University is a fun introduction to Arts & Crafts. I'll be sharing five more videos today, all about the history of design. Stay tuned for Bauhaus, American Industrial Design and others.


June 10, 2013

Last day of the Herman Miller® Sale.


Today is the last chance to save 15% and enjoy Free Standard Shipping on the entire Herman Miller collection, including Charles and Ray Eames’ connsummate and iconic lounge chair set, pictured above. Don’t just lie there! Go get something new to lie there in. Shop the sale, through tonight at midnight, here.

June 08, 2013

The future – as envisioned 70 years ago.


I’ve discussed on these very pages the nearly magical alchemical force that was Charles and Ray Eames’ creative energy. But even geniuses are sometimes constrained by the capacity of the times. So, back in 1950, when they conceived of the simple, accessible, organic form that became their Molded Plastic Chair, the vision was initially made with the warmth and material honesty of wood. Unfortunately those sexy curves were just too dramatic for the capacity of their “Kazam! machine.” Finally, Herman Miller®, in collaboration with the Eames heirs, have applied today’s 3-D veneer technology – whereby the wood is sliced into spaghetti-thin strips and then glued back together – to the creation of this new (old) design. The Eames® Molded Wood Chair is already a classic, it’s available exclusively at DWR and, conveniently enough, it’s also on sale.

June 07, 2013

The poster as provocation?


Last year, Herman Miller® endeavored on an homage to the “power of the poster” as a vehicle to “to explore complex concepts in a succinct way.” For the Then x Ten collection, they used eight classic Herman Miller posters and commissioned 10 globally recognized graphic designers to create new ones.


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June 04, 2013

Show your support for the Eames House.

Image courtesy of Eames Office © 2013 

Charles and Ray Eames moved into their Pacific Palisades home, also known as Case Study House #8, on Christmas Eve in 1949. For the rest of their lives, this was where they lived, worked and played, and today the interior remains very much as they left it. The Eames Foundation is taking serious efforts to conserve the property and stay ahead of the forces of nature weathering this iconic steel frame structure overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rather than waiting for the house to be in crisis, they've launched the 250 Year Project to plan for future needs now, and you're invited to be part of this important mission. 

To help, you can purchase a limited-edition print inspired by an Eames quote or an object from the house. Each tax-deductible print costs $75, and all proceeds go to the Eames House. 


May 30, 2013

The modern man.

We're very excited to see DWR's President and CEO in this month's issue of Modern Luxury's Men's Book Atlanta. "Our house was filled with everything from Tiffany lamps to Andy Warhol paintings," he notes of his childhood home. Read the fully story here

May 29, 2013

George Nelson: Safety first.


Apparently back in ye olde 1950s, before the interwebs turned everyone into “the press,” they used to hold press conferences for designers. In honor of George Nelson’s 105th birthday today, I was clicking around the New York Times archives and found this brilliant nugget of his, quoted from the 1950 “Trends in New Design” press conference: “The dangerous becomes safe as soon as three people have bought it.”

The press from those days notes how his use of technology created for other industries – such as bent steel for a car’s fender – was totally revolutionary…unsafe, if you will. And his clear response? Eh, you’ll get used to it. “Familiarity breeds acceptance,” he once said. His Swag Leg pieces (the Desk is pictured above) are perfect examples of this innovation. The swaging process, which uses pressure to taper and curve a metal tube, was invented for industrial uses, not exactly for the creation of sleek, functional interiors.

So, George, we salute you and your mind-boggling forethought. Probably not an example of forethought, but fortuitous nonetheless, his Swag Collection – as well the entire Herman Miller® collection – goes on sale on Friday.

May 23, 2013

ICFF: the fun, the whimsical and the wonderful.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) wrapped up this week in New York City, and the general feeling about the show is that it was a lot more fun than in recent years. Here are a few of the colorful, organic, amusing, beautiful and "that's cool" highlights.


Acoustic wall panels that make me wish I lived in a louder house. These custom designs are by Anne Kyyrö Quinn.


Evoking the charm of a picket fence (in a good way), is the Se7e Chair by Rahyja Afrange. The young architect recently spent a year studying furniture design in Denmark before returning to São Paulo-Brazil and establishing her own multidisciplinary studio. Her philosophy is “Live well, in lovely ambiances.”


The Oo Desk Lamp by Sverre Uhnger was one of the prototypes displayed in "The Essence of Things: New Design From Norway." To select the 18 designers featured, Metropolis editorial director Paul Makovsky traveled across the country in search of under-the-radar talent at schools and studios.

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May 20, 2013

The past, present and future of design at WantedDesign.

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The Ø Chair designed by Asher Israelow.

At this year's WantedDesign, DWR launched the Helix Table by Chris Hardy alongside a showcase of seven designers who we feel represent the design industry’s future. While materials and methods differ, commonalities of smart design, solving old problems in new ways and being relevant to how we live ring true in their works.


Roulé Family designed by Pauline Deltour for Discipline.


Abstract Square and Textured Stripe Pillows designed by Tamasyn Gambell, coming to DWR this summer.

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Wows, wants and oh-mys from WantedDesign.

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WantedDesign is an international design event in New York City. Now in its third year, this strongly curated exhibition continues to build on its reputation for being a must-see during Design Week, or NYCxDESIGN. Here are some of the highlights from this year's show.


How do you like your eggs? Made by the French company Metylos, the Paul Table is a combination of beech wood and felt.

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New Zealand designer David Trubridge presented The Elements, an installation that incorporated a Swarovski crystal light fixture suspended over the angular carpeted planes of New Zealand's volcano, Mount Ruapehu. "The basis of all life on Earth is the eternal cycle of water," says Trubridge. "Evaporated from the oceans by the fire of the Sun, carried in the air to the mountains where it falls on the Earth as rain, running back to the ocean in rivers."


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May 18, 2013

Gold cards found at NYCxDESIGN.

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For our customers who've been asking where they can get the gold playing cards shown in this photo of our Helix Table, I have good news. You can pick them up this weekend at the neo-utility Pop Up retail shop at 379 Broome Street in SoHo. As part of New York Design Week, or NYCxDESIGN, this Pop Up shop is part of INTRO NY, a satellite design event featuring an exclusive line-up of design brands, like Council, the company who brought us the 47 Table.


For those unable to get to SoHo, you can also buy the cards online. Enter NYPOPUP for free shipping, May 18-25.