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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.

Also! at NYCxDESIGN.

Using a digital microscope to reveal hidden design details invisible to the naked eye.

What does a chair sound like? What does it look like inside? Those are two of the five questions explored by the students of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts. This series of interactions and interventions that explore how we experience new design are being presented at WantedDesign in NYC, May 17-20. Learn more at


Students of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Products of Design program. 

A brainstorming board by the students, posted by Also! contributor Charlotta Hellichius.

May 16, 2013

Meet the Past, Present and Future Designers: Chris Hardy.


Meet Chris Hardy, one of the designers we'll be showcasing this week at WantedDesign.

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May 15, 2013

Meet the Past, Present and Future Designers: Jonah Takagi.


Meet Jonah Takagi, one of the designers we'll be showcasing this week at WantedDesign.

Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah Takagi earned his bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He’s spent the last decade designing furniture and playing bass guitar for indie rock bands. Regrettably, being on the road gave him little time to exhibit his furniture. To showcase his growing body of work, he founded Atelier Takagi in 2005. Takagi says of his design approach, “After you create something, you have little to no control over the emotional content that people will attribute to the object, so your best bet is to make it sturdy, make it last and, if you say it is going to do something, make sure it does it well.”


With a nod toward the Memphis movement, Takagi borrowed that American city’s nickname for his Bluff City Pendant. A mix of industrial and refined aesthetics, this pendant features a bulb that is enclosed in a metal cage on the top for ambient lighting and a solid metal shade on the bottom for concentrated downward lighting. Bluff City was nominated for a Dwell magazine Modern World Award in 2011.

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May 14, 2013

Daily Tech Find: Mantis Desk.

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We love Apartment Therapy, especially when they covet one of our products. Today's Daily Tech Find by Gregory Han features the new Mantis Desk. Han praises the "exemplary storage options built into the desk" and the "beautiful ash top fit for a fine kitchen." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thanks AT!

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April 20, 2013

Happy Record Store Day.

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Since 2007, the third Saturday in April has been internationally celebrated as Record Store Day, or RSD, as the cool kids call it. The day's festivities include exclusive vinyl and CD releases, live performances and special appearances at independent record stores. On this day we also remember Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer who created many of the album covers we continue to covet.

Here's a list of DWR staffers' fave places to score vinyl:


Good Records – Dallas
Cactus Music
– Houston


Gramaphone Records – Chicago
Permanent Records
 – Chicago
Logan Hardware
 – Chicago
Reckless Records
 – Chicago

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April 16, 2013

Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

At MAD in NYC: Grapes by Ai Weiwei. Photo: Bill Orcutt


Museum of Arts and Design
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design

David Zwirner Art Gallery
Richard Serra: Early Work


MIT Museum
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

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April 15, 2013

Highlights from Milan.

Here are a few of our favorite products, exhibitions and displays from this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan.

DWR CEO John Edelman at the Danish Chromatism exhibition.

DANISH CHROMATISM was an exhibition of traditional and modern design from 30 Danish companies, showcased in a colorful collage that challenged the standard (read, static) furniture display. Held at the Triennale di Milano, this impressive show was the work of Signe Byrdal Terenziani and GamFratesi. The participating companies included Carl Hansen & Søn, Fritz Hansen, Gubi, Kvadrat, LEGO, Libratone, Louis Poulsen and others.

The Shell Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

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Hi ho Hotel Valley Ho!

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If you’re going to be anywhere near Arizona, you must soak in the midcentury charm of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. This is the place to recharge your love of all things modern and well designed. The pool, spa and swinging lounge beckon to those on vacation, while the comfortable rooms with large work area and plentiful outlets make the business traveler feel at home … or at work … maybe a bit of both.


Built in 1956, the Hotel Valley Ho is one of the few midcentury hotels still standing in Scottsdale. It rose from the desert just five years after Scottsdale was incorporated as a city and it still has the optimistic spirit of a young city of 2,000 residents on the verge of a boom.

Archival photo of the Hotel Valley Ho lobby.

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April 14, 2013

55 years of the brick.


To honor the 55th anniversary of the Lego brick, the Montreal ad agency Brad created a campaign of 55 graphic riddles. Here are a few of our favorites. Can you solve them?


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April 12, 2013

All that glitters in Milan.


Baccarat presents its Highlights Edition 2013 at the Palazzo Morando, Milano.

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Nervous Zenith by Louise Campbell for Baccarat

Designer Louise Campbell has created a new version of the iconic Zenith chandelier designed in the 19th century. Campbell maintained the classic Zenith form but added color, asymmetry and a few eccentric twists. Named Nervous Zenith, the push-pull feeling of this design certainly foreshadows the many future dinners to be hosted beneath its crystal branches.

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April 10, 2013

Piana meanders and mingles in Milan.

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Leave it to the sociable Piana Chair to make friends easily in Milan. From seeing the sights to becoming a key player in the nighttime party scene, Piana shows us how it's done. All photos by Mark Seelen.

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