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110 posts categorized "Furniture"

October 04, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Joel Peterson.

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Omaha-based Joel Peterson was one of the 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals we asked to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. As the bass player for indie rock band The Faint, Petersen enjoys skateboarding and looks forward to those two weeks in October when the weather in Omaha is perfect. Learn more about him at 111 Chairs Project.

September 30, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Carl Avani.

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We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. Carl Avani was one of them. Based out of Portland, Avani works at design consultancy Ziba as a writer, editor and researcher. To learn more about Carl Avani and his passion for in-season produce, visit the 111 Chairs Project.

September 28, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Nigel Barker.

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Nigel Barker is one of the 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals we asked to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. You may recognize him as a judge from America’s Next Top Model, but this New Yorker is also a photographer, filmmaker, father and author – his book Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation was released last year. Learn more about Nigel Barker and which NYC neighborhood he calls home at the 111 Chairs Project.


September 26, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Kegan Fisher.

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We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. New-York based artist/designer Kegan Fisher was one of them. As founder of Design Glut, Fisher creates housewares and jewelry with unexpected twists. Learn more about her at the 111 Chairs Project.

September 21, 2011

Meet Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard, Winners of the UN Council Chamber Contest.

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Trusteeship UN Council Chamber, 1965. Visit the UN Photo Gallery for more photos.

Designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and Brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer, the UN headquarters was completed in 1952 and remained mostly untouched until four years ago. That’s when it was announced that the complex would be fully renovated by 2014. The changes include improvements to safety and functionality, as well as energy-saving measures to make the decades-old world headquarters LEED-certified. The renovation includes a significant facelift to the Trusteeship UN Council Chamber, originally designed by Danish architect Finn Juhl. At the age of 38, Juhl experimented with furniture, color schemes, carpeting and wall coverings to create a “total interior plan” for the Chamber, where the whole space and its details work and play together.

Preserving what Juhl created was paramount to the Danish Arts Foundation, so in December 2010 it held a design competition, inviting five of Denmark’s leading furniture designers to create new chairs and tables for the Chamber, all of which had to be in keeping with Danish tradition and the legacy of Finn Juhl yet mindful of modern materials. The Danish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, in cooperation with Danish Realdania Foundation, provided the necessary funding for the UN Council Chamber renovations.

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September 12, 2011

Martha's checkers champions.

Few people do autumn as well as Martha, and her October issue of Living does not disappoint. And just when you thought there was nothing modern about gingham, check out our Risom Side chair in her "Checkers Champions" editorial. Well played, Stewart.


September 09, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Jaime Derringer and Jean Aw.


We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to share their thoughts about the 111 Navy Chair®. Jaime Derringer and Jean Aw were two of them. Jaime and Jean began documenting their personal interests online, founding design blogs Design Milk and NotCot, respectively, and built them into successful businesses. To learn more about these savvy ladies and their favorite chairs, visit the 111 Chairs Project.

September 08, 2011

From today's New York Times.

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Shopping with Brad Wilcox in today's New York Times is all about rocking chairs, including two from Design Within Reach. "The new Risom rocker at Design Within Reach was a good fit for his frame," writes Rima Suqi, referring to the six-foot-tall Wilcox. "A mother and kid could sit side by side in this,” adds Wilcox. Also featured is our weatherproof, maintenance-free Adirondack Rocking Chair, which appears in the Multimedia Slideshow.


September 07, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Jarrett Reynolds.

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Jarrett Reynolds is one of the 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals we asked to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. As design director at Nike Sportswear apparel, this Oregonian lives an active lifestyle and values the quality of a well designed product, especially one that is eco-conscious.  Keep up with Jarrett at

Meet more of the 111 participants at the 111 Chairs Project.


September 06, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Amber B. Dianda.

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We asked 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals to comment on the 111 Navy Chair®. Australian-born, California-based Amber B. Dianda was one of them. Seamstress by night and photographer by day, Amber’s hand-sewn plush creatures possess a curiously sinister quality, while her photography captures emotion with minimal interruption. Learn more about Amber and what she’d make out of 111 plastic bottles at the 111 Chairs Project.

September 01, 2011

The Making of the Nelson Select Tray and Tray Table.

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Wondering what goes into the manufacturing process of the Herman Miller Select™ Nelson Tray and Tray Table featured in our August Catalog? You're in luck. The Michigan-based company recently published a behind-the-scenes making-of slideshow. Nelson's newly reissued 1961 molded-top Tray Table and Tray includes hand-selected veneers of walnut and santos palisander wood inlaid into white ash to form a special design inspired by Nelson's Flock of Butterflies Clock.

Photos courtesy of Herman Miller.

Follow this link to view the entire slideshow.

The Nelson Tray and Tray Table will only be produced through February 2012.

August 26, 2011

What is it about a discreet wheel that is so cool?

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I love surprises. Even when they are as simple as moving a piece of furniture (or a refrigerator) and discovering that it's on wheels. Our Twilight Sleeper Sofa has these super subtle wheels on the back legs so all you have to do is lift the front edge of the sofa to easily wheel it away from the wall. Did you also know that Twilight transforms from sofa to daybed to double bed to two twin beds? It's like getting five pieces of furniture in one. (P.S. Twilight is on sale through Tuesday.)

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August 23, 2011

Daily Candy: Back to School for Grown-Ups.

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Today's Daily Candy post featured our Celine Desk, which they described as "a graceful, midcentury-inspired reminder that the best part of working from home is decorating your home office." Very sweet.

August 15, 2011

Hamptons Cottages and Gardens (oh my).

In this month's HC&G magazine, landscape designer Joseph Cornetta describes his latest project that, when he first saw it, resembled "Grey Gardens gone bad -- only worse." It took three months to create the architectural garden he desired, resulting in a stylish, verdant escape that includes a boxwood topiary garden, a fountain made from an 18th-century Chinese pot and the Rusa Outdoor Collection from DWR. Adding to the fun, he also added a plunge pool. Happy summer.


August 05, 2011

They've arrived! System 1-2-3 Lounge Chairs by Verner Panton.

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"I want to design furniture that grows up out of the floor," said Verner Panton. "To turn the furniture into something organic. Which never has four legs." Pushing materials to their limits was a passion of this Danish architect and designer, who always approached design challenges in unconventional ways. Learn more about Panton's System 1-2-3 Lounge Chair. The Teal and Grey/White versions are in stock and ready to ship. It's also on sale during our Upholstery & Rug Sale (Floor & Table Lamps, Too!).

July 07, 2011

Four-piece set now only $89.

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Our handcrafted Variopinte enameled-steel dinnerware comes in fun colors, is dishwasher safe and durable enough for outdoor use. Made in France, this four-piece set includes a bowl, large plate, dinner plate and salad plate. Enjoy this special price during The Yard Sale.

Save 50% on the Bardolino Collection.

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The indoor/outdoor Bardolino Collection has lines that echo the forms of classic mid-century European furniture, but its materials are squarely in the new millennium. The collection includes pieces for both dining and lounging, with the latter being compactly scaled for a small outdoor space. Save 50% during The Yard Sale. Quantities are limited.

June 16, 2011

Brown Jordan 2012 preview in NYC.

Left to right: Ben Gaffney, DWR; Stephen Elton, VP of Sales and Marketing, Brown Jordan; Gene Moriarty, President and CEO of Brown Jordan; Frank Taff, Senior VP of Operations, Brown Jordan.

"We don't manufacture outdoor furniture," says Stephen Elton of Brown Jordan. "We create outdoor art that you can sit on." DWR caught up with Elton and other Brown Jordan folks last night at the Highline Terrace at the Standard Hotel. The event was to give companies like DWR a sneak peek at upcoming collections by Richard Frinier for Brown Jordan. We can't share any specifics, but we will say that we can't wait to share these with you next year.  

May 03, 2011

“The most comfortable, stackable chairs you’ll ever find in your life.”

Take a tour through Untitled, the restaurant recently opened by Danny Meyer and David Rockwell at the Whitney Museum. Not only do they describe the concept behind the space, but also the reason for choosing the Gas Chair by Jesus Gasca for Stua.


April 11, 2011

111 Navy Chair®: Annie Choi.


Annie Choi is just one of the 111 architects, designers and other industry professionals we asked to comment on the 111 Navy Chair. Choi is the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever (HarperCollins). Her work has appeared in Abitare, Pidgin, Publisher’s Weekly and Women’s Health, among others, and her open letters about design and chairs can be found on Emeco’s website. Keep up with her adventures (late night cravings) on her blog at

To meet more of the 111 participants visit the 111 Chairs Project.