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April 25, 2014

Help save the Pavilion.

The Tent of Tomorrow was the centerpiece of the World's Fair. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

“There ought to be a university course in the pleasure of ruins,” wrote Philip Johnson in the foreword to Hilary Lewis’ fantastic book about his architecture. That pleasure, however, is mixed with pain when it comes to the current state of the New York State Pavilion that Johnson designed for the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens. Erected as an emblem of imagination and optimism for the future, the site is now in desperate need of preservation and reuse to save it from demolition by neglect.

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Book by Hilary Lewis, photo by Richard Payne.

“This thing has always been a bit of a mystery,” says Matthew Silva, co-founder of the preservation group People for the Pavilion. “It’s big and clearly important but nothing was ever happening with it.” That lack of activity drove Silva and fellow activist Salmaan Khan to learn more about the site and take action. In addition to doing work as preservationists, they have full-time careers – Silva is a schoolteacher, Khan the manager of facilities planning for the High Line – and Silva is also working on a documentary film about the project.

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February 24, 2014

Beadle-built and beloved in Arizona.

Al Beadle. Photo by JJ Brinkman.

“If visual pollution were toxic, we’d all be dead,” said architect Alfred Newman Beadle (1927–1998). A curmudgeon and perfectionist, the always-dressed-in-black Beadle also had a romantic side, believing that “every house should have a surprise for its owners.”

Beadle House No. 6 (1954), aka White Gates. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

Beadle House (1958), located around the corner from House No. 6. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

Recognized today as one of Arizona’s best architects, Beadle began his career as a builder in 1950. He never attended architecture school and never intended on being anything more than a builder. Fortunately, for those who live in and love his houses, he started designing.

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October 03, 2013

Exploring Maison La Roche in Paris.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

His sense of humor masked by a French facade, the museum curator handed me a pair of blue booties for my tour of the stair- and ramp-laden architecture of Maison La Roche in Paris. Designed in 1923 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, this house with art gallery was commissioned by Swiss banker Raoul La Roche.

LC3 Chair by Corbu Group in the art gallery. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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August 30, 2013

This Kahn can be yours.

As featured in our September catalog, this stunning house by Louis Kahn is currently for sale.

Photo: William Whitaker

Architect Louis Kahn believed there should always be a beam of light in the house, and in the home he designed for Margaret Esherick this mantra is indeed true. The light is what current owner Lynn Gallagher likes best. “You can’t be depressed in this house,” she says. “It’s truly uplifting.”

Photo: William Whitaker

In 1959, bookstore owner Margaret Esherick commissioned Kahn to design a house for her in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. It was completed two years later and sadly Esherick lived in it for only a few months before dying of pneumonia at the age of 43.

Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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February 28, 2013

On location with architect Michael P. Johnson.

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Bradley residence, Scottsdale, AZ.
Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.

“One percent of buildings are architecture,” says Michael P. Johnson. “The rest are just stuff.” Standing six foot four with a mop of white hair and a lot to say, Johnson has a rugged elegance that’s a lot like the juxtaposition between his sleek streamlined buildings and the rough terrain of the Arizona landscape. He drives a red pickup, drinks his coffee black and likes his scotch on the rocks. He’s married to the documentary filmmaker Suzanne Johnson, and the two of them live in a house that Michael designed in Cave Creek, Arizona. Inspired by Suzanne’s dream of living in a loft in New York City, Johnson gave his wife “a loft in the desert.”

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Johnson residence, Cave Creek, AZ.
Photo: Richard Mack

The Johnson house is set in a remote area north of Cave Creek, keenly attuned to the changing light throughout the day and subtle shifts of the seasons. It has luscious views of mountains, cacti and sky, and one of the few houses that can be seen is the Ellsworth house, which Johnson also designed (talk about taking control of your view).

Architect: Michael P. Johnson. The Ellsworth residence, Cave Creek, AZ.
Photo: Bill Timmerman, Timmerman Photography, Inc.

The Ellsworth was one of the houses where we photographed the DWR March catalog, and we chose the space for its bold simplicity, balanced proportions and sleek industrial surfaces. In other words, we knew our furniture would look fantastic in a house designed by Johnson.

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December 05, 2012

Introducing the DWR iPad App

See the DWR iPad app in action.

Learn, shop and be inspired.

From iconic furniture to cool accessories to beautiful interiors, the DWR iPad app is an essential resource for modern design fans.

Here’s what the app lets you do:

  • Flip through a lookbook of DWR room ideas pulled from the best of DWR's inspiring photography archive.

  • Bookmark and share your favorite photos on Pinterest, Facebook and more.

  • Enjoy content-rich biographies and videos that tell the stories of people who have made modern design history.

  • See what was happening in the world when your favorite objects were created.

  • Browse and shop the entire DWR product assortment.

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August 13, 2012

Spotted in Our August Catalog: Swissted Posters.

Above: Gorilla Biscuits is featured on page 7 of our August catalog.

As the owner of Stereotype Design – a New York City-based graphic design studio that develops projects for commercial, cultural and corporate clients – Mike Joyce is postering the walls of modern homes with music history. By branding bands with new personas, his Swissted Poster Project is both renewing public interest in seminal music acts and documenting the roots of today's most pervasive genre: indie rock.

"The project has a fiendishly simple premise: Joyce combs through flyers of old-school punk, hardcore, and indie rock shows, retains the vital info, and uses that text to create Swiss Modernist-style posters that often incorporate geometric patterns," says Reyan Ali of the The Village Voice. Joyce says his posters reflect "his love of punk rock and Swiss Modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another." And while this may be true on the surface, judging by his overwhelming success, perhaps it's in their relative obscurity that commonality exists.

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March 01, 2012

In today's New York Times.

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Our Chimney Humidifier made its New York Times debut today in Play Misty for Me. In the article, industrial designer Leon Ransmeier seeks to remedy the chronically overheated New York apartment, and goes shopping for humidifiers.

Rima Suqi writes, "Mr Ransmeier's favorite humidifier - the one he owns - was the Chimney by Takeshi Ishiguro, at Design Within Reach. 'It looks like an industrial smokestack, and it works like one, too,' he said. 'The mist comes out so far away from the ground that you'll never get any condensation.' 'And while 'a pluming smokestack is a strange reference for something that is supposed to make your health better,' he acknowledged, 'I still think it's a beautiful object.'"

The Chimney Humidifier battles bone-dry apartments silently and stylishly. What do you think of humidifiers - do they make your winters more liveable?

May 20, 2011

The New York Times: Shopping for the 1960s.

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In Wednesday's "Shopping for the 1960s" feature in the NY Times, Jaguar designer Wayne Burgess, in town to unveil the 2012 Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show, shopped Manhanttan for inspirational 1960s design –– among his picks was the Hans Wegner Shell Chair (1963) available at DWR. We think it would fit into his growing collection of vintage furnishings quite nicely.  

October 19, 2009

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