Vitra Miniatures – shown here on our November 2000 catalog – continue to be a favorite gift by designers for designers. Each handmade Vitra Miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design, reduced in size at a 6-1 ratio. Almost never on sale, we're offering 25% off + free shipping for a limited time. It's a big sale on tiny chairs.
Here are a few highlights from the recent Design Auction at Wright.
Table Brush and Dustpan, circa 1930
Designed by Marianne Brandt
Estimate: $700-$900. Hammer price: $3750
Fan-O-Plane ceiling fan, circa 1945
Produced by the Aircraft Mfg. Co
Estimate: $2000-$3000 Hammer price: $3556
Maternelle table, no. 804 and chair, no. 805, 1951
Designed by Jean Prouvé
Estimate: $3000-$5000 Hammer price: $13,750
Welcome to the holiday season! It’s been an amazing year so far. For those who have worked diligently and been fortunate enough to experience success, congratulations are in order. Be sure to take some time to enjoy and share the fruits of your labor. At DWR we believe the best possible gift to give or receive is the gift of authentic modern design, whether it be an Eames® Lounge Chair or a Greta Grossman Desk. If you are as passionate as we are about these items and others like them, go ahead and make yourself or someone you love – or both – very happy.
We're haunted by some DWR catalog covers of the past, but not this one from February 2005. A staple in our assortment for more than a decade, the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck continues to impress us with its paranormal powers.
Today is the last day of our Semiannual Sale. To mark the occasion, we're looking back to our June 2005 catalog showcasing the Primary Pouf. Still a customer favorite, the weather-proof Pouf is made of a proprietary foam that's firm enough to use as a table and soft enough to use as a seat.
As for why there's a foot-measuring device in this photo, I'm not really sure. Perhaps the person is buying sneakers and using the Primary Pouf to tie her shoe? Or his shoe? So many questions...
Shop collections rarely on sale, including Kartell, Flos, Fritz Hansen and Cassina. Wondering what's popular at DWR? Shop top sellers and classics on sale. There are three ways to shop from DWR: visit dwr.com, call us at 1.800.944.2233 or stop by your local DWR Studio.
The Semiannual Sale ends tomorrow. Start shopping at dwr.com.
Image courtesy of Simon Preston Gallery.
Congratulations to Amie Siegel on the impressive hammer price for Provenance, her film about the furniture trade from Chandigarh, the Indian city planned by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The film was Lot 248 in the October 19 Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction at Christie's in London. The realized price was £52,500 ($84,788 in U.S. dollars). More about the film here.
Provenance by Amie Siegel will be auctioned on October 19. The lot notes read: "Meditating on the trade in furniture, Provenance takes for its protagonists the silent pieces of furniture conceived by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in the 1950s for their utopic, modernist city Chandigarh in northern India."
We'll post the results here on the blog, or you can follow the auction at Christie's London.
Due to a lack of resources from the Park Service, this irreplaceable piece of our cultural heritage ended up abandoned and slated for demolition in the pristine landscape of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Cape Cod Modern House Trust (CCMHT) has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $50,000 toward the structure’s restoration and conversion into an artist/scholar residence by July 2014.
In 1952, Paul Weidlinger bought this secluded parcel of land in Wellfleet. Inspired by his friend, the famed architect Marcel Breuer, who had settled just across the pond, he set out to combine his vision of experimental modernism with the particular requirements of a Cape Cod summerhouse.
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."
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.
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.
Save hundreds on thousands of items, including collections rarely on sale from Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Flos and Kartell. Orders over $5,000 will also receive a free upgrade to White Glove delivery service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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