If the name Robert Mallet-Stevens isn't immediately familiar to you, you're not alone. The French architect and designer demanded that his archives be destroyed upon his death, ultimately erasing the memory of him as well. Fortunately, his architecture remains, as does rue Mallet-Stevens, a street and six houses that he built in the 1920s. Located in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, it is two blocks from Maison La Roche by Le Corbusier.
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
When the model didn't show for this 2000 DWR cover photoshoot at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, founder Rob Forbes jumped on his scooter and zipped over to Geary Street. He saved the day, and the photo turned out to be more authentic and true DWR than what we had planned. "I guess I used to have brown hair and wear khakis," says Rob.
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From modern women at MoMA to Edgar Degas in Kansas City to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Museum of the City of New York
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future - Opens Oct. 16
Archtober: The third-annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Design for the Modern Child
This modern tot had fun test-driving the chairs at our Portland Studio yesterday, and selected the Diamond Chair designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll as her favorite. When studio proprietor Stacy Day observed that the little girl has refined tastes -- diamonds and furs -- her parents responded that her favorite food is foie gras. Is it too early to put this kid on our mailing list?
The Knoll Sale at DWR ends today!
Eero Saarinen wrote this letter to his wife Aline, shortly after they were married in 1954. Their romance began a year earlier when Aline was sent to Detroit to write a piece about the architect for the New York Times Magazine.
The letter goes on to say, "Darling: I think it is absolutely terrific that you and I are really married and that for now on we are man and wife and that we can now make out of that as beautiful a design -- a real work of art -- to the extent of our abilities -- is it not absolutely terrific!"
Absolutely terrific, indeed. Not only do I love Saarinen's work but I also love how he loved. It's time for love letters to come back into vogue. They are the ultimate timeless classic.
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In mid-2005, we welcomed the Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company Knoll to our assortment. This partnership made it possible for retail customers to purchase authentic classics by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other modern masters, without having to work with an interior designer. In other words, we made design within reach.
The Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.
Knoll is a Pennsylvania-based design and manufacturing company that has been producing the work of Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others since being founded in 1938 by Hans Knoll and later run by Florence Knoll. More than 40 Knoll products are in the permanent collection at MoMA. Through Tuesday, these authentic classics are on sale, in stock and ready to ship. Shop the Knoll Sale at DWR.
We're very proud to announce that Design Within Reach has been named a Top Workplace by Hearst Media Services. The companies recognized as Top Workplaces were selected based on responses to employee surveys. In total, 649 companies were invited to take the survey and more than 13,000 employees were surveyed.
Thirteen years have passed since this catalog appeared in mailboxes around the country, but we’re still having fun at DWR. In fact, word searches continue to be a passion of ours. Test your design IQ with a DWR exclusive word search from Olivia Edelman.
We hope you had a nice summer. It was a hot season in Connecticut, but as you can see from our 150-page September catalog, the heat didn’t slow us down. In fact, we’ve been busier than ever making authentic modern design accessible. We’ve launched products from Jeffrey Bernett, Chris Hardy, Brad Ascalon, Milo Baughman and others, introduced our first-ever line of textiles with amazing responses from you and even remerchandised every DWR Studio. Have you been in yet? If not, please stop by. Our passion for design has led us to accomplish more in the past year than ever in the history of Design Within Reach. Visit our Studios, use our iPad app, surf our website and read our blog. Our message is consistent and clear: We believe in authenticity and accessibility of modern design.
Thank you for believing in us and supporting us.
Within these walls is a very special Andy Warhol exhibition. Founded by Peter Brant, the Art Study Center opened in May 2009 in a former fruit barn that was converted into gallery space by architect Richard Gluckman. Featuring annual exhibitions curated primarily from Mr. Brant's collection, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is free and open to the public by appointment.
Watch the trailer.
In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels gave a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all 50 states. In other words, 50 works of art to 50 states.
As a follow-up to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.
This Friday will be the New York Premier of Herb & Dorothy 50x50. Tickets are available for this IFC Center event, September 13-19, as well as for a series of Q&As with Martin Johnson, Cristo, Dorothy Vogel and others.
"We do not belong to a design style," says Julien De Smedt in his interview with Karen Wong of Architizer. "We don’t have aesthetic canons to respect or fellow designers to bow to, as we don’t see ourselves as part of those respectable spheres. I think being a maker is very liberating in many ways. We will engage in everything we want to and in nothing we don’t need to."
What Julien is describing above is the intent of his new research and development company called Makers With Agendas. This enterprise will differ from his firm JDS Architects in that the projects will be smaller in scale and approached with more freedom.
"With Makers With Agendas we get to pick the issues we want to tackle; we’re not tied to a limited site or location of reach, and we can truly let our minds and ideas expand," he says. "In some way I feel like those projects are in fact a lot bigger."
We congratulate Julien and his team on the MWA launch and look forward to seeing what they create. Read the full interview at Architizer.com.
A DWR favorite: Stacked Shelving designed by JDS Architects.
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