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How Batman test-drives a task chair.

 

Thank you Sarah Johnson for showing us how Batman finds the perfect task chair. See more Art of Sarah J on Tumblr.

 

Throwback Thursday: ’Tis the season to celebrate the chair!

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On the cover of our December 2005 catalog, we had some fun with Philippe Starck‘s Louis Ghost Chair, wrapping it with twine and stringing it with lights. It was our way of celebrating not just that chair but The Chair. Our way of saying, we know chairs, we get chairs, we love chairs! Chairs of every kind! From reclining, rocking and lounge to dining, outdoor and desk. Stop by your local DWR Studio to join us for a celebratory sit-in with dozens of authentic modern chairs waiting for a test drive.

 P.S. Save 15%–60% now on overstocked, discontinued and clearance items, including chairs.

Globus wishes for glorious Christmas.

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Our friends at Stua are having fun with the launch of the Globus Chair with new white frame. Starting January 1, you can special order it through a DWR Studio or by calling us at 1.800.944.2233.

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Of course, colouricious Globus is also available, in stock and ready to ship at DWR.

 

There's no place like home.

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Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco.

The beautiful and huge new DWR San Francisco Studio on Kansas Street is now open, just a few blocks from our previous location on Alameda. Tap your heels together three times and come home to the best in authentic modern design.

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Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco.

NEW | DWR SAN FRANCISCO
200 Kansas St.
Parking available in front of the building.

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Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco.

 

Throwback Thursday: A bright Swan says goodbye to Free Standard Shipping.

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On the cover of our December 2007 catalog, we pictured Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair in bright red above the call to “Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.” If ever there were a time when a bright red chair would be needed to raise spirits, it’d be now, with all the snow this week across much of the United States. And if ever there were a time to save on such a chair, it’d also be now, before free standard shipping disappears like, well, so much melting snow.

Enjoy free standard shipping on the Swan Chair at DWR, ending today.

DWR West Hollywood now open!

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Eames Lounge Chair and Grasshopper Lamp greeting customers to our new space.

The DWR Studio at 8612 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood occupies a new building with a two-story glass façade that invites a look inside. Unique features include a large Light Cloud of pendant fixtures, the Design Library Swatch Wall and 25 full-room vignettes.

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The new Studio is right at home in the neighborhood, which lies within the West Hollywood Design District and La Cienega Design Quarter, two areas dedicated to art, fashion, dining and design. Stop by for a tour of our beautiful new space. We look forward to seeing you.

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Atlas Table named Best of Year by Interior Design magazine.

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Atlas Table shown with Malena Armchair

Best of Year! We’re proud to announce that the Atlas Table received Interior Design magazine’s top honor for 2013 in the side table category. Designed by Brad Ascalon, the Table was inspired by Atlas, the Greek mythological character condemned for eternity to carry the heavens on his shoulders. Translating this into a physical object, Ascalon was intrigued by the challenge of making an elegant frame that could carry the weight of solid stone. The Altas Table, like Atlas himself, exemplifies strength and endurance. Congratulations to Brad Ascalon and the DWR Product Development Team!

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Brad Ascalon at last night's award ceremony.
 

Throwback Thursday: Long-running lounge act headlines Herman Miller Sale.

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Take our chair — please! (Ba-dump-bump!) With apologies to Henny Youngman, we’re not joking about the Eames Lounge Chair, one of the most recognizable and comfortable pieces of modern design ever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, we featured it on the cover of our May 2006 catalog. Now, seven years later, we’re still celebrating and booking the “longest-running lounge act ever” in our catalogs, on our website and in our Studios, where you can take one for a test drive.

P.S. Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on the Eames Lounge Chair during the Herman Miller Sale at DWR.

Opening this week: DWR West Hollywood!

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The DWR Studio at 8612 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood occupies a new building with a two-story glass façade that invites a look inside. Unique features include a large Light Cloud of pendant fixtures, the Design Library Swatch Wall, 25 full-room vignettes, outdoor and café solutions, and a private meeting room for clients and their designers. The new Studio is right at home in the neighborhood, which lies within the West Hollywood Design District and La Cienega Design Quarter, two areas dedicated to art, fashion, dining and design.

Our team is working around the clock to get this beautiful new space open by the end of the week. Stop by and say hello!

Portland Studio hosts Gray magazine party and wreath raffle.

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Wreath by Andi Kovel of Esque Studio

You’re invited to a special evening at the DWR Portland Studio to celebrate with Gray magazine. From now until the party, the Studio will be displaying designers’ interpretations of the concept of a "wreath." From a metallic glass loop to braided wool stuffed with birdseed, these innovative designs were created for Gray magazine’s second annual Wreath Design Competition.

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Wreath by Emerick Architects

Purchase a raffle ticket at the party for a chance to take a wreath home with you. Proceeds will go to P:ear, a local nonprofit that mentors homeless youth.

RSVP to shawn@graymag.net
Gray Magazine Anniversary Party
Thursday, December 5, 6–9pm
DWR Portland Studio
1200 NW Everett St.
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503.220.0200

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Happy Thanksgiving from DWR.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Design Within Reach. Because of you, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we want you to know how very much we appreciate your support and passion for authentic modern design. Our offices and Studios will be closed on Thursday, but you can shop online all day and in between courses.

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Still hoping you'll get the Wishbone? Which color would you choose?

Throwback Thursday: A classic rocks the Herman Miller Sale.

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Charles and Ray Eames were not rock musicians, but they certainly were rock stars of modern design. Much of their furniture, among many other pursuits, is considered classic and resides in museum collections all over. We featured one of those classics, the Molded Plastic Rocker (1948), on the cover of our January 2005 catalog to celebrate its reintroduction by Herman Miller after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. And we’re still rocking it in our catalogs, on our website and at DWR Studios. Stop by and take it for a test-rock today.

P.S. Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker during the Herman Miller Sale at DWR. 

DWR dresses the windows at Saks.

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DWR recently partnered with Saks to provide furniture for their Fifth Avenue windows. We were thrilled with the stunning displays, and the mannequins were psyched to have a comfortable place to sit (being bald and bored can be exhausting).

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Nothing but the best Bantam Sofa leg for this Saks squirrel.

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Express yourself in cork and foil.

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Last year's winning entry: "Rockin' Chaise" by Miwa.

If your holiday plans include champagne, champagne and more champagne (who, me?) then we have an exciting message for you: The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™ is coming! To enter, create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles.

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Last year's Third Place winner: F8 Chaise by Aaron Padilla.

The call for entries begins on December 27, giving you plenty of time to sober up, collect your materials and start designing. Check out last year's entries on Instagram by searching for #dwrchampagnechair. Click here for complete contest details.

Giving thanks for Paolo Soleri.

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Barrel vaults used as an office and workshop at Cosanti. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

If there were an official sound to Arizona, it would be the chime of Paolo Soleri’s wind-bells. Although this fascinating man left our world in April 2013, his voice has not been silenced. His bells – like doorbells that announce your arrival to another way of living – serve as reminders of what is possible when we approach our world with kindness and a sense of community.

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Wind-bells in front of earth-cast Cosanti structure. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, Paolo Soleri was an architect, writer, thinker, philosopher, artist and visionary. When he was in his twenties, he spent a year as an apprentice for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, returned to Italy for several years, then made his way back to the U.S. and settled in Arizona. In 1955, Soleri purchased a five-acre property in Paradise Valley, which he named Cosanti, a combination of the Italian words cose and anti. Together the words mean “before things,” expressing one of his hopes for humankind’s role in this world.

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Ceramics Studio (1958) at Cosanti. Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Cosanti and the experimental town Arcosanti, which he founded in 1970, are human habitats that Soleri created to explore alternative methods of architecture and ways of group living. While Arcosanti is the stronger expression of his concept of arcology, which asserts that architecture and ecology are one integral process, many believe that Cosanti is his greatest work.

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Craving culture? Exhibitions to see now.

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At the J. Paul Getty Museum: Red Building in Forest, Hale County, Alabama, ©William Christenberry 

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From stage designs at Yale to Edward Hopper in Manhattan and Dallas to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

NEW YORK

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Designing Modern Women 1890–1990
American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

Museum of the City of New York
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future

Brooklyn Museum
Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

TEXAS

Dallas Museum of Art
Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process

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Edward Hopper. House by the Railroad. 1925. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29" (61 x 73.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Digital Imaging Studio

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It's the Herman Miller Sale at DWR!

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Topping wish lists for 57 years, the Eames® Lounge Chair began with a desire to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” In continuous production by Herman Miller since its introduction in 1956, this comfortable chair by Charles and Ray Eames is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century.

Celebrate your passion for authentic modern design at our Herman Miller Sale, going on now. Rarely on sale, classics by Eames, Nelson, Noguchi and others are 15% off and shipping for free.

Throwback Thursday: Arne Jacobsen and his incredible Egg Chair

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The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, featured on the cover of our January 2007 catalog, is significant for a lot of reasons but perhaps mostly because one brilliant Dane, Arne Jacobsen, designed everything from the glass façade to the Egg and Swan chairs in the lobby. The hotel made a stunning impression in 1960 and the chairs are still highly coveted among lovers of modern design. We offer the authentic Egg and Swan in a range of colors and coverings, and you can visit a DWR Studio to take them, and their revolutionary swivel mechanisms, for a spin.

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The Gift of Know-How: Books.

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Steve Kroeter in his book-filled living room.

"One of the terrific things about living in New York is that there are many great bookstores," says Steve Kroeter, founder and editor in chief of Designers & Books.

Launched in 2011, Designers & Books is an advocate for books as an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. Steve and his team publish lists of books that members of the international design community identify as important and formative. We recently turned the tables on Steve and asked him for a list of his favorite books, which led to a discussion about favorite book sellers.

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Throwback Thursday: Le Corbusier’s vision of the future.

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There he was on the cover of our January 2006 catalog, Le Corbusier, a modern sphinx seeming to peer into the future in a photo taken around 1935. That was about the time Corbu, tackling the challenges of furnishing his own apartment in Paris, was conjuring up the LC5.F, which served as both a sofa and, with the flip of the back cushions, a bed. It was ahead of its time, but maybe Le Corbusier could see that apartment dwellers of the future would also appreciate such a design. In 2006, the LC5.F was new at DWR, available only in black leather. Now we offer it in a range of Corbu colors. Give it a test-drive at the nearest DWR Studio, and sink into your future. Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 3.37.38 PM



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