Two publications, the Robb Report and Business of Home, are providing engaging online glimpses into the passions – both on the job and off – of John Edelman, CEO of Design Within Reach. Below are brief summaries of an illustrated feature on the Robb Report and a podcast interview on Business of Home, along with links to the full coverage.
Many people know of Edelman’s watch-collecting hobby, as featured last year on Hodinkee’s Talking Watches. But he also has a longtime interest in classic cars that started early on. By the time he was 16, he had bought and sold seven of them. “I’m currently fixing up two 1950s Studebakers designed by Raymond Loewy,” Edelman tells the Robb Report. Old technology is another fascination. “I have a small addiction for 1950s portable televisions and own 30 or 40 of them,” Edelman says. “These TVs were a piece of furniture.” Whatever the passions, though, the tie that binds is good design, and especially modern design. Read the illustrated interview here.
Business of Home
Edelman’s passion for good design began at a young age and was driven by his parents endeavors and friends. “I never realized I was being raised with modern design. I just knew I was around a lot of beautiful things,” Edelmen tells Dennis Scully, host of the podcast Editor at Large on Business of Home. Edelman and Scully discuss a range of topics including growing up with the likes of Andy Warhol at the supper table, the development of Edelman Leather, the business partnership with John McPhee and their turnaround story at DWR. The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and directly from Business of Home.