FEATURED ARTICLE: FEBRUARY 2014

Beadle-built and beloved in Arizona.

“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.”

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On the market: A house fit for The King.

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Kudos to Dave Weinstein of the Eichler Network for letting us know about the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway hitting the market in Palm Springs, Calif. Designed in 1960 by Bill Krisel, the house was rented for a year by Elvis Presley, who celebrated his honeymoon there with Priscilla in 1967. Now used as an informal museum to The King, the circular rooms are outfitted with cardboard cutouts and mannequins (whether or not they are included in the sale is unclear). Listed for $9.5 million, the 5,000-square-foot home consists of four perfect circles on three levels, and features a pool, tennis court, orchard and, naturally, a stage. It is listed with Josh Altman, who stars on the Bravo show Million Dollar Listing.

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As seen in The New York Times.

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Photo by Joss McKinley for The New York Times.

The Elevated Vase by Thomas Bentzen was featured in this week's "Trend Report | First Blush" in the print edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. "The edges of modern design are softening this season with delicate hues in the palest of pinks," writes market editor Monica Khemsurov. (If you're not partial to pink, the Elevated Vase also comes in pale grey.) 

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Remembering Lucia Eames.

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Image courtesy of Eames Office.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Lucia Eames on April 1, 2014. The founder of the Eames Foundation, Lucia was the beloved daughter and stepdaughter of Charles and Ray Eames. She was an artist, graphic designer, owner of the Eames Office and mother of five.

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Eames House, also known as Case Study House #8. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

It is because of Lucia's foresight and passion for the Eames legacy that the Eames House – one of the most important works of residential architecture from the 20th century – is a National Historic Landmark and will continue to be conserved, studied and enjoyed for years to come.

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Read Lucia Eames interview by Paul Makovsky for Metropolis.

Our thoughts are with the Eames family at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Eames Foundation for the preservation of the Eames House.

Surface magazine features Norm Architects.

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Portrait by Will Adler for Surface magazine.

“Feeding the enduring fascination with the midcentury Scandinavian aesthetic, Copenhagen-based firm Norm Architects recently launched the Finn outdoor furniture collection for Design Within Reach,” writes Janelle Zara for Surface magazine. “The firm’s partners, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, both 37, take great pride in their heritage. ‘The Scandinavian tradition is rooted in a sincere devotion to the crafts, with a strong focus on using good materials and creating designs that last,’ says Bjerre-Poulsen, who traces these qualities to a ‘socialist and humanist design spirit’.”

To read the whole article, pick up the April issue of Surface, the American magazine of global contemporary design. 

DWR PRESENTS: NORM ARCHITECTS from Design Within Reach on Vimeo.

Learn more about this Danish design duo in this DWR film.

Last Biennial for Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum.

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A swan song of sorts is playing at the Whitney Museum of American Art: the last Biennial exhibition before the museum moves downtown and leaves behind the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer in the 1960s.

The momentousness of that move is not lost on the museum staff, who asked the three guest curators of the Biennial how the Breuer building figured in their thoughts as the show was coming together. Each curator was assigned a floor, second through fourth, and 103 artists or art groups are represented in all, double the number of the 2012 Biennial.

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DIFFA: Dining by Design in NYC.

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DWR booth with Emeco Chairs; Chilewich Placemats; Zero Tables; Heller Dinnerware; Portable LED lamps. Photo: G. Horton

Design Within Reach was honored to be a sponsor of this year's Dining By Design event in New York City. This five-day fundraiser is the work of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which has granted more than $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.

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Booth by Herman Miller and Gensler with Eames Chairs. Photo: G. Horton

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Huge DWR Warehouse Sale this weekend!

Truckloads of items have just arrived to fill our DWR Outlet. Mark your calendar for this weekend’s huge DWR Warehouse Sale in New Jersey + Free Shuttle Service from NYC.

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These photos were taken today to give you an idea of what you’ll find. This Saturday and Sunday, take an additional 20% off already drastically reduced prices on overstocked, returned and scratch-and-dent furniture. Prices are up to 75% off original retail. Find details at dwr.com/outlet. Not in the New York area? Shop our Online Outlet at dwr.com.ebay.

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Shigeru Ban named 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate.

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Photo courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects.

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the industry's highest honor. "He is an outstanding architect who, for twenty years, has been responding with creativity and high quality design to extreme situations caused by devastating natural disasters," cites the Pritzker Jury. "His creative approach and innovation, especially related to building materials and structures, not merely good intentions, are present in all his works."

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Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen Goodenough.

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Naked House, 2000, Saitama, Japan. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.

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Just in: Coolest Lamp Ever.

DWR PRESENTS: Portable LED Lamp from Design Within Reach on Vimeo.

It floats.
It glows.
It changes colors.
In other words, WOW. Check out the new Portable LED Lamp.

Architizer A+ Awards Finalist.

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Oil Harbour Bridge in Raunheim, Germany by schneider+schumacher. Photo by Jörg Hempel.

"The curlicue design of the Oil Harbour Bridge does more than create a spiral over a river in Raunheim," writes James Bartolacci, "it also prevents pedestrian access to the nearby oil depot and tankers, which house and transport highly flammable substances."

One of six finalists in the Architizer A+ Awards, you can vote for the Oil Harbour Bridge or one of the other sinuous bridges and pathways celebrated at architizer.com.

Speaking to our youth on design.

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Participating in the Arthur and Teddy Edelman Speaker Series, our CEO John Edelman spoke alongside architect and designer David Rockwell at Promise Academy 1, founded by Harlem Children’s Zone to educate and empower local youth. Launched in 2013 by husband-and-wife design duo Sam and Libby Edelman, this series was conceived to inspire children and feed their passions – especially for art and design – while also giving them a strong practical understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s world and realize their dreams. Roughly 100 students attended the session with Arthur and Teddy, John and Sam’s parents.

As seen in today's New York Times: Finn Collection.

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The new Finn Outdoor Collection graced the pages of The New York Times today, showcased in Rima Suqi's article "Nordic, for Outdoors." Check out the entire Finn Collection on dwr.com (and while you're there, shop the Semiannual Sale).

#chairspotting at the Armory Show.

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The 2014 Armory Show is underway. DWR furnished the main stage and champagne lounge featuring the Atlas, Helix and Drum tables as well as the Raleigh, Bantam, Como, Camber, Reid and Theatre sofas. While we were there setting up, we noticed fabulous seating at the exhibiting galleries. Check out these chairs and add your own on Instagram with #chairspottingatthearmoryshow or #chairspotting. 

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Eames Molded Plastic Chair with Dowel Legs

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The Semiannual Sale has begun!

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Save hundreds on thousands of items, including authentic classics rarely on sale from Cassina, Fritz Hansen and Kartell. Orders over $5,000 will also receive a free upgrade to White Glove delivery service (a $350 value). Shop the sale at your local DWR Studio, dwr.com or by calling us at 1.800.944.2233.

 

It's back and it's better.

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The new Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair is made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Miller's Take Back program for environmentally sound recycling. It's beautiful, eco-friendly and available in many colors and choice of bases. The challenge will be choosing which one you like best. Check out the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair at DWR.

Knoll Classics Sale Ends Today.

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Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen

Today is the last day to save 15% and enjoy free standard shipping on authentic classics produced by Knoll. This includes the work of Saarinen, Breuer, Mies, Bertoia and others. Shop the Knoll Classics Sale.

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Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Saarinen's TWA Terminal is back on standby.

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

In early 2011, the Port Authority of New York issued a request for proposals to transform the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK Airport into the centerpiece of a hotel. A few big players – including Trump and Starwood – sent representatives to tour the vacant terminal, and until recently it looked like developer André Balazs was going to develop the site, using the historic landmark as the lobby for a 150-room hotel. In January, André Balazs Properties issued a statement that said, "After more than two years of negotiations, Standard International has been unable to reach a final agreement with the Port Authority and will no longer pursue the project."

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Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.

Completed in 1962, the TWA Terminal has been vacant since American acquired TWA in 2001. It was added to America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2003.

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Architectural Digest celebrates DWR in NYC.

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The Apartment at our new Studio. Photo by Michael Biondo.

DWR "is shaking things up at its newest store," writes Asad Syrkett in his review of our new Studio at East 57th & 3rd. "The centerpiece — a glass-enclosed cantilevered duplex 'apartment' — which was crafted to give visitors an idea of how items from disparate DWR collections could cohabit, marks a departure from sales floors at the firm’s other locations."

Learn more about our new space at architecturaldigest.com, or stop by the Studio to see it for yourself. We look forward to seeing you.

DWR 57th & 3rd now open!

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Our breathtaking new NYC Studio occupies a stunning space at the corner of 57th Street and 3rd Avenue, with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal our most innovative display yet of modern design. At nearly 20,000 square feet on three floors, it’s the largest Studio in New York and among the largest in the U.S.

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Our architect's home.

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Koray Duman on custom sofa. Around Table from DWR. Photo by Anne Wermiel.

Koray Duman spends a lot of time in DWR Studios, being that he and fellow architect Laith Sayigh designed our new spaces in Stamford, Costa Mesa, Miami, SoHo, San Francisco, West Hollywood and the soon-to-be-open (in a few hours) 57th & 3rd Studio in New York.

When Duman is not at DWR, he relaxes in his Manhattan home, featured in today's New York Post.

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Photo by Anne Wermiel.



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