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Design Within Reach Hoffmann Side Chair
Design Within Reach Hoffmann Side Chair

Josef Hoffmann is well known for the simple, restrained, yet visually interesting dining chairs – several intended for cafés – that he designed early in the 20th century. The influence of the Arts and Crafts movement can be seen in his work, but Hoffmann also embraced the industrial age. Rather than rejecting traditional decoration, he succeeded in making it serve structural principles, which he believed should determine the forms of buildings, interiors and objects. Whether admiring one of his chairs or the Sanatorium Purkersdorf he designed in 1903, you can see Hoffmanns emphasis on straight, unadorned lines, characteristics that are in keeping with the style of the Viennese Secession. The Hoffmann Side Chair (1925), designed in collaboration with Josef Frank, is made at the bentwood factory founded by Michael Thonet in 1861. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Solid European beech wood from FSC-certified sources; caned seat; water-based stain and clear varnish; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 31.5" W 17.75" D 21" Seat H 18"

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Design Within Reach Mantis BS5 SW Sconce
Design Within Reach Mantis BS5 SW Sconce

DWR Exclusive Born in Mainz, Germany, in 1924, Bernard Schottlander fled to England as a Jewish refugee in 1939. He worked as a welder for a short stint during the war before delving into sculpture at Leeds College of Art and the Anglo-French art center in St. Johns Wood. A year later, he went on to open his own design studio and began creating new pieces in limited editions. An admirer of Alexander Calder, the American sculptor perhaps best known as originator of the mobile, Schottlander created his Mantis Collection (1951) as an homage. Movement being intrinsic to his work, he devised clever adjustable frames constructed of strong yet flexible steel rods combined with counterweights (except for the sconce, which has a fixed design). He then fabricated shades from aluminum using repoussé and chasing techniques, relying on his trained sculptors eye to produce beautifully flowing shapes that set the symmetrical and asymmetrical in opposition. His lamps – much like his idols mobiles – appear to defy gravity with their floating forms. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E12 base; 40W max. This is the authentic Mantis Collection. Made in China. Materials: Painted steel arm and base; painted aluminum shade; nickeled brass ball joint. Measurements:H 8.25" D 17.75" Shade Diameter 8.75", 3.5 lbs.

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Design Within Reach Era Chair with Cane Seat
Design Within Reach Era Chair with Cane Seat

Defined by its dependable bentwood construction and simple, organic form, the graceful, lightweight and surprisingly strong Era Chair with Cane Seat (1859) has been in continuous production for more than 150 years. By making the back of the chair and rear legs from a single piece of curved wood, designer Michael Thonet, who perfected the bentwood process for chair-making, eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints. The Era Chair with Cane is suitable for residential and commercial use and remains a staple in cafes and restaurants around the globe. As with any natural material, slight variations in the texture and color of the wood are to be expected and are not defects. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Solid European beech wood from FSC-certified sources; caned seat; water-borne stain and varnish or lacquer finish; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 33.25" W 16.25" D 20.5" Seat H 18.5"

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Design Within Reach AntTM Chair with 4 Legs in Colored Ash
Design Within Reach AntTM Chair with 4 Legs in Colored Ash

Originally designed for the canteen at Novo Nordisk, an international Danish healthcare company, the Ant Chair (1952) faced an unclear future when the manufacturer expressed concern about its potential. But Arne Jacobsen believed in his product and offered to buy all the chairs if they didn’t sell. Of course, he never had to make good on that offer, as the Ant Chair quickly became an international success. Jacobsen shaped the core of Danish design identity when he accommodated three different bends in one piece of plywood, simply by narrowing the chair back. This chair is ideally suited to the human body. Its seatback has a comfortable give, and its waterfall seat edge doesn’t press into legs. Stackable up to six high. This is the authentic Ant Chair by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Colored Ash is a durable stain that keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique. Grey Oak is a special edition with painted oak veneer shell and steel frame with bronze finish. Materials: Pressure-molded sliced veneer shell with outer layer in lazur-painted ash or oak veneer; tubular steel frame with polished chrome or matte bronze finish. Measurements:H 31.75" W 20" D 19" Seat H 18.25"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DSW)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DSW)

Charles and Ray Eames believed that design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal and entered as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasnt until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DSW stands for dining height, side chair with wood base. Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed recyclable polypropylene; walnut, maple, ebony-stained ash or white ash dowels; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base. Measurements:H 31.75" W 18" D 21" Seat H 17.25"

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Design Within Reach Series 7TM Monochrome Chair
Design Within Reach Series 7TM Monochrome Chair

The Series 7 Chair (1955) debuted in Sweden at the Helsingborg exhibition of 1955, or H55. One of the most copied chairs of the modern era, it features an ideal shape for the human form, with a back that offers just the right amount of give to keep your upper body comfortable and a waterfall seat that supports your legs without pressing into them. Arne Jacobsen, instilled with a love of materials, shaped the core of Danish design identity with this chair by forming it from one piece of plywood that he cleverly narrowed in the middle to accommodate three different bends. Once painstakingly made by hand, Series 7 is now crafted using automation methods borrowed from the German car industry and monitored by a team that ensures every single chair is perfect. Suitable for commercial use. Stacks six high. This is the authentic Series 7 Chair by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Colored Ash is a durable stain that keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique. Lacquered Veneer is a glossy finish with no visible wood grain. Materials: Pressure-molded sliced veneer shell with outer layer in lacquered or lazur-painted ash veneer; powder-coated tubular steel frame. Measurements:H 31" W 20.5" D 20" Seat H 18.3"

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Design Within Reach Series 7TM Chair
Design Within Reach Series 7TM Chair

The Series 7 Chair (1955) debuted in Sweden at the Helsingborg exhibition of 1955, or H55. One of the most copied chairs of the modern era, it features an ideal shape for the human form, with a back that offers just the right amount of give to keep your upper body comfortable and a waterfall seat that supports your legs without pressing into them. Arne Jacobsen, instilled with a love of materials, shaped the core of Danish design identity with this chair by forming it from one piece of plywood that he cleverly narrowed in the middle to accommodate three different bends. Once painstakingly made by hand, Series 7 is now crafted using automation methods borrowed from the German car industry and monitored by a team that ensures every single chair is perfect. Suitable for commercial use. Stacks six high. This is the authentic Series 7 Chair by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Colored ash is a durable stain that keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique. Lacquered veneer is a glossy finish with no visible wood grain, making chairs uniform. Natural veneer also keeps the wood grain visible, making each chair unique. Choice is a special edition that features legs electroplated with 22-karat rose gold. Materials: Pressure-molded sliced veneer shell with outer layer in lazur-painted ash veneer, lacquered ash veneer or natural wood veneer; tubular steel frame with chrome- or gold-plated finish. Measurements:H 31" W 20.5" D 20" Seat H 18.3"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW)

Charles and Ray Eames believed design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DFAW stands for dining-height fiberglass armchair with wood base. Made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Millers take-back program for environmentally sound recycling (should you ever wish to part with this chair). Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; maple, walnut, ebony-stained ash or white ash dowels; black or white powder-coated wire. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell. Measurements:H 31.5" W 25" D 23.25" Seat H 18" Arm H 26.25"

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Design Within Reach Bertoia Side Chair
Design Within Reach Bertoia Side Chair

With his iconic seating collection, Harry Bertoia transformed industrial wire rods into a new furniture form. The events that made this work possible began a decade earlier at Cranbrook Academy of Art, when Bertoia met Florence Knoll (then Florence Schust). Years later, the Italian-born designer was invited to work for Florence and her husband, Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given the freedom to work on whatever suited him, without being held to a strict design agenda, and the result of this arrangement was the Bertoia Seating Collection (1952). Featuring a delicate filigreed appearance thats supremely strong, these airy seats are sculpted out of steel rods. In his art, Bertoia experimented with open forms and metal work, and these chairs were an extension of that work. If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture, said Bertoia. Space passes through them. After designing his seating collection, Bertoia returned to focusing mostly on sculpture. This is the authentic Bertoia Chair produced by Knoll. The Knoll logo is stamped into its base. Made in Italy. The White and Black frames can be used outdoors with limited exposure to the elements. The Chrome frame is not for outdoor use. Materials: Welded steel rods; polished chrome finish with chrome connections or bonded Rilsan® finish with stainless steel connections. Measurements:H 28.75" W 21.75" D 19.75" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Eames Wire Chair (DKR.0)
Design Within Reach Eames Wire Chair (DKR.0)

After refining their molded plastic chairs, Charles and Ray Eames began experimenting with making a chair from welded wire. To succeed, the Eameses had to figure out how to create a design with the strength they needed while keeping manufacturing costs as low as possible. Ultimately, they decided on using lighter-gauge wire doubled over into a rim that sandwiches heavier inner wire to form their Eames Wire Chair (1951), which won them their first American mechanical design patent. Its organic shape and airy silhouette are complemented by whats commonly referred to as an Eiffel base (because of its trademark shape). This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Commercial quality. Made in U.S.A. DKR.0 stands for dining height, K-wire shell, rod base, no seat pad. Materials: Chrome-plated steel; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 32.75" W 19" D 21.25" Seat H 18.5"

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Design Within Reach Hoffmann Armchair
Design Within Reach Hoffmann Armchair

Josef Hoffmann is well known for the simple, restrained, yet visually interesting dining chairs – several intended for cafés – that he designed early in the 20th century. The influence of the Arts and Crafts movement can be seen in his work, but Hoffmann also embraced the industrial age. Rather than rejecting traditional decoration, he succeeded in making it serve structural principles, which he believed should determine the forms of buildings, interiors and objects. Whether admiring one of his chairs or the Sanatorium Purkersdorf he designed in 1903, you can see Hoffmanns emphasis on straight, unadorned lines, characteristics that are in keeping with the style of the Viennese Secession. The Hoffmann Armchair (1925), designed in collaboration with Josef Frank, is made at the bentwood factory founded by Michael Thonet in 1861. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Solid European beech wood from FSC-certified sources; caned seat; water-based stain and clear varnish; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 31.5" W 19.5" D 21" Seat H 18" Arm H 27.5"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Wire-Base Side Chair (DFSR)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Wire-Base Side Chair (DFSR)

Charles and Ray Eames believed design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DFSR stands for dining-height fiberglass side chair with rod base. Made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Millers take-back program for environmentally sound recycling (should you ever wish to part with this chair). Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell. Measurements:H 31.25" W 18.75" D 22" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Salt Chair
Design Within Reach Salt Chair

The compact footprint of the Salt Chair makes it a smart choice for cafés or just about anywhere you need to maximize seating. Unlike chairs that have widely splayed legs, a Salt Chair can be placed side by side with another without wasting space in between. Its lack of ornamentation and unnecessary excess lends this timeless, Shaker-style chair a modern feel. And no, its not named after its color – until recently, its been available only in black. Rather, it owes its title to being as fundamental as the salt shaker on your table. Constructed of solid oak or finished in a water-based opaque paint that really makes the chairs profile pop, Salt is unpretentious, familiar and made for everyday use. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Solid beech wood and plywood with painted finish or solid oak. Measurements:H 33.25" W 16" D 15.75" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Brno Flat Bar Chair
Design Within Reach Brno Flat Bar Chair

The Brno Flat Bar Chair (1930) from KnollStudio® is a masterpiece of structure, paying tribute to early modernism's gravity-defying skyscrapers. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to have a cantilevered base, the Brno offers the comfort of an armchair without the old-line stuffiness or bulk of upholstery. Weighty bar stock steel lends the chair its strength and boasts seamless joints and hidden hardware. A lengthy triple-plate chroming process ensures a resilient, rust-resistant mirror-quality finish. The padded seat is upholstered in supple full-grain Spinneybeck leather for long-enduring appearance retention and ease of maintenance – two especially important features for offices and waiting areas. The Brno Flat Bar Chair is a registered trademark of Knoll, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Each piece is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and the designer's signature. Made in Italy. Materials: 304 bar stock chrome-plated steel frame; inner hardwood frame; variable density foam; Dymetrol® seat suspension; full-grain, semi-aniline-dyed Spinneybeck leather. Glides ship with chair. Measurements:H 31.5" W 22.75" D 22.5" Seat H 17.5" Arm H 25.75"

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Design Within Reach 1006 Navy Side Chair with Seat
Design Within Reach 1006 Navy Side Chair with Seat

Legend has it that Emeco founder Wilton Dinges tested the strength of a 1006 Navy Chair (1944) by tossing it out a sixth-story window. The people on the sidewalk below were a bit surprised, but the chair was fine, with the exception of a few scratches. Today, Emeco still uses the same 77-step process that Dinges perfected seven decades ago to satisfy the militarys need for lightweight, corrosion-resistant chairs for destroyers and submarines. The companys proprietary metal processing method yields aluminum three times stronger than steel – and a chair so durable that it has an estimated life span of 150 years. Emecos all-aluminum chairs and stools come with a lifetime guarantee, and generations from now, when your great-great-grandchildren finally manage to wear out a chair thats tested to withstand 1,700 pounds of weight (big kids), the aluminum can be fully recycled and made into something else. Stainless steel foot caps are covered with clear plastic glides to prevent floor scratches and carpet snags. This is the authentic 1006 Navy Chair by Emeco. Made in U.S.A. The Navy Chair design constitutes the proprietary Trade Dress of Emeco, making it illegal for another company to clone this chair. Made from 80% recycled aluminum (40% post-consumer, 40% post-industrial), which requires only 5% of the energy needed to produce virgin aluminum. Materials: Aluminum with polished or anodized brushed finish; vinyl seat or solid FSC-certified cherry, walnut or maple carved seat with natural finish; stainless steel foot caps with clear plastic glides. Measurements:H 34" W 16.5" D 20" Seat H 18" Seat W 15.5"

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Design Within Reach Table Globe - Mint
Design Within Reach Table Globe - Mint

Denmark-based Atmosphere Design Team is a collective of industrial designers that boasts years of experience in creating decorative yet functional globes using state-of-the-art technology. Their Table Globe (2006) features an aluminum sphere of silver landmasses surrounded by colored bodies of water, mounted on a ring-shaped aluminum base with pads for protecting delicate surfaces. Digitally mapped and precisely positioned, it accurately represents both the geographical location of all continents and oceans and the 23.5-degree tilt of the earth toward the sun. This compact globe can be proudly displayed in most any room. Made in Italy. Materials: Aluminum; polystyrene. Measurements:H 16" Diameter 12"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DFSW)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DFSW)

Charles and Ray Eames believed "design is a method of action," and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. "The chair that Charles and Ray were designing," explains grandson Eames Demetrios, "is the chair that's made tomorrow ." The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMA's 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DFSW stands for dining-height fiberglass side chair with wood base. Made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Miller's take-back program for environmentally sound recycling (should you ever wish to part with this chair). Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; maple, walnut, ebony-stained ash or white ash dowels; black or white powder-coated wire. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell. Measurements:H 31.75" W 18.5" D 21" Seat H 17"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Side Chair (DSR)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Side Chair (DSR)

Charles and Ray Eames believed that design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal and entered as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasnt until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Contract quality. Made in U.S.A. DSR stands for dining height, side chair, rod base. Commonly referred to as the Eiffel chair (because of the shape of the base). Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed recyclable polypropylene; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 31.5" W 18" D 21.5" Seat H 17.5"

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Design Within Reach Spoleto Chair
Design Within Reach Spoleto Chair

Ufficio Tecnico – Knolls in-house technical team of engineers and designers – created this cantilevered tubular metal chair as an elegant solution for tight spaces. The compact footprint of the Spoleto Chair (1971) makes it a suitable chair for conference tables, dining areas, kitchen nooks or office spaces. Inspired by the MR Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Spoleto Chair is upholstered in whole-hide, thick cowhide leather that forms a taught sling with just the right give for a comfortable seat and back. Made in Italy. Materials: Seamless tubular steel with polished chrome finish; cowhide leather upholstery; nylon laces; clear plastic glides. Measurements:H 32" W 18.5" D 23.5" Seat H 18"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM)

The iconic DCM (1946) began as an experiment in the Eameses apartment, where they were molding plywood in what they called the Kazam! Machine. The machine pressed thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. Humble beginnings for what would become one of the worlds most widely recognized and highly coveted chairs. Low-slung, with an expertly crafted molded seat and back (no bike pumps are used today), this chair cradles you in a comfortable position. Its form relates directly to the human body and holds no secrets as to how it succeeds technically. The slender rod base provides superior strength, while rubber shock mounts buffer against jarring movement. This original is an authentic product of Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DCM stands for dining chair with metal legs. Materials: Molded five-ply seat and back; walnut, white ash or santos palisander wood veneer, ebony-stained ash veneer or red-stained ash veneer; chromed-steel or black powder-coated legs and back brace; rubber shock mounts; self-leveling nylon glides. Measurements:H 29.5" D 20.5" W 20.5" Seat H 17.5"

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Design Within Reach Era Round Armchair with Cane Seat
Design Within Reach Era Round Armchair with Cane Seat

Defined by its dependable bentwood construction and simple form, the contract-quality Era Chair (1859) has been in continuous production for more than 150 years. By making the back of the chair and rear legs from a single piece of curved wood, designer Michael Thonet – who perfected the bentwood process for chair-making – eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints. The resulting chair is graceful, lightweight and surprisingly strong – the latter of which has been continually proven in cafés and restaurants all over the globe. As with any natural material, slight variations in the texture and color of the wood are to be expected and are not defects. Made in Czech Republic. Materials: Solid European beech wood from FSC-certified sources; natural cane seat; water-borne stain and varnish or lacquer; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 31.5" W 23.5" D 24" Seat H 18.5" Arm H 27"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Wire-Base Armchair (DFAR)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass Wire-Base Armchair (DFAR)

Charles and Ray Eames believed design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DFAR stands for dining-height fiberglass armchair with rod base. Made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Millers take-back program for environmentally sound recycling (should you ever wish to part with this chair). Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell. Measurements:H 32" W 25" D 23" Seat H 17.25" Arm H 26.5"

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Design Within Reach Louis Ghost Chair
Design Within Reach Louis Ghost Chair

Who else but Philippe Starck would dare mess with a king? Reinventing the classic Louis XVI armchair for Kartell, the playful Louis Ghost Armchair (2002) is a postmodern triumph of technical innovation and historical style. Translating the varied lines and formal geometry of its predecessor into a single form of transparent injection-molded polycarbonate, the Louis Ghost is a robust chair with a medallion backrest for leisurely comfort. When interviewed about the collection by the Dallas Morning News, Starck commented that it has a mix of materials and styles based on our shared memories. We all own this piece in a way. The chair is well balanced; I try to be balanced myself. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use in residential and commercial settings. Stacks six high. The back of the seat is stamped with a small Kartell logo in translucent red ink. Made in Italy. The single-piece injection-molding process used in making every Ghost Chair leaves behind several faint artifacts that are perfectly normal, not defects. Materials: Single-piece injection-molded transparent polycarbonate. Measurements:H 37" W 21.25" D 21.75" Seat H 18.5" Arm H 26.5"

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Design Within Reach Cesca Armchair - Cane
Design Within Reach Cesca Armchair - Cane

Three years after designing his iconic Wassily Chair, which is believed to be the first bent tubular steel chair design, Marcel Breuer created the Cesca Chair (1928). Named in tribute to his daughter Francesca, the simple design pairs the industrial age aesthetic of tubular steel with caning and wood. This chair is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Breuers signature. Cesca chairs are manufactured by Knoll® according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in USA. The Cesca is used in homes and restaurants worldwide, and an original 1928 chair is included in MoMAs permanent collection. Its among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century, said Cara McCarty, associate curator, department of architecture and design at MoMA. The beech frame is available in an ebony finish. Materials: Tubular steel frame with chrome-plated finish; hardwood beech with cane inserts. Measurements:H 31.5" W 23.5" D 23.5" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Tolix Marais A Chair
Design Within Reach Tolix Marais A Chair

DWR Exclusive Metalworker Xavier Pauchard not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France but also took the process to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (1934). The quintessential cafe chair, it was both elegant and robust enough to grace the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner. It takes 100 manual operations to create a Tolix chair, and 80 years after the company was founded, the Tolix name is recognized worldwide as best-in-class furniture. Xavier Pauchards Chaise A is a perfect synthesis created by a man possessed of an understanding of raw materials, and the tools used to work them, said Serge Lemoine, former director of Musee dOrsay, Paris. All Tolix furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where the company first began. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic. Stackable up to 10 high. Made in France. Tolix products are protected by copyright, making it illegal for another company to clone this chair. At DWR, the Tolix products we sell are 100% authentic. The Marais Collection should be protected from moisture and kept indoors when not in use to maintain its finish. To see a version of this chair specifically for outdoor use, Materials: Sheet steel with epoxy varnish or powder-coated finish; rubber floor glides. Measurements:H 33.5" W 17.5" D 20.25" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Era Armchair
Design Within Reach Era Armchair

Defined by its dependable bentwood construction and simple organic form, the graceful, lightweight and surprisingly strong Era Collection (1859) has been in continuous production for more than 150 years. By making the chair back and rear legs from a single piece of curved wood, designer Michael Thonet, who perfected the bentwood process for chair-making, eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints. Swiss architect Le Corbusier used the Era Chair in his buildings, stating, This chair, whose millions of representatives are used on the Continent and in the two Americas, possesses nobility. Other fans of this iconic form included Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, both of whom featured this chair in their paintings. As with any natural material, slight variations in the texture and color of the wood are to be expected and are not defects. Made in the Czech Republic at a factory thats been making chairs for more than a century. Materials: Solid beech wood from FSC-certified sources; beech plywood seat; water-based stain and varnish or lacquer finish; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 30.75" W 21.5" D 22.5" Seat H 18.25" Arm H 27.75"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass 4-Leg Side Chair (DFSX)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Fiberglass 4-Leg Side Chair (DFSX)

Charles and Ray Eames believed design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The duo originally designed their molded chair in metal and entered it as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, then refashioned it in light yet strong fiberglass just two years later. In the 1980s, after determining fiberglass production was detrimental to the environment, Herman Miller ceased production to explore more sustainable options, eventually choosing recyclable polypropylene. The company never quite forgot about fiberglass, however, and it recently began researching greener production methods. The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair (1950) is the end result, constructed using a cleaner process but true to the original with its beloved variegated surface. This reintroduced version comes in a range of reformulated semi-gloss color pigments that faithfully reproduce the vintage ones. Its deep seat pocket and waterfall edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of your thighs. The seat back is left unfinished to maintain a slightly rough natural texture for easier gripping with your hands. This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. DFSX stands for dining-height fiberglass side chair with X-base, which is a bit abstract because you have to turn over the chair to see how its base forms an X. Made of 99% recyclable materials and covered by Herman Millers take-back program for environmentally sound recycling (should you ever wish to part with this chair). Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic seat; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. The process for making shells and the nature of fiberglass mean that each shell is unique and can possess traits such as tiny cavities in the surface, small points of lighter or darker color, or faint circular shadows where base attaches to shell. Measurements:H 31.75" W 18.5" D 21" Seat H 16.5"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Stacking Side Chair (DSS)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Stacking Side Chair (DSS)

Charles and Ray Eames believed that design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal and entered as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasnt until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Contract quality. Made in U.S.A. DSS stands for dining height, side chair, stacking base. The DSS can be ganged together and stacks up to 14 high. Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed polypropylene; chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 31.5" W 18" D 21.5" Seat H 17.5"

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Design Within Reach Hudson Chair
Design Within Reach Hudson Chair

Originally designed for the Hudson Hotel in New York City, the Hudson Collection (2000) is Philippe Starcks update of the 1006 Navy® Chair, designed by Emeco in 1944. Hudson is made using the same 77-step process that Emeco perfected 70 years ago to satisfy the militarys need for lightweight, corrosion-resistant chairs for submarines. The companys proprietary metal processing method yields aluminum three times stronger than steel – and a chair so durable that it has an estimated life span of 150 years. Working with Emeco has allowed me to use a recycled material and transform it into something that never needs to be discarded – a tireless and unbreakable chair to enjoy for a lifetime, says Starck. It is a chair you never own, you just use it for a while until it is the next persons turn. Hudson is included in the design collection at MoMA and received the 2000 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. Hudson chairs and stools come with a lifetime guarantee. Chair with brushed finish suitable for outdoor use. This is the authentic Hudson Chair by Emeco. Made in U.S.A. Made from 80% recycled aluminum (40% post-consumer, 40% post-industrial), which requires only 5% of the energy needed to produce virgin aluminum. Hudson is a patented design by Philippe Starck for Emeco. It is illegal for another company to clone this chair. At DWR, the Emeco products we sell are 100% authentic. Materials: Aluminum with polished or anodized brushed finish; clear plastic glides. Measurements:H 33.5" W 15.5" D 19.5" Seat H 18"

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Design Within Reach Bertoia Two-Tone Side Chair with Seat Pad
Design Within Reach Bertoia Two-Tone Side Chair with Seat Pad

With his iconic seating collection, Harry Bertoia transformed industrial wire rods into a new furniture form. The events that made this work possible began a decade earlier at Cranbrook Academy of Art, when Bertoia met Florence Knoll (then Florence Schust). Years later, the Italian-born designer was invited to work for Florence and her husband, Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given the freedom to work on whatever suited him, without being held to a strict design agenda, and the result of this arrangement was the Bertoia Seating Collection (1952). These extremely strong yet airy chairs are sculpted out of steel rods with a delicate filigreed appearance. In his art, Bertoia experimented with open forms and metal work, and his chairs were an extension of that work. If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture, said Bertoia. Space passes through them. After designing his seating collection, Bertoia returned to focusing mostly on sculpture. This is an authentic Bertoia Chair produced by Knoll, with the Knoll logo stamped into its base. Seat pad is secured with metal snaps. Chair made in Italy; seat pad made in U.S.A. Materials: Welded steel rods; bonded Rilsan® finish with stainless steel connections; vinyl seat pad (65% polyester; 35% rayon). Measurements:H 28.75" W 21.75" D 19.75" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Gas Armchair
Design Within Reach Gas Armchair

DWR Exclusive Jesús Gasca set out to design a chair with light, fluid lines, resolved at every curve and edge. The result is the timeless and eminently versatile Gas Armchair (2000). Its chrome-plated aluminum frame and curved seat and back cradle the body with no hard angles or sharp corners, offering ergonomic lumbar support for comfort over long periods. The versatility of this award-winning contract-quality chair is evident in the range of spaces its been used, from the ING headquarters in Holland to the Nevada Museum of Art, the University of Valencia in Spain to the inn at the Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil monastery. Its a stackable, supremely well-constructed chair that comes upholstered in vinyl or leather. Plastic glides protect floors. Made in Spain. Materials: Chrome-plated aluminum frame; vinyl ("eco leather" that looks and feels like real leather) or leather upholstery. Measurements:H 31" W 22" D 20" Seat H 17" Arm H 25"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Armchair (DAR)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Armchair (DAR)

Charles and Ray Eames believed that design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal and entered as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasnt until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Contract quality. Made in U.S.A. DAR stands for dining height, armchair, rod base. Commonly referred to as the Eiffel chair (because of the shape of the base). Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed recyclable polypropylene; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 31.75" W 25" D 24" Seat H 18" Arm H 26.5"

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Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic 4-Leg Side Chair (DSX)
Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic 4-Leg Side Chair (DSX)

Charles and Ray Eames believed that design is a method of action, and they continually updated their work as new materials became available. Their Molded Plastic chairs were originally designed in metal and entered as a prototype in MoMAs 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. They then changed the material to fiberglass in 1950, and today the chairs are made of recyclable polypropylene. Charles was dissatisfied with the fiberglass, and it wasnt until after his death that the matte finish he desired was achieved, thanks to advances in materials. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . The deep seat pocket and waterfall seat edge keep you comfortable by reducing pressure on the backs of thighs. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Contract quality. Made in U.S.A. DSX stands for dining height, side chair with X-base, which is a bit abstract, since you have to turn over the chair to see how the base forms an X. Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed recyclable polypropylene; black or white powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 31.25" W 18" D 21.5" Seat H 17.25"

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Design Within Reach Cesca Side Chair - Cane
Design Within Reach Cesca Side Chair - Cane

Three years after designing his iconic Wassily Chair, which is believed to be the first bent tubular steel chair design, Marcel Breuer created the Cesca Chair (1928). Named in tribute to his daughter Francesca, the simple design pairs the industrial age aesthetic of tubular steel with caning and wood. This chair is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Breuers signature. Cesca chairs are manufactured by Knoll® according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in USA. The Cesca is used in homes and restaurants worldwide, and an original 1928 chair is included in MoMAs permanent collection. Its among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century, said Cara McCarty, associate curator, department of architecture and design at MoMA. The beech frame is available in an ebony finish. Materials: Tubular steel frame with chrome-plated finish; hardwood beech with cane inserts. Measurements:H 31.5" W 18.5" D 23.5" Seat H 17.75"

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Design Within Reach Saarinen Executive Side Chair - Wood Legs
Design Within Reach Saarinen Executive Side Chair - Wood Legs

The design of Eero Saarinen's Executive Side Chair (1946) began more than a decade earlier, when he and Charles Eames submitted several designs to the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at MoMA. The pair, who'd been friends and collaborators since meeting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, won first prize. These fluid, sculptural shapes influenced the future work of both men – for Saarinen, most notably in his Womb, Tulip and Executive Chairs. The Executive was originally made of fiberglass but was later updated in polyurethane. The feel of this classic seat, however, remains unchanged. The molded shell flexes slightly with the sitter, and the contoured plywood seat is supported by metal or wood legs. Unlike Saarinen's furniture, which was consistently sculptural in form, these fluid lines didn't appear in his architecture until the 1950s. When looking at the dome-shaped glass wall of the Kresge Auditorium at MIT, it's not a big leap to see the same shape in the back of Saarinen's Executive Chair. This chair is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified for its use of low-emitting products. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Backed by a five-year manufacturers warranty. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Molded reinforced polyurethane shell; contoured plywood seat; solid steam-bent oak legs. FABRIC 1: Knoll Classic Bouclé, 52% wool, 48% nylon. FABRIC 2: Knoll Textiles Rivington, 38% wool, 28% cotton, 28% acrylic, 6% polyester. LEATHER: Spinneybeck® Volo full-grain, semi-aniline-dyed leather or Spinneybeck Espana, full-grain, semi-aniline leather. Measurements:H 31.5" W 24.25" D 20.5" Seat H 18.75"

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Design Within Reach NelsonTM Swag Leg Armchair
Design Within Reach NelsonTM Swag Leg Armchair

George Nelson began with the base when designing his Swag Leg Armchair (1958). Insisting on machine-formed metal legs, he discovered a solution in swaging, a method of using pressure to taper and curve metal tubing. The next question became how to connect the legs, and Nelson answered it through his own deceptively simple engineering. He then received permission from Charles and Ray Eames to use the patented process that they developed for molding plastic. Adapting this process to suit his chair, Nelson created separate shells for the seat and back. First made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic, the shells are now made of recyclable polypropylene, consistent with the Herman Miller commitment to be a good steward of the earth’s resources. The Nelson Swag Leg Armchair flexes with the occupant, allows comfortable air circulation through an opening between the seat and back and has ample armrests. This is an authentic Nelson product by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Polypropylene; 16-gauge chromed steel; adjustable glides. Measurements:H 32" W 28" D 22" Seat H 18" Arm H 26.5"

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Design Within Reach Nine-0 Stacking Armchair - Soft Back
Design Within Reach Nine-0 Stacking Armchair - Soft Back

Presenting the Nine-0 Collection by Ettore Sottsass. The designer, who helped found the Memphis Group and created the iconic Olivetti Valentine typewriter, finished his seating collection for Emeco shortly before his death on December 31, 2007. The name “Nine-0” refers to the age Sottsass was when he designed the collection, which is handcrafted in Pennsylvania using the same 77-step process that Emeco first developed for its 1006 Navy® Chair. Sottsass was one of the first designers to use the 1006 Navy in residential applications, and the Nine-0 is his reinterpretation of that classic chair. The Nine-0, like all Emeco seating, is crafted of 80% recycled aluminum and has an estimated lifespan of 150 years. Stacks up to six high. Nine-0 chairs and stools contribute to LEED credit #4.2 Recycled Content (and credit #5.1 if shipped within 500 miles of Hanover, Pennsylvania). Backed by a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Brushed anodized aluminum (80% recycled); polyurethane seat and back. Measurements:H 31.5" W 20.25" D 22.25" Seat H 18.5" Arm H 25"

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Design Within Reach Kong Armchair with Choice of Arms
Design Within Reach Kong Armchair with Choice of Arms

Leave it to designer Philippe Starck to find inspiration in the furniture of Versailles when creating a chair for a Chinese restaurant in Paris. The Kong Chair (2002) is handcrafted in Pennsylvania using the same 77-step process Emeco first developed for its Navy Chair. While the shape of Kong recalls more delicate French designs, the manufacturing of this chair gives it an ability to stand up to even the most unruly of patrons. A proprietary heat treatment makes the aluminum three times stronger than steel, and all Emeco chairs are tested to withstand 1,700 pounds of weight (which is good to know in case that restaurant in Paris is very popular). Available with two arms or one left arm or one right arm (right and left is from the perspective of the person sitting in the chair). For contract and residential use. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Anodized aluminum; clear plastic glides. Measurements:H 34.5" W 17.5" D 18" Seat H 17.5" Arm H 26.5"

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Design Within Reach Bottega Side Chair
Design Within Reach Bottega Side Chair

DWR Exclusive Husband-and-wife team Renzo Fauciglietti and Graziella Bianchi describe themselves as designers and researchers, and theyre known for their ability to combine high-tech function with classic styling. Their Bottega Side Chair (2003) is constructed with a harmonic sheet steel back that flexes with you for continuous support. Furthering this luxurious experience, Bottega is wrapped in smooth-as-silk stain-resistant leather thats hand-sewn onto the slender but strong steel frame to hug every angle and curve. The seat is lightly padded, creating a combination of suppleness and strength thats not always easy to find. This beloved collection is a top choice for comfortable, elegant seating in any space, from dining room to home office to executive suite and beyond. Made in Italy. Materials: Split-grain leather treated for stain resistance; steel frame; polyurethane foam; harmonic sheet steel back; tapered steel tube legs. Measurements:H 37" W 18.25" D 22" Seat H 18.25"

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Design Within Reach Upholstered DropTM Chair
Design Within Reach Upholstered DropTM Chair

Arne Jacobsen designed the Drop Chair (1958) for his masterpiece, the legendary SAS Royal Hotel (now the Radisson Blu) in Copenhagen. It was originally manufactured along with Jacobsen’s Swan and Egg Collections but in very limited quantities. In hibernation for more than 50 years, Drop has finally returned. This compact chair with rare heritage is as fresh and vibrant today as it was back then. Constructed of strong ABS plastic with nylon reinforcement, the seat embraces the occupant while still allowing freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort. Minimal tubular steel legs provide stability without stealing too much attention from the sculptural seat. This is the authentic Drop Chair manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Denmark. Materials: ABS plastic shell with nylon interior reinforcement; cold-cured foam padding; fabric or stain-resistant leather upholstery; chromed tubular steel legs; felt glides. Measurements:H 35" W 18" D 21.5" Seat H 18.25"

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