Design Within Reach Living Room Furniture
DWR Exclusive The process of bringing the Nelson Thin Edge Bed (1954) back into production began at the Herman Miller Archives, where engineers carefully studied vintage pieces and original drawings. In keeping with Nelsons vision for a collection capable of adapting to the times, this bed is now available in larger sizes – which werent commonly available in the 1950s – in addition to the original twin and full. Solid ash slats have replaced springs to accommodate an invention that also didnt exist in Nelsons day: memory-foam mattresses. Finishes have been updated to reflect new technologies and the aesthetic preferences of todays consumer: Walnut replaces stained ash, and white ash replaces the original birch. The result is unmistakably Nelson – iconic designs of exceptional simplicity and clarity. This is the authentic Nelson Thin Edge Bed by Herman Miller. Made in Malaysia. Twin, full and queen platforms ship fully assembled. King and Cal. king platforms ship as two halves. Materials: Solid walnut or white ash frame; solid ash slats; walnut or white ash veneer headboard with or without natural woven cane panel; stainless steel headboard support with satin chrome finish; solid walnut or white ash legs or stainless steel H-frame legs with satin chrome finish. Measurements:Twin H 35" W 40.25" D 84.5" Platform H 13.25"
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon immersed himself as a teenager in both skateboard culture and graffiti art, which lie at the core of the bold and whimsical forms that he creates today. In 1997, after studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris, he joined Fabrica, a research center in Treviso, Italy, where he soon became the head of design. Hayon struck out on his own in 2003, first devising collections of ceramics and furniture, then delving into interior design. His work is featured in several museums and has received accolades from the likes of Time and Wallpaper . Réaction Poétique commemorates the 50-year anniversary of Le Corbusiers death, inspired by the organic shapes of his architecture and LEsprit Nouveau artwork. I wanted to create useful objects for the modern home such as trays and side tables, but with sculptural elements interplaying forms, light and shadow, says Hayon. These pieces can be used for everything from passing hors doeuvres to displaying knickknacks. Each is carved and finished by hand and includes a card of authenticity. Made in Italy. Materials: Solid ash wood; matte black stain. Measurements:H 22" Diameter 16"
Defined by its dependable bentwood construction and simple organic form, the graceful, lightweight and surprisingly strong Era Collection has been in continuous production for more than 150 years. It is the work of Michael Thonet, who perfected the bentwood process for chair-making and in the process eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints. Swiss Architect Le Corbusier used Thonets chairs for his projects, stating, Never before was something more elegant and better in its conception, more precise in its realization and more fit for practical use created. Other fans of this ubiquitous form included Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, both of whom featured it in their paintings. The Era Backless Stool (1859/1998) was created by engineers at Ton – manufacturer of Thonet seating for well over a century – in response to customer requests. Like any natural material, the wood used in this collection displays slight texture and color variations from one piece to another, making each unique. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Solid beech wood from FSC-certified sources; beech plywood seat; natural beech finish or water-based stain and varnish or lacquer finish; nylon floor glides. Measurements:H 24" Diameter 18.75"
Architect and designer Antonio Citterio has developed hotels, offices and residences worldwide, while also producing furniture and accessories for companies like Vitra. Born in Meda, a small Italian city, Citterio earned a degree in architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1972 and soon established his multidisciplinary design studio. He started with Vitra in 1985, and Grand Repos (2011) is his latest collaboration with the Swiss company. Combining the ergonomics of a task chair with the elegance of a lounge, Grand Repos is a completely new approach to seating. Featuring a biomechanical range of motion, this lounge adapts to all seating positions, from sitting up and reading to reclining back for a catnap. The movements of the seat and back are synchronized, offering complete support with each move, and the invisible reclining mechanism can be locked in any position. The contoured backrest provides comfortable lumbar support with adjustable back tension. Lounge has a removable headrest and a swiveling base. Ottoman has a fixed base. Made in Hungary. Materials: Belted plastic frame with molded polyurethane foam cushions; polished die-cast aluminum base; fabric upholstery with contrasting cross-stitch; leather upholstery with contrasting double-stitch. Measurements:Lounge Chair: H 43.25" W 29.25" D 32" Seat H 16.25" Arm H 20.75" Ottoman: H 15.75" W 24.5" D 24.5"
In 1944, Niels Otto Møller began his cabinetry company, where old craft traditions, like the hand-woven seat on the Model 80A Stool (1963), are still used today. Danish cord seats are known for their durability easily withstanding decades of frequent use and the strength of this material made it a smart substitute for tires when rubber was in short supply during WWII. What's amazing about that history is that Danish cord is made of tightly twisted paper. Being a natural material, Danish cord is very pleasant to sit on and the way that it's woven provides lasting comfort. Thirty years after he founded his company, Niels Otto Møller began exporting his chairs to Japan, which remains one of its biggest markets due to the simplicity and quality of the design and craftsmanship. Møllers is still a small family-owned business and is now managaged by Niels' son, Jørgen Henrik Møller. This Stool is an authentic, fully licensed product of J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. The seat is woven by hand from one continuous 498-foot-long piece of cord. To make the frames, the company selects the raw wood themselves from environmentally friendly areas. Machines are never used for the final polish, as these devices treat all wood the same and can’t replicate the finish that comes from polishing by hand. Materials Teak or walnut frame; woven paper seat in natural.
Designer and sculptor Brian Alexander has always been fascinated by the way people interact with their environments and the objects around them. By studying peoples behavior, he gets a sense of what they find intuitive, which he then works into his creations. I try to slip people little affirmations through my designs, things they can identify or connect with on a very basic level, he explains. You can see it in their faces, the reactions they have when something flows with them rather than against them. A holder of 20-plus patents for office furniture and accessories, Alexander clearly knows his way around the workplace and what people need to be comfortable and productive in it. His Renew Desk (2013) lets you go from sitting to standing and back again so you can keep moving throughout the workday – vital to improving energy and focus and to lowering health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Its motorized lift operates easily with an intuitive lever: pull up to raise, push down to lower. Beyond adjustability, Renew also sports ample legroom and beveled edges for eliminating bumps and bruises, and concealed screw heads for a sleek finish. Simple assembly required. Backed by a two-year manufacturers warranty. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Ash veneer, walnut veneer or white laminate over MDF top; electric motor; die-cast aluminum legs; nonslip rubber feet. Measurements:H 27"–46" W 72" D 30"
With distinctive shapes inspired by primitive weaponry and a seat that appears suspended above the frame, the sculptural form of the Chieftains Chair (1949) changed the future of Danish design. Finn Juhl created the chair for the 1949 Cabinetmakers Guild in Copenhagen. During the exhibition, King Frederick IX sat in the chair, causing a journalist to suggest calling it the Kings Chair. But Juhl didnt like how pretentious that sounded and said, You had better call it a chieftains chair, which the journalist did. (At some point the apostrophe was dropped.) This is the authentic Chieftains Chair by Onecollection. Made in Denmark. Finn Juhl believed that the craftsmans ability to form is probably the same as that of a sculptor. The Chieftains Chair received the Danish Design Award in the Classics category for 2012. Materials: Teak and walnut frame; leather upholstery. Measurements:H 37.5" W 39" D 34.5" Seat H 13.5"
DWR Exclusive To create his Como Collection (2007), Italian designer Giorgio Soressi enlisted one of the most widely respected companies in Italy. Located near Lake Como, this family-run business is still producing best-in-class sofas and chairs for many prestigious retailers to this day, blending design, research, cutting-edge technologies and artisanal techniques. The elegant and extremely well-constructed Como Collection is built with solid steel frames and cast-aluminum legs. Contrasting that heft and stability are cushions that scream, Youve got to sit here! with their goose feather filling and variable-density foam thats firmer in front for support. Two Como Throw Pillows included. Made in Italy. Materials: Steel frame; polished cast-aluminum legs; spring suspension with elastic webbing; polyurethane foam seat cushions with natural goose feather filling; Piumafil® back cushions; fabric or Kalahari full-grain, semi-aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 27.25" W 164.75" D 79.5" Seat H 15.5"
The expressive sculptural forms of Eero Saarinen’s furniture can also be found in his architecture, from the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to Dulles International Airport. In 1940, the Finnish American and his friend Charles Eames took first prize at the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition at MoMA. Later that decade, when Florence Knoll challenged Saarinen to create a chair that she could curl up in, she had found the right candidate for the task. The Womb Chair (1946) has an enveloping form that continues to be one of the most iconic and recognized representations of midcentury organic modernism. By applying foam molded over a fiberglass shell, Saarinen created a single-piece form that perfectly facilitates a relaxed sitting posture. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Reinforced fiberglass shell; plywood platform; polyester fiber padding with foam core; steel rod frame with black powder-coated or polished chrome finish; stainless steel and nylon glides; fabric or leather upholstery. Cato: KnollTextiles Cato fabric (86% wool, 14% rayon). Classic BouclÃ©: KnollTextiles Classic BouclÃ© fabric (52% wool, 48% nylon). Melange: KnollTextiles Melange fabric (88% wool, 12% nylon). Sonnet: KnollTextiles Sonnet fabric (100% polyester). Volo: SpinneybeckÂ® semi-aniline leather. Measurements:H 35.5" W 40" D 34" Seat H 16" Arm H 20.5"
Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Their iconic Eames Lounge Chair (1956) began with a desire to create a chair with the warm, receptive look of a well-used first basemans mitt. The result has become the consummate lounge. In continuous production since its introduction, the Eames Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. Pairing soft, inviting leather with the sleek form of molded wood, this piece was the culmination of the Eameses efforts to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology that they pioneered in the 40s. Even today, each piece is assembled by hand to ensure the highest level of quality and craftsmanship, and youll be pleased to discover that this chair gets even better with use and age. The configuration of this chair is a registered trademark, and this is the authentic Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Seven-ply walnut, santos palisander, white ash or ebonized ash veneer shells; molded plywood internal frame; die-cast aluminum back brace and swivel base; stainless steel leveling floor glides; polyurethane foam cushions; Maharam Mohair Supreme fabric upholstery or Spinneybeck® Vicenza, Herman Miller® MCL or Edelman® All-Grain leather upholstery. Measurements:H 32" W 32.75" D 32.75" Seat H 15"
The manufacturer of our Harvest Rug (2014) was founded with the vision of connecting people around the globe with a pool of Indian rug makers that it would grow and nurture. Starting with just two looms and nine artisans 30-plus years ago, the company now boasts over 200 looms and 40,000 artisans, making it one of the worlds leading rug manufacturers. Its committed to social responsibility as much as artistry, empowering artisans through innovative grass-roots training programs designed to help elevate them from mere wage earners to entrepreneurs. Harvest is a hand-woven natural jute rug with a pronounced diagonal weave durable enough to withstand years of heavy traffic. Made in India. Materials: 70% jute, 30% rayon chenille yarn. Measurements:Small L 8' W 5' Pile 0.5" Large L 10' W 8' Pile 0.5"
Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Millers design director from 1945 to 1972, once said, Every truly original idea seems to find its most important expression in a chair. And then he blew the doors off lighting design. While outfitting his office, Nelson discovered a silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp that he coveted but found too expensive. He then recalled seeing a photo in the paper of Liberty ships being mothballed by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic, which got him thinking. And then, Whammo! Inspiration struck, and by the next night, Nelson had designed his first Bubble Lamp® (1952) by spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film. When you put a light in it, it glowed. This is the authentic Bubble Lamp, produced in partnership with the George Nelson Foundation. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E26 base; 150W max. UL Listed. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Plastic polymer; steel frame and stand. Measurements:H 12.5" Diameter 11" Cord L 6'
This Daybed (2004) was designed to be seen in the round, says Craig Bassam, by which he means that it can be seen and used from all sides. Such an approach isnt surprising from a design team living in a glass house where furniture is visible from every angle, whether youre inside or out. The house is the work of Philip Johnson, the architect who designed the Glass House for his own private residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. To see how seamlessly this Daybed (and all the furniture BassamFellows has created) works in a space designed by the iconic Johnson makes it very clear that these are the next icons – destined to become highly collectible. Bassam is an architect whose career started with Bruce Eeles, a disciple of Marcel Breuer. His partner, Scott Fellows, is a Harvard MBA who transformed the Swiss firm Bally. Together they are BassamFellows, described as the design worlds A-team by The Times of London . This fully handcrafted Daybed is made of solid American black walnut that is sustainably and locally harvested. The leather cushions are hand-stitched with inverted seams; the backrest adjusts to three positions. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Solid American black walnut; oxidized brass adjustable back support; dense foam core cushions with down topping; Elmo Elmotique aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 11.75" W 76.5" D 33"
DWR Exclusive Add a pop of color to the cabinets on your Royal System Shelving (1948) with these optional Sliding Doors. Constructed of durable colored laminate. Made in Denmark. Materials: Colored laminate. Measurements:H 15.25" W 15.5" D 0.25"
DWR Exclusive To create his Como Collection (2007), Italian designer Giorgio Soressi enlisted one of the most widely respected companies in Italy. Located near Lake Como, this family-run business is still producing best-in-class sofas and chairs for many prestigious retailers to this day, blending design, research, cutting-edge technologies and artisanal techniques. The elegant and extremely well-constructed Como Collection is built with solid steel frames and cast-aluminum legs. Contrasting that heft and stability are cushions that scream, Youve got to sit here! with their goose feather filling and variable-density foam thats firmer in front for support. One Como Throw Pillow included. Made in Italy. Materials: Steel frame; polished cast-aluminum legs; spring suspension with elastic webbing; polyurethane foam seat cushions with natural goose feather filling; Piumafil® back cushions; fabric or Kalahari full-grain, semi-aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 27.25" W 84.5" D 41.5" Seat H 15.5"
Ludwig Mies van der Rohes Barcelona Chair and Stool (1929), originally created to furnish his German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, have come to epitomize modern design. Mies van der Rohe designed the chair to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, while the stool was intended to accommodate their attendants. Still produced to his original specifications, this Barcelona is of quality fit for royalty. The cushions – welting and buttons included – come from a single Spinneybeck® Volo cowhide and are supported by cowhide belting straps, dyed to match the color of the chair. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted. The chromed-steel frame is hand-buffed to mirror-like perfection. The Barcelona Chair was honored with the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977. The Barcelona Chair is a registered trademark of Knoll®, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Bar-stock steel frame with hand-ground and hand-buffed chrome finish; cowhide belting; aluminum rivets; Dacron®-wrapped high-resiliency urethane foam and fiberfill cushions; Spinneybeck® Volo semi-aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 30.25" W 29.5" D 30" Seat H 17"
Form follows function, and nowhere is that more apparent than in a sculpted chair that anticipates the curves of the human body. Arne Jacobsen designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and for its busy lobby, he created the biomorphic Egg (1958). With this chair, Jacobsen embraced new materials that allowed him to shape fluid curves and single-piece molded shells. At a time when others were experimenting with bent tubular steel, Jacobsen focused on the upholstered armchair, believing a solution existed that was still true to modern ideals. Indeed, he met that goal. Set on a rotating base, the Egg Chair allows sitters to swivel toward a conversation area or away from others if privacy is desired. It also tilts back for relaxed lounging. This is the authentic Egg Chair manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Made in Poland. The Egg Chair tilts and swivels. Finely upholstered, the fabric or leather is hand-sewn onto the frame. Materials: Fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane foam shell; satin-chromed steel column; injection-molded aluminum base; fabric or leather upholstery. GabrielÂ® FameÂ® upholstery: 95% wool, 5% polyamide. Maharam KvadratÂ® Tonus upholstery: 90% wool, 10% HelancaÂ®. Basel upholstery: 90% new wool, 10% nylon; Sorensen leather piping. Leather upholstery: full-grain leather or cowhide. Measurements:H 42.25" W 34" D 37.5" Seat H 14.5"
Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Their iconic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (1956) began with a desire to create a chair with the warm, receptive look of a well-used first basemans mitt. The result embodies what it really means to lounge. In continuous production since its introduction, this set is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. Combining soft, inviting leather with the sleek form of molded wood, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is the culmination of the Eameses efforts to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology they pioneered in the 40s. Even today, each piece is assembled by hand to ensure the highest level of quality and craftsmanship, and youll be pleased to discover the set gets even better with use and age. This is the authentic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Herman Miller and the Eames Office, still run by the Eames family, developed the taller size in response to the fact that the average height of people worldwide has increased about an inch since the chair was designed. The variations in size are subtle to the eye, but for taller individuals, they make the difference between I love Eames and Eames loves me. Materials: Seven-ply walnut, santos palisander, white ash or ebonized ash veneer shells; molded plywood internal frames; die-cast aluminum back brace and swivel base on chair, stationary base on ottoman; stainless steel leveling floor glides; polyurethane foam cushions; Maharam Mohair Supreme fabric upholstery or Spinneybeck® Vicenza, Herman Miller® MCL or Edelman® All-Grain leather upholstery. Measurements:Standard Lounge Chair: H 32" W 32.75" D 32.75" Seat H 15" Standard Ottoman: H 17.25" W 26" D 21.5"
Ludwig Mies van der Rohes MR Adjustable Chaise was designed in 1927 as part of his contribution to the Weissenhof exhibit in Stuttgart, Germany. The chairs cantilevered design uses tubular steel, then a technological novelty, to create an intuitively accessible and ergonomic seat. (When asked why he created chairs with generously sized seats, Mies van der Rohe allegedly replied that he designs chairs hed be most comfortable sitting in.) The MR Chaise, still made to his specifications, is perfectly balanced, featuring the material innovation and lack of ornamentation that epitomize the International Style. It was awarded the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1978. The frame of this piece is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and Mies van der Rohes signature. This is the authentic MR Adjustable Chaise produced by Knoll®. Made in U.S.A. This is a two-position lounger; the seat can be shifted up or down on the bar that it rests on and secured on two sets of hooks. Materials: Polished tubular stainless steel frame; Spinneybeck® BL full-grain aniline leather sling. Measurements:H 31.75" W 25.5" D 70.25" Seat H 15.75"
Jasper Morrisons inventive approach to materials and form takes new shape in the construction of his Air Collection (2000). The celebrated designer achieves these sleek and strong pieces by injection-molding a combination of polypropylene and glass fiber. The process creates a material of extreme durability that is rigid enough to meet structural needs yet still flexible and with some give for user comfort. This UV-resistant collection is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Air Armchair stacks up to 10 high for storage. Made in Italy. Materials: Recyclable fiberglass-infused polypropylene. Measurements:H 29" W 21" D 20" Seat H 18"