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DWR Exclusive Jan Plechč and Henry Wielgus met during their studies at The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where they first began to collaborate. In 2011, they founded their own design studio, Jan Plechč & Henry Wielgus, with the goal of transcending barriers between architecture, art and design. Currently, the duo is commissioned for internationally renowned galleries and brands around the globe. Their Neverending Glory Collection (2013) was inspired by chandeliers from five of the worlds most eminent opera houses. If you imagine the grand, original chandeliers in these opera houses, theyre glorious, elucidates Plechč, and the neverending part relates to the profiles and the idea of infinite rotation – a neverending glory. This one honors Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E26 base; 40W max. UL Listed. Made in the Czech Republic. Materials: Hand-blown glass. Measurements:H 30.75" Diameter 21.75", 26.5 lbs.
Born in England, Jasper Morrison was raised in both Germany and the United States before his family settled in London, where he attended Kingston College School of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. Morrison is a self-described conceptual designer, taking familiar shapes and repurposing them into fresh ones. Believing that what you dont see is as important as what you do see, he designed and engineered Alfi (2015) to be an ordinary chair with extraordinary invisible qualities. Its seat is made from reclaimed post-industrial waste, and its base is made of responsibly harvested wood handcrafted by Amish woodworkers. Adding even more extra to its extraordinariness, Morrison shaped the seat as a nod to cane chairs seen at sidewalk cafés found throughout Paris. The result is simple and simply beautiful, and one hes pleased with: Its one of the most comfortable chairs I have designed. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Reclaimed post-industrial waste seat (92.5% polypropylene; 7.5% wood fiber); solid ash base. Measurements:H 24.25" W 17" D 18.75" Seat H 18"
DWR Exclusive Sol y Luna (1954) is an adaptation of Dan Johnson's Gazelle Collection, which was originally offered in wood or bronze, both with woven caning for the seat and back. However, due to the high cost of production and the intense hand labor involved, fewer than 150 pieces from the Gazelle line were ever produced. Now made in durable cast aluminum by outdoor manufacturer Brown Jordan, the design maintains Johnson's comfortable organic form. These pieces are shaped with the body in mind. The Lounge Chair back wraps around you, and the seats are comfortably sloped for support in a relaxed position. Seat Pad sold separately. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Made in Mexico. Materials: Cast aluminum with powder-coated finish. SEAT PAD, 100% solution-dyed acrylic Suncloth® fabric. Measurements:H 27'' W 24" D 28'' Seat H 14"
The Classic 24 Hour Clock (2003) evokes the industrial aesthetic that the Howard Miller Company was known for in the 1950s and 60s. The company was founded in 1926 as the Herman Miller Clock Company by D.J. De Pree, who had earlier founded the furniture company Herman Miller, Inc. In 1937, De Pree turned the clock company over to his brother-in-law, Howard Miller, who renamed it. As for the identity of Herman Miller, he was Howards father and De Prees father-in-law. The Miller companies are not affiliated but stand across the street from one another in Zeeland, Mich. The Classic 24 Hour Clock runs on one AA battery (not included). Made in China. Materials: Spun nickel; glass; quartz clockwork. Measurements:Diameter 12" D 1.5", 2 lbs.
The Eames House Bird rose to stardom in the 1950s when Charles and Ray Eames pulled it from their own living room and positioned it with a group of Eames® DKR chairs for a poster. Also appearing in several of the Eameses photographs, the masterfully simplistic black bird (circa 1910) with its tapered beak and sleek tail was evidently one of their most prized objects of Appalachian folk art. In cooperation with the Eames family, Vitra used 3-D scans of the original to create the solid alder wood reproduction. Made in Germany. This item ships directly from Vitra via Standard Service. Delivery to Canada currently unavailable. Materials: Solid alder; black lacquer finish; steel wire. Measurements:H 11" W 3.5" D 10.75"
Le Corbusier regarded traditional furnishings, with their structures hidden beneath wads of padding and upholstery, as relics of the past. Partnering with Charlotte Perriand and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier stripped away all excess to create the sleek, elemental LC1 Chair (1928). The LC Series was originally designed for indoor use, but after a visit to Villa Savoye, where some of the pieces were being used on the outdoor terrace, Cassina was inspired to create outdoor-safe models. The manufacturer spent three years working closely with the Le Corbusier Foundation to develop a product that was within the Foundations parameters: to be the same or better quality than indoor. Cassina opted for better, using hand-polished AISI 304 stainless steel with silver welding, as opposed to chrome, to construct the frames, a material with extreme resistance to corrosion that is actually more authentic to the product; chrome was not used until the 1970s/1980s. The silver welding will patina over time and develop a halo. The back of the chair is attached to the frame by a rod that allows the angle of tilt to change – as the user shifts from one sitting position to another, the chair back moves, offering continuous support. The waterproof, UV-resistant Sunbrella® fabric is held in place by stainless steel springs that provide a comfortable give. Each piece is signed, numbered and, as a product of Cassina's Masters Collection, manufactured by Cassina under exclusive worldwide license from the Le Corbusier Foundation. Made in Italy. Winner of Wallpaper* Design Award 2012 for Best Domestic Design. A protective, water-repellant cover is included. Materials: Brush-polished AISI 304 stainless-steel frame with silver welded joints; stainless-steel screws and springs; plastic foot ends; Sunbrella® Sling fabric. Measurements:H 25.25" W 23.75" D 25.5" Seat H 15.75" Arm H 23"
DWR Exclusive Our Palani Kilim Rug (2013) sets a calm mood with its flowing chevron pattern. Handwoven by a skilled artisan on a traditional punja kilim loom using tie-dyed wool yarns and a sumac weave, this reversible rug offers pops of color without distracting too much from surrounding furniture. Black, blue and yellow hues found in the pattern subtly guide the eye to and fro. Rug pad recommended. Made in India. This rug is produced in a GoodWeave-certified factory, which ensures no child had a hand in its making. Materials: 55% wool, 45% cotton. Measurements:5x8: L 8' W 5' Pile 0.25" 6x9: L 9' W 6' Pile 0.25" 8x10: L 10' W 8' Pile 0.25" 9x12: L 12' W 9' Pile 0.25"
Using vinyl to create practical and stylish floor coverings has become Sandy Chilewichs forte, as demonstrated in her Shag Mat (2004). This flexible, tufted vinyl mat has a soft, plush appearance with stripes that lend color and whimsy to a range of environments, ranging from the patio to the bath. Stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant, the mat stands up well to wear and tear, can be cleaned with a vacuum, mop or hose and dries very quickly, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use. A vinyl backing provides cushioning and minimizes slippage. Backed by a two-year limited warranty. Made in U.S.A. Stripes run widthwise on utility mats and lengthwise on doormats and large mats. Custom sizes and finishes available – for details, please call 1.800.944.2233. Materials: Tufted vinyl yarns with a 100% vinyl backing. Measurements:Doormat: L 2'4'' W 1'6" Pile 0.25" Large: L 5' W 3' Pile 0.25" Utility: 3' W 2' Pile 0.25"
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 The seat pads for the Sol y Luna Collection are made of Suncloth fabric and designed for outdoor use. They are UV- and water-resistant, and even if they get soaked, they'll dry quickly. The canvas color is neutral enough to work with any setting. At one inch thick, these cushions are comfortable but still slim enough to maintain a simple and sleek aesthetic. They're made for Sol y Luna but can be used with any outdoor furniture. Materials: 100% solution-dyed acrylic Suncloth® fabric. Measurements:L 28" W 24"
Italian designer Franco Albini, considered to be among the most important Neo-Rationalist designers, also happened to be the first European commissioned by Knoll. Much of his furniture, including the lightly scaled Albini Desk (1938), was designed to make use of the most inexpensive raw materials available during World War II, when other materials were scarce. Using just steel, glass and wood, his desk demonstrates a striking clarity and balance, unencumbered by extraneous ornamentation. When used as a freestanding piece, its simple design is appealing from every angle. The floating two-drawer pedestal mounts to the right side of the desk. This is the authentic Albini Desk produced by Knoll. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Chrome-finished steel square tube legs and frame; ebonized oak or white lacquer pedestal drawer; 0.5" clear tempered glass. Measurements:H 27.5" W 48" D 26"
The Eames® Aluminum Group Collection (1958) began as a special project for Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard, who needed seating for a home they were designing for industrialist J. Irwin Miller in Columbus, Indiana. The request was for leisure chairs light enough to move from indoors to out and strong enough to withstand the elements. At the time, the Eameses were exploring ways to use aluminum, which had been strengthened, refined and made more affordable since WWII. They constructed a lightweight die-cast frame for the project, then wrapped it in a sling – a sitting pocket that subtly conforms to the bodys shape. The result was a completely new type of seat and a departure from the idea of a chair as solid shell. While the original concept was for outdoor seating, the Eameses quickly recognized its possibilities for indoor use. However, in 2012, Herman Miller returned the Aluminum Group to its original intent, with new materials suitable for outdoor use. Constructed of 61% recycled materials, this chair is also 90% recyclable at the end of its useful life. Backed by a 12-year manufacturers warranty. This is an authentic Eames chair by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Features: 360-degree swivel base; PVC-free Outdoor Weave fabric designed to hold its shape and color over time. Materials: Four-star powder-coated die-cast aluminum base and frame; Outdoor Weave mesh upholstery. Measurements:H 33" W 23" D 18" Seat H 18.5"
Danish designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn named their studio Norm to express their dedication to working with Danish norms and standards refined over hundreds of years, says Bjerre-Poulsen, rather than rejecting them in the endless search for new. The sincerity of their approach – bypassing flashy design for good design – shows in the quality of their work, which endures both physically and aesthetically. The duo conceived their Wire Planter (2015) after visiting a Japanese garden where plants were strategically positioned at different heights to create interesting arrangements. Its named for its minimal wire base, which keeps the focus on its contents. Mix and match heights and plants to create your own stunning arrangements. All sizes include a removable plug for drainage, making them suitable for use indoors and out. Made in China. Materials: Powder-coated steel. Measurements:Small: H 8" Diameter 9.25" Medium: H 16" Diameter 9.25" Large: H 23.75" Diameter 9.25"
Craving furniture that could stand up to the salty environment of her seaside home in Florida, Florence Knoll called on Richard Schultz to create a decent set of outdoor furniture made out of materials that wont rust or corrode. That was in 1962, and Schultz spent the next four years designing his refined 1966 Collection, originally known as the Knoll Leisure Collection. At a time when most outdoor furniture was stamped out of metal with backrests shaped like bouquets of flowers, the 1966 Collection brought the clean lines and balanced proportions of indoor modern furniture to outdoor living. In the years since its debut, the collection has been re-engineered to take advantage of modern materials like polyester powder-coated finishes. In creating the 1966 Collection, Schultz satisfied Florence Knolls request for outdoor furniture that lasts, and many of the sets purchased 50 years ago are still being enjoyed today. The 1966 Collection is included in the permanent collection at MoMA. This is the authentic 1966 Dining Table by Knoll. Made in U.S.A. Fitted cover sold separately. Materials: Cast and extruded aluminum frame; weather-resistant polyester powder-coated finish; porcelain enamel on steel tabletop; stainless steel supports and connectors; clear plastic floor glides. Measurements:H 28" W 38" D 60"
Charles and Ray moved into their Pacific Palisades home, aka Case Study House No. 8, on Christmas Eve in 1949. For the rest of their lives, this was where they lived, worked and played, and today the interior remains very much as they left it. The Eames Foundation is taking serious efforts to conserve the property, and their work is very Eames-ish in its approach and brilliance. Next to a large tree, a small one grows, ready to take its place when the time comes. Monitoring devices – installed by Gettys architectural conservator, the same person who developed climate control for King Tuts tomb – are tracking the environmental conditions affecting the house. Perhaps most Eames-ish of all is the name: 250 Year Project. Rather than waiting for the house to be in crisis, the foundation is planning for future needs now. These tax-deductible limited-edition prints are original works inspired by Eames quotes or objects from the house itself. All proceeds will help support the conservation projects of the Eames Foundation. Each print is individually numbered. Made in U.S.A. Spiral: With their passion for the deep resonances between art and science, its no surprise that the beautiful spiral of a nautilus would command the attention of Charles and Ray. This image is recreated from one found in the Giant House of Cards designed by the Eameses in 1953, a set of which still exists inside the Eames House. Details: This classic Eames quote from the film Eames Contract Storage reflects a philosophy embedded in every example of work from the Eameses. It also exemplifies the Powers of Ten thinking they brought to so many of their projects. At first a bit terse, its actually an insightful reminder of what makes timeless design. Tops: At the end of watching their first film, Blacktop , on the TV show Stars of Jazz , Charles and Ray were startled when the host announced the show would air a new film from them next week. Rather than expressing indignation, in six days they shot and edited a three-minute film now known as Tops from the Stars of Jazz . Like many others, it was shot at the Eames House. The Need: Asked on film, To whom does design address itself? To the greatest number (the masses)? The specialists? The enlightened amateur? A privileged social class? Charles replied simply, To the need. One of the most concise expressions of design philosophy, the full quote serves as a perfect companion to those contemplating guiding principles. Materials: Offset-press print on premium paper. Measurements:H 12" W 18"
DWR Exclusive As the founder of two start-ups – multidisciplinary design collective Non Specific Creativity, and product design firm Interior Newman and Kamali Ltd – Nazanin Kamali has worked on everything from restaurant design to art installations. She is a graduate of The Royal College of Art, where she studied furniture design, and spent some time working in the corporate world, managing store installations and visual branding for Aero retail stores in London. With such an impressive resume, it's not surprising that Kamali's work has been recognized with a Good Design Award and two Design Plus awards; she was also shortlisted for an Elle Decoration UK award. The simple forms of midcentury architecture inspired her Celine Desk (2008), which is crafted with turned and tapered solid hardwood legs and a single-drawer desktop. An open cubby on the right is a great place to stash papers and other necessities. Legs ship unattached; no tools necessary to screw them into the desktop. Made in Lithuania. Materials: Wood veneer over MDF; solid wood legs; white painted MDF drawer front. Measurements:H 29.75" W 43.5" D 21.75"
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 Bird Ottoman 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. The Classic Bouclé cover is not for outdoor use. Materials: Welded steel rods; polished chrome finish with chrome connections or bonded Rilsan® finish with stainless steel connections. KnollTextiles Classic Bouclé upholstery (57% nylon, 43% wool). Measurements:H 14.5" W 23.5" D 17.25"
The generous proportions and sweeping form of the Jehs and Laub Lounge (2008) make it a coveted seat for relaxing, napping or curling up with a book or laptop. In addition to designing furniture, Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub created the interior of Suite 606 at the 2007 Icehotel® in Sweden and the master concept for Mercedes-Benz® showrooms. The Lounge is stamped with the designers signatures and the KnollStudio logo. Made in U.S.A. A swiveling Lounge Chair on a pedestal base. The Ottoman with pedestal base (sold separately) is fixed and does not swivel. Upholstered in Spinneybeck® Volo leather or tufted Classic Bouclé. Materials: Molded and reinforced urethane shell; pedestal base with polished chrome finish; Spinneybeck® Volo leather or Knoll Bouclé upholstery. Measurements:H 38.5" W 33.25" D 30.5" Seat H 15"
DWR Exclusive Dutch designer Renske Papavoine graduated from the industrial design department at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, then promptly moved to Barcelona to work for a design studio. While in Spain, she presented an idea to rug designer Nani Marquina, who agreed to produce one of Papavoines first commercial products. In 2007, Papavoine returned to her native Holland, but she continued to collaborate with Marquina, who produced her Stippen Rug for DWR. Meaning points in Dutch, Stippen (2012) is an arrangement of dots in three colors on a uniform background. A master colorist, Papavoine knows that the juxtaposition of hues will influence how they are perceived, adding to the intriguing richness of this cleverly subtle rug. The more you look at Stippen, the more you see that it is as much about stripes and geometric shapes as it is about dots. Together with the nonprofit Care & Fair, Nani Marquina is fighting against illegal child labor in the manufacturing of carpets. Made by hand in India. Materials: 100% Indian pure new wool. Measurements:Small: L 9' W 6' Pile 0.75" Medium: L 10' W 8' Pile 0.75" Large: L 13' W 9' Pile 0.75"
The unique, sexy and subtle Pod Pendant (2004) is the work of Jeremy Pyles for Niche Modern, a company that happened somewhat by accident. When opening a homewares store in SoHo, Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch were unable to find lights that satisfied their super picky sensibilities. Then Jeremy saw a man selling blown-glass vases out of the back of his truck. The glass designer wasnt sure he could create the shape Jeremy was looking for – telling him that glass is not meant to curve in on itself – but the two of them kept at it, eventually creating three pendants to light the front of the Niche store. The lights werent for sale, but customers kept asking for them, and a new business was born. Pod Pendants are partially hand-blown and partially made in a mold, and no two are exactly alike (like snowflakes). The result is a play of light and dark, strength and delicateness, simple lines and lush colors. The fixture is designed around the shape of the bulb (included): a tubular dimmable incandescent 120V/75W, which Jeremy selected after studying 30 or more bulbs. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Hand-blown glass. Measurements:H 12" Diameter 7" Cord L 4', 5 lbs.
After a brief career as a watch designer, Naoto Fukasawa moved to the United States to work for the design firm IDEO in 1989. Still learning English, Fukasawa used visuals to communicate with his Silicon Valley coworkers as they designed computers, medical devices, furniture and sporting goods. In 1996 he returned to Japan, where he launched IDEOs Tokyo office, and seven years later he started his own company. Fukasawas approach to design is based on careful observation of peoples actions and feelings. It is in the study of these behaviors that he is able to create products that fit into peoples lives so naturally that they are Without Thought – a concept he now teaches at two universities and to clients worldwide. In designing his Cup Planter (2003), Fukasawa was inspired by the curved shape of ancient wooden bowls to create a cozy atmosphere for plants. The double-walled construction is crafted of UV- and weather-resistant polyethylene that is 100% recyclable. Cup can be drilled in the center from the inside out to allow drainage. Made in Italy. Materials: Polyethylene. Measurements:H 23" Diameter 27.5"
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 98% 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 powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; leveling floor glides; Hopsak upholstery (100% recycled polyester). 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 19" D 22" Seat H 16.5"
After a brief career as a watch designer, Naoto Fukasawa moved to the United States to work for the design firm IDEO in 1989. Still learning English, Fukasawa used visuals to communicate with his Silicon Valley coworkers as they designed computers, medical devices, furniture and sporting goods. In 1996 he returned to Japan, where he launched IDEOs Tokyo office, and seven years later he started his own company. Fukasawas approach to design is based on careful observation of peoples actions and feelings. It is in the study of these behaviors that he is able to create products that fit into peoples lives so naturally that they are Without Thought – a concept he now teaches at two universities and to clients worldwide. In designing his Cup Planter (2003), Fukasawa was inspired by the curved shape of ancient wooden bowls to create a cozy atmosphere for plants. The double-walled construction is crafted of UV- and weather-resistant polyethylene that is 100% recyclable. Cup can be drilled in the center from the inside out to allow drainage. Made in Italy. Materials: Polyethylene. Measurements:H 15.75" Diameter 19"
DWR Exclusive Growing up in a resourceful do-it-yourself family, John Paul Plauché learned how to design and create objects at an early age. A man with an inquisitive, artistic mind, Plauché earned a degree in architecture before starting Plodes Studio. Today, this multidisciplinary workshop provides clients with architectural, interior and product design solutions. Whether hes working on a limited-edition piece of art or a mass-produced shelving system for Googles offices, Plauchés approach is about simplicity. My work is the result of a coalescence of art, product and architectural design, says the designer. His handcrafted Geometric Fire Pit (2004) is available in a choice of two sizes and two metals – A36 low-carbon steel or Corten steel – and can be used with seasoned wood or charcoal. A pipe-shaped plug is included for preventing coals and ash from falling through the opening while allowing enough airflow to fuel the fire. For outdoor use only. Made in U.S.A. The two metals initially look identical, but they wear differently: the A36 low-carbon steel type will continuously rust and peel; the Corten steel type will rust for several months until it weathers and develops a protective patina. The two metals also produce runoff differently: the A36 low-carbon steel type will continuously yield runoff that will stain adjacent materials such as stone and concrete; the Corten steel type will yield runoff until weathered. Corten is a premium alloy that will last significantly longer than A36 steel. Purchase the Steel Grate Top or Cedar Top to turn the Geometric Fire Pit into a grill or table, respectively. Materials: A36 low-carbon steel or Corten steel. Measurements:Small: H 14.25" W 30.75" D 30.75" Large: H 14" W 40.5" D 40.5"
Director of design at Herman Miller from 1945 to 1972, George Nelson helped make the company what it is today. He not only recruited influential designers Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi but also created a portfolio of work that helped shape and grow modern design. Providing a balanced combination of style and function for homes and offices alike, his Pedestal Side Table (1954) is adaptable to many spaces and uses. From living room to waiting room, this table accommodates everything from vases and mugs to books and magazines. It features the clean lines and elegant simplicity typical of Nelson, with a round top covered in laminate or veneer mounted on a polished or white aluminum base. Self-leveling glides adjust to uneven floor surfaces. This is the authentic Nelson Pedestal Side Table produced by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Materials: MDF top; white laminate with maple edge, white ash veneer or palisander veneer; polished or white powder-coated aluminum base. Measurements:H 21.5" Diameter 17"
DWR Exclusive The Matera Collection (2007), focused on delivering ample storage, is the work of Sean Yoo, who at the time of its conception lived in Matera, Italy (thus its name). Born in Seoul, Yoo grew up in Los Angeles and was working as a city planner when a visit to the Noguchi Museum in New York inspired him to pursue design. I was particularly attracted to the way Noguchi applied sculptural qualities to common household objects, says Yoo. It seemed to give meaning and purpose to otherwise meaningless objects. The Matera Collection features clean lines nicely finished with beveled edges, running match wood grain and exposed-slot mortise-and-tenon corner joints. All pieces have slotted bases that lend an airy feel. The Matera Bed with Storage has full-extension side drawers that rest off the floor (six drawers for all sizes except the twin, which has three drawers on one side). Made in Malaysia. This bed requires no box spring and is compatible with our Sonno Mattress. Materials: Solid walnut or oak case frame, bed rails and drawer fronts; walnut or oak veneer over MDF headboard and footboard with thick solid walnut or oak edging; 0.5" solid ash bed slats; vacuum-closing drawer glides. Measurements:Twin H 38" W 43.5" D 77.5" Platform H 15"
Working from their studio in London, American designer Kim Colin and British designer Sam Hecht have been honored with more than 50 international awards, including four IF Gold Awards. Accolades, however, are not why they are in this business. When creating products for Yamaha, Issey Miyake, Herman Miller, Muji and many other companies, Colin and Hecht approach design as a means of simplifying peoples lives in an inspirational way. Their Formwork Collection (2013) is a modular stacking system that brings order to the things that populate our desks. The shapes and sizes of the components were carefully considered so that each contributes to the utility of the whole. The result is a sleek system that brings rhythm and order to everyday tasks. Made in China. Materials: ABS plastic with nonslip silicone base. Measurements:H 3.75" W 9.75" D 6.5"
DWR Exclusive Modern is, was and will always be clever. In that spirit today, intelligence remains at the core, says Theo Richardson, who, together with Alexander Williams and Charles Brill, founded New York-based design studio Rich Brilliant Willing (a pithy blending of surnames – Richardson, Brill and Williams) in 2007. RBW has quickly gained recognition for its cerebral designs, which emphasize the exploration of form, reinventing familiar objects with basic materials. Similarly, composition of each part of the Rich Brilliant Willing LED Floor Lamp (2012) is based on its application. A wooden rectangular-prism shade adds warmth at the light source; a tubular steel arm lends strength and a twist – at the tip, an audio jack allows the shade to rotate 360 degrees – and a steel disc at the base provides support. Ships flat. Simple assembly required. UL Listed. Bulb (included): LED. Total power consumption 9 watts. Made in China. Materials: Solid American hickory with walnut stain or solid oak shade; clear-coated brushed steel arm; painted steel base; plastic fittings. Measurements:H 50" W 8" D 22.5"
The Eames® Aluminum Group Collection (1958) began as a special project for Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard, who needed seating for a home they were designing for industrialist J. Irwin Miller in Columbus, Indiana. The request was for leisure chairs light enough to move from indoors to out and strong enough to withstand the elements. At the time, the Eameses were exploring ways to use aluminum, which had been strengthened, refined and made more affordable since WWII. They constructed a lightweight die-cast frame for the project, then wrapped it in a sling – a sitting pocket that subtly conforms to the bodys shape. The result was a completely new type of seat and a departure from the idea of a chair as solid shell. While the original concept was for outdoor seating, the Eameses quickly recognized its possibilities for indoor use. This collection has been in continuous production by Herman Miller since 1958. Constructed of 61% recycled materials, its also 88% recyclable at the end of its useful life. Backed by a 12-year manufacturers warranty. This is an authentic Eames chair by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. Features: Swivel base; floor glides that work on both carpeted and hardwood floors. Materials: Four-star polished or powder-coated die-cast aluminum base and frame with tubular steel column; Maharam Messenger fabric (78% post-industrial recycled polyester, 15% polyester, 7% nylon), Cygnus mesh (69% elastomeric, 31% polyester) or Spinneybeck® Vicenza leather upholstery. Measurements:H 33.75" W 23" D 23" Seat H 18.25"
One of the leading providers of fine leathers in the world today, Spinneybeck began as a small Canadian company founded by Charlie Manchee in 1962. Working out of a rural schoolhouse next to his farm in Stouffville, Ontario, he built his business by offering only the best leathers, and he soon became a go-to resource for top-notch clients. In the 1980s, Spinneybeck moved to a converted stable in Niagara Falls, New York, where it continues to be headquartered today. The Spinneybeck Cowhide Rug is a very large premium hide from Italy. Each one is unique, with its own distinct size, shape and tones. As for Spinneybeck, its derived from a combination of spinney , the Old English word for woods, and beck , the Viking word for brook or stream. Together they celebrate natures contribution to the craft of leather making. Double up the rug for twice the effect. Can be washed with mild soap and water and swept or vacuumed clean. Rug pad recommended. Made in Italy. Materials: Spinneybeck natural haired cowhide. Measurements:L 6'–7' W 5'–6' (approx.)
Niels Diffrients Freedom Chair (1999) was a breakthrough in ergonomic task seating. Often, ergonomic chairs are likely to be improperly positioned, resulting in the creation of more problems than they solve. The Freedom Chair is simpler than other chairs, eliminating many manual adjustments and creating instead a system of internal mechanisms that respond to the users needs. A unique counterbalancing tilt mechanism self-adjusts according to the users weight and movement, thus eliminating the need for manual fixes. Any adjustments can be easily made while the user is seated for accurate positioning. The seat cushion provides excellent shock absorption and weight distribution for unmatched comfort. The Freedom Chair was awarded the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonians Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Backed by a 15-year manufacturers warranty. Made in U.S.A. For big shots who leave small footprints, Freedom is 62% recycled, 90% recyclable and 100% comfortable. Materials: Die-cast aluminum frame with fused plastic coating; polyurethane foam cushion; leather upholstery; 2.5" hard double-wheel casters for carpeted floors only. (Casters for hardwood floors are available through customer service and DWR Studios.) Spinneybeck Vicenza Leather: A lightly corrected aniline-dyed leather with a breathable protective finish that ensures great durability. Spinneybeck Cervo Leather: A lightly corrected aniline-dyed full-grain leather with a raised pebble grain and breathable protective finish. Vellum fabric: a blend of nylon, Cordura® and elastic yarn, this four-way stretch textile offers durability and a pleasing texture. Measurements:H 33.5"–44.5" W 27" D 25" Seat H 16.5"–21.5"
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 31.5" W 32.75" D 32.75" Seat H 15" Standard Ottoman: H 17.25" W 26" D 21.5"
Expressing the rationalist aesthetic that came to epitomize the International Style, the LC10 Table (1928) by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand features framework reduced to a minimum. Perriand had the idea to manufacture the legs and side pieces separately to ensure the highest quality finish; in this fashion, components of various sizes can be used to create tables more in line with demand today. The LC Series was originally designed for indoor use, but after a visit to Villa Savoye, where some of the pieces were being used on the terrace, Cassina was inspired to create outdoor-safe models. The manufacturer spent three years working closely with the Le Corbusier Foundation to develop a product that was within the Foundations strict parameters: to be the same or better quality than indoor. Cassina opted for better quality, constructing the frame using hand-polished type 304 stainless steel and opting for silver welding rather than chrome. This silver welding offers extreme resistance to corrosion, developing a patina over time, and is also more authentic – chrome was not commonly used until the 1970s. Each piece is signed, numbered and, as a product of Cassinas Masters Collection, manufactured by Cassina under exclusive worldwide license from the Le Corbusier Foundation. Made in Italy. Materials: Hand-polished type 304 stainless steel frame with silver welding; matte black stretchers; 15mm textured glass tabletop; plastic foot ends. Measurements:H 13" W 47.25" D 31.5"
When asked where shed most like to see her rugs, Angela Adams replied, Public schools, even if they were on the walls. My hope is the children would get inspired and realize that you can take simple doodles and create a whole language and career out of it. Adams language echoes the natural beauty of the Maine coastline, where the designer grew up and still lives. Within her doodles are images inspired by old boathouses with freshly painted lobster buoys hanging on clotheslines over piles of multicolored ropes. Adams sees these scenes every day as she walks next to the Atlantic Ocean on her way to and from work. Her palette, she says, changes every hour as fog and tides ebb and flow. The tight community in which Adams lives also inspires her work, and her indoor-outdoor Arlo Rug (2013) is named for a Beagle she knows who, like this rug, is understated, minimal and confident. Made of UV-stable polypropylene, the Arlo Rug will stand up to sunlight, stains, moisture and mildew. A rug pad is recommended to keep the rug in place; an outdoor rug pad will help the rug dry quickly when used outside. Made in Belgium. Materials: 100% UV-stable polypropylene. Measurements:L 10' W 7'10" Pile 0.25" L 7'6" W 5'3" Pile 0.25"
DWR Exclusive The Matera Collection (2007), focused on delivering ample storage, is the work of Sean Yoo, who at the time of its conception lived in Matera, Italy (thus its name). Born in Seoul, Yoo grew up in Los Angeles and was working as a city planner when a visit to the Noguchi Museum in New York inspired him to pursue design. I was particularly attracted to the way Noguchi applied sculptural qualities to common household objects, says Yoo. It seemed to give meaning and purpose to otherwise meaningless objects. The Matera Collection features clean lines nicely finished with beveled edges, running match wood grain and exposed-slot mortise-and-tenon corner joints. All pieces have slotted bases that lend an airy feel. The Matera Bed has side panels that rest off the floor. Made in Malaysia. This bed requires no box spring and is compatible with our Sonno Mattress. Materials: Solid walnut or oak case frame and bed rails; walnut or oak veneer over MDF headboard and footboard with thick solid walnut or oak edging; 0.5" solid ash bed slats. Measurements:Twin H 38" W 43.5" D 77.5" Platform H 15"
Made from 111 recycled plastic Coke® bottles, this chair is the result of a special collaboration between Emeco and Coca-Cola®. It took four years of research, design and testing to create it, the production of which keeps three million plastic bottles out of landfills every year. The 111 Navy Chair (2010) not only celebrates the iconic form of the aluminum 1006 Navy® Chair designed in 1944 but also adds a pop (pun intended) of color. One of the few plastic chairs to be built with leg stretchers, this chair will stand up to frequent use. Red, white and flint are suitable for outdoor use. This is the authentic 111 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. Materials: 65% recycled post-consumer PET (plastic bottles); 35% pigment, glass fiber and fire inhibitor. Measurements:H 34" W 15.5" D 19.5" Seat H 18"
The Le Corbusier group referred to their LC2 and LC3 Collections (1928) as cushion baskets, which they designed as a modernist response to the traditional club chair. These pieces reverse the standard structures of sofas and chairs by having frames that are externalized. With thick, resilient pillows resting within the steel frames, the idea was to offer all the comfort of a padded surface while applying the elegant minimalism and industrial rationale of the International Style. The resulting aesthetic of the simple tubular structure is remarkably relevant to how we live today, almost 90 years later. Each piece is signed and numbered and, as a product of Cassinas Masters Collection, is manufactured by Cassina under exclusive worldwide license from the Le Corbusier Foundation. Made in Italy. The differences between the collections are that the LC2 is more compactly scaled, and the LC3 has the option of either down- or Dacron-wrapped cushions. Materials: Chromed steel frame; nylon webbing; multi-density composite foam cushions with down wrap; top-grain semi-aniline leather upholstery; nickel-plated steel glides. Measurements:H 24.5" W 93.5" D 28.75" Seat H 15.75"
DWR Exclusive What do you want a mirror to do for you? Define a space, bring more light into a room, reflect the real you? Whatever it is, the Mondrian Collection (2008) is a comprehensive system of mirrors suited to meet every need. Designed to proportionally play off one another, all sizes in the collection have a lightweight extruded aluminum frame that offers a quiet presence and wont compete with other furnishings. A metal cleat hanging system allows for vertical or horizontal placement, and the polished edges and Masonite backing complete the quality construction. This commercial-quality mirror can be used in damp areas. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Extruded and anodized natural-, black- or brass-colored aluminum; polished mirror glass; Masonite® backing; metal cleat hanging system. Measurements:H 80" W 44" D 1.25", 98 lbs.
DWR Exclusive We make outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger, explains Loll founder Greg Benson. Our furniture is for people who are looking for fresh design thats made in the U.S.A. with sustainable manufacturing practices. At Loll, we strive to inspire people to appreciate the outdoors both by the way we make our products and how they are intended to be used. Starting as a side project, Loll was founded in 2006 by a custom skate park manufacturer as a way to repurpose excess ramp material. That original company is gone, but Loll still designs and produces durable all-weather outdoor furniture made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, mostly from reclaimed post-consumer milk jugs. Since the companys founding, its dedication to the environment has kept more than 100 million milk jugs out of landfills. The Adirondack Collection (2008), Lolls most renowned, is waterproof, fade-resistant and maintenance-free. Each piece ships flat to save on packing materials; simple assembly required (Allen wrench included). Made in U.S.A. Materials: 100% recycled post-consumer or post-commercial (depending on color) high-density polyethylene; high-grade stainless steel fasteners. Measurements:Regular H 11.75" W 19" D 17"
For his simple and innovative lighting, Jason Miller draws on everyday aspects of American culture, transforming them into something surprising and beautiful. For his Modo Chandelier (2009), Miller was inspired by off-the-shelf industrial parts like those found on Canal Street, not far from his Brooklyn studio. We have re-engineered inexpensive parts that are made by the thousands in China or India, says Miller about the pieces manufacturing. Modos parts are made by high-end machine shops here in America that typically work for the airline industry. While the inspiration is a bit banal, it is now a very sophisticated product. The chandeliers components are painstakingly engineered and custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum. This version has a three-sided frame that holds 10 glass globes, and it includes a three-foot stem that can be cut upon installation to the desired length. Bulb (included): incandescent half-silver globe 25W/G25/E26. UL and CUL Listed. Made in U.S.A. The Modo Collection features hand-blown glass globes with slight variances in shape and color, which make each piece unique. Materials: Machined aluminum; aluminum tubing; black or bronze finish with smoked glass globes or polished nickel finish with cream glass globes. Measurements:H 20" W 36" D 41", 15 lbs.