Design Within Reach Cutter Stool
- Materials: FSC-certified solid teak; stainless steel.
- Measurements:H 17.5" W 15.75" D 15.75"
Design Within Reach Lampe Gras Model 304 Sconce Lamp
DWR Exclusive Son of a draftsman and a homemaker, Bernard-Albin Gras was born in Saint-Raphaël, France, in 1886. He would become an engineer and tireless inventor who registered dozens of patents, including one for Lampe Gras (1921). A product of Gras' passion to improve working conditions for hundreds of laborers in ordinary machine shops, research laboratories and design studios in the 1920s, this lighting solution is capable of meeting the needs of many different users. The architect Le Corbusier seized upon the design, which satisfied the demands of his ideology about the perfect object-tool: a form reduced to its pure function, free of superfluous ornament. Corbu furnished his design offices and architectural projects with Lampes Gras, and other early adopters included Eileen Gray, Man Ray and Robert Mallet-Stevens. The cast steel frames are made without screws or welded joints; all parts contribute to utmost effectiveness of the whole. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E12 base; 40W max. Made in China. Materials: Cast steel body; chrome finish or matte black or white powder-coated finish; Bakelite sphere motion component. Measurements:H 12"–15.75" Shade Diameter 5.5" Base Diameter 4.75", 9 lbs.
Design Within Reach Luciano Mirror
DWR Exclusive In 1972, Luciano Bertoncini's work was included in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape , a legendary MoMA exhibition that included Ettore Sottsass, Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini and many other groundbreaking designers. The show kicked off Bertoncini's career, and today he is a furniture designer working from his studio in Treviso. His Luciano Mirror (2011) echoes the clean and simple aesthetic of his Min Bedroom Collection, which has been a best-seller in our assortment since 2003. With its slim aluminum frame in white or black powder-coated finish, the Luciano Mirror works well in any setting or room. Includes a metal hanging strip and screws for vertical or horizontal placement. This commercial-quality mirror is suitable for use in damp areas. Made in Italy. Materials: Extruded aluminum frame with epoxy powder-coated finish; mirror glass; white lacquer sheet steel metal back. Measurements:Small: H 45" W 31.25" D 4.5", 31.7 lbs. Large: H 76.5" W 31.25" D 4.5", 65 lbs.
Design Within Reach Mohair Throw
DWR Exclusive Wrap yourself in this luxuriously soft Mohair Throw and you'll understand why mohair, which is made from the hair of the Angora goat, has been prized since the 1500s. As warm as a hug, the high-quality mohair fibers are naturally durable and breathable. Mohair's inherent strength and flexibility has led to its use in a wide range of applications since Angora goats were brought to the West in the mid-1800s – from blankets and scarves to train seats and cowboy's chaps. Using all-natural vegetable dyes and only natural fibers, our 100% brushed Mohair Throw was woven at a mill in County Wicklow, Ireland, which has been manufacturing tweeds and blankets since 1723. Made in Ireland. Materials: 70% mohair; 30% pure wool Measurements:L 72" W 57"
Design Within Reach Restore Basket, Medium
DWR Exclusive Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen, winner of the prestigious Bruno Mathsson Award of 2012, named his simple basket "Restore" because it's constructed of polymer felt made from recycled PET bottles. This eco-friendly approach is something that can be found in many of the projects Tolvanen has worked on since earning his master's degree in design from the Royal College of Art in 2001. Perfect for holding magazines, toys or even firewood, the Restore Basket (2009) holds its shape but is made of a soft material that won't scratch tabletop surfaces. "I wanted the basket to have a non-obtrusive nature," says Tolvanen. "And to give it a form that has a friendly appearance." Made in China. Materials: Polymer felt made from recycled PET bottles. Measurements:H 9" W 19" D 13.75"
Design Within Reach NelsonTM Cigar Wall Sconce
Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Miller's 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. Designed with a swivel hinge and 12-foot plug-in cord, the shade can be readjusted left or right, as well as shifted up or down without moving the bracket on the wall. Materials: Plastic polymer; steel frame; steel arm with brushed nickel finish; walnut wall bracket. Measurements:Overall: H 16.75"–32" D 18" Cord L 12', 7 lbs. Shade: H 14" Diameter 10.5"
Design Within Reach Dotty Clock
DWR Exclusive Australian designer Abi Alice works in many disciplines, ranging from photography and sculpture to sound and product design. Geometry, spatiality and form are frequently explored in her work, and she often kicks off projects by studying the creative potential of everyday materials. The Dotty Clock (2016) began with sticky dots discovered at a stationery store. "I was drawn to the varying sizes and bright colors of the sticky dots and began a multitude of playful experiments using sticky dots and colored cards. Through this process, the Dotty Clock was born." Minimal and abstract, the clock is also reminiscent of "ancient astronomical instruments once used to measure time by following the movements of the solar system," says the designer. Alice's work is part of several permanent collections worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Runs on one AA battery (included). Made in Italy. Materials: Steel; epoxy resin finish. Measurements:Diameter 8" D 1.75", 2.2 lbs.
Design Within Reach NelsonTM Petal Clock
The Petal Clock (1957) is one of more than 150 clocks designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company, which sold them from 1949 into the 1980s. Nelson Associates, first launched as a studio by George Nelson in 1947 in New York City, employed some of the most celebrated designers of the time, including Irving Harper, Don Ervin and Charles Pollock, all of whom contributed to the clocks. Until its closure in the mid-1980s, the company designed a range of products for many clients, including Herman Miller, Inc., which was established in 1923 by Howard Miller’s brother-in-law, D.J. De Pree. A bit of family history: De Pree also founded the Herman Miller Clock Company in 1926 but turned it over in 1937 to Howard, who renamed it. As for the identity of Herman Miller, he was Howard’s father and De Pree’s father-in-law. The Miller companies are not affiliated but stand across the street from one another in Zeeland, Michigan. The Petal Clock appeared in the original Miller brochure as Model 7513. This is an authentic Nelson Clock, produced by Vitra Design Museum. Uses one AA battery (included). Made in Poland. Materials: Brass; aluminum; lacquered metal; high-grade quartz clockwork. Measurements:Diameter 17.75", 4 lbs.
Design Within Reach Doormat with Bristles
The Iris Hantwerk company produces high-quality household items using techniques that date back to the 19th century. Enlisting the skills of top designers to conceptualize their products, they hire and support visually impaired craftspeople to create these meticulously assembled pieces. Tough enough for gardeners' muddy boots, the Doormat with Bristles (2008) is a must for the mudroom, entry or porch. Rows of stiff synthetic bristles trap sand and dirt, and the durable raised beech wood slats allow water to pass through for quick drying. Made in Sweden. Materials: Beech wood; synthetic fibers. Measurements:H 1.5" W 23.75" D 15.75"
Design Within Reach Fun 1 Wall Sconce
Most people are familiar with Danish designer Verner Panton for his S-shaped chair and op-art environments, but his Fun Lamps (1964) are equally iconoclastic. One of the most sought-after modern lighting designs at auction today, the Fun Lamps give modernism a decorative dimension without being cute – think of them as functional jewelry for interiors. The cascading design is composed of hand-cut mother of pearl discs, which make wonderful musical sounds when stirred by a breeze. These lamps have an ethereal presence, with light shining through the discs to produce a warm, opulent glow. Bulb (not included): incandescent E26. Made in Denmark. Sconce can be hardwired. Each lamp is stamped with Panton's signature and comes with a certificate of authenticity. UL Listed and suitable for commercial use. Ships flat to avoid tangling; assembly required. Materials: Steel structure; hand-cut mother of pearl discs; on/off switch on transparent cord. Measurements:H 23" W 15.75" D 8.75" Cord L 86.75", 8.5 lbs.
Design Within Reach Maharam Pillow in Lanalux
DWR Exclusive Trained as an architect but proficient in nearly all design disciplines, Alexander Girard had a profound impact on 20th-century visual culture. Shortly after being introduced to Herman Miller by Charles Eames and George Nelson in 1952, Girard became the textile division's founding director of design, a position he held for the next 21 years. He designed over 300 textiles during his tenure there, all the while benefiting from the freedom to explore wildly different approaches to fabric production, yarn content, pattern, texture, color and mood. Staggering not only in its sheer volume but also in its stunning creativity, his body of work remains relevant to this day. Maharam has reissued a total of 20 Girard patterns to date as part of its Textiles of the 20th CenturyTM series, dedicated to faithfully reissuing the textiles of great multidisciplinary designers of the past, from Anni Albers and Charles and Ray Eames to Josef Hoffmann, Verner Panton and Gio Ponti. Named for lana, Italian for "wool" (Girard was raised in Florence and educated in Rome), Lanalux (1970) sports an extra-smooth feel thanks to its fine-micron wool fashioned into yarns of uneven thickness that are used in the warp and weft to produce a chunky, homespun texture. Fabric made in the U.K. Materials: Fabric pillowcase (100% wool); cotton ticking; feather filling. Measurements:L 21" W 11" L 17" W 17" L 26" W 18"
Design Within Reach Cup Planter, Large
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 IDEO's Tokyo office, and seven years later he started his own company. Fukasawa's approach to design is based on careful observation of people's actions and feelings. It is in the study of these behaviors that he is able to create products that fit into people's 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"