Design Within Reach Eames Molded Plastic Rocker (RAR)
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 this rocker is made of recyclable polypropylene. The chair that Charles and Ray were designing, explains grandson Eames Demetrios, is the chair thats made tomorrow . Since 1955, every Herman Miller employee welcoming a baby into his or her life has been offered this rocker or a $100 savings bond. More than 90% have chosen the rocker. Fortunately, you dont have to work at Herman Miller to bring home this bundle of joy. This is an authentic chair by Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A. RAR stands for rocker height, armchair, rocking base. Choose from nine bases: black, white or chrome wires, each available with maple, walnut or white ash runners. Materials: Injection-molded batch-dyed recyclable polypropylene; powder-coated or chrome-plated steel base; maple, walnut or white ash runners with clear lacquer finish. Measurements:H 26.5" W 25" D 27.25" Seat H 13" Arm H 23"
Design Within Reach Jens Chair
DWR Exclusive Running into legendary designer Jens Risom in the halls at DWR headquarters was one of the many pleasures of working here. Over the years, we collaborated with Risom on a number of new product launches and re-launches like this Chair (1949), originally designed for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico. Decades had passed since this collection was in production, and Risom worked closely with us on every step of its return, from reviewing prototypes, to adjusting tiny details, to advocating cost-effective changes in the manufacturing process. Like all the furniture by this iconic designer, this collection has a subtle Scandinavian sensibility that works with modern and traditional settings. Or, as Risom put it, Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things. Slipcovers are removable for cleaning. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Solid oak or walnut frame; plywood panel under seat cushion; fabric or Elmosoft Scandinavian semi-aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 29.5" W 28" D 28" Seat H 16" Arm H 24.5"
Design Within Reach Vitra Miniatures Collection: Eames Stool A
Each handmade Vitra miniature is a classic in the history of furniture design reduced in size at a scale of 1:6. True to the original pieces in structure and materials, the miniatures are precision-crafted, making them a thoughtful gift for a furniture lover or design professional. Charles and Ray Eames received a commission to design the interiors of three lobbies in the new Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City. In addition to outfitting these spaces, this major project encompassed the development of the comfortably upholstered Lobby Chairs and a group of stools made out of solid walnut. Inspired by an African stool that stood in the living room of the Eames House, the lathe-turned Eames Stools (1960), which were also conceived by Ray to be used as small occasional tables, have distinctive individual profiles. Each Vitra miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet. Materials: Solid walnut; varnish. Measurements:H 2.5" W 2.25" D 2.25"
Design Within Reach Bertoia Diamond Lounge 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). 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 Diamond Lounge Chair produced by Knoll. The Knoll logo is stamped into its base. Chair made in Italy; seat pad made in U.S.A. In honor of Bertoias 100th birthday, Knoll has introduced a version of this classic finished in 18-karat plated gold. Black and White frames can be used outdoors with limited exposure to the elements. Chrome and Gold frames are not for outdoor use. Vinyl seat pad can be used outdoors and is secured to chair with metal snaps. Bouclé full cover is not for outdoor use. Materials: Welded steel rods; polished chrome finish with chrome connections, 18K gold plated with stainless steel connections or bonded Rilsan® finish with stainless steel connections; vinyl seat pad (65% polyester, 35% rayon) or KnollTextiles Classic Bouclé upholstery (57% nylon, 43% wool). Measurements:H 30" W 33.5" D 28.25" Seat H 16.5"
Design Within Reach Shell Chair
Danish designer Hans J. Wegner preferred to work in solid wood, but occasionally he explored the use of bent plywood, and for that we are very thankful. Sometimes called the smiling chair, his Shell Chair (1963) achieves a floating lightness due to its wing-like seat and the arching curves of its tapered legs. And while it stands on only three legs, this chair has an absolute stability that could only be achieved by someone with Wegners expertise in cabinetmaking and architecture. Wegners belief that a chair should be beautiful from all sides and angles is especially evident with his Shell Chair. This comfortable masterpiece is a marvel of grace and beauty. This is the authentic Shell Chair produced by Carl Hansen & Søn. Made in Denmark. Materials: Form-pressed walnut veneer or form-pressed beech veneer with lacquer finish; molded cold foam seat and back; cowhide, leather, Kvadrat Hallingdal fabric (70% wool, 30% viscose) or Maharam Campaign fabric upholstery. Measurements:H 29.25" W 36.25" D 32.75" Seat H 14"
Design Within Reach Eames Lounge Chair
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 or santos palisander veneer; molded plywood frame; die-cast aluminum swivel base and back braces; polyurethane foam cushions; stainless steel leveling floor glides; Spinneybeck® Vicenza leather upholstery. Measurements:H 32" W 32.75" D 32.75" Seat H 15"
Design Within Reach Bilsby Armchair
DWR Exclusive Since graduating from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979, Matthew Hilton has created a number of innovative furniture collections, often drawing inspiration from unusual places. The idea for the Bilsby Sofa Collection (2014) came from a visit to The Homewood, a modern house designed by Patrick Gwynne and built by Leslie Bilsby in the English countryside. Combining the clean lines of Gwynnes architecture with state-of-the-art technologies from today, Bilsby is the perfect blend of aesthetics, comfort and support. The ultra-thin steel deck offers exceptional stability, while the custom combination of foam and down provides a comfortable sit with a tailored look. Designed with the urban dweller in mind, Bilsby features arms and backs that detach for easy delivery through narrow hallways and staircases. Made in Italy. Materials: Steel bottom deck; wood-framed back and sides; foam cushions with down filling and Dacron® wrap; satin-chromed steel legs; fabric or Kalahari full-grain, semi-aniline leather upholstery. Measurements:H 28" W 39" D 35.5" Seat H 16"
Design Within Reach Chieftains Chair
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 original is an authentic, fully licensed product of House of Finn JuhlTM. 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"
Design Within Reach Cini Boeri Lounge Chair with Casters
Cini Boeris approach to design is all about flexibility and mobility. Her generously scaled CB Lounge Collection (2008) allows users to sit how they like: Deep, wide seats and substantial arms create an invitation to lounge any which way. Locking casters on the back legs of the Lounge Chair and Sofa further the flexibility of these pieces. Boeris partnership with Knoll dates back to the 1970s, when she designed showrooms for the company in France, Germany, Italy and Los Angeles. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A. Foam seat and back cushions are highly resilient and will stand up to years of multidirectional lounging. Combines a sleek, modern aesthetic with the comfort of traditional, overstuffed lounge seating. Contract quality, appropriate for home or workplace. Materials: Steel tubing base with dark grey paint and powder-coated finish; open-cell polyurethane cushions; locking casters; KnollTextiles Classic Bouclé upholstery (57% nylon, 43% wool). Measurements:H 30.5" W 53.5" D 43.5" Seat H 16.5" Arm H 22.5"
Design Within Reach CrosshatchTM Chair
Eoos is a studio based in Vienna that was founded in 1995 by designers Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl. The name is a playful variant of Eous, one of the four chariot horses of sun god Helios, according to Greek mythology. It was the first name that resonated with the trio after they spotted it in a copy of Ovids Metamorphoses that just so happened to be lying around their office, chosen in part for the way a horses erratic jaunts evoke a designers irregular everyday forays into the conceptual. Eoos has won more than 70 international awards, including the Compasso dOro. Its Crosshatch Chair (2014) balances a visually light aesthetic with sturdy construction, consisting of parachute cord precisely wrapped around a solid wooden frame and seat bottom. The chair imparts the feeling of being suspended in a cozy nest, with a slightly canted back for ample comfort and support. Crosshatch works well in both living areas and office spaces. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Solid walnut frame; foam cushion with Dacron® wrap; nylon parachute cord; MCL leather or 100% wool felt fabric upholstery. Measurements:H 28.5" W 31.25" D 30.25" Seat H 14.75" Arm H 22.5"
Design Within Reach Como Chaise
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 44.25" D 79.5" Seat H 15.5"