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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 The Maharam Design Studio specializes in the design and development of textiles for commercial and residential interiors. Balancing an appreciation of history with a focus on aesthetic and industrial innovation, Maharam’s textiles are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper Hewitt and MoMA, among others. Woven in Scotland, where fine wool products have been made for centuries, Monk’s Wool (1999) depends entirely on construction and materials for its unique character, with basic weave structure and thick wool yarn combining to create magnified texture that gains subtle uniformity from dark structural yarn. Fabric made in the U.K. Materials: Fabric pillowcase (96% wool, 4% nylon); cotton ticking; feather filling. Measurements:L 21" W 11" L 17" W 17" L 26" W 18"
DWR Exclusive Material research primarily determines all of Jongerius designs. Her vast portfolio includes single pieces exhibited at galleries, mass-produced products sold at retail stores, design of airliner interiors and even the redesign of the North Delegates Lounge at the UN Headquarters in New York. Jongerius was just beginning her career when she was approached by Maharam and invited to work on a project for their 100th anniversary. Maharam now produces 29 different Jongerius textiles, many of which are in the permanent collections at the Art Institute Chicago, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and MoMA. Trees (2013) is a celebration of Jongerius dynamic material and color pairings, with metallic nylon and earthy wool combining to create depth and textural contrast to great effect. Rendered as a mass of hatch marks, it brings movement to the textile surface and charts seasonal transitions through its palette. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Fabric pillowcase (55% cotton, 28% nylon, 17% wool); cotton ticking; feather filling. Measurements:L 17" W 17" L 26" W 18"
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. Alices 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.
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. Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet. Materials: Fiberglass; steel; wood. Measurements:H 5.39" W 9.84" D 5.59"
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 Sconce (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 sconces components are painstakingly engineered and custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum. 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 tube; smoked glass globes. Measurements:H 18" W 6.5" D 10", 6 lbs.
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. Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet. Materials: Temper-rolled stainless steel. Measurements:H 5.04" W 6.1" D 5.71"
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. On the occasion of the XIth Milan Triennial in 1957, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni presented their first prototype for the Mezzadro. The stool went on show in its current form that same year in an interior setting displayed at the Colori e forme nella casa doggi exhibition in the Villa Olmo in Como. The designers used a common tractor seat for the springy metal seat, fastening it with a wing nut to the spring-based arched steel strip utilized in tractors to absorb the shock of uneven ground. They enhanced the stability of the cantilever structure by a wooden cross-strut that resembled the rungs of a wooden ladder. Each of these parts clearly embodies its task as a part of a functional whole. And what strikes the eye is the recourse to an artistic method exemplified by Marcel Duchamp's found objects or Pablo Picasso's assemblages. The Castiglionis considered a design successful only once they had managed to eliminate all the unnecessary components and an optimal formal expression had been found for this concentration on the essential. Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet. Materials: Chrome-plated and lacquered steel; beech wood. Measurements:H 3.5" W 3.25" D 3.5"
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.
In the 1990s, Danish designer Niels Hvass became a leader in the Nordic design scene by creating furniture that earned him awards and recognitions from Bo Bedre, Georg Jensen and The Design Foundation. He designed his teak Cutter Collection to challenge overly nostalgic wooden outdoor furnishings, bringing elegance and simplicity to outdoor spaces, as well as interior ones. Originally intended for gardens and patios, the Cutter Stool (2008) is also fitting for kitchens and bathrooms. This piece features specially engineered mortise-and-tenon joints for durability. Like all teak products, it will develop a rich, silvery patina over time, or it can be treated with teak oil to maintain its original luster. Made in Thailand. Add the optional Cutter Box underneath for storage. Materials: FSC-certified solid teak; stainless steel. Measurements:H 17.5" W 15.75" D 15.75"
Described by Brooklyn-based designer Jason Miller as nature made better, the Superordinate Antler Collection (2003) could be called an artful collision between hunting lodge décor and high-end contemporary design. Made completely out of ceramic with classic flame light bulbs at its tips, it will certainly provide a bright conversation piece for your next dinner party. When turned on, the bulbs throw shadows of the branch-like antlers onto the walls and ceiling, creating further decorative forms. Bulbs (included): incandescent candelabra 25W/120V/E17. Made in U.S.A. A modern sconce with a rustic edge. The ceramic structure is cast from molds of deer antlers. Includes two bulbs and wall mount hardware. Materials: Ceramic. Measurements:H 22" W 16", 2 lbs.
Arne Jacobsen originally designed the Station Clock (1941) for Lauritz Knudsen, a manufacturer of electric switches and dimmers in Denmark. Featuring easy-to-read numbers and two-tone hands, this clock features the simplicity and elegance for which Jacobsen is known. The alarm is a pleasant sounding bell – very old school – and snooze is activated with a light tap on the top of the clock. To see what time it is during the night, tap the top for a touch-sensor LED light that automatically shuts off. The Station Clock features a precision quartz movement powered by two AA batteries (not included). This is an authentic Arne Jacobsen clock manufactured by Rosendahl Timepieces. Made in China. Materials: ABS plastic; impact resistant lens; metal base and hands with brass finish; Japanese quartz movement. Measurements:H 4.75" W 4.5" D 2.75"
Arne Jacobsen originally conceived his City Hall Clock (1956) for the Rødovre City Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark. This refined large-scale clock, a classic Jacobsen design, makes a dramatic statement in spacious residential and commercial spaces. Shielded by a flat mineral glass crystal, its clean face has bold black lines in lieu of numerals for hours and simple grey circles for designating minutes. The City Hall Clock features a precision quartz movement powered by a single AA battery (not included). This is an authentic Arne Jacobsen clock manufactured by Rosendahl Timepieces. Made in Denmark. Materials: Aluminum case; flat mineral glass crystal; quartz movement. Measurements:Diameter 11.5" D 2", 3 lbs.
DWR Exclusive The Maharam Design Studio specializes in the design and development of textiles for commercial and residential interiors. Balancing an appreciation of history with a focus on aesthetic and industrial innovation, Maharams textiles are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper Hewitt and MoMA, among others. Woven in Scotland, where fine wool products have been made for centuries, Wool Striae (2013) comprises heathered spun yarns of variable thickness in a plain weave, steam-treated by perforated rollers that relax the fabric and draw the yarns closer, resulting in dense, smooth construction. Its characterized by a subtle rectilinear pattern with flecks of color that add organic richness to the whole. Fabric made in the U.K. Materials: Fabric pillowcase (100% wool); cotton ticking; feather filling. Measurements:L 17" W 17" L 21" W 11" L 26" W 18"
To me design is all about creating objects that are impossible not to notice, objects that are contagious and objects that stay in the heart forever, explains designer Rasmus Gottliebsen. Then I know I did a good job. With his background in advertising, Gottliebsen has an intuitive feel for garnering attention, evidenced by his minimal yet striking Watch Me Wall Clock (2010). This eye-catching clock consists of eight vibrantly colored aluminum rectangles fanned out to form a circular shape, with contrasting black and white hands for good readability. Inspired by a fan deck of color swatches, it adds a pop of color to most any room. Runs on one AA battery (not included). Made in China. Materials: Powder-coated aluminum. Measurements:Diameter 11.25", 1.1 lbs.
DWR Exclusive Designer Andi Kovel never says shes a glass blower. I never really wanted to be a glass blower. I just wanted to use it as a material...for my artwork. Yet, along with her partner Justin Parker, Kovel is subtly reinventing the art form. The two renowned artists have created custom work for Lenny Kravitz, Donna Karans New York flagship shop and Ralph Lauren stores. Parker is one of the top glassblowers, or gaffers, in the country, and Kovel has taught at both NYU and Parsons, among other universities. In their Portland, Oregon, studio, they transform recycled glass and beer bottles into graceful shapes using an electric furnace that doesnt emit carbon dioxide. The Candle Wax Vase becomes its owners work in progress. Finish the piece by simply burning candles, allowing the colors to drip and collect in the vase, an effect reminiscent of sand drawings. When its full, return it to Kovel and Parker, and theyll send you a new one. Each is signed by the designer. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Hand-blown glass. Measurements:H 12'' Diameter 9"
Bonnie Edelmans image Horse and Tree at Last Light (2009) plays with scale, exploring the natural world and nuances of form. While working as travel editor for Sports Illustrated , Edelman realized that shed been on the wrong side of the lens throughout her distinguished magazine and fashion career – and shes been shooting her artistic vision with a camera ever since. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the Northeast and privately collected by celebrities such as Heidi Klum and Rob Thomas. Horse and Tree at Last Light is available in three sizes. This archival-quality chromogenic print is face-mounted on quarter-inch-thick Plexiglas, then beautifully finished with flame-polished edges and acid-free Sintra foam backing. Each piece is signed and numbered. Materials: Archival-quality chromogenic print; Plexiglas; Sintra foam backing. Measurements:Small: H 30" W 45" Medium: H 40" W 60" Large: H 48" W 72"
Designer Todd Bracher approaches his work by studying how people interact with objects. I try to capture whats meaningful in that exchange, he explains. With the Distil Desk (2015), Bracher started with a common object, a cardboard box, and asked questions: Why does the edge have to be sharp? which led to curved edges that are easy on the arms; How can we make it beautiful and strong? which led to a molded plywood top; Where would a carpenter hide the wires? which led to cutouts in the cross-stretchers under the top. These questions and answers yielded a versatile and approachable piece of furniture that can function as an elegant table or as a hard-working desk, with smart cable management provisions. Simple assembly required. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Molded plywood top with walnut, ash or ebony veneer; solid walnut, ash or ebony legs. Measurements:Small: H 28.5" W 48" D 30" Large: H 28.5" W 60" D 30"
Dan Grabowski grew up getting a practical education in backyard industrial design. When my dad needed to create or repair something, he would design a solution, and then we would go off together and build it, he recalls. In college, he studied the work of sculptor Harry Bertoia, and thats when it clicked for me – the connection between sculpture and industrial design. Applying that connection, Grabowski strives to solve problems in smart ways using simple, uncluttered lines. His EverywhereTM Conference Table (2011) is smart in every way, its strength, versatility and ample size making it as welcome in conference rooms as in offices, home craft rooms or even dining rooms. The double three-column base lends solid support and a bold profile. Suitable for residential and commercial use. Constructed of 67% recycled material. Backed by a 12-year manufacturers warranty. Assembly required. Made in U.S.A. EverywhereTM is available in two additional configurations: The EverywhereTM Rectangular Table and the EverywhereTM Flip-Top Table. Materials: Plastic laminate or veneered maple top and edges over MDF; white powder-coated steel base; leveling floor glides. Measurements:H 28.5" W 84" D 42"
DWR Exclusive In 1944, Niels Otto Møller began his cabinetry company, where old craft traditions, like the handwoven seat on the Model 71 Side Chair (1951), 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. Whats 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 its 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, now managed by Niels son, Jørgen Henrik Møller. These chairs are authentic, fully licensed products of J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. Made in Denmark. The seat is woven by hand from one continuous 425-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 cant replicate the finish that comes from polishing by hand. In vintage advertisements for the Model 71 Chair, architect Arne Hovmand-Olsen was sometimes credited as its designer, and for good reason. Niels Otto Møller wasnt well known when he designed the chair, and he wanted to associate it with a prominent name, so he got permission from good friend Arne to use his. Materials: Teak frame; woven paper cord seat. Measurements:H 31.5" W 19.25" D 20" Seat H 17.3"