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A Design Within Reach publication | November 28, 2013 | Written by Gwendolyn Horton

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“ Ultimately, the cities that we build are like pianos and the people are the music. Without good compositions and skilled musicians, the piano is useless.”
– Paolo Soleri

Giving thanks for Paolo Soleri.

If there were an official sound to Arizona, it would be the chime of Paolo Soleri’s wind-bells. Although this fascinating man left our world in April 2013, his voice has not been silenced. His bells – like doorbells that announce your arrival to another way of living – serve as reminders of what is possible when we approach our world with kindness and a sense of community.

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Express yourself in cork and foil.

If your holiday plans include champagne, champagne and more champagne (who, me?) then we have an exciting message for you: The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™ is coming! To enter, create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles.

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It’s the Herman Miller Sale at DWR!

Topping wish lists for 57 years, the Eames® Lounge Chair began with a desire to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” Today it is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century, and for a brief time it’s on sale and shipping for free.

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Craving culture? Museum exhibitions to see now.

Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From stage designs at Yale to Edward Hopper in Manhattan and Dallas to time machines at MIT, there is richness to enjoy everywhere.

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The Gift of Know-How.

Our gift to you: the timeless gift of know-how. Learn about style, drinks, books and food from some of our favorite aficionados. Watch their engaging videos and enter for a chance to win an Eames® Hang-It-All from DWR and a $500 gift certificate from emerging retailer Of a Kind.

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12.11.13 Costa Mesa William Krisel, a lecture and film screening. Join us for a screening of the film William Krisel: Architect and a discussion of Krisel’s 60-year career, moderated by architectural historian Alan Hess.


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