Many of you are already familiar with the brilliant purveyor of gorgeous modern goods known as DWR – Design Within Reach… For those of you NOT already a devotee, DWR is a showcase for the best in modern design, from iconic mid-century works to innovative items designed today specifically for them by some of the most creative people in the business. While they sell a plethora of gorgeous things for inside your home (snarfle through their website when you get a chance)… what REALLY captivated my attention completely is their stunning selection of outdoor furniture and accesssories. To say Bold, Brilliant and Beautiful (a little alliteration moment) is an understatement. They are wonderfully made & produced, yet best of all can be purchased online (whilst in your bunny slippers) and shipped directly to you. I can see them working equally as well in either a commercial setting or residential setting. I especially love that while their quality and design is very high end, the company itself is VERY customer friendly (as in NO bad attitudes) and even better…completely Pet friendly (how else can you know if a chaise is going to really work unless it gets Rover`s approval).
I’m currently deeply coveting the stunning KAYU collection (the image above). The Kayu collection is made of thick slabs of unfinished teak and is a combination of straightforward almost monolithic design and robust natural wood. Crafted of solid, massive planks of teak, these pieces are left unfinished to allow for them to develop a patina that requires no maintenance. Both the Dining Table and coordinating bench (sold separately) are made from Indonesian teak, which is harvested from strictly managed plantations, ensuring the wood’s sustainable origins.
Another DWR item I absolutely LOVE for the Garden is the Luau Portable Lamp A combination of high Design, whimsy and sheer genius. while you can of course use it indoors, it really shines (no pun intended) when situated in the garden, especially when several of them are used creating a repeated modern rhythm to the Design. I especially love that it is charged from a base and then moveable so you aren`t tethered to an electrical socket, you can illuminate your garden wherever and however you choose.
- Luau can be used while recharging.
- When lifted from its base, the lamp automatically lights and glows for 6-10 hours.
- Adjust the amount of warm ambient light by spinning the dial on the bottom of the lamp.
- Luau can sit on a surface or hang from a hook or tree branch by its stainless steel handle.
- Made of impact-resistant polyethylene with a water resistant housing.
- Energy-efficient LED pack and rechargeable 1500mAh battery included.
Speaking of outdoor lighting… I also adore their Amax Outdoor Floorlamp. The Amax is massive in scale, the large version is nearly 8`tall and weighs over 150 lbs and are perfect focal points to sitting or lounge areas, giving them a true `room`feeling. They are of course designed like an interior floor lamp but then are over-scaled for an impactful installation and to create a dramatic tension and verticality to your garden. The large version makes me think of the Brobdingnagians from Gulliver`s Travels.
- Available in two towering heights – 6’8″ and 7’10” – Amax is the antithesis of discreet outdoor lighting.
- The iron base and aluminum stem are protected with a cataphoresis coating (similar to what’s used on cars) with a matte grey finish.
NEXT on my DWR wishlist is the entire Scoop Collection designed by Mark Gabbertas. The Scoop line was designed with a flowing, minimalist shape reminiscent of the Mid-Century masters. Unique to Scoop is the herringbone pattern that’s integrated into the organic, circular flow of each shape, woven from Textilene vinyl to create a supportive sling that is yielding and comfortable. I love the detailing of the brushed stainless steel accents. Scoop is suitable for residential, hospitality and contract usages.
Another BRILLIANT outdoor collection line by DWR is the OLLIE, designed by Royce Nelson, a Designer and professional skateboarder (An “ollie” is a no-handed aerial skateboarding trick by the way). I love the bold and oversized statement it makes in a garden while being clean lined and fluid enough to have a wide versatility, especially depending upon the fabric you select for it. Like all of DWR collections, the Ollie is made of weather-resistant synthetic rattan and responsibly harvested solid teak. hte Ollie as well has fully lined hidden storage compartments with zipper closures to some of the pieces (a feature on my favourite piece in the collection the Chaise Longue). A door under the Chaise opens to reveal a zippered, weather-resistant bag, roomy storage for cushions, towels, sunscreen or any other outdoor essentials. Suitable for residential or commercial, I especially see these on a gorgeous terrace with lush dark green foliage nearby and lots of white blossoms.
Finally, the last collection on my wishlist (so far today anyway) is the Marais Collection Designed by Metalworker Xavier Pauchard (a Design icon who not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France, bu also created the classic Marais A Chair in 1934). It is the quintessential cafe chair that is both elegant and robust (it graced the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner). It takes 100 manual operations to create an A Chair – no two are entirely the same – and the X-shaped reinforcement bar beneath the seat enables each chair to bear the designer’s initial. `Xavier Pauchard’s Chaise A is a perfect synthesis created by a man possessed of an understanding of raw materials – and the tools used to work them,” said Serge Lemoine, former director of Musee d’Orsay, Paris. All Tolix metal furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where it all began. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic. Rubber feet prevent damage to floors. The Marais Collection will stand up to the rigors of public use, come in a rainbow of colours (the HOT pink is my ultimate fave), can stack 10 chairs high and is without saying another word, divine.
Take a look at their extensive website and let me know what you think.