“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

The bed is from Design Within Reach.
An eight-foot-high sliding glass door leads to the backyard's ipe deck, ideal for informal gatherings. The bench cushions are custom from Studio Collins Weir and the tables and chairs are from Design Within Reach.
A Design Research catalog from the 1960s.
Textured Stripe Pillows by Tamasyn Gambell, $120–$180 from dwr.com
With serious depth, the Havana Sleeper is ideal for afternoon naps, so imagine how comfortable it’d be when fully reclined. As a bonus, there’s a sizable storage compartment in the back, so you can keep extra sheets and a quilt at hand.
In the dining area of the kitchen, Design Within Reach’s Salt chairs surround a vintage Milo Baughman table. The Lenin portraits on the wall behind Jen and Jonas were purchased from Steven Sclaroff and form an ironic counterpoint to the family’s assembled Americana.
In 1966, the Danish design magazine Mobilia dedicated their whole issue to Design Research.
Flocks Pouf by Christien Meindertsma for Design Within Reach
One of our favorite areas was the design library swatch wall with removable color swatches displaying the full range of customizable options and the light cloud filled with pendant fixtures. Photo by Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco.
Finn chaise by Norm Architects for Design Within Reach, $1,865

Humidity-resistant teak is an obvious choice for outdoor seating, and we love its silvery patina. This version comes with Sunbrella cushions.
Holiday 2008 gift wrapping from Design Within Reach.
Knoll debuted a new marble-topped outdoor table by Daniel Stromborg at this year's ICFF (paired with chairs Don Chadwick chairs the young designer worked on when he was part of Chadwick's studio!).
The dining test lab (shown) features 70 of their bestselling and most iconic chairs alongside tables that can be used to test-drive the seats in situ. Photo by Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco.
DWR’s new 20,000-square-foot store at the heart of the Design District in San Francisco’s Portrero Hill neighborhood is one of their largest locations to date. The 30 full-room vignettes throughout the store allow shoppers to visualize and interact with the furniture. Full product lines are mixed in with the vignettes as well, to help people find one specific item. Photo by Sharon Risedorph Photography, San Francisco
Here, a rendering of the Solar Shuttle designed by SolarLab Research and Design.
The deck is furnished with pieces from Design Within Reach.
Bharathi Research Station (Antarctica)

Resembling a space station from a vintage ‘60s sci-fi film, this incredible creation by Germany’s BOF Architects inhabits another extreme environment, a coastal hillside on the bottom of the globe. Built to house researchers from India, this structure is easily removable to lessen environmental impact.

Photo by BOF Architects
Far from the dark, cavernous barns of the Midwest, tall ceilings and an open floor plan creates an airy interior. Architect Bill Bickford and contractor Traditional Carpentry, Inc. collaborated on a unique sliding door to the upstairs master suite: a vintage billboard cut in half and put on a barn door track. The sitting area below features Raleigh Armchairs from Design Within Reach and a loveseat from Jayson Home.