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If Design Within Reach Closes, Will You Miss It?

Purveyor of modern classics Design Within Reach is standing on shaky ground these days. The furniture maker has hired an investment firm to consider strategic alternatives to remedy its depressed share price, including a possible sale of the company.
It's too soon to tell if the company will be sold, or even just shut down, but I'm predicting it'll go bust if the economy remains as-is. We've already seen, with the folding of many of our favorite glossies, that the shelter market is suffering, and the high prices of DWR products are out of reach for most even with a good economy. So tell me, will you miss DWR if it closes up shop?

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Tovena2583036 Tovena2583036 5 years
I do not work for DWR, nor have any insight as to the workings of the company.  However, as someone who lives in a small studio apartment in NYC, I do find their furniture attractively priced and perfect for apartment living. I own the sliding sofa bed, which I purchased from DWR over 5 years ago.  It is made in Italy (don't know what part), looks great, and is very comfy as both a sofa and bed which I use every night. I payed $3,200 for it, and worthy every cent.   I also bought two Eames side chairs, which are originals.  The price was exactly the same no matter where I looked.   The DWR saleswoman told me that they would go on sale, and even notified me when they did. Got a great deal on them, but they are still very expensive. For what you are getting, DWR prices are in line.  They do have sales, and they do have a warehouse somewhere in New Jersey for seconds at a discount.  The service is universally good, and the salespeople I've dealt with friendly, informative and above all honest.  I wish I had more room in my apartment, and more money to shop there.  However, I'm  pleased with the what I purcahsed at DWR, and always recommend it to friends. 
voodoosputnik voodoosputnik 8 years
I do, in fact, know what good modern furniture costs. DWR has had the same boring shit for eons now. DWR charges an arm and a leg for even *damaged* goods--5% or 10% something that fell off the truck and got damaged. My partner and I, looooong-time midcentury modern fanatics, find DWR a complete joke and waste of time. If your company goes under, you have no one to blame but yourselves.
SpankyTootie SpankyTootie 8 years
Do your research popsugar before you start spreading rumors
RogerRabid RogerRabid 8 years
I work for DWR, and apart from being a great company, we're extremely accomodating to our customers. We give people options. We have a fantastic outlet for people who want to get discounts on scratch and dent designer furniture. We provide accessibilty to a market that was once very exclusive. Anybody that denies the superiority of DWR as an INCLUSIVE luxury retailer, just isn't savvy about designer furniture.
Pearl123 Pearl123 8 years
I don't really understand these comments. It's as if there is no awareness of what good furniture costs. I think Design Within Reach is actually very well priced. I am always surprised by how fair they seem. I never feel taken advantage of there.
Hi Guys, So - I am Vice President of Design Within Reach- and happen to be an advid reader and fan of the Sugar postings- - No Plans of closing - the SEC announcement "has hired an investment firm to consider strategic alternatives" Thats just short for what should you do if someone wanted to buy you- If you follow DWR then you know we have not closed any stores , but in fact opened two new concepts in Fall 2008- Tools For Living, one in Soho, and one in Santa Monica. We have added DWR Kitchens to our Flagship Store in Soho as of last month it is officially launched. This week we are actually opening an ANNEX on the West Coast in Palm Spring which will give us another location to liquidate scratch and dent and customer returns at a discounted price- much like the one we have in Secaucus, New Jersey. If your budget does not allow, or you cannot give yourself permission to spend the full retail price you should definitely check out these two outlet locations where prices are discounted anywhere from 10%- 75% and it is cash and carry. Since the "Within Reach" was never about price, but accessibility, many of us remember the days when if you wanted and could afford a chair like the Eames Lounge, or the Barcelona, you still could not get it without an Architect or Designer- so we have always had a purpose-making good design available to anyone- Thank you for all the comments - fans, indifferent, and those that are not fans- We will continue to look for new ways to expand what we love building relationships with like minded people who love to buy and work with great design. Best- Matt Wilkerson VP- DWR
danixk danixk 8 years
I don't realy care...I don't know the full details of why they're closing, but hey, maybe they'll have a ridiculous enough sale that we can ALL afford.
ktjones ktjones 8 years
DWR is my fav place to shop when I have the money. I really hope it can make it!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I hated that their name was "design within reach". I'll never be able to afford their stuff! But, I did love looking through their catalog and getting some inspiration!
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
I have received their catalogs for some time now. I guess I would feel sad if they closed their doors. But, that pesky money issue is a big thing. It's so expensive! I really would like one of those kithauses for a home office. sigh.
pomloplum pomloplum 8 years
they haven't made any decision to close yet, i hope?
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
love looking and hope to one day be able to afford it...would be sad to see them go
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I did love their catalogs but alas they were still a bit out of reach for my budget. I do understand that this was quality stuff though.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
No lost for me, way out of my price range.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
There stuff is ridiculously expensive because there products come from the original designs of some of the most famous designers. Most of their furniture is considered master pieces and could even be thought as a form of art. Yes, it is expensive... but its also not a knock-off. I got my DWR catalog yesterday and it was in the form of a newspaper instead of their usual bound book like catalog... should have seen this coming.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I'm not surprised. Their stuff is ridiculously expensive.
pomloplum pomloplum 8 years
my local DWR has been a great resource for my do-it-yourself study of classic design - i've loved the opportunity to go in and see some legends (like the barcelona chair in the picture) up close. the staff at the local store have been wonderful about allowing me to just wander in and ask questions without pressuring me to buy, or giving me the vibe that i didn't belong there because i don't appear to be independently wealthy. i'd miss them if they folded..
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
Maybe I am blind to the small details in design, but it always looks like expensive Ikea to me.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not so much...
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