Setting the Modern Table with DWR

From iconic mid-century furniture as well as innovative items designed today, Design Within Reach offers the best in modern design. Join California Home+Design Executive Editor Erin Feher, designer Lauren Geremia and the experts of DWR as they showcase their ideal entertaining space, incorporating products from DWR and proving once again that when it comes to design, less is always more. Plus, enter for a chance to win $1,000 from DWR!

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Around the World

I think there's a reason you haven't seen as many knock-offs of this beauty as so many other midcentury pendants. Namely, it's complicated. The craftsmanship inherent in each of Panton's globes is hard to replicate, not to mention that it's just an incredibly original design. I love the subtle pop of the color, and it could pair well with variety of design styles. VP Globe ($2,405 at Design Within Reach)

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Tea Time

What's a holiday dinner party without coffee and tea, that post meal boost that lets you go one more round with the liqueurs that have made their way to the table? This service collection makes me think of all the things Italians do better than us—all of which I hope to emulate around the table. Alessi Ottagonale Coffee Service Collection ($100 each at Design Within Reach)

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Pour Up

This handsome piece is a nod to the 1960s without being an overt period piece. And with all the smart, customizable options for the interior, it's the bar cart's much more functional big brother. Line Bar ($3,295 at Design Within Reach)

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Walking On Sunshine

Maybe it's because I grew up crawling around on the deep shags of the '70s, but I love a rug with texture. This style wins with it's raised pattern, and adds an organic element to all the symmetry in a dining room: Adams draws all her patterns by hand, instead of using a computer, so they are perfectly imperfect—my motto for any successful dinner party. Betty Rug ($1,530 at Design Within Reach)

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Pull Up a Seat

This chair is reminiscent of a classic but with some tweaks that I see as major improvements, such as the comfy wool upholstery in rich colors. I would opt for the walnut legs and back, but the fact that the options are so numerous make it an instant classic. Gubi Chair with Walnut Base ($1,195 at Design Within Reach)

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Elegant and Modern

I love this image. It’s elegant and captures the timelessness of modern design. The table and chairs were designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950’s and have never looked fresher. Design Within Reach

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Marble This

This table has been in production for more than 50 years and continues to be one of Eero Saarinen’s most popular pieces. I use one in my office at work and in my dining room at home. Saarinen Round Dining Table ($4,645 at Design Within Reach)

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Sleek and Luxurious

Eero Saarinen was one of the first designers to create chairs that fit the human body, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in. Saarinen Executive Armchair ($1,405-$2,798 at Design Within Reach)

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Star Light, Star Bright

My wife Bonnie loves star-shaped objects, and she selected the Satellite Chandelier for the dining room in our home. Satellite Chandelier ($1,325 at Design Within Reach)

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Peaceful Dining

Shot for our September 2012 catalog, we imagine this image as the scene of an intimate dinner party at the home of stylish city dwellers. Desight Within Reach

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Take a Seat

Matthew Hilton’s Profile Chair perfectly complements his Cross Extension Table. Plus, it’s stackable up to six high for anyone who’s short on space. Profile Chair ($399-$499 at Design Within Reach)

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Light Up

Whether used alone or in clusters, Bertjan Pot’s Random Pendant Light adds welcomed drama to a dinner table. Random Pendant Light ($623- $2,418 at Design Within Reach)

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Crisp and Clean

Durable enough for everyday use, this porcelain dinnerware has a glazed interior and matte exterior, which becomes smooth with use and adds material interest. Mud Dinnerware ($34-$130 at Design Within Reach)

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Wine and Dine

The dining room I designed in Noe Valley acted not just as a place to eat and enjoy the company of friends but also a brainstorming/work room. The wall that sits behind the custom table and chairs has whiteboard paint for the owners to quickly scratch out an inspired thought on the fly. The hand-blown light above the table adds elegance to the space, while the graphic credenza and painting that hangs above it adds movement to the stark white walls and black floors. California Home + Design

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Stand Tall

The simple modern shape of the leather Antica Side Chair has a comfortable elegance. With its upright back and comfortable, pillowed seat cushion, this is a perfect chair for dining. Antica Side Chair ($585-$625 at Design Within Reach)

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Textured Beauty

I'm a big fan of the mid-century textures and colors of the Volcanic Tube Vases. I can see using all three vases as a centerpiece on top of the industrial-era LC6 table, with the modern Antica Side Chair in rust flanking the sides. Mixing eras and textures invigorates a room, keeping the space animated and warm. Volcanic Tube Vases ($200-$400 at Design Within Reach)

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Simplicity is Best

The simple modern shape of the leather Antica Side Chair has a comfortable elegance. With its upright back and comfortable, pillowed seat cushion, this is a perfect chair for dining. LC6 Table ($2,465 at Design Within Reach)

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