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John Edelman Steps Down As CEO of Design Within Reach

Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen and John Edelman. Photography by Ben Meyers.

Design Within Reach (DWR) has announced that its CEO, John Edelman, will be stepping down from his position, effective June 14. He will eventually transition to become the Chairman of the Board of DWR and Herman Miller Consumer. His longtime business partner of 27 years, John McPhee, will stay on as the company’s president. 

Edelman’s design-centric career began in the 1990s, when he joined his brother Sam at his shoe company Sam & Libby. He eventually left to assist his design luminary parents, Teddy and Arthur Edelman, with their business. He became president of the brand in 2001 and eventually sold the iconic leather company to Knoll for $67 million in 2007. It was in 2010 that DWR serendipitously came calling. 

In just four years, Edelman and McPhee brought the company back from death. “It was on the verge of bankruptcy when we took it on,” Edelman recalled. “By 2014, we doubled the size of the business and halved the number of stores down to 35. The company became incredibly profitable.” 

The natural next step to assure DWR’s continued rousing success was to find a partner whose aesthetic would naturally complement DWR’s modernist approach and business acumen would propel the brand to new heights. And that partner was Herman Miller. “With this partnership, we assured the longevity of our brand and formed an indelible link with one of the most prestigious design companies in the world,” Edelman said. 

Read more: Herman Miller Agrees to Aquire Design Within Reach

With this powerhouse behind DWR, it could start on the work that it’s become famous for: partnering and promoting some of the most exciting brands in the industry. Even just a small, hand-picked selection of names are quite impressive: Hay, Moooi, J.L. Møllers, Brown Jordan, Luceplan, and Gloster. “I’m so proud of all the amazing designers and manufacturers we’ve worked with,” said Edelman. “DWR played such a large role in making modern design mainstream through the designers we chose to partner with and the more than 10 million catalogs we sent out that contain their stories. We helped break them out of the sheltered world of interior design and into the vast consumer market.”

When asked what’s changed the most in the past nine years, Edelman points to the rise of the Internet and E-commerce. The advent of Pinterest, Instagram, and easy access to designers through websites and email has made it easier for the consumer to become passionate and educated about design. The one thing that Edelman believes hasn’t changed? The enduring excellence of modernist aesthetics. “Modern isn’t a trend. It’s forever,” he noted. 

As for his future, Edelman continued: “It’s been an incredible 20 years being a part of this industry, but I’ve been on a plane nearly every other week since 1988. I plan to take a little time off, but I’m not leaving forever. There’s still so much to see and do with design.” 

Read more: Jens Risom Sketches Are Brought to Life in Design With Reach’s Block Island Collection

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John Edelman Steps Down As CEO of Design Within Reach

Interior Design‘s Cindy Allen and John Edelman. Photography by Ben Meyers.

Design Within Reach (DWR) has announced that its CEO, John Edelman, will be stepping down from his position, effective June 14. He will eventually transition to become the Chairman of the Board of DWR and Herman Miller Consumer. His longtime business partner of 27 years, John McPhee, will stay on as the company’s president. 

Edelman’s design-centric career began in the 1990s, when he joined his brother Sam at his shoe company Sam & Libby. He eventually left to assist his design luminary parents, Teddy and Arthur Edelman, with their business. He became president of the brand in 2001 and eventually sold the iconic leather company to Knoll for $67 million in 2007. It was in 2010 that DWR serendipitously came calling. 

In just four years, Edelman and McPhee brought the company back from death. “It was on the verge of bankruptcy when we took it on,” Edelman recalled. “By 2014, we doubled the size of the business and halved the number of stores down to 35. The company became incredibly profitable.” 

The natural next step to assure DWR’s continued rousing success was to find a partner whose aesthetic would naturally complement DWR’s modernist approach and business acumen would propel the brand to new heights. And that partner was Herman Miller. “With this partnership, we assured the longevity of our brand and formed an indelible link with one of the most prestigious design companies in the world,” Edelman said. 

Read more: Herman Miller Agrees to Aquire Design Within Reach

With this powerhouse behind DWR, it could start on the work that it’s become famous for: partnering and promoting some of the most exciting brands in the industry. Even just a small, hand-picked selection of names are quite impressive: Hay, Moooi, J.L. Møllers, Brown Jordan, Luceplan, and Gloster. “I’m so proud of all the amazing designers and manufacturers we’ve worked with,” said Edelman. “DWR played such a large role in making modern design mainstream through the designers we chose to partner with and the more than 10 million catalogs we sent out that contain their stories. We helped break them out of the sheltered world of interior design and into the vast consumer market.”

When asked what’s changed the most in the past nine years, Edelman points to the rise of the Internet and E-commerce. The advent of Pinterest, Instagram, and easy access to designers through websites and email has made it easier for the consumer to become passionate and educated about design. The one thing that Edelman believes hasn’t changed? The enduring excellence of modernist aesthetics. “Modern isn’t a trend. It’s forever,” he noted. 

As for his future, Edelman continued: “It’s been an incredible 20 years being a part of this industry, but I’ve been on a plane nearly every other week since 1988. I plan to take a little time off, but I’m not leaving forever. There’s still so much to see and do with design.” 

Read more: Jens Risom Sketches Are Brought to Life in Design With Reach’s Block Island Collection

Fuigo Launches Market, a First-of-Its-Kind Interior Design Marketplace

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Top Brands Join Platform That Dramatically Simplifies Trade Sourcing

NEW YORK, May 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Fuigo, the award-winning co-working studio and developer of a market-leading enterprise project management software for interior designers, announces the launch of Market, a groundbreaking marketplace that reimagines and streamlines sourcing, purchasing and tracking for trade orders from the world’s finest luxury brands.

The new software serves the $78 billion dollar interior design industry by expediting the interior design purchase process up to 75%, allowing designers to devote more time to the art of their craft and business development. Working in tandem with the Fuigo project management platform, all purchasing is automatically included into the reporting and analytics of the tool, saving designers considerable time and effort and making it seamless to prepare proposals and invoicing for clients projects.

“Market streamlines sourcing and creates more time for creative ideation,” says Maury Riad, co-founder of Fuigo. It’s easy to use; designers can add Market purchases directly into their projects, create tear sheets, request samples, or message vendors with a single click. “It’s not about helping designers a little,” adds Riad, “it’s about completely transforming the arduous task of purchasing, allowing it to become a part of the artistic process.”

This is the first platform of its kind, custom-built for professional designers to discover, source and purchase from the world’s finest luxury trade brands. Whether a designer knows what they’re looking for or simply seeking inspiration, Market will get them there faster. Designers can search by category, product and price, making discovery painless and easy. All Market products are offered at trade pricing exclusively for design professionals. What’s more, by aggregating the purchasing power of designers, Market offers even deeper discounts at a group rate, increasing the bottom line of design firms by up to 30%.

“Market showcases over 200 of the best artisans and makers working today,” says Riad. “Not only are we hoping to improve designers’ workflow, but we’re also aiming to give these brands a wider platform for discovery.”

Featuring some of the top names in the trade, like Fortuny, Holland & Sherry, Kravet, Brunschwig, Lee Jofa, Pierre Frey, Nobilis, and Saint-Louis, there’s plenty of quality design to be found on Market, right where designers need it most.

Fuigo Market features include:

Trade Vendors

  • 200 top trade brands, projected to grow to 500+ vendors and 200,000+ SKUs by the end of 2019.

Access to Immediate Trade Pricing

  • Market purchasing saves time and money. With one resale certificate once, designers access trade pricing on all Market brands.
  • All Market products are offered at price parity, ensuring you secure the lowest possible price for every item.

Real-Time Vendor Communication 

  • Market eliminates resource intensive offline vendor communications.
  • Intuitive in-platform vendor chat streamlines and simplifies product specification management.

Easy-to-Use Discovery Tools

  • Searching by category, product and price makes discovery painless and easy.
  • Intelligent search and powerful filters curate an unmatched repository of the trade brands interior designers prefer.

Powerful Quoting and Proposal Tools

  • Simple quoting and proposal tools unlock more time for creative ideation.
  • Quickly create tear sheets, request samples or message vendors with a single click.

“Letting designers do what they do best is really what turned me on about Fuigo. Imagine if Picasso had to spend three-quarters of his time managing his business. Fuigo is doing more than giving people more to buy or a place to go—it facilitates their business, which is a very different model.”

                                    –John Edelman, Stakeholder

About the CEO:

For over 25 years, Maury Riad has worked in the world of interior design. Stewards of the Fortuny legacy, he and his brother, Mickey, took over operations of the Venetian textile company from their father in the early 1990s. Together, they brought the 100-year-old firm online and into modernity, with Maury overseeing the business and its operations. Along with Mickey, Maury is Co-Founder of Fuigo. As CEO, Maury brings his passion and respect for the arts to Fuigo, where he wants independent interior designers to have the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly corporate world.

About Fuigo:

Fuigo was founded in 2015 by Maury and Mickey Riad, owners of the heritage textile company Fortuny. Fuigo’s mission is to build real and virtual platforms that promote and future-proof exceptional interior design. Fuigo’s award-winning 18,000 square-foot Park Avenue studio includes beautiful workspaces and New York’s largest material lending library with samples from over 1,000 of the top A&D vendors. Fuigo is a leading technology company providing end-to-end business software that allows interior designers to achieve both creative and business excellence.

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The 7th Annual CODAawards

Submit your best design + art projects

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The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.

Commissioned Art Matters – and the CODAawards celebrate this. The CODAawards program honors the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day.

All individuals involved in the collaborative process of creating spaces are encouraged to enter:

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Architects
  • Public Art Administrators
  • Art Consultants
  • Industry Resources
  • Technologists
  • Cross-disciplinary creators
  • Landscape Architects

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All entrants are:

  • Seen and juried by the world’s top art and design professionals.
  • Given a FREE 1-year digital subscription to Interior Design magazine.
  • Featured on the CODAworx “Entries” page starting the day they enter.
  • And, the Top 100 are given the opportunity to win one of two People’s Choice awards, where design professionals, enthusiasts, and friends vote for their favorite project.

Winners and their projects are:

  • Promoted through an international PR campaign, delivering unparalleled public recognition through print, social media, and digital presence throughout the year.
  • Announced in Interior Design magazine, the leading design authority and through other key partners.
  • Showcased on CODAworx.com and given a one-year Creative Profile (valued at $500 USD).

Criteria

Entries are reviewed by a jury of thought leaders in the design, architecture, and art worlds. Our jurors evaluate each entry on three unique criteria across ten categories:

  • The integration of commissioned artwork into site-specific projects, completed since January 2016.
  • The strength of the collaborative process among the creative teams, commissioners, and industry resources.
  • Each winning entry will blend the art and design seamlessly to create a place as art, rather than a place with art.

Categories

  1. Commercial
  2. Education
  3. Healthcare
  4. Hospitality
  5. Institutional
  6. Landscape
  7. Liturgical
  8. Public Spaces
  9. Residential
  10. Transportation

Read the Category descriptions →

View the 2018 winners →


Featured Jury

John Edelman

JoAnn Edwards

Mark Zeff

Jeremy Crandell

View the whole Jury →

Juror 1John Edelman joined Design Within Reach as CEO in 2010, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in consumer-focused lifestyle brands. Before DWR, he spent 14 years at Edelman Leather, the most recent six of which were spent as President & CEO. Prior to this, he spent 7 years at the fashion shoe brand Sam & Libby, where he managed the company’s U.S. business. He has been acknowledged for his achievements by Robb Report, Open House of New York, Elle Decor, and many more.

Edelman is a graduate of Manhattanville College. He served on the Board for luxury bath retailer Waterworks for seven years (2009–2016), and he now serves on the Boards for the Philip Johnson Glass House, handbag designer Carlos Falchi and the Wooster School. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) and on the Advisory Council for the Design Leadership Network. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife, Bonnie, a recognized photographer, and their two children.


What’s next?

Below is the 2019 CODAawards timeline to help you become familiar with the important program dates.

April
1
Open for entries
April
30
Early bird pricing ends
May
31
Last day to enter
June
17
Public voting begins
June
28
Public voting ends
August
30
Winners announced


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