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Design Within Reach Overview

Stamford, CT
501 to 1000 employees
1998
Company - Private
Home Furniture & Housewares Stores
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Design Within Reach, Inc., founded in 1998 and headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is the world leader in authentic modern design. The company sells its furniture and accessories to residential and commercial customers through retail Studios in North America, via the Web at ... Read more

Mission: The people at DWR are passionate about design and helping people create the homes of their dreams. This company is growing and hiring. See open positions at dwr.com/careers.

Company Updates

  • Design Within Reach is hiring summer interns! Our corporate internship program is a comprehensive and immersive 11-week program that is specifically designed to give students the opportunity to learn and grow with the best in modern design. Click the link below to see our open internship positions.

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  • Join our Charlotte team! We're currently hiring for Sales Assistants, Account Executives and a Studio Lead. If you're interested in a career in authentic modern design, please apply!

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Design Within Reach – Why Work For Us?


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Welcome to the best in modern design.

At Design Within Reach, we make authentic modern design accessible. "Within reach" means things not found elsewhere. It means in stock.

Our business started when founder Rob Forbes tried to furnish his apartment with the clean, simple classics he’d come to appreciate while living in London. He discovered that the work of designers like Saarinen, Eames and Bertoia were "out of reach" of anyone who did not know the secret handshake or have the patience to wait months for delivery.

There had to be a better way, so in 1999 we bought 20 containers of product, mailed out a catalog and waited for the phone to ring. (It didn’t for 24 hours, until we realized the nighttime answering machine had been accidentally left on.) The rest, as they say, is history. By giving customers access to the best in modern design – including iconic works that have been in production since the mid-20th century as well as innovative items designed today – we made design within reach.

Authenticity is something we’re proud to offer; elitism however is not. Visit any of our Studios and you’ll never see a "do not touch" sign. We invite you to linger, bring your dog or kids and join us for design events. Continue the experience here, at dwr.com, where you’ll find everything we carry, plus additional finishes and styles not shown in our catalogs or Studios. And, of course, you can always call or Chat Live with our Connecticut-based office.

Whether you experience DWR by Studio, phone or online, you’ll receive knowledgeable assistance from people who come from design backgrounds. At DWR, we’re passionate about design.

Welcome to Design Within Reach.

 

“I felt compelled to write you just a few lines to say what a wonderful experience your web site and catalog were. The information you provided regarding the many designers was insightful and a true pleasure to read. It's rare to find a company that invests the time and financial resources needed to produce a website and catalog of this caliber. I plan to make my next sculpture/furniture purchase from your establishment.

“Kudos to your creative staff on a job well done!!

“Continued Success,”

–Alexander Alvarado
Creative Director, Wink Design

“I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful web site you have. It's absolutely the best I've seen yet. My husband and I appreciate good design and we were so thrilled to find you...Thank you for caring so much about good design and sharing it with the world.”

–Yasmin Young
Graphic Designer

“I'm quite impressed. My colleagues and I consider DWR to be a valuable new resource and look forward to your future development.”

–Erin Duncan
Interior Designer, Fitch Inc.

“I just received your catalog. It is terrific! Wonderful furniture and a great layout! Thank you. How wonderful to finally have access to classic furniture.”

–Lynda Wagstaff
Corporate Concierge and Graphic Designer, LesConcierges

“You guys are so great. Power on! DWR is a pleasure.”

–Lynn Michaels
Associate AIA

“The classic character of the furniture in your catalog is amazingly consistent in spite of the wide-ranging variety of the designs.”

–Fred Bainbridge
Architect, Bainbridge & Martin, Architects

“I got your catalog yesterday and visited your website today. Oh Joy! Oh Happiness! All the classics and some great new things too! I have been combing the web for a good modern design furniture company and I'm so pleased to have found your site. Thanks!”

–Kerry Armour

“It is so nice to see all of the newest (oldest) things in a catalog all at my fingertips! How refreshing.”

–Leslie Plush

“Your company offers a terrific service.”

–Lauren Shelby

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Working at Design Within Reach

Design Within Reach is the one-stop resource for the best in modern design. Founded in 1999, with the belief that great design should be accessible to everyone, DWR’s business has grown to include retail locations in the U.S. and Canada and a successful e-commerce website. Our retail Studios are local community centers for design: Customers will never see a “do not touch” sign and they’re invited to linger, bring their dog or kids and join us for design events. DWR employees – both in the field and at headquarters – are knowledgeable and passionate about modern design.

Working in our Stamford, Connecticut corporate offices
In October 2010, we relocated our San Francisco headquarters to Stamford, due to its proximity to New York City, vibrant available workforce, and the opportunity to be part of the exhilarating renewal taking place in Stamford’s South End. Our main offices are home to all three sales channels - Catalog, Web and Studios. Supporting departments range from finance to marketing to IT to customer service and sales.

Working in a DWR Studio
Serving as community centers for design, our Studios invite constant interaction between the customer, our furniture and our staff. Our Studio proprietors are encouraged to have a sense of ownership about their Studio, and hold in common an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for design. The people who work in our Studios are all multi–taskers and can often be found working with customers, planning events and building local relationships.

Working at the Fulfillment Center
Centrally located in Northern Kentucky, our 315,000-square-foot Fulfillment Center serves the entire United States. To uphold our high shipping standards, employees work at a fast pace, receiving, packing and shipping merchandise; making for a challenging and exhilarating environment. If you have skills that would be applicable to our business and a keen interest in design, we would like to hear from you.

 Our Values 

As a part of the Herman Miller Consumer Group, Design Within Reach is helping grow the Herman Miller team. An industry leader in iconic home and office furnishings for more than 100 years, Herman Miller remains committed to innovation. We are committed to upholding our corporate values, and aspire to work together every step of the way.

Purpose

Serving humanity shapes every aspect of our work to create a better world — from our employee’s wellbeing to sustainability, continuous improvement, community service, problem-solving design, and more. Purpose is the unifying thread that binds our increasingly diverse global community together today — and it’s why we’ll exist tomorrow. 

Leadership

We don’t just come to work to do a job. To reach our full potential, we must be inspired by the purpose of our work and the ability to contribute to something larger. Leaders at Herman Miller work for the people who work for them. We believe there is a time for each of us to lead, and at Herman Miller, leadership is a way of being. 

Beliefs

Each of us must strive to understand both the letter and the spirit of the law. When the two contradict each other — and at times they may — leaders act on their conviction in more deeply held beliefs. Policies can be changed, principles should not.

Design

There’s always a better way to do something, and we’re committed to finding it. We value design highly because it’s the best way we know of improving our world in beautiful and useful ways. 

Performance

We define real performance as that something extra — a relentless drive for excellence and an unbreakable spirit to win each and every day. Herman Miller is our company, and we think and act like its owners — responsible for our actions, and accountable for the results.  

Connections

Meaningful connections help us remain open to new ideas and contributions, no matter their origin. The more diverse our teams, the more inclusive and transparent we are, and the more points of view we consider, the greater our ability to serve our customers and create a better world. 

Growth

Personal growth, corporate growth — any kind of meaningful growth requires purposeful change. We may not always take the best path — but that too is an opportunity for learning. Real growth is never easy, but by cultivating a culture of continual change and improvement, we make it part of everyday life. 

 Your chance to learn from the best in modern design!

Our corporate internship program is a comprehensive and immersive 11-week program that is specifically designed to give you the opportunity to learn and grow with the best in modern design. You'll work with your team to make an impact by supporting your department's initiatives in a variety of day to day tasks and take responsibility for a summer-long project from start to finish through the duration of the program. DWR's internship program includes a mentorship program, career workshops and the chance to interact with and learn from industry leaders from our executive team. All internship opportunities are paid positions.

Design Within Reach Reviews

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    "Great place to get a foot in the door at commission sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Costa Mesa, CA
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    I have been working at Design Within Reach full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, business dress preferred (not a deal breaker for me, I prefer it) and family unit atmosphere. Plenty to learn and grow with the company, depends what you want out of the job. Great benefits package, not your typical retail store environment.

    Options to move up to Account Executive and further up in the company if desired. You get what you put into the job.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, so sink or swim! Most mistakes can be fixed, just don't make it a habit. Lots of gray area aka rules with exceptions to be aware of, but nothing that can't be learned if you put the effort in it.

    There can be low and high tides, be sure to know how to keep yourself busy and productive!

    Advice to Management

    None at this moment.

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Design Within Reach Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Design Within Reach (Oxnard, CA) in January 2018.

    Interview

    In person interview with the general manager and the sales lead. Second interview was over the phone with the regional manager. I received a call a week later with an offer.

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