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Modern in New Orleans
New Orleans' new Design Within Reach (DWR) Studio (3138 Magazine St., 891-6520; already had a loyal following well before the store's opening on Jan. 2. In fact, DWR chose New Orleans as the location for its newest studio based on its existing Web site/catalog client base in the area.

"We want to offer customers the opportunity to come into the studio, see and experience our product in person," says proprietor Kelly Girod, adding that since Hurricane Katrina, "there is also the obvious need for furniture and an opportunity to fulfill that need with modern design."

Occupying more than 3,500 square feet, the showroom is housed in a 1930s Art Deco-style building on Magazine Street. Though it is not a cash-and-carry store, all available products can be "test-driven" on site and will be shipped either directly from the DWR distribution center or from the local store.

Founded on the premise that the best in modern design should be accessible to the public, DWR has multiple locations in 24 states. Through partnerships with Herman Miller, Knoll, Cassina and others, DWR brings the work of legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Eero Saarinen within reach of anyone who's interested — liberating these classic pieces from the depths of designer showrooms and introducing new classics from designers like Jeffrey Bernett and Matthew Hilton.

Beyond being sales showrooms, DWR Studios also serve as community centers for modern design fans, providing a venue for design-related events. The new DWR Studio will host its grand opening event Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. with wine from Sip Wine Market, hors d'oeuvres by Joel and music by Joe Simon's Jazz. (RSVP to To celebrate, during the first two weeks of February 10 percent of all sales at the New Orleans Studio will be donated to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Rebuilding Assistance
Amidst all the reports of crooked contractors and defrauded homeowners on the news lately, hiring someone to help you rebuild can feel like risky business. In addition to providing a user-friendly guide for hiring a contractor — including a database of licensed contractors statewide — the Web site provides up-to-date information about schools, housing, taxes, health care, jobs and recovery resources. Visit the Web site or call (877) LA- REBUILDS.

For those who need legal assistance for housing and other issues, the Common Ground Collective offers free legal advice at 1415 Franklin Ave. (at North Robertson Street) every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 947-0270.

Entergy Customer Care
On Jan. 24, city officials and Entergy leaders celebrated the opening of Entergy's newest customer care center. Located in Mid-City, the Entergy Eastbank Customer Care Center (3400 Canal St.) offers customers a central location — with ample off-street parking and easy accessibility by public transportation, including the Canal streetcar and RTA bus lines — to conduct their Entergy business.

The center offers a new feature called the Business Services Office that's designed to give small business customers private, personalized service with Entergy customer service representatives. For more information, call (800) ENTERGY or visit

Top-Shelf Seating
Cameron Jones (2127 Magazine St., 524-3119) has just added the Thayer Coggin line to its contemporary home furnishings offerings. The high-quality upholstered chairs, sofas and sectionals marry sleek, creative design with the highest quality cushioning products available, including environmentally safe Polyblendown, an innovative seat construction of feathers, down and polyester fiber wrapped around a polyurethane foam core. The feathers, down and polyester fiber are sewn into compartments to keep them evenly distributed. Choose from a large selection of fabrics and leathers.

click to enlarge Modern designs at the newly opened Design Within Reach - Studio on Magazine Street.
  • Modern designs at the newly opened Design Within Reach Studio on Magazine Street.


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