Today, retailers like Design Within Reach, Crate & Barrel, Habitat and IKEA have all popularised the idea that good design should be accessible to everyone. But the concept was first introduced over a half century ago by Design Research, the influential modernist mini-chain that mixed design objects from Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen with eclectic folk materials from around the world and helped introduce the modern “lifestyle” to postwar Americans and their homes.

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