Champagne, Chocolate, and Chairs

Every year the chain of Design Within Reach furniture stores holds a “champagne chair” contest, inviting anyone 18 years or older to submit a design for an original miniature chair made from two champagne bottles. In December, DWR opened the contest; 500 digital entries later, the top 50 are on a national tour.

According to the contest guidelines, the chairs could be no larger than four inches tall, wide, and high. Contestants could use materials from two champagne bottles—the foil, label, cage, and cork, but no glass. Entries were reviewed by a panel of designers, who judged them on craftsmanship, creativity, character, and innovative use of materials.

On Monday, February 25, at 6:30 PM, head to Design Within Reach in Adams Morgan to take a look at the top 50, including the three winners: one grand-prize winner, one DWR staff favorite, and one chosen by votes on DWR’s blog.

While you admire the chairs, toast the winners with a sip of champagne and enjoy a chocolate tasting from Biagio Chocolates.

Design Within Reach, 1838 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-265-5640.

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