On Boxing Day, a Design-Themed Wrapper’s Delight

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Did Santa bestow upon you the infinitely modern gift of molded plywood furnishings? There’s always next year. In the meantime, spend a bit of your Boxing Day watching four creative teams tackle the challenge of wrapping an Eames lounge chair and ottoman for Design Within Reach’s Big Bow Project. Despite the name, none of the participants—Craig Redman and Karl Maier (Craig & Karl), Ellen Van Dusen (Dusen Dusen), Print All Over Me, and Snarkitecture—resorted to slapping an outsized, Lexus-style red ribbon on the iconic pieces and calling it a day. Instead, they devised original approaches that would have delighted the Eameses, from colorful plywood boxes to snug-fitting plastic sheathing. DWR is keeping the chairs and lounges under wraps for all to admire through Wednesday, December 31 at DWR’s SoHo Studio (Craig & Karl, Print All Over Me) and 57th & 3rd Studio (Dusen Dusen, Snarkitecture).