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9:00 a.m. Saturday: Best Designer Furniture 

Design Within Reach

Design Within Reach, the Bay Area-based modern furniture retailer, is perhaps best known for its catalogue and Web site and not its actual stores. Its pages, both the paper and online variety, are populated with sleek examples of midcentury modern classics by the legends of modern design -- Charles and Ray Eames, Philippe Starck, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi -- paired with works by newer designers. Rugs, couches, beds, tables, lamps -- everything fits an aesthetic of minimalism, sophistication, and clean living. Design Within Reach has two studios, one in Oakland, another in San Francisco, where you can see the goods in person, which are reasonably priced (well, for designer furniture, which means it's still pricey). But the best deal is during the occasional weekend clearances at its Union City warehouse when floor samples, the scratched, and the slightly dented are marked down even more. For those of you who drool over the sight of a Barcelona Chair, you'll want to get there first thing when the doors open.


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