John Edelman

Design Within Reach

John Edelman is Chief Executive Officer of Design Within Reach. Edelman joined DWR in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of experience in consumer-focused lifestyle brands. Before joining the company, Edelman spent 14 years at Edelman Leather, the most recent six of which were spent as President & CEO. During this time, he dramatically grew company brand awareness, sales, and profits as the leading national provider of premium leather. He also secured its place as the single most powerful brand in this commoditized market by dividing it into four categories: Private Aviation, Hospitality, Corporate Interiors and Residential Interiors. Edelman was instrumental in leading the sale of his namesake to Knoll, Inc., in October 2007. Prior to this, Edelman spent seven years at the fashion shoe brand Sam & Libby, Inc., where he managed the company’s U.S. business. He started by overseeing Brazilian sourcing operations and then went on to develop and grow its private-label business. Acknowledgements: • Robb Report touted Mr. Edelman as the quintessential Modern Man in its April 2018 iteration of The Source File. • Open House New York (OHNY) honored him at its 2015 benefit for his commitment to making good design accessible. • CTC&G named him as the 2014 Innovator award recipient for its eighth annual Innovation in Design Awards. • Elle Decor included him in a 2014 list of design innovators, saying he “turned the company around by cutting out the knockoffs.” • House Beautiful cited him as one of 12 Design Visionaries to Watch in 2012, a list of influencers credited for “shaping the way the world looks, and the way we live.” • Metropolis featured him as one of the Game Changers in its January 2012 issue about “extraordinary people transforming design in bold ways.” Mr. Edelman is a graduate of Manhattanville College. He served on the Board of Directors for luxury bath retailer Waterworks for seven years (2009–2016), and he now serves on the Boards for the Philip Johnson Glass House, handbag designer Carlos Falchi and the Wooster School. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), on the Advisory Council for the Design Leadership Network, as President of Be Original Americas and as Senior Vice President of Herman Miller. As a former Board Member and investor in Waterworks, he helped turn around the company, facilitating its eventual sale to Restoration Hardware in 2015. Mr. Edelman is conversationally proficient in Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with his wife, Bonnie, who’s a recognized photographer, and their two children.