About Us

Design Ranch was founded in 1987 as a graphic design and marketing studio, and remained that until we moved our business from our home into town in 1996. Our current location had been one of the many corner grocery stores scattered throughout Iowa City from the late 1800s. After significant remodeling to our building in the center of the Czech and German immigrant neighborhood of town, fondly referred to as Goosetown, we opened the Design Ranch store December 1, 1998.

We had always been interested in the three-dimensional side of design, and this gave us an opportunity to share with the community some long-admired objects created by our design heroes: the molded plywood furniture of Ray and Charles Eames, the lighting and tableware of Achille Castiglioni, the Akari light sculptures of Isamu Noguchi, the Tizio task light of Richard Sapper, and the Tulip chairs and tables of Eero Saarinen.

From our original idea to bring some wonderful designs into the “lobby” of our studio and to “see how it goes,” to offering an expansive selection of work by internationally recognized designers working for the best manufacturers in the world—what has evolved in 20 years at Design Ranch is pretty amazing.

We are honored to be an authorized dealer for some of the world's most innovative and inspiring creative companies: Alessi, Flos, Herman Miller, Knoll, Pablo and Vitra, to name just a few. Sharing what we love, and helping our customers select the latest or most iconic designs, is a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Whether you are a long-time Design Ranch customer, a new resident, or one of many visitors to this fantastic community, we strive to provide products of lasting value and excellent personal service.

We hope to greet you soon in our store!

Chris & Gary Gnade

 

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Manufacturers we represent

Furniture
Artecnica
Bensen
Bludot
Chilewich
Cybex
Fatboy
Herman Miller
Kartell
Knoll
Magis
Moooi
Vitra

 

Lighting
Artecnica
Artemide
Bludot
Fatboy
Flos
Herman Miller
Kartell
Knoll
Louis Poulsen
Modern Fan
Moooi
Noguchi Akari Lamps
Pablo
Slamp
Vitra

 

Accessories
Aero Press
Alessi
ArchitectMade
Artecnica
Artemide
BAI
Bludot
Bodum
Chemex
Chilewich
Creative Candles
Cybex
Dadant Candles
Fatboy
Flensted
Herman Miller
iittala
J Ware Pottery
Kartell
Kentucky Spring
Knoll
Leela Grace Jewelry
Magis
Modern Fan
Nanimarquina
Pablo
Technivorm
Tivoli Audio
Umbra
Vitra