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March 13, 2005

Design Institute of America Leaves Metal/Glass Void

Blending metal with glass was the hallmark of Design Institute of America. Over the years, DIA had manufacturered the ideas of Vladimir Kagan, John Mascheroni, Rick Berry and Michael Wold into gorgeous tables and curios. Glass was clear or not, metal came in dozens of plated finishes. The process was specific -- acid dipped and electroplated, not powder coated. Last week, DIA closed its doors leaving a huge void in the mid to upper end table market. Who will fill it? Will it be Elite Manufacturing? Johnson Casuals? Comfort Designs? Will Canada's ArtItalia re-introduce a table line?

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Wow! There's really no one else that offers the selection that DIA did. They are going to be missed.

Posted by: chris | Mar 14, 2005 12:04:23 PM

I heard Elite Manufacturing is posturing to pick up DIA's slack. Anyone else?

Posted by: S.W. | Mar 17, 2005 8:30:26 AM

DIA is and will always be remembered as a quality line with the most current designs. I regret to say that the industry is feeling the void pretty hard. DIA's strength has always been chrome, but have failed to compete with the import market. Its a shame that the closing of this factory has also forced us all to accept the 2nd biggest loss. The loss of exceptional designs and finishes not offered by any other manufacturer. Finishes like, copper, bronze, titanium, soft silver, satin brass, antique brass and more!
John Kenyon

Posted by: | Apr 21, 2005 5:14:10 PM

Help I bought a DIA glass dining table 30 years ago and now my daughter wants one it is an expandable glass and crome beauty any thoughts..

Posted by: | Jul 16, 2005 11:34:01 AM

hello, if you are still in search of a DIA table...i have one for 6 chairs..thanks jsp

Posted by: johnni | Aug 7, 2005 11:58:55 PM

FOR DIA TABLE EMAIL.. [email protected]

Posted by: johnnie | Aug 8, 2005 12:00:29 AM

Hello all - I am posting here because I just returned home from the auction of the Design Institute of America's stock. I bought a moving truck full of furniture and I know a guy who has two semi-truck loads of new in the box DIA furniture. I'm looking to sell it. If you are interested, please contact me at 717.386.1402.

Thank you!


Posted by: Brian Sloan | Sep 23, 2005 10:26:37 AM

I would really love to have a DIA Sofa Table or Entry Table. You can contact me by email - [email protected]. We have a few DIA pieces and started looking today for a table that would compliment some art we just hung - DIA would fit very well.

Posted by: Doug | Oct 2, 2005 4:59:40 PM

i am looking for a dining room table that was mae by dia it serves 8 and was oval and had a circle glass plate for each person. does any one know where i can find it?

Posted by: jennifer | Nov 4, 2005 11:07:08 AM

contact me by email

Posted by: [email protected] | Nov 4, 2005 11:09:35 AM

I have a DIA console table or sofa table I must sell. It's about 50" wide 32" tall and 17" wide. It is pewter finish with beveled glass top, flat against the back wall and slightly bowed in front. The legs are "criss cross" with a chrome metal circle in the middle. It can be delivered (or retrieved) in the Philadelphia PA area but I would be afraid to ship it.

Posted by: Steve Elkins | Nov 15, 2005 9:37:22 AM

I am looking for a rectangular chrome/glass dining table with two leaf extensions. Please contact me if you have one for sale.

Posted by: john | Nov 22, 2005 12:09:57 PM

New Design Institute of America furniture:

Saturday December 10, at auction are many items from the INDesign Traveling Juried Exhibition developed by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, featuring the best of Indiana based consumer designed products including furniture, electoronics, and appliances.

Design Institute of America furniture:
-Eclipse Cocktail Table (Jeff Mehringer, designer)
-Jolo Server (Michael Wolk, designer)
-Orbit Barstool (George Mulhauser, designer)

Klipsch Audio Systems:
-Aragon Stage One 7.1 Digital Preamp and Processor (Glen Fuller, IDSA, designer)
-Klipsch Promedia GMX D-5.1 (Glen Fuller, IDSA, designer)
-Klipsch Reference Rx Speaker Series (Glen Fuller, IDSA, designer)

-Michael Graves home and office furnishings

-Many others

Call Davis Auctions 765.449.4515

I have images and measurements if interested.

Michael Atwell
[email protected]

Posted by: michael atwell | Dec 8, 2005 5:41:24 PM


I'm looking for the entry accent table with attached mirrior in matt platinum or brushed stainless. (I think there were 2 styles.) Call 818 590 3883and ask for Kathy.

Posted by: dyle | Jan 12, 2006 12:25:21 PM

DIA is back in business, check them out in North Carolina, there showroom in High Point is now open.
Call 1-336-885-8617

Posted by: Zey | Jan 23, 2006 4:33:01 PM

DIA was great, we have at least 4 pieces plus the artwork sculpture. Do they have a web site up yet for N.C.?


Posted by: Sharon Balazs | Feb 25, 2006 10:37:44 PM

DIA WAS great! Alas, I am moving and must sell some of my DIA furniture. I have 2 glass curio cabinets w/lights & glass doors for sale:
1 - 37x18.5x85H Black nickle finish
1 - 76.75x18.25x80H Black nickle finish

Interested? Send e-mail or call 214-663-5806.

Posted by: Karen Herbert | Jul 11, 2006 4:13:05 PM

I have a DIA oval glass dining room table with a peuter diamond leg base. I live in SF and would like to sell it for a very reasonable price. Any dining room chairs would work with this table.
Please contact me if interested 209 499 5346
Thanks for the interest.

Posted by: doug | Jul 28, 2006 12:39:27 PM

I have a DIA recliner upholstered in olive cotton with stainless steel legs for sale. I also have a Cedric Hartman lamp, brass and chrome. I will send pictures on request.

Posted by: Charles Riggs | Aug 1, 2006 10:44:50 PM

DIA is back in business! Not the same as before as there is not as many options but still, they're back nonetheless. I just placed an order for the Harlow Chairs and instead of having so many options, they are only making them in soft silver with a choice of black leather or black micro fiber. It's a start...lets hope good things will come.


Posted by: candi | Aug 15, 2006 2:26:16 PM

We will be selling various pieces of DIA on eBay over the next few months. Most are new in box, some are showroom models and some are prototypes--all purchased in the last months of the original DIA company in Jasper, IN.

Please contact me at [email protected] or [email protected]

Posted by: Vicki | Aug 25, 2006 12:30:05 PM

Would love to find a DIA hutch for sale. email me: [email protected].


Posted by: Vicki | Aug 28, 2006 8:58:08 AM

I am looking for a DIA Curio cabinet #411-75 (Rick Berry Designer. I think it was called Odeon. It's metal/glass with the front being a series of cirles.

ANyone help?

contact: [email protected]

Posted by: Kari | Aug 30, 2006 5:58:25 PM

I have a set of 4 DIA chairs (games table height)
from the 1970's, and I would love to know who designed them. Can anyone help?

Posted by: Tony | Oct 16, 2006 4:09:02 PM

i am looking for 4-6 dia curved back brushed steel dining chairs with upholstered seats!

Posted by: kathy | Jan 21, 2007 12:25:32 AM

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