Design Research or D/R was a retail store founded in 1953 by Ben Thompson in Cambridge, Massachusetts which introduced the concept of lifestyle store; in the 1970s, under subsequent ownership, it became a chain of a dozen stores across the United States; it went bankrupt in 1978. Thompson's goal was to provide "a place where people could buy everything they needed for contemporary living", notably modern European furnishings and in particular Scandinavian design.
D/R has continued to have an outsized reputation: in 2000, a survey of influential design stores named D/R as number one, though it had been closed for 22 years. It influenced later retailers like Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach.
Address 48 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Coordinates 42°22'23.725" N -71°7'12.832" E