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Over the weekend, I attended Dwell on Design at the L.A. Convention Center. It's an annual event organized by Dwell Magazine and it includes a large showroom with hundreds of artists, vendors, manufacturers, etc. There are also panels discussing topics like sustainable design, innovations in product design and social media, etc. It was pretty awesome and inspiring for anyone who craves modern design. By far, my favorite moment was meeting the architect who designed the home featured on the July/August cover of Dwell (check it out, I got an autograph too).
Next up, I was awe-struck by the installation that greets you as you enter the main showroom (below). The artistic structure is constructed out of silver polypropylene rope looping around a steel frame. If you're interested, you can read about the process and see how this Oyler Wu Installation was created.
Jenny Wu describes the project, "Our interest in line-work is three-dimensional and spatial. This begs the question: How does a single line become spatial? Well, the simple answer is—it doesn't. A line only becomes three-dimensional when it becomes part of an aggregation of multiple lines that are not co-planar."
There were several architecture booths where I discovered my dream home. Huf Haus is a German based engineering and design firm that focuses on creating energy efficient, luxury homes. There was no way I wasn't going to snag one of their brochures and peruse their website after the show. This A-frame home with windows all the way to the top is magnificent!
I absolutely loved the outdoor living displays, which included pre-fab homes, campers, outdoor furniture, etc. In the photo below you can see the clear bubble pods that I want for sitting outside in the middle of a rain storm... now, doesn't that sound incredible?!
In addition to the outdoor living area, there were also several vendors throughout the showroom featuring plant related products. Potted had some truly creative pieces (shown below) that I want to put in my own home. With a shop located in the Los Feliz/Atwater area of Los Angeles, Potted provides an eclectic environment filled with an array of styles, from kitsch to cottage and vintage to modern. I just love this circular piece, which also comes in white!
Urbio was another a booth I spent a little time at. They have these really cool magnetic, modular pieces (shown below) that you can use for just about anything. But no doubt they look best with plants, especially succulents. They're great for using vertical wall space!
If you missed Dwell on Design this year, don't worry we have more recaps throughout the week, so stay tuned...
Images: Huf Haus, Potted, Urbio
I hope you all enjoyed my Dwell On Design recap yesterday... Stay tuned for more Dwell fun from Annie and Brent! But first, I just had to show you a little more from the home featured on the Dwell July/August cover, designed by Linda Taalman. I feel like a bit of a design geek showing off my autographed copy of the issue, which you can see in my recap post.
The A-frame mid-century home uses just enough mixed materials in a very simple way. The smart architecture paired with modern seating is enough for any design enthusiast to get excited.
Zuo Draper White Lounge Chair
The colorful walls are very uncomplicated, yet full of style. This image (below) is a great shot to illustrate the open floor plan and how the color of one wall coordinates so well with the other wall and together they reflect beautifully through the large window wall. The texture of these walls adds depth and interest. There's no need for a lot of artwork, furniture or accessories, the interior architecture owns all the personality in this home.
I just love this open kitchen full of windows and clean counter space. The linear light fixture is a great contrast to the round table and curvy chairs, but works brilliantly with the booth seating and linear kitchen design.
This Possini light fixture is a great way to get this look.
Possini Euro Parallel Chandelier
While at the event, I chatted with one of Taalman's partners and learned that much of what they do is research in off-site fabricated building technologies. Apparently, this mid-century home was just an extremely successful departure....
Images: Taalman Koch
My experience at the 2012 Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend can be best summed up by a well-worn cliche: what a difference a year makes. Whereas last year's Dwell on Design Show seemed retrenched under the specter of the euro zone crisis (and completely out of step with its tagline "Go Big. Find Design."), the 2012 incarnation was 100% about thinking big.
Summarizing this year's event, Dwell Media President Michela O’Connor Abrams said, “Without exploration, there would be no innovation. This year at Dwell on Design, we’re exploring beyond the boundaries of expectation to get a first look at the people, products, and ideas that will redefine the very notion of modern.”
So what four things did I discover at Dwell on Design 2012?
1. Modernism is Alive and Well
If the exhibiting non-profits at the show are any indication, classic Modernism is very much the guiding light of Dwell.
I was delighted to discover Modcom, the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. Through research, outreach, and action, this group works to preserve L.A.'s post-war architectural treasures.
Also in attendance were representatives of Palm Springs Modernism Week, the annual symposium of lectures, tours and exhibitions dedicated to Modernism's rich legacy in the Palm Springs area.
2. Outdoor Is In
The outdoor "deck" of the show was larger this year. Plants, prefabs, pods, pots and more graced every corner of the space.
The show boasted two retrofitted Airstream campers, further underscoring Modernism's firm hold on the Dwell aesthetic.
Even the very notion of "outdoor" was expanded. As part of the show's onstage series, Artillery magazine's review editor Carrie Paterson presented "The Road Less Traveled: How Miniature Forests Will Humanize Long-Term Space Missions," in which she detailed the history of agriculture in space exploration, and offered the bonzai tree as a possible human companion in long-term human missions to space.
3. Big Design Fits in Small Spaces
As expected, the latest in modular home design was on display at the event. All three participating designers utilized diminutive floorplans to the fullest, and I caught more than one attendee peering into cabinets, checking under beds, and above appliances in an attempt to visualize how they might downsize their lives into a small, elegant space.
The ecofabulous LivingHome was the event darling - it seemed like there was someone pouring juice, wine or champagne at almost every hour outside the space. At their $172 per square foot claim, the LivingHome is budget-fabulous.
Connect Homes and Sustain Design didn't rival the ecofabulous LivingHome fanfare, but their designs equally inspired. Sustain Design's caliMini prefab packs a high aesthetic into the footprint of a flatbed truck:
All in all, these homes felt a bit, well, mobile. I found it hard to resist the urge to knock on the walls to see how they held up, but seen in a broader context, these structures are quite a feat. Given only a few days of set up time, each of these designers erected and staged a livable home. Who am I to complain?
4. We Live in a Material World
My favorite part of the show was that which was perhaps least practical in the most direct sense: a number of sculptural installations were on view that explored the limits of material. As Cori mentioned in her recap of the show earlier this week, Oyler Wu's Screenplay installation utilized 45,000 feet of rope to create a textured wall.
Student Bruce Guan from the Interior Architecture Department at Woodbury University constructed a fabulous curtain from paper airplanes (pictured below and in detail at the top of this post).
Los Angeles based Timeline Wood showcased a line of distressed wood planks. These FSC certified, low VOC treated planks had the appearance of reclaimed wood. The owners, Shelby Keyser and Matt Stroud, perfected the "aging" techniques during stints as furniture restorers and artists.
As evidenced by the event as a whole, design's role in the building of a better future is more important than ever. Nowhere was this more obvious than at the motor court in front of the Convention Center, where Green Car Journal hosted a test drive program showcasing the latest in electric, hybrid and clean diesel cars. A year ago, the electric vehicles on display were concept cars. This time around however, I was able to test drive two production cars: the Coda and Ford Focus (available starting January 2013).
When it was time to head home however, I did the green cars one better: I jumped on my bicycle and rode home. Sure, nobody walks in L.A...but they do ride.
Images: Modcom, Sustain Design
Last week we attended the Las Vegas World Market event. It's a week long event that revolves around design trends, new products, creative collaborations, and much more! Not only did we have fun, but we came away with a clear understanding of what the hot design trends are right now.
Undoubtedly, a major trend right now is bold color (above). Colorful design is seen all over different design industries, especially fashion and interiors. If you don't want an entire room filled with color, then just accent with color. But go ahead and move away from the safety of the neutral color palette.
Keeping with the color trend alert, we also noticed a lot of quirky designs (above). Whether it's due to our difficult economy or its just a trend wave, people want whimsy in their life and the design world is responding. This space not only pairs daring colors but fun designs, like the chair and mirror. Colorful S-Chairs are a great way to add color and personality to your space!
If you're adamant about not adding color and prefer the neutral palette, don't worry because there's always room for modern, industrial design on the trend list (above). This kitchen is a perfect balance of modern and industrial, pairing sleek metals with textured woods and glass. Mason jar pendants are always a fun accessory when you want to achieve the industrial look.
Taking the industrial step a little farther, rustic designs are also on trend (above). Textured floors, walls and accessories create a natural vibe to any space. But adding some modern furniture and accessories, like the sofa and beautiful area rug creates balance, adding a softer element to the rough space.
Finally, a great way to wrap up all the design trends we've been discussing, tribal designs (above) incorporate all of them. By using tribal accessories, such as area rugs, pillows, vases, etc you can add a colorful, rustic, and modern look to your home.
We sure had fun at the event last week, we hope all the information we brought back was helpful. But the main design idea to come away with... you can make any style work by incorporating subtle or large design trend elements!
To see some of our images from the event, you can head over to our Pinterest page and check out our "Design Trends" board...
Images: April & May Studio, House to Home, What Wilson Wants, Interiores Minimalistas, Desire to Inspire
DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu II (Grass) (2012)
Woven is an exhibition of organic light fixtures using textures and light. The exhibition features three new abstract forms by the internationally acclaimed furniture designer David Trubridge. Each piece in this collection is a sculptural scale abstract form as well as a delicate and mesmerizing organic light fixture. This collection is called "Tipu", which means swelling or lump and each piece within the collection is then named according to the natural material that creates the design in each piece - bush, grass, spiral. Each piece is made using a sustainable process from plant material and New Zealand flax fibre.
Each piece expresses the organic flow of these natural elements and really magnifies the beauty of the overlays and lattice character of these elements. The role played by the light and shadow as the elements intertwine and spin together creates a depth and so much visual interest that you can get lost in the work for hours!
Woven and organic lighting, whether it be in the shade of a pendant light or the base of a table lamp, will always add a sculptural element to your space.
Alita Collection Mini Pendant Chandelier
Ennis Antique Brass Web Sphere Table Lamp
DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu I (Bush) (2012)
The natural elements in the Bush fixture are flowing softly, almost as if they are blowing in the wind.
As the fibres overlap they continue to create a play with light and shadow. The translucent effect creates layer upon layer of visual stimulation.
Natural woven elements in your fixtures can cast incredible shadows and light patterns.
Corbett Shoji Collection 18-3/4" High Wall Sconce
RATTAN LINE VASE 40" HIGH FLOOR LAMP
David Trubridge's entire collection of furniture and lighting are works of art! It is thoughtful and innovative design that will continue to inspire.
Images: David Trubridge
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