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After a weekend full of exhibition booths, parties and presentations from the 2013 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it's clear that we're entering a golden era for design. Recent advances in consumer technology, couple with materials and production innovation of the last century, have transformed design from a consumptive to an active process. In fact, anyone who has ever opened a computer and manipulated a font has engaged in an act of design. And in that respect, as people look increasingly to solve more problems than they make through innovative and creative thinking, there's one thing that's clear: design matters.
With that in mind, here are a few takeaways from the 2013 Dwell on Design event:
1. Design is Democratic
During his Friday presentation of product design, Donald Strum, principal of product design for Michael Graves Design Group, said it best: "Design is democratic." He went on to illustrate that principles of good design--functionality, sustainability, durability, beauty--are being applied at the retail level across the country. Exhibitors and presenters throughout the event seemed to embody these fundamental principles.
2. Design is Interactive
Artist Tanya Aguiniga, in conjunction with the United Way, PATH and Dwell, offered show-goers the chance to help assemble homeless shelter move-in kits (containing tables, chairs, textiles and art) on the spot (pictured above). Meanwhile, the fair's first-ever Pinterest showcase featured ten winning mood board creations. We're at an unprecedented moment in history in which more people than ever have both the tools and the time to create.
3. Design is Colorful
Bold color is the name of the game. A live mural painting project and handfuls of colored chairs seemingly everywhere were among the many dramatic pops of color throughout the event.
4. Design is Reclaimed
From the reclaimed wood siding on the Living Home showhouse to the recycled plastic modern chairs from Emeco, design has clearly moved from "sustainable" as an abstraction to sustainable as action. At Dwell on Design, there was a stronger focus than ever on how design could have a net zero impact on resources, from waste to energy consumption.
What's most exciting about the 2013 Dwell on Design event is that this overarching concept of design morality--using design to increase social well being while reducing environmental impact--is clearly being embraced across the board by the design community.
Lastly, on our way out, we caught up with Koncept Lighting to get a sneak peek of their next innovation in LED lighting, a yet-to-be-named wood and metal task light that's beautifully elegant in and should be available in late 2013. We snapped a few photos, but we're keeping those to ourselves until they hit the store shelves.
Images: Euro Style Lighting, Los Angeles Times
With the arrival of Summer everyone is enjoying more days and nights outdoors. As the weather grows warmer, we’ll be spending the majority of our nights outdoors for casual dinners at home, cocktails parties on the deck or summertime soirees surrounded by friends and family.
When designing outdoor spaces don’t forget the detail of outdoor lighting. This can extend your time into the evening hours. You wouldn’t want the party to end because you can’t see the person across the table from you.
I’ve put together a round up of my favorites outdoor lanterns that can work in almost any home.
1. Franklin Iron Works Iron 17-Inch-H Outdoor Hanging Light 2. Milo Brass 15 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendant 3. Casa Mirada 19 3/4-Inch-H Franklin Iron Works Outdoor Light 4. Milo Patina Nickel 20-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Wall Light 5. Hickory Point 17 3/4" High Hanging Outdoor LED Light 6. Oasis Bronze 20 1/2-inch-H Quoizel Hanging Outdoor Light
Images: Domino Magazine, Brabourne Farm, Style Me Pretty, Stephanie Hogue
Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!
+We really can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend than to stay home and avoid freeways. Even better than just staying home is having an awesome BBQ with friends and family. Design Love Fest has the perfect weekend project, a cool picnic blanket. Super easy!
+Check this out! The rugged and electronicless Vaavud Wind Meter turns your smartphone into a high-tech meteorological tool.
+Want some cool architecture?... The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame is a new museum that is configured to interpret athletics as a component of cultural history.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Image: Design Love Fest
This Labor Day we salute the hard worker in all of us. So relax, have fun, and remember... no wearing white after today.
Image: Ephemera Assemblyman
One space that we spend most of our time in, besides our bedroom, is our office space. Whether you work from home or in an actual office, you are spending a minimum of 6 hours in there. That’s a long time to be in one space! For some, the right ambiance isn’t a huge need. But for the rest, it plays a big factor with how one works and functions.
I know for me, less is more in my office. If it’s filled with clutter, I can’t think or work effectively. That is what inspired me when writing this post. We see in the above image that the owners do not require a lot of stuff. They have a simple desk, office chair, a few chairs for visitors, file cabinet, lighting and of course those giant, amazing windows. That’s all they need in life and I’m pretty sure that’s all I would need if I worked in that space!
Erin from Apartment 34 has created a light and airy office space with pops of gold and red. This space doesn’t feel abrasive. It seems like it would be an easy task to work hard and get things accomplished in this office.
Here is another white washed office with accents of wood and metals. I think we are seeing a major trend here with all of the white. It’s like you are working in a blank slate to create and work.
In this office, we see simple white boxes used for storage. The boxes seamlessly disappear in this neutral, white space. I also love the idea of using a chalkboard to write down list and to do’s, instead of having lots of paper lying around.
What is your opinion on this minimalist look for an office? Do you dig it?
Images: Trendenser, Apartment 34, Lotta Agaton, A Merry Mishap
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