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  • Micro Living at Dwell on Design

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    Dwell On Design

    As you may already know, our team attended the 2014 Dwell on Design event last weekend. You can find two other recap blog posts here, Dwell on Design: Ideas for Better Living and here Modern Family at Dwell on Design.

    There were several wonderful panels to attend, impossible to catch them all. One of the more notable panels, in our opinion, was the one discussing micro living. 

    The Panoramic

    Living spaces are shrinking in size, but they're becoming smarter. The Dwell panel of architects and designers are hugely responsible.

    The needs of society as a whole have changed, which raises four major factors to discuss.

    1. Delayed Household Formation: Men and women are starting a family much later, therefore needing less space.

    2. Home Purchase is Harder and/or Less Desirable: Even those ready to start a family and invest in a home might not be doing so due to the housing market and/or their economic status. Also, currently a large portion of our population (between the ages of 18 and 36) prefer to live in the city, versus the suburbs.

    Compact Interior Design

    Interior Design of The Panoramic.

    Each image on the right is a different version than the same angle on the left image, showing either with a bed down or not, illustrating how to fit a lot into a small space.

    3. Cars Not Required: Because of this greater desire for urban living, many don't need a car and/or don't want the extra expense of a car.

    4. Less is Enough: With technology creating a much more compact lifestyle for us (i.e. iPhones instead of CD's), people have less stuff and need less space to hold that stuff.

    How do you live? Do you own a home or do you prefer smaller, smarter spaces in the city? We'd love to hear from you, just comment below.

    Images: Cori Magee, Smart Space

  • Modern Family At Dwell on Design

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    Dwell

    This past weekend, the Euro Style Lighting team attended the annual Dwell on Design event located in downtown Los Angeles. Brent provided an overall recap earlier this week, Dwell on Design: Ideas for Better Living if you're interested in reading more about the event.

    Like past years, this modern design event lived up to the hype. The 2014 Dwell on Design offered continuous content from more than 200 top minds of design, distinctive exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, and thousands of products. Trade and consumer were equally inspired.

    Design Pavillions

    This year, Dwell Pavilions were introduced to the show floor for the first time, curated by Dwell editors in the following categories:  Design for Humankind, Modern Family, Scandinavian, Energy 360/Technology. Each pavilion included an exhibition of photographs and article excerpts from the Dwell archives alongside products that truly brought the pages of the magazine to life. 

    The Pavilion we found most fun was the Modern Family exhibit. If you love modern design, have children or are thinking about having children, this was the place to be. So many fun products and talented exhibitors.

    Ideas for the Modern Family

    Casa Kids builds contemporary children's furniture: loft beds, bunk beds, desks, storage units and entire custom rooms. Their furniture is long-lasting and sustainable and their modular approach allows their furniture to grow with your kids.

    Parents eagerly spoke to the representatives about purchasing off the floor, which is one of the most exciting opportunities available at Dwell on Design.

    Casa Kids

    Lille Huset proves that kids toys don't have to be tacky. The collection of designs are inspired by little modern houses all over the world that people live in and love.

    This small but growing design business creates a new kind of dollhouse for a new kind of kid.

    Lille Huset

    Aika Trading makes you rethink parenting. You don't have to give up certain things you love for the functional lifestyle of a parent.

    They combine stylish Gazelle bikes with Yepp child seats, providing the flexibility to add a front and rear kids seat, but also function as a cool, solo bike. And don't forget the cool kids helmets, which can be customized with stickers, including one that resembles a mohawk!

    Aika Trading

    If you didn't make it this year, we urge you to attend next year. Dwell on Design is truly a wonderful experience for design professionals and enthusiasts alike.

    Images: Cori Magee

  • Entryway Curb Appeal

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    Entryway Style

    “Curb appeal” is one of a home’s most important factors, and also one of the most overwhelming to home owners. But dressing up your front entry design style is actually easier than you may think.

    Here are my four favorite ways to amp up your home's entryway appeal.

    No. 1 – Succulents

    Succulents are the perfect plant for anyone who doesn’t consider themselves to have a green thumb. Succulents require very little to no maintenance, can live in almost any climate, and are quite inexpensive.

    Front Entry Design

    No. 2 – Climbing Ivy

    One of the most classic ways to add a large amount of foliage to your home is with climbing ivy or roses.  Think about planting ivy around the doorway, front windows, your garage, or a gated entrance.

    No. 3 - Lighting

    One of the most important elements of your entryway style is the lighting. Outdoor wall lights, hanging lanterns, and path lights are essential to decor and function.

    Modern Entryway

    No. 4 – Pavers  

    Pavers as a driveway or path can add a great pop of green plus you’re able to lay them in various patterns or configurations such as diamonds, uncut stone, or squares.

    Images: Laure JolietMolly Frey Design, Beautiful Garden Decor

  • Modern Armchair Ideas

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    Interior Design Ideas

    There are few things in my home I love more than our armchairs. They are “my spot” whenever our family gathers around to play a game or chat. Don’t get me wrong, sofas are comfy and nice, but I like the idea of having a single chair just for me.

    Modern armchairs are also nice when you have company because it can be hard to have a conversation when you're sitting right next to the person. It is so much better to sit across from them, don’t you think? And bonus, they're comfortable!

    Not only should an armchair be comfortable, but in my opinion, it should look great too. They should be something that adds to the aesthetic of the room. I love the modern look, so I always have my eye out for a great modern armchair that will look amazing in my home. Isn’t this room kind of dreamy? The armchair looks perfect – and pink! It really adds to the space overall. I love it!

    Modern Armchairs


    I honestly don’t know which chair of these three I love the most! They all bring something great to the table. The tan modern midcentury armchair one has a great look, doesn’t it? And I am guessing it is pretty comfortable too. I love those legs!

    The teal armchair is a little brave for me, but that color is irresistible. It also has a semi-midcentury look to it, which I love. And I love that the back would be higher and more comfortable than a chair with a lower back.

    Last but not least, the tufted armchair! It’s classy but modern. The old wingback chairs with tufting on the back are so classic! I love that it has a modern twist so it would fit perfectly into our home.

    Image: CocoCozy

  • Dwell on Design: Ideas For Better Living

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    2014 Dwell On Design

    Design (and designers for that matter) is often categorized in terms of project size, as either small--a single LED light bulb for instance--or large, such as infrastructure planning for an entire metropolitan region. What's lost in this simplified categorization is the shared goal of all good design for better living, large or small. Namely, the betterment of the way we live.

    Starting with a verdant center court (pictured above), this year's weekend-long Dwell on Design event in Los Angeles was filled with exhibits and panels addressing the idea of "living better." 

    Better Living

    The Georgia Tech College of Architecture exhibited the results of its Micro Interior Design Competition, a student competition that explored the many definitions of "household unit" through interior design. Design entries (pictured above) addressed a range of living situations, from multi-family and multi-generational to single occupant households.

    To this multi-foliate definition of household, a panel titled Micro Living, Big Design addressed the changing demographics of the urban core, in which 23% of households are the typical "nuclear family" while 28% are single and 17% are made up of mixed-family adults. 

    Sioux Make It Right

    Meanwhile, an organization called Make It Right (founded by Brad Pitt in the wake of Hurricane Katrina) exhibited its current project: a housing development for approximately 600 Sioux and Assiniboine tribe members in Ft. Peck, Montana (model pictured above).

    Designed to accommodate the social structure of the tribes, this isn't your typical designer-knows-best solution, but instead a careful assessment of the end users it will ultimately serve. 

    Dwell On Design 2014 Conference Floor

    Most telling of the fair's aspirations are how high it reaches vertically. With countless exhibitor booths reaching up to 30+ feet above the convention center floor, the annual Dwell on Design event appeared to be more robust than in years past.

    All in all, the more than 200 participating speakers and 400 exhibitors vigorously peddled left-of-Main-Street design, with everything from shiny new prefabs to sustainable, self-healing kitchen counters on view.

    But at its core, Dwell on Design 2014 was about something bigger than design as commodity. At its heart, this event was about design for better living.

    Images: Photography by Brent Turner

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