"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Dwell on Design: Los Angeles Show


Last weekend I attended my first Dwell on Design show (June 22-24) at the Los Angeles Convention Center and found enough inspiration to keep me blogging for weeks!

Billed as the West Coast's largest home and lifestyle show, the 3-day modern-design event curated by the editors of Dwell Magazine was open to the public and featured 350 exhibitors as well as a series of speakers, demonstrations and tours.

Although a modern aesthetic prevailed, I would bet my Miele vacuum that design enthusiasts of every stripe would be intrigued by the innovation. 

"Design is driven by exploration and touches every aspect of our lives," said Dwell media president Michela O'Connor Abrams, "from the technology and products we use, to the way in which we communicate [and] the spaces in which we live."

Game on. The cool factor was high. 

The concrete ping pong/dining table with reinforced steel frame by James DeWulf was a winner! But perhaps for $7,000 we should call it table tennis? Love-Love!

Inflatable domes by CasaBubble tickled the imagination as well...Grammy coming to town? Blow up the guest room! Feel like sleeping under the stars? Need more office space? Or perhaps just a bigger dining room for what would definitely be a  magical dinner party?

The bubbles are available for purchase or rental.

According to CasaBubble, the instant additions made from recycled material can be set up anywhere and require no permitting since they are removable. Ranging from 11 feet to 16 feet in diameter, the bubbles (offer different levels of privacy) and are inflated by a silent turbine which allows them to keep their shape, circulate air and eliminate humidity and condensation issues.   

Designed in France by Pierre Stephan Dumas, the bubbles are delivered with wooden floors and optional furnishing.

In many instances the designers themselves were on hand to talk about their products and the inspiration behind the design. 

"Bdoja", A one-of-a-kind sculptural chair, by recent Art Center grad, Amaya Gutierrez was clever and covetable. 

Gutierrez explained she used custom-designed 'knitting needles' and hand knit the super-sized sweater seat from rope-like strands. The resulting fabric was draped over a strong metal frame. How perfect would this be in a beach house ($1,900)...

 In addition to creative upstarts, the show was also a place for established heavy hitters like Kohler to showcase their latest. The Kohler booth featured bathtubs converted into couches and publicly declared their devotion to C-O-L-O-R!

Sometimes, the best design is a simple fix...a notch in a patio chair by outdoor furniture company Loll Designs holds a stemmed wine glass. Brilliant! Another deck chair featured wide arm rests and concealed a handy bottle opener. I have a feeling these folks, based in Duluth, Minnesota, know how to party...

In keeping with the theme of knitters gone wild, I was drawn to this giant sock featured at the Design Preis Schweiz showcase featuring the winners of last year's Swiss design competition. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be, but it would look cute draped over a chair. Of course, it's match seems to have gone missing -where do those lost socks go?

 Although I am personally not a fan of Lladros' freaky rabbit-like-alien collectibles entitled, The Guest, which were front and center at the show - I was enchanted by the delicately detailed, Metropolis collection. The porcelain city is from the Lladro Atelier and allows collectors to design their own fanciful cityscape. Pretty. Cool.

If you had a chance to see the show this weekend, l'd love to know which booths and exhibits you liked best -please share!

In the meantime, I promise more Dwell posts to come. Stay tuned!


  1. Love! I will have to go next year. Looks like you are having a fun summer. xo Nic

  2. Yes! Summer is off to a great start! My favorite time of year!


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