Dwell on Design 2012
June 22nd to the 24th, the Los Angeles Convention Center once again hosted the best in products and services in modern design during a three-day showcase hosted by Dwell Magazine. Dwell on Design is the West Coast’s largest design event, featuring not only the latest in modern techniques, finishes and furnishing, but also house tours, guest speakers (over 70 presentations) and award ceremonies.
The “Best in Show” award this year was handed to Quench – the Queensland design collective comprised of six individual brands. They had an interesting array of products, representing themselves individually and through a common booth, proving continuity between seemingly unique products.
Analyzing the overall exhibition theme, we spotted a few trends shared by most of the projects showcased there.
Flashy colors were definitely one of this year’s trademarks at Dwell on Design. Brands like Quench, David Trubridge, Bradford Stewart, Bueno Glass, Vetro Vero (and so many more) features vivid colors in their product design and the outcome was an amazing blend that caught the visitors’ eye.
Natural wood was also one of the exhibitors’ favorite elements this year. Designers like Jason Boylston and Timberlust shared the passion for salvaged wood and came up with extraordinary pieces.
Prefab has been for the past years one on the top issues at Dwell on Design, but this year a new concept kicked off – alternative habitats. Popular prefab maker Connect Homes presented their Connect:2 prototype pop-up house: a 640 square feet structure that can altogether be a vacation home, a guest house or a studio.
If you are more of a nature lover and don’t feel the need for 4 walls, Airclad’s concept features a covered space for outdoor dining and relaxation.
We’ll stop here and leave you with some of our top picks at Dwell on Design.
Cuba Playhouse by Play Modern has a modular system which consists of a series of cubes that can be configured in different ways.
Flux by Cool Kids. When it was first introduced to the market, the Flux chair for adults received multiple awards in London, Rotterdam and New York. This year, Cool Kids Company introduced a junior line during the Dwell on Design show. The polypropylene flat-packed seat is waterproof and 100 percent recyclable. It can be used both indoor and outdoor, it weighs only 5 pounds and its range of bright colors makes it a fun addition to any playground.
Potted impressed the visitors with their booth entirely made of pallets. They teamed up with BKB Ceramics for beautifully glazed pots.
Half 13. After designing interior furniture for over 20 years, Albuquerque designer Damian Velasquez has created a line of outdoor pieces. His new sculptural Half 13 collection features amazing steel mesh chairs and tables finished in powder coat colors.
Amsterdam by Kast van ees Huis. This collection of cabinets is inspired by the Amsterdam canal houses of the 17th century. The cabinets come in multiple colors and three gable types and they are made of medium density fiberboard (MDF) covered with non-toxic paints.
We’ll leave you now with images of Dwell on Design outdoor.