Dwell On Design 2013

Dwell On Design 2013

Dwell on Design Conference 2013

Dwell on Design Conference 2013

This past weekend my favorite annual design event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Dwell on Design is a conference that features products, architects, designers, technology, art and more, including engaging presentations throughout each day of the show. Listed below is a small sampling of things from the show that I particularly enjoyed, covering a very broad range in both form and function.

 PLY90 is one of those products whose purpose and design is so obvious that it’s hard to believe it had never been invented until now. But it’s true. In fact, its patent is still pending. The PLY90 is a connector that provides an easy-to-use alternat

PLY90 is one of those products whose purpose and design is so obvious that it’s hard to believe it had never been invented until now. But it’s true. In fact, its patent is still pending. The PLY90 is a connector that provides an easy-to-use alternative to drilling and screwing together the corners of construction projects assembled from wood.

 It’s great for shelves, tables, boxes, carts and pretty much anything requiring a right-angle. There’s no need to align every board and precisely drill and screw pieces together. And disassembly is also straightforward and simple with no worry of st

It’s great for shelves, tables, boxes, carts and pretty much anything requiring a right-angle. There’s no need to align every board and precisely drill and screw pieces together. And disassembly is also straightforward and simple with no worry of stripping the wood from repeated screwing in and out. For more information, visit the Ply Products website. http://www.plyproducts.com/

 I love the name of this company – SEMIHANDMADE DOORS. Give your Ikea kitchen or bathroom a makeover by attaching new custom doors in place of the old ones. Semihandmade works exclusively with Ikea cabinetry because of their quality and their flexibi

I love the name of this company – SEMIHANDMADE DOORS. Give your Ikea kitchen or bathroom a makeover by attaching new custom doors in place of the old ones. Semihandmade works exclusively with Ikea cabinetry because of their quality and their flexibility.

 Unlike most cabinet manufacturers, Ikea lets you buy their cabinets with door and drawer faces. And finally price – with their products, Semihandmade says you can easily save 30-40% on the cost of a typical custom kitchen. http://www.semihandmadedoo

Unlike most cabinet manufacturers, Ikea lets you buy their cabinets with door and drawer faces. And finally price – with their products, Semihandmade says you can easily save 30-40% on the cost of a typical custom kitchen. http://www.semihandmadedoors.com

 Award winning designer/maker Brandon Morrison of WHYRHYMER makes beautiful things. By ‘things’ I mean lamps and furniture. His work is very artistic and the craftsmanship is superb. His booth at the show contained primarily lamps and so that’s what

Award winning designer/maker Brandon Morrison of WHYRHYMER makes beautiful things. By ‘things’ I mean lamps and furniture. His work is very artistic and the craftsmanship is superb. His booth at the show contained primarily lamps and so that’s what I’ve decided to share with you here. This table lamp, “The Manhattan”, is made of solid walnut with a 1.5″”nickel plated tube connecting the base to the lampshade with a solid walnut cap mounted underneath.

 “The Manhattan – Series 2” is a ceiling fixture with a continuous run of lampshade material that runs uninterrupted from one end to the other, separated by solid walnut louvers, creating a visual treat. Stop into the showroom, drool over the work, a

“The Manhattan – Series 2” is a ceiling fixture with a continuous run of lampshade material that runs uninterrupted from one end to the other, separated by solid walnut louvers, creating a visual treat. Stop into the showroom, drool over the work, and ask about the origin of the company name. http:/www.whyrmyer.com

 ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY : LOS ANGELES is the local chapter of a global organization that brings design, construction and development services to the places where they are needed most, addressing unique local problems covering everything from food

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY : LOS ANGELES is the local chapter of a global organization that brings design, construction and development services to the places where they are needed most, addressing unique local problems covering everything from food deserts to safe active spaces. And perhaps most importantly their work is based upon a principle of participatory design, meaning they prioritize the involvement of community members in the process. AFH:LA provides a platform for socially responsible design advocacy; partnering design professionals with local non-profit organizations, schools, government agencies and community groups. After chatting with Rita Saikali, Director of Outreach and Advocacy, I was convinced of the passion behind the mission. http://losangeles.architetureforhumanity.org/

 Here’s another one that falls into the category of wish-I’d-thought-of-that-cool-idea. LIVING PLUG covers redefine the electrical wall outlet in form and function. The INLET enhances the utility of the standard duplex outlet by including a high capa

Here’s another one that falls into the category of wish-I’d-thought-of-that-cool-idea. LIVING PLUG covers redefine the electrical wall outlet in form and function. The INLET enhances the utility of the standard duplex outlet by including a high capacity 2.1v USB charger and replaces the two standard outlets with three tamper-resistant outlets, thereby improving child safety.

 And they offer a variety of decorative faceplates allowing you transform an ugly outlet into a more appealing wall feature. http://www.LivingPlug.com

And they offer a variety of decorative faceplates allowing you transform an ugly outlet into a more appealing wall feature. http://www.LivingPlug.com

 STIKWOOD is a peel-and-stick, real wood decor. Installing it is so simple anyone can do it and it will transform a room in minutes. Adhesive strips on the back are exposed by pulling away a tape covering, press them into place and voila! And what I

STIKWOOD is a peel-and-stick, real wood decor. Installing it is so simple anyone can do it and it will transform a room in minutes. Adhesive strips on the back are exposed by pulling away a tape covering, press them into place and voila! And what I love most about this product is the quality of wood strips. This is not plastic, or even plywood with a veneer. It’s real wood.

 Their appearance is stunning and they come in a wide variety of styles. My favorite may be the reclaimed wood, pictured here. http://www.stikwood.com

Their appearance is stunning and they come in a wide variety of styles. My favorite may be the reclaimed wood, pictured here. http://www.stikwood.com

 BLU HOMES. - At the larger end of the spectrum and always popular at the Dwell conference are, well…, dwellings. The show included a variety of manufacturers of pre-fabricated homes, all of which were interesting, but my favorite this year was Blu H

BLU HOMES. – At the larger end of the spectrum and always popular at the Dwell conference are, well…, dwellings. The show included a variety of manufacturers of pre-fabricated homes, all of which were interesting, but my favorite this year was Blu Homes. These homes are gorgeous. And they’re built to the highest ‘green’ standards. Blu’s breakthrough computer modeling, unique use of steel and wood and revolutionary folding technology makes beautifully designed homes more economical to ship and quicker to set up than other modern, green homes. The model pictured above is “Sidebreeze”.

 If you weren’t able to make it to the show, but you want to see one of their homes in person, you’re in luck. Blu recently announced that the company will open its first model home in the Los Angeles area later this year. A 4 BR/4 BA, 2,900 square-f

If you weren’t able to make it to the show, but you want to see one of their homes in person, you’re in luck. Blu recently announced that the company will open its first model home in the Los Angeles area later this year. A 4 BR/4 BA, 2,900 square-foot Breezehouse will be located in Agoura Hills. Check the Blu Homes website for further information. http://www.bluhomes.com. The model pictured above is “Origin”.

 Lastly, a product that you might not have expected to see at a Design conference – Google Glass. That’s right. For the handful of folks remaining that have not gotten wind of Google Glass, it’s a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted displa

Lastly, a product that you might not have expected to see at a Design conference – Google Glass. That’s right. For the handful of folks remaining that have not gotten wind of Google Glass, it’s a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format and can interact with the internet via natural language voice commands. These things are so cool. When pondering their functionality, it’s pretty clear that the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to try them out for myself in the not-so-distant future. http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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