Dwell on Design
Dwell Magazine is one of my favorites, so I couldn't pass up the chance to check out the Dwell on Design conference over the weekend. I went in curious about the latest design trends and the focus on sustainability, and came out feeling very inspired! Here's my round-up:
Come on in. First step into the conference, and the awesome Dwell crew welcomed me into the pages of a Dwell Magazine. Literally... you walked right into a magazine vignette for a super fun photo op. And they have launched a new online platform in public beta that I am excited to check out!
Locally Handmade. There was a focus on furniture made right here in LA. Discovered a company called Semihandmade that makes custom doors for Ikea cabinet bases. I'm a huge Ikea fan for their style, sustainability and low prices... so the chance to upgrade their products with a custom look - I'm in!
Recycled Materials. Met 2 companies incorporating recycled materials in their products in 2 very different ways. Fireclay Tile has gorgeous tile that you would never guess is made from recycled glass, granite & porcelain. And bonus, these tiles are made-to-order in Northern California.
The second is a company called Eco Chic Lifestyles that makes furniture from reclaimed wood. They collect wood from old fishing boats in South East Asia, and instead of painting it, sand it to reveal years and layers of paint, which is actually beautiful. Granted this wood is coming from halfway across the world, but it would otherwise be headed for incineration somewhere and saves virgin trees from being cut down.
Green Walls. Not only do they look amazing, but green walls (or vertical gardens) insulate to lower temperatures and help filter the air. It's living art! Yes we're in a crazy drought in Southern California, so better opt for drought-tolerant plants like native succulents.
Urban Renewal & Social Good. I caught 2 panels with a different dose of inspiration showing how design can drive both environmental and social benefits. The first covered the revitalization work going on along the LA River and downtown that is truly helping to transform our city from this "concrete jungle" to a network of parks and a place where people actually know there is a river. The second was the story of an amazing organization called Step Up whose mission is to provide sustainable housing and recovery services to the mentally ill to help combat homelessness.
All in all, it was a terrific event thanks to everyone at Dwell and the line up of exhibitors. Made me excited not only to tackle projects in my own home, but also in our community. Looking forward to making this a yearly tradition!