Dwell on Design, America’s largest design show, returned to Los Angeles Convention Center this month. The three-day event was a celebration of modern design, with 400 exhibitors and over 2000 products. With a focus on looking beyond the urban dwelling and on the hunt for the new modern products, the exhibit expanded to the outdoor area that included the best prefabs and landscaping. A resurgence of luxurious design, bold neon colors and many other cutting-edge creations, here are some of my favorites at this year’s show as well as a few from last years.
Bold and masculine define these great chairs. I was able to see where the leather and chrome armchair is made and meet the designer Westin Mitchell when touring LA’s Arts district that same weekend. (See Howard Interior Design Facebook page for more info on tour.)
A personal favorite of the Dwell Convention is getting inspiration from Design celebrities. This year’s guest speakers included Nate Burckas, who paired with LG as artistic designer for their Studio series appliances. David Bromstad of HGTV’s Color Splash spoke on how to “glam” up your outdoor summer space which included giant teepees that were all decked out.
Hot this year are wood panel applications with Stikwood, IndoTeak, Mirth Studios and Semihandmade sharing new wood applications for bath, kitchen and home. Stikwood was one of my favorite new products this year with the availability to print design patterns on peel and stick wood panels, just think of the possibilities.
This tiny hand crafted camping trailer was a big crowd pleaser last year.
Wheels of all sizes were present both years. Love the Cargo Scooter.
Cargo containers continue to be popular as alternative dwellings. The side of the orange container on the left folds down to become the deck and flooring for the pullout glass walls, expanding its foot print.
If you love modern design this 3 day event is a must see, so start planning now for next year's Dwell on Design LA, which will be held the weekend of June 24-26, 2016, at the L.A. Convention Center. It’s sure to be bigger and better than ever before with some insight on current and future trends in architecture, interior design and landscaping.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.