On Friday, June 21, we presented our third-annual Dwell on Design Awards, in which we handed out custom-made awards designed by Dwell creative director Alejandro Chavetta and the San Francisco design firm Ohio to our top ten picks from the show floor. The jury—consisting of Zahid Sardar, Dwell contributing writer and author of West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors and Design; Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, ASID National President-Elect; Kat Fern, ASID LA Chapter President; Donald Strum, principal, Michael Graves Design Group; and myself—walked the show floor and together cast our votes to decide the winners. This year’s categories were Kitchen and Bath, Furniture, Outdoor, Modern Lifestyle, Design Materials, Sustainability, Lighting, New Product, Best Booth, and Best in Show. We handed out the awards on the Sustainable Design stage just ahead of our keynote address by architect Michael Graves.
Before the awards presentation, Dwell president Michela O’Connor Abrams (sporting her Google Glass) announced the Dwell Vision Award, a collaboration between Dwell and Big Ass Fans. Photo by: Mimi Teller Rosicky.
The awards were a custom collaborative design by Dwell creative director Alejandro Chavetta and the San Francisco design firm Ohio. Photo by: Mimi Teller Rosicky
Our Kitchen and Bath award went to relative newcomer Franz Viegener for its innovative designs. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta
Nourishmat by Earth Starter allows city dwellers to grow their own food in small spaces, and for that it snagged our Design Materials award. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta
Our Furniture category went to Clei for Resource Furniture, whose convertible beds especially piqued the judges’ interests. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
Playforms by North Forty Design grabbed our New Product award for their simple, imagination-driven kids’ playhouses. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
The Modern Lifestyle award winner was Miele, which this year encompassed an overall lifestyle vision at the show. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
In the Sustainability category, Lacava garnered the award, for showing that responsible design can be beautiful. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
For his oversize Manuka light, New Zealand–based designer David Trubridge captured the award for Lighting. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
After transforming Dwell Outdoor into a verdant paradise, landscape architecture firm Shades of Green was awarded for Outdoor this year. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
With its multi-tiered fountain, trio of modern structures, and wall of fixtures, Brizo captivated the jury and brought home the award for best Booth. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
Emeco’s combination of eco-friendly design philosophy and show-stopping bright white booth ensured their place as the winner of Best in Show at Dwell on Design. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.