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June 27, 2009

From modern prefab sheds to luxury tent lodges, organic planters to living walls, Dwell Outdoor is one of the most anticipated exhibitions at this year's Dwell on Design.

 

At left, an outdoor shower is installed outside Reclaimed Space's 400-square-foot structure. Modern Shed is at right.
At left, an outdoor shower is installed outside Reclaimed Space's 400-square-foot structure. Modern Shed is at right.
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Modern Shed, based in Seattle, set up their popular 10-foot-by-twelve-foot Studio Shed on the exhibition floor.
Modern Shed, based in Seattle, set up their popular 10-foot-by-twelve-foot Studio Shed on the exhibition floor.
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Serralunga Planters, by Linea, are available in twelve colors and come in lacquer or matte.
Serralunga Planters, by Linea, are available in twelve colors and come in lacquer or matte.
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Also set up at the exhibition is the nineteen-foot-long Airstream Victorinox Special Edition Trailer.
Also set up at the exhibition is the nineteen-foot-long Airstream Victorinox Special Edition Trailer.
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At left, an outdoor shower is installed outside Reclaimed Space's 400-square-foot structure. Modern Shed is at right.
At left, an outdoor shower is installed outside Reclaimed Space's 400-square-foot structure. Modern Shed is at right.

Inspiring and refreshing, Dwell Outdoor is a showcase of modern outdoor living trends. From across the exhibition floor, the area appears as an oasis of lushness, with pockets of greenery sprinkled throughout the space—thanks to Green-form, Woolly Pocket Garden, Monrovia, FormLA, and more. One of the main features is the CB2 exhibit, an outdoor cafe and a lounge with restful wicker sectionals, luxurious lamp-like umbrellas and sunny armchairs. Here people gather to sit and grab drinks throughout the day. 

Modern Shed, based in Seattle, set up their popular 10-foot-by-twelve-foot Studio Shed on the exhibition floor.
Modern Shed, based in Seattle, set up their popular 10-foot-by-twelve-foot Studio Shed on the exhibition floor.

 

The small residential showcases are also crowd magnets—people are very excited to step into these little worlds of homey prefab.  Some highlights include an aircraft-inspired aluminum-clad travel trailer from Airstream, a converted cargo shipping container structure from ic Green, a multipurpose studio 'fungalow' from Modern Shed, and the Target Home by Dror Benshetrit.

Also set up at the exhibition is the nineteen-foot-long Airstream Victorinox Special Edition Trailer.
Also set up at the exhibition is the nineteen-foot-long Airstream Victorinox Special Edition Trailer.

The most elaborate prefab exhibit, from Reclaimed Space, is a 400-square-foot rustic home built from reclaimed materials, and featuring interiors created by Ecofabulous. I asked Caitlin Bristol, Manager of Creative Services at Ecofabulous, about some of the most exciting elements, and she pointed out that 90% of the home is made with reclaimed materials (much of the items came from eBay and Craigslist), and some of the metal and old-growth lumber used is actually 80-100 years old. "Instead of prefab, we call it Refab!" she says.

My personal favorites were actually what I found nestled in unexpected pockets between all of the larger outdoor exhibits—like the giant organically-shaped flower pots of the Serralunga collection by Linea. Displayed in both white and black lacquer, these curvaceous, womb-like pieces seemed be both a home for plants and a perfect napping spot.

Serralunga Planters, by Linea, are available in twelve colors and come in lacquer or matte.
Serralunga Planters, by Linea, are available in twelve colors and come in lacquer or matte.

Come check out Dwell Outdoor for yourself all today and tomorrow!  And you can also follow our tweets straight from the Dwell on Design floor.

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