Highlights of Dwell on Design 2011 from The Fox is Black
June 25, 2011
Essentially the West Coast equivalent of ICFF in New York, but with less hype and austerity, Dwell On Design is an exciting time for Los Angeles. It unites designers, creatives, larger corporations, as well as the average person on their quest to beautify their home.
When you walk into the convention center you're immediately presented with a bevy of paths to follow, but the first thing that grabbed my attention was this immense installation by the Vancouver based company, Molo. The walls you see are made of paper, 50% recycled cardboard fibre and 50% new fibre and 100% recyclable. They're essentially a giant accordion, you simply pull an end and voila, you've got yourself a new, beautiful space in an instant.
They've also applied this unique technique to lighting, which uses LEDs to safely light them up since they give off no heat. The effect is simple and beautiful, like a puff of clouds floating over your head.
Here's a view of the surface of Molo's fold-up table.
Another table by Molo.
After that I came across a booth occupied by a woman named Zoe Garred, who runs a small design company called Fleet.
Zoe is based in Vancouver as well, clearly there's something in the water that's makes people super creative. She has a rad collection of pieces she's dubbed Pool, minimal vessels that are made of slipcast ceramic with a beautiful glazed interior. These were inspired by the ocean, which she lives near, and have a Japanese simplicity to them which was nice.
They also had interchangeable lids that allowed you to use each of the vessels in a number of different ways, like a toothbrush holder or a flower vase.
I also thought it was hysterical that she made her own cribbage board, a product of necessity since she didn't like any ones she found on the market.
She also made a genius move by making the pegs the size of toothpicks, in case you lose them. Great, right?
One of the most visually striking booths featured the work of David Trubridge, a New Zealand designer who was being repped by Ford & Ching. He's created the Seed System, a set of modular lamps that remind me of brightly colored bucky balls, but were technically based on the polyhedron.
The mix of bamboo plywood with an interior of nearly neon is perfect to liven up any space.
Plus these come flat-packed, which is not only helps the environment, but is really surprising once you see how large these lamps can be.
Another lamp by Trubridge.
Lastly, I have to mention one other small booth, one that I spent about 10 minutes touching everything inside it. Daniel Ogassian is a Los Angeles based industrial designer who creates these geometric tiles, which in my opinion, are stunning.
Most tiles are rather.. flat, but these are given depth and and contours, which make for an entirely different experience.
I especially enjoyed the smaller tiles with the colorful, gasoline in water look to them, I'm sure they'd look beautiful in the sun.