Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011

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June 28, 2011

Temperatures were sweltering in L.A. over the weekend, but the 20,000 plus attendees at our sixth annual Dwell on Design conference—who took to the Convention Center in droves—were able to check out the latest and greatest design finds in cool, easy-breezy style. There was no shortage of things to look at, sit in, and test out. If you weren't able to stop by, or simply want to relive the memories, click on through to our roundup.

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  Here's a view of the show floor where 200 plus exhibitors and 20,000 attendees congregated for three days of modern design. In addition to the exhibitor booths, a series of design panels took place and there were a handful of off-site events including our ever-popular home tours and visits to design studios.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
    Here's a view of the show floor where 200 plus exhibitors and 20,000 attendees congregated for three days of modern design. In addition to the exhibitor booths, a series of design panels took place and there were a handful of off-site events including our ever-popular home tours and visits to design studios.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
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  Here's the Appleton residence from our Westside Home Tour. Catch a slideshow of the homes featured here.Photo by Carren Jao.  Courtesy of: � 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.
    Here's the Appleton residence from our Westside Home Tour. Catch a slideshow of the homes featured here.Photo by Carren Jao.

    Courtesy of: � 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.

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  This was the inaugural year for Dwell's Modern World Awards. Thanks to all those who voted for their favorite designs. Bike Shelf by Chris Brigham for Knife & Saw took home the People's Choice Award and the full list of winners is located here.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
    This was the inaugural year for Dwell's Modern World Awards. Thanks to all those who voted for their favorite designs. Bike Shelf by Chris Brigham for Knife & Saw took home the People's Choice Award and the full list of winners is located here.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
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  Guest blogger Bobby Solomon, aka The Fox Is Black, put together a slideshow of show floor highlights, including wares from Molo, David Trubridge, Zoe Garred, and Daniel Ogassian. I love the geometric current running through his picks, and swooned over the pendant lamps in Molo's booth (shown here) and Garred's ceramic wares. Photo by Bobby Solomon.  Photo by: Bobby Solomon
    Guest blogger Bobby Solomon, aka The Fox Is Black, put together a slideshow of show floor highlights, including wares from Molo, David Trubridge, Zoe Garred, and Daniel Ogassian. I love the geometric current running through his picks, and swooned over the pendant lamps in Molo's booth (shown here) and Garred's ceramic wares. Photo by Bobby Solomon.

    Photo by: Bobby Solomon

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  It's safe to say that the chickens on the show floor had quite a hefty fan base, adults and kids alike. This coop by 100xBtr boasts a roof that looks a lot like Barkow Leibinger's Gatehouse project.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
    It's safe to say that the chickens on the show floor had quite a hefty fan base, adults and kids alike. This coop by 100xBtr boasts a roof that looks a lot like Barkow Leibinger's Gatehouse project.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
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  Here's the Herman Miller booth featuring prints of the famed J. Irwin Miller House shot by Leslie Williamson. The house opened to the public for the first time this year and we featured it in our May issue. Check out a slideshow of Williamson's images here.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
    Here's the Herman Miller booth featuring prints of the famed J. Irwin Miller House shot by Leslie Williamson. The house opened to the public for the first time this year and we featured it in our May issue. Check out a slideshow of Williamson's images here.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
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  In the Modern Family Zone, kids of all ages played with toys and sat in mini Miesian chairs. These two are building up a storm with magnetic blocks by Tegu.Photo by Tammy Vinson.  Photo by: Tammy Vinson
    In the Modern Family Zone, kids of all ages played with toys and sat in mini Miesian chairs. These two are building up a storm with magnetic blocks by Tegu.Photo by Tammy Vinson.

    Photo by: Tammy Vinson

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  American Public Media's Eve Troeh, who reports from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, hosted a panel discussion on consumer issues surrounding sustainability. "It’s not sexy, but real sustainability stuff is not sexy. It’s reusing stuff, buying things that can be fixed and cleaned," she said. Read more about the panel here.Photo by Carren Jao.  Photo by: Carren JaoCourtesy of: © 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.
    American Public Media's Eve Troeh, who reports from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, hosted a panel discussion on consumer issues surrounding sustainability. "It’s not sexy, but real sustainability stuff is not sexy. It’s reusing stuff, buying things that can be fixed and cleaned," she said. Read more about the panel here.Photo by Carren Jao.

    Photo by: Carren Jao

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.

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  Senior Editor Aaron Britt moderated a Pecha Kucha style panel with Architecture for Humanity in which six designers and architects presented potentially world-changing ideas. Tina Hovsepian (shown here) elaborated on her Cardborigami design, a water-resistant and fireproof temporary shelter for homeless. All the ideas were super interesting, but I definitely thought her's stood out: solve a social problem and do it beautifully. Click here to read the full recap.Photo by Carren Jao.  Photo by: Carren Jao
    Senior Editor Aaron Britt moderated a Pecha Kucha style panel with Architecture for Humanity in which six designers and architects presented potentially world-changing ideas. Tina Hovsepian (shown here) elaborated on her Cardborigami design, a water-resistant and fireproof temporary shelter for homeless. All the ideas were super interesting, but I definitely thought her's stood out: solve a social problem and do it beautifully. Click here to read the full recap.Photo by Carren Jao.

    Photo by: Carren Jao

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  In a nutshell, Sasaki's booth was part performance piece, part charitable donation, and part painting. Sasaki, who was suited up in some mighty silvery duds, connected brave souls to a heartbeat monitor. Then, to the reverberating sound of the person's heart and a little techno for good measure, Sasaki would draw the beat on an oversized white canvas. Check out more photos of the installation here.Photo by Carren Jao.  Courtesy of: � 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.
    In a nutshell, Sasaki's booth was part performance piece, part charitable donation, and part painting. Sasaki, who was suited up in some mighty silvery duds, connected brave souls to a heartbeat monitor. Then, to the reverberating sound of the person's heart and a little techno for good measure, Sasaki would draw the beat on an oversized white canvas. Check out more photos of the installation here.Photo by Carren Jao.

    Courtesy of: � 2011 Carren Jao. All rights reserved.

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  Fashion and design magazines adjacent to the Yakitate exhibition on the show floor dangled like chandeliers for people to flip through.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
    Fashion and design magazines adjacent to the Yakitate exhibition on the show floor dangled like chandeliers for people to flip through.Photo by Tammy Vinson.
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  Eames Demetrios joined Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe in a discussion of the work of Charles and Ray Eames. "When your first name was Eames, your life is an informal poll on the notoriety of your grandparents," he said. Check out snippets of the conversation here, where the two chat about the Miller House, Charles's experiments with aluminum, and toeing the line between maintaining an iconic design and innovating.Photo by Carren Jao.  Photo by: Carren Jao
    Eames Demetrios joined Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe in a discussion of the work of Charles and Ray Eames. "When your first name was Eames, your life is an informal poll on the notoriety of your grandparents," he said. Check out snippets of the conversation here, where the two chat about the Miller House, Charles's experiments with aluminum, and toeing the line between maintaining an iconic design and innovating.Photo by Carren Jao.

    Photo by: Carren Jao

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  Architects dispensed free advice for design maladies at the Architizer booth.This year was the best yet for Dwell on Design. We definitely couldn't have done it without the army of volunteers who helped out, the attendees, the exhibitors who spent three busy days on the show floor, the bloggers who covered the events, and everyone who followed our coverage. Can't wait to see everyone next year!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Architects dispensed free advice for design maladies at the Architizer booth.This year was the best yet for Dwell on Design. We definitely couldn't have done it without the army of volunteers who helped out, the attendees, the exhibitors who spent three busy days on the show floor, the bloggers who covered the events, and everyone who followed our coverage. Can't wait to see everyone next year!

    Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

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