Dwell and Design Within Reach (DWR) proudly announced the winner of their Live/Work Design Contest at the 7th Annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. Out of 587 submissions, five finalists were announced earlier in June, and ultimately, Dwell and DWR editors named Amanda Ip's Innermix Desk the best solution to their home-office challenge.
When Byron and Sue Henry began spending more time at their cozy lake cabin, they realized the existing layout no longer suited them or their two sons with growing families. So in late 2008, the Vancouver, Washington–based couple called Portland architect Michael Flowers and design partner Judson Moore of farm research and design to take charge of the remodel and expansion of their second home. Located on a secluded, half-acre hillside property overlooking Hayden Lake in Northern Idaho, the modern, 1,250-square-foot Henry Point cabin now boasts a fully-updated interior as well as an 830-square-foot loft addition that conveys a dichotomy of bright, alterable transitional spaces that engage the surrounding environment. The two, new independent living areas create a more comfortable multi-family experience.
With the aid of Byron's continuous input, Flowers and Moore were able to dramatically brighten the cabin's interior as well as enhance the relationship between the cabin and lake. "Byron was integral in the process from concept through building," Flowers says. "He allowed Jud and I the freedom to really get at what the place was about and find a balance between the existing and new while really anchoring the entire project back into the landscape. We really wanted everything to fit and feel together." The striking connection between house and land is accentuated by the fir, concrete, steel, and basalt used in the project, all of which were either locally produced or native to the area. In addition to being durable and low maintenance, these materials help mediate the wide variation in seasonal conditions at the lake edge. The result is a bright, adaptive cabin fit for Byron, Sue, and generations to come.
British artist Maisie Broadhead elevates the nuisance of an unsightly lamp cord to over-the-mantel art with this clever bit of DIY design.
On Saturday, June 23, join our conversation at Dwell on Design about what goes into refreshing icons of mid-century design. Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena of Los Angeles firm Escher GuneWardena will be on stage to divulge the sometimes grueling conservation undertakings involved with historic homes: identifying historical relevance, sourcing materials, and restoring damaged areas while maintaining fidelity to the original. Case studies include John Lautner's Chemosphere and the Eames House. We're really thrilled to have them present their work (Escher GuneWardena designed the Pearson Trent residence, one of my personal favorite Dwell features and spearheaded the A. Quincy Jones Restoration on the sold-out West Side Home Tour) and hope to see you at the Design Innovation Stage at 1:00 p.m..
Danish furniture company Carl Hansen & Son reissued Hans Wegner's classic CH33 chair at this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Designed in 1957, the perch was only in production for a decade before it was discontinued. We love the contouring of the chairs design, from the tapered legs to the curved seat and back to the slightly bowed stretcher. The CH33 is available in the same colors as the original design: white, grey, pale blue, orange, black, and natural; it retails for $700–930 depending on the wood and finish selected. Visit carlhansen.com to find an authorized dealer near you.
Dwell on Design, our massive annual trade show and ideas festival, kicks off this Friday, June 22, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. But that doesn't mean that we haven't got a full docket of design-centric programming all week long. From showroom events to talks to contest winners, the Dwell editorial team is taking Los Angeles by storm for Dwell Design Week. Be sure not to miss any of our events in the run-up to Dwell on Design June 22-24. We hope to see you there!
One of our new favorite product lines spotted at this year's ICFF is from Spanish company Teixidors, a small-scale textile maker that weaves its wares in Terrassa, a city in Catalonia. Established in 1983, Teixidors has a laudable social mission—it aims to employ people with learning disabilities to operate their hand looms—and environmental ethic—it uses natural materials farmed in a responsible manner.
Philippe Starck designed the Broom chair back in 2003, but since it took nearly a decade to perfect the material engineering it was only unveiled this year. Broom—its name derived from the detritus left over from manufacturing other pieces of furniture—is 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene, 15 percent reclaimed wood fiber, and 10 percent glass fiber. "We've developed a new material that sweeps up industrial waste and turns it into something strong, smart, and beautiful," writes the manufacturer, Emeco, about the stackable chair. Though Broom won't be available for sale until July, you can pre-order from Design Within Reach and see it at Dwell on Design June 22-24, 2012.