Meat houses, McMansions on wheels, and cars that kiss and hug might sound like ideas for an unpublished Dr. Seuss novel, but they are all real concepts championed by architect Mitchell Joachim in his quest to make our cities more sustainable. Joachim is one of our Featured Speakers at Dwell on Design this year, and his work spans the fields of architecture, technology and biology. He'll talk about his ongoing collaborations with a group of like-minded brainiacs at OneLab, his studio in Brooklyn, with Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron at 4:00 p.m. on the Design Innovation Stage on Friday, June 22nd.
Architects often toil away in obscurity for decades before earning the accolades they merit. It's all of our good fortune that Dwell on Design Featured Speaker Chad Oppenheim has made the transition from rising star to industry icon in a matter of a few years. He’s brought his contagious enthusiasm for radical sustainability to projects from Jordan to Switzerland, but it’s a project in his own backyard that put him on the map: COR, a concept for an ultra-sustainable skyscraper, captured the public’s imagination for what’s possible to accomplish in green building. We reached Oppenheim at his home in Miami, where he waxed poetic about the role of green architecture, the importance of place, and what he'll be talking about when he takes the Sustainability Stage at Dwell on Design Saturday, June 23rd.
It's an undisputed truth that some of L.A.'s best meals are served on the street. So why shouldn't L.A.'s finest food trucks have outdoor seating that equals their culinary excellence? Design Truck, a concept by Los Angeles designers Brendan Ravenhill and Chris Adamick, hopes to remedy this curious quandary of curbside dining by providing a mobile furniture gallery which can comfortably seat the noshing masses. The duo will be launching the first outing of Design Truck this weekend and Ravenhill will be talking more about the creation at dwellondesign.com.
What does your heartbeat look like? The Japanese-born artist Sasaki has been painting the vital sign of life for 15 years, airbrushing the distinctive waves in blood-red paint onto a canvas. He'll be bringing The Heartbeat Drawing Project to Dwell on Design this weekend, where every heartbeat he paints will send a donation straight from your heart to Architecture for Humanity's rebuilding efforts in Japan.
Yakitate, or "freshly-baked" in Japanese, is an accurate description of the piping hot talent curated by the online design magazine designboom for this year's Dwell on Design. Eight Japanese designers have been hand-selected by designboom for their unique blend of innovation and tradition, as well as their aesthetic connections to the modern design of California. The designers themselves will even be on-site and in-person, showcasing their craft in live demos. Visit the Yakitate schedule as part of the Exhibition at Dwell on Design, which you can see with an Exhibition Plus ticket. Register at dwellondesign.com. Check out fresh work from all eight designers here—still warm from the oven.
Each year, Dwell on Design partners with Ecofabulous to design and decorate a fully-appointed residence that epitomizes aspirational sustainable living. The resulting showhouse lives on the Dwell on Design floor where attendees can make themselves at home while they indulge in their deepest green living fantasies. We went behind the scenes to see what Ecofabulous and their partners pieceHomes and OneBuild have planned for this year's home of the future.
For the sixth year, AIA Los Angeles's Restaurant Design Awards will be announced at Dwell on Design. Jurors that include chef Mark Peel, architect Dean Larkin, and writer and publicist Haily Zaki have selected finalists in three categories: restaurant, cafe/bar, and lounge/nightclub. Now it's up to you, dedicated readers and eaters, to vote for your favorites in the People's Choice Awards. Voting closes Monday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. so don't delay, vote today! The winners will be presented Friday, June 24 as part of the AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design. You can attend the Restaurant Design Awards ceremony either by purchasing a Dwell Conference Plus ticket or, if you are verified Design Trade, you can purchase the free Design Trade Friday Plus ticket. Register at dwellondesign.com and check out this slideshow of the nominees!
Next year, William McDonough's revolutionary book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, which he co-authored with Dr. Michael Braungart, will turn ten years old. During that decade McDonough has emerged as a leader of the sustainable design movement, both as an advocate for creating more responsible products through his Cradle-to-Cradle certification process, and as an architect at William McDonough + Partners who set out to reinvent buildings and is now rethinking the way we design cities. At this year's Dwell on Design he'll be talking about how designers can change the language of sustainability by creating work that is focused on being "more good" not just "less bad."