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."
We always like to end Dwell on Design on a high note and as we all know, most high notes in life include food. So on the heels of last year's successful Square Meal Sunday, we're once again closing the show with Good Food Sunday, a celebration of the delicious relationship between food and design. For the second year, Good Food Sunday is curated by Evan Kleiman, host of the KCRW radio show Good Food and chef and owner of the fantastic Los Angeles institution Angeli Caffe. Joining her this year is Lesley Bargar Suter, dining editor for Los Angeles Magazine. The two have whipped up an incredible schedule for the day, and here's a look at Sunday's menu over at Dwell on Design.
Here at Dwell we've always acknowledged the power of great art, whether it's adorning the walls of a modern house, or gracing the pages of our magazine. Through the years, illustration and graphic design has played a huge role in the way we portray and interpret modern life. So, to celebrate our 10th anniversary here at Dwell, we've collaborated with art magazine Arkitip and asked 10 artists to produce illustrations of 10 houses featured in the magazine. Stop by the Dwell Shop and pick up your favorite, while supplies last!
You know you've got one, tucked deep within your house. Maybe you keep it locked up tight so you don't have to see it. But sooner or later you'll have to confront it: The Problem Room. But the real problem is that we don't have time to step back and see what about that room—or maybe ourselves!—really needs to change. How about some holistic healing for your home? A spa treatment for your spaces? Counseling for your clutter? Remodelista and Curated would like to offer you 25 minutes this weekend to help your interiors find inner peace. So they're offering free consultations from leading designers at The Designer Is: In, a featured exhibition at this year's Dwell on Design.
Dwell and Sausalito–based Heath Ceramics have more than a few things in common. We're both design-focused Bay Area companies. We both have a dedication to modernism. And we both provide tools for smart, sustainable living. Now, our two companies' philosophies will come to life for the first time as an exciting product collaboration: Dwell Patterns by Heath Ceramics, which will debut Friday, June 25 at Dwell on Design.
On a corner lot atop Melrose Hill, the slight rise in elevation just east of the Larchmont Village neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Ridgewood Residence glows like a lantern. Its boxes of glossy wood are stacked into the typical geometry of a modern home, but here, large portions of the walls are sliced and shaved away on every side, allowing softly-lit views of the interior to filter out into the street. This openness and warmth is very symbolically a beacon, lighting the way for just how well modernism can fit within the context of a very traditional neighborhood. You can see just how well it works on the Eastside Home Tour at this year's Dwell on Design.
Ed Begley, Jr. is wearing what can most accurately be described as his uniform, a blue dress shirt unbuttoned to reveal a white t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and Crocs with socks. Not your typical Emmy Award-nominated actor outfit, but neither is his current behavior. He is standing on the sidewalk outside his house, showing recent improvements he made to his parkway, that tiny strip of city-owned land between sidewalk and street. Begley, who lives on a corner lot, removed the resource-sucking swatches of grass and laced new gravel-edged, native plots with efficient drip-irrigation. When he moved into this home in 1988, he says, it was the same story. He tore out the lawn and added drought-tolerant plants like rosemary, a fragrant sprig of which he rolls between his fingers as he identifies the trees in his orchard of apples, figs and loquats. "The apples are not quite ready," he says, bounding to the far corner of the yard. "But the loquats are really good! Here, help yourself to a few." Begley will be sharing this same zest for sustainable living with the audience at this year's Dwell on Design.
"Change for change" innocently declares a bright green vending machine, but this design intervention delivers more bang for your buck than the typical candy dispenser. The latest initiative from the non-profit Project H Design is a series of vending machines that swap gumballs for greenery: Deposit two quarters and GreenAid delivers a Jawbreaker-sized seed bomb into the palm of your hand. Project H has placed about eight machines across L.A. (including one that lives on the Coolhaus ice cream sandwich truck), one at the 360SEE gallery in Chicago, and the newest, at the Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco. Gather up your loose change: They'll be displaying their concept, as well as other Project H work, at this year's Dwell on Design.
Among the highlights at last year's Dwell on Design was a cozy modular home created by Reclaimed Space, who hauled their one-of-a-kind structure made from reclaimed and repurposed materials all the way from their Austin, Texas, headquarters. The 400-square-foot home was rolled right onto the floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center, and served as a fitting entrance to the Dwell Outdoor pavilion. Attendees lounged in the comfy confines of Reclaimed Space's weathered wood walls, drooling over each of the fully functional appointments in the modern surf shack.