"People know that they need experts in an emergency: doctors for surgery, plumbers for floods, therapists for nervous breakdowns," says Marc Kushner, co-founder of the online community for architects, Architizer.com. But they might not see the spatial challenges within their own home as the same kind of emergency—one which can cause all sorts of real-life health risks, from headaches to carpal tunnel syndrome to depression. "Manipulating space is a complicated task that architects are trained for," says Kushner. "The emergency happens when architects are not consulted." Until the equivalent of universal health care comes to the architecture world, most people still need that expert opinion to help them with all important decisions when it comes to their home. And to make those experts even more accessible, Architizer is launching the Architizer Design Clinic, opening for three days only at Dwell on Design.
Each year at Dwell on Design we trust the animal-like instincts of designboom to seek out and deliver the best contemporary design from around the planet. This year is no different: designboom will present Asia Now: Exploring Design Culture, a survey of cutting-edge designers hand-selected from 11 countries throughout Asia. Here's a preview of some of the Far East treats you'll see on display at Dwell on Design, June 25-27 in Los Angeles. Register now at dwellondesign.com.
Last weekend, the Getty Research Institute's show Julius Shulman's Los Angeles opened in its third location, a cathedral-like neo-Mudéjar style water tower named Canal de Isabel II in Madrid. The first Getty-initiated show to travel outside of the museum (believe it or not), the exhibition originated at the Los Angeles Public Library in 2008, then traveled to the Guadalajara International Book Fair in 2009. This year, Los Angeles was chosen as the featured city at the ARCOmadrid contemporary art fair, and the Getty's show was named as an obvious gift the city needed to share with its Spanish audience.
William Krisel knows architecture. The 84-year old architect has been licensed for a remarkable 59 years. The Getty Museum has just acquired his papers. But at a panel discussion with editor Aaron Britt at Dwell on Design, Krisel says today's architecture industry needs to reclaim its soul.
Who doesn't love a carne asada-serving taco truck or a smart trailer offering gourmet, local hot dogs? You'd be surprised. Despite the challenges in bringing quality food to the masses, these mobile eateries have overcome both consumer perception and city battles to deliver healthy, authentic meals on ingeniously-designed wheels.
Okay, so you've completed your brilliant home renovation. Now how to pitch your work to the publications? Our Design and the Media panel at Dwell on Design presented four editors from very different corners of the design world, and their advice on how to get your design work some well-deserved attention.
The multidisciplinary designer Dror Benshetrit specializes in what you might call "sleight-of-hand design." With a twist of the wrist, a little audience participation, or maybe just a change of perspective, his work for clients from Levi's to Cappellini transforms right before your eyes. This year, the Tel Aviv-born Benshetrit joined the ranks of Phillippe Starck and Michael Graves as the latest creative to be corralled into the Target designer stable, with the launch of Dror for Target this month, to be featured at Dwell on Design. We called him at his studio, located on 39th Street in New York's bustling Fashion District, to ask about working with Target, how designers should look to the fashion world for inspiration, and why it's important to touch your possessions every once in awhile.