In March 2013, Dwell had the pleasure of touring the World Trade Center Memorial with lead architect Michael Arad. Arad was awarded the commission for his design "Reflecting Absence" in 2004 and worked closely with LMDC and families of the victims to arrive at the present design. With Work and Play as its theme, the eight acre site acts as an urban room allowing visitors and locals to gather while honoring the victims and celebrating life. Until construction is completed, tickets must be reserved in advance at National September 11 Memorial Memorial & Museum.
The 22nd annual Los Angeles Modernism Show, held May 1–3 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, featured more than 70 exhibitors with mid-century wares trucked in from all over the country. Sponsored in part by the peripatetic über-site 1stdibs.com, the show was mostly hits and a scant few misses, and vendors looked beyond their choice Le Corbusier and Eames gems to bring spectators something a little more unexpected. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the showroom floor, culled by writer Erika Heet.
With considering the ever-expanding children's market in the modern design realm, the plethora of visitors, tiny people, and exhibitors at The Modern Family Zone at Dwell on Design was not surprising in the least. Sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints and Vitra, the Modern Family area featured artists and furniture manufacturers, as well as Play-Doh and finger-paint makers. Photos by Alexis Tjian, Ashley Schoenknecht and Kristen Terry.