Welcome to this week's Dwell on Design edition of Out and About. We editors have spent the past three months brainstorming topics, inviting speakers, and prepping panels for our fifth annual design conference, the largest of its kind on the West Coast. We're kicking off the event tonight with an evening at Room & Board in Culver City and continue the party at the Los Angeles Convention Center and at venues around town through Sunday. Here are just some of the highlights happening in L.A. this weekend.
At the convention center, doors open at 10 am Friday morning to a show floor featuring hundreds of exhibitors including Kohler, Loll Design, Method Home, and many, many more. Our editor-curatred programs gets to a start with Dwell senior editor Aaron Britt speaking on the Sustainability stage with John Sparano and Anne Mooney, principals of Sparano + Mooney architecture firm and designers of the Emigration Canyon home featured in our July/August 2010 issue. At the same time, Dwell editor-in-chief Sam Grawe will host a conversation with architect Jorge Gracia on the Design Innovation stage.
Also gracing our stages throughout the weekend will be Amy Wells, the Mad Men set director, to discuss how she designed the deliciously retro look of the show's scenes; architects Tone Wheeler and Lorcan O'Herlihy in conversation with Sam Grawe about densification; Joel Turkel, whose firm Joel Turkel Design is collaborating with Lindal Cedar Homes to create prefab designs for the Dwell Homes Collection; Mary Melton, editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine, and Thomas Hines, an architecture professor at UCLA, to speak with Dwell digital content director Amanda Dameron about modern families; environmental activist and actor Ed Begley Jr. to share his story of living a sustainable life; and more. Dwell assistant editor Jordan Kushins will also make a terrarium on stage with Workshop SF founders Kelly Malone and David Knight and I'll be giving tips on how to get published along with Los Angeles Times editor Craig Nakano and Archinect founder Paul Petrunia.
On Friday night, we'll raise our glasses to the winners of the 2010 Restaurant Design Awards, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter at Dwell on Design. Sam Grawe will sit down with this year's panel of judges—Ben Ford, Joey Shimoda, Clive Piercy, and Dwell founder Lara Deam—at 5:30 pm and the winners will be announced at 6:00. Click here to view the 2010 RDA finalists.
If that's not enough, be sure to come to the show for our Good Food Sunday discussions curated by Angeli Caffe chef and owner and KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and Los Angeles magazine dining editor Lesley Bargar Suter. The afternoon includes conversations about L.A,'s growing craft beer movement, molecular gastronomy, sustainable seafood, and more.
Join us at the fifth annual Dwell on Design at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 25-27 by registering now!