Collection by Erika Heet

Dwell and GoodWeave Explore Ethical Design


With a focus on ending child labor in the rug industry and beyond, a Dwell-hosted conversation in Los Angeles last month shed light on sustainable design practices.

Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two champions for children: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of GoodWeave, which works to end child labor in the rug industry. Last month, Dwell hosted a conversation at the Sherle Wagner showroom in Los Angeles, The Unseen Hand: Craft, Design, and Social Change that included Scott Welker, director of business development for GoodWeave, designer Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, designer Shirley Shivhon, and Ahmad Ahmadi, co-owner of Ariana Rugs. Evan Geoffroy, president of Sherle Wagner, welcomed guests to the standing-room-only event, which included a conversation about the steps designers can take to make informed choices on ethical sources that affect their and their clients’ buying decisions.

Ahmad Ahmadi takes the audience on a visual journey through his weaving studio in Afghanistan.
Evan Geoffroy of Sherle Wagner kicked off the evening.
Against a background of Sherle Wagner vignettes, audience members listened to Ahmadi’s stories of Afghan weaving.
The audience learned about GoodWeave’s #StandwithSanju campaign, which aims to free all children of servitude.
Panelists and hosts, from left: Scott Welker of GoodWeave, Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, Evan Geoffroy of Sherle...

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