“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

The winners of the 2011 Swiss Design Prize were shown in the U.S. for the first time at Dwell on Design. A pair of knitted vessels by Senior Design Factory caught the eye of these passersby.
Dwell Outdoor Takes Center Stage at Dwell on Design This year, for the first time, the ever-popular Dwell Outdoor will live right in the middle of the show floor, immediately viewable at the entrance. Beneath a stylized “rope-art” canopy created by Sausalito-based Shades of Green and outfitted with their myriad trees and plants, the new Dwell Outdoor, sponsored by Blu Homes andLumos Solar, promises to inspire. Populating the 18,000-square-foot-plus space will be full-scale structures from prefab companies like Sett Studio, who is “obsessed with energy efficiency, sustainable building materials, and designing thoughtful space.”
Andreas Engesvik will exhibit his furniture designs as part of The Essence of Things: New Designs from Norway exhibition.
Best retail concept: AETHER Apparel. Trick out a classic Airstream, stuff it full of clothing and gear for the adventuresome design lover, and take it on the road.
Modern spaces make up Bishop’s board.
Central to the kaleidoscope is a 3-D element made of raised triangles.
A mixture of natural and man-made elements makes up Allied ASID designer Jessica Wojtowicz’s board.
Among Peterson’s inspirations was sky-high orange suede heels.
For her board, Allied ASID designer Ellen Farber of Narberth, PA, created what she calls a “kaleidoscope of colors.”
Los Angeles Allied ASID designer Darra Bishop displayed clippings of her favorite pins.
Brooklyn-based Ji-Ming Lin, who downloaded the Pinterest app and created her board with her smart phone in one hand and her new baby in the other, repeated the images from her pinboard.
Our Kitchen and Bath award went to relative newcomer Franz Viegener for its innovative designs. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta
Nourishmat by Earth Starter allows city dwellers to grow their own food in small spaces, and for that it snagged our Design Materials award. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta
The Modern Lifestyle award winner was Miele, which this year encompassed an overall lifestyle vision at the show. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
Universal Design was a central theme to Sabrsula’s board.
From Lin’s pinboard, an image she says represents “a dream state.”
After transforming Dwell Outdoor into a verdant paradise, landscape architecture firm Shades of Green was awarded for Outdoor this year. Photo by Alejandro Chavetta.
The awards were a custom collaborative design by Dwell creative director Alejandro Chavetta and the San Francisco design firm Ohio. Photo by: Mimi Teller Rosicky
To celebrate the rich tradition of murals and street art in Los Angeles, a collective of local artists is gathering all weekend long at Dwell on Design 2013 to collaborate on a series of murals honoring this history while incorporating their respective approaches, media, and styles. As the weekend goes on, this "living mural" will evolve and change. The project is hosted by Dropbox Studios, and participating artists include Pablo Sison, Jimi Vieira, Emmeric James Konrad, KC Woolf Haxton, Colette Miller, Miriam Dafford, Maria Greschenko, Peabo De Pabon, Katie Peña, Norman Maxwell, Marcel Blanco, Ernesto Potdevin, Jr. and Jason Fitzmaurice. Here, Greschenko and Sison get started on their contribution to the mural. We'll check back in throughout the weekend to watch the art evolve! For more examples of contemporary murals and street art, as featured in the pages of Dwell, click through the slideshow. And if you're in LA, check out the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, an organization that advocates for mural artists and offers walking tours that visit some of the hundreds of murals that represent the rich mural culture throughout Los Angeles.
Allied ASID member Tory Peterson, from Corona Del Mar, CA, lined her board in rustic wood strips to help her homage to orange pop.