RoomSketcher Visits Dwell On Design LA
Dwell On Design, Los Angeles, California, USA
June 20-22, 2014
RoomSketcher headed to Los Angeles last weekend to take in the latest trends in home design at the Dwell on Design home show. Curated by the editors of the modern living magazine Dwell in-conjunction with industry partner the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Dwell on Design show is in its 8th year and has become the largest design show in America. Over 30,000 designers, editors and consumers flocked to downtown LA from all over the world to discover, debate and exchange the newest ideas in modern living.
Image credit: Dwell on Design
Design week kicked off with ten Dwell home tours focused on some of the best modern and green design homes in Los Angeles. These led up to the 3 day home design show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday was “To the Trade Day”. Interior designers, decorators, architects, builders and home improvement specialists had the 300,000 square foot floor of Los Angeles Convention Center to themselves to explore over 400 indoor and outdoor exhibits dedicated to home design. In addition, trade members were able to attend over 90 presentations on the latest issues in the design industry.
On Saturday and Sunday the show opened up to everyone. The show was flooded with home design enthusiasts searching for ideas and inspiration – and to help them out, interior designers and architects from local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) moved behind the tables to offer free ½ hour home design consultations.
The best of Dwell On Design 2014 show included:
A sustainable furniture exhibition by American designer and this year’s keynote speaker Stephen Burks of Ready Made Projects
Expandable paper walls – Softwall by Molo
Image credit from top left: RoomSketcher, Chairish, RoomSketcher, RoomSketcher.
In addition, the five new modern living concept pavilions by the Dwell editorial team were a great addition to the show. Each pavilion focused on a current design topic and included large scale images of projects featured in Dwell that relate to the pavilion’s concept:
ENERGY 360 PAVILION: Presented the latest in smart-home technology and focused on how these technologies can improve our homes and the energy consumption choices we make.
DESIGN FOR HUMANKIND: Dedicated to showcasing key industry issues related to the quality of life and aging, this pavilion explored concepts such as Aging in Place, and Accessible and Universal Design.
SCANDINAVIAN PAVILION: Dwell has always celebrated the modern living concepts found in the Nordics. For the 2nd year in a row they have dedicated a space to share work of emerging Scandinavian designers, along with furniture and product manufacturers. This year’s pavilion was curated in conjunction with Austere, a showroom and event space in downtown LA dedicated to Scandinavian design. Team RoomSketcher felt right at home! If you love Scandinavian design- don’t miss our blog post from last week – Design Your Scandinavian Dream Home.
MODERN FAMILY PAVILION: Presented projects with innovative architecture and design solutions for the challenges of modern family life such as multi-generational and multi-family living, and living with children. Also on display were some of the latest family-friendly products such as eco-friendly you-build dollhouses by Lille Huset and childrens furniture by Norwegian company Stokke which transforms as children grow.
Image credit: Dwell on Design, Designer Mummy.
DESIGN FOR TOMORROW: Showcased student work from some of California’s top design schools including University of California Los Angeles School of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Southern California School of Architecture, SCI-ARC, California State University Department of Design and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. With so many design schools it’s no wonder California is a hot-bed for creativity!
Image credit: RoomSketcher
One of the highlights of the Dwell on Design Show was visiting the full scale modern prefab houses assembled on site for the show. Dwell magazine has been a key leader of the modern prefab movement by heralding, promoting and encouraging designers and manufactures to work together to revitalize this low energy, sustainable type of housing. We were really excited to get to experience the homes first-hand and learn about all the amazing new features and customization options available to prefab home buyers. Onsite prefab installations shown above include Atius Mini Homes, Living Homes, Wheelhaus and Modular Expandable Office Unit (ME:OU) by AB Design Studio. RoomSketcher is proud to be a part of this international sustainable design movement by providing affordable 2D & 3D floor plans and Live 3D visualization tools to empower both housing manufacturers and home buyers.
Team RoomSketcher also took in presentations on the latest trends in home design, visualization and manufacturing. We look forward to presenting everything we learned on the latest home design trends in upcoming blog posts – Keep designing and stay tuned!
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