New Perspectives on Design | Dwell on Design 2013 Highlights

Dwell on Design is a modern design trade show.  It took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year, June 21-23.  The show room floor was filled with designers and products made and produced by our neighbors across the US and around the globe.  Several of the products ingeniously stood out among the rest, giving us a new perspective on design, helping us see design from a new angle… are you following?  I am going to share with you what was up, and up-side-down, this year at Dwell.

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The Good Flock   Mission Statement  Click through to visit TheGoodFlock.com

These lightbulbs by The Good Flock aren’t hard to look at. I mean that in the most flattering sense, also literally because they have a custom made reflective cap that goes over the light to protect our eyes and still illuminate in a very natural and organic way. I love this simple approach to lighting a room, ideal for small spaces in need of clever solutions. They make lampshades unnecessary and can be mounted to any surface in a home to be both functional and aesthetic.  Their mission statement (right) also expresses the values they hold to quality of sustainable and organic service.  If you are in need of a handmade all-American light, the Aurora lamp is for you.

The Rypen booth displayed a very creative approach to shelving.  This whimsical Equilibrium Bookcase balances your books and knick-knacks in a free standing modular unit with color and poise. A great accessory for any living room or office to show off your creative side, while still keeping your collectibles organized and admirable from all 360 degrees.Dwell on Design AirplantmanIf you thought succulents were the latest trend, think again because they have just been one-up’d by an even greater plant, the airplant! This plant can survive without soil and lives off water and air. It’s blossoms and slim leaves extend in whimsy, as if riding the breeze around them. These plants defy gravity and present a new uncomplicated approach to the love and care of plant life.  One man has decided to become the master of this new element: The Airplantman.  He has chosen this particular plant genus as his obsession because of its intrigue and has made it his goal to craft simplistic holders for these small bouquets to enhance their loftiness and show off their ethereal beauty in these very appropriate handmade AirplantVessels and AirplantFrames.

Each of these new designs express a novel approach to form and function.  The unexpected takes place here with the transformation of lights, the balancing act of shelves, and the surreal gardens that will soon decorate our homes.
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Now Trending: Folding Furniture! Dwell on Design 2013

Viva Los Angeles! I was up and ready with the sun, it was another gorgeous day in downtown LA and I knew the Dwell on Design trade show was as anxious as I was to see the latest trends in modern design this year!  DSCN9365

Though unexpected, Foldable furniture was trending this year. Furniture that folds. I am not used to “foldable” being a modern luxury selling point.  Perhaps a terrific idea, as it makes shipping and storage more convenient, but the luxury factor perplexes me.  However, I will admit they were cool, and cool is an important selling point.

The Spooning Armchair is a magnificent origami feat, or as I should say “ori-polypropylene.”

Spooning Armchair

Even the small Rhino Horn Ottomans are designed to withstand up to 300 pounds. The Paper Bird Armchair (left) and Alcove A la Coque (right) are all a part of the latest collection designed by the talented Roy Kesrouani.  I totally dig this dynamic cardboard aesthetic, but what I’m also ogling is the typeface that Roy designed.  See the alien-esque script in the background?  That reads “Spooning Chair” A close up: Spooning Armchair textI love the play with the fixed angles and triangles, it speaks to the complex design and unique geometry that went into making these pieces.  I’m no graphic artist so I should stop talking before my foot ends up in my mouth, but as a designer and experienced paper-folder I was impressed by his skill.

The other folding furniture, rightfully named “Folditure” was even more quirky, being Luxury folding furniture with a duo function as art. Yes, art.

Folditure

I asked the woman at the booth “so if you had this in your home, how would you use it?” She said “I would hang it on my wall” Ladies and gentleman, I give you art furniture! Don’t let the pieces make a statement in your room, let them make a statement ON YOUR WALL!!!  Yes I am being sarcastic, but I do not completely disagree.

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If I lived in a luxury studio apartment the idea of having extra furniture on display as a conversation starter is enticing. It lives to the minimalist standard.  However I don’t think I am at that level yet. Interior Designers are aware of the furniture riddle “What to do with folding furniture when it is not used,” and “hang it on my wall” is not the expected answer, but I am accepting. Imagine the amazement when my dinner guests realize the chair they are perched on was indeed hanging on my wall earlier that day!  The pieces do look incredible, this image from their website (right) does the design more justice.

I saved the best for last.  Clei’s exhibit spoke perfectly to a studio apartment, or any apartment whose aim is to maximize space and function.

Resource FurnitureI liked these folding furniture pieces the most because of their practical application.  The people at Resource Furniture | Space. Reinvented. have truly reinvented space. Each piece has more than one purpose, and aims to help all types of families and lifestyles in their function.  This video below (7 million+ views!) explains the idea.

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Perhaps the folding furniture is most ideal for people who function in small spaces, but luckily for everyone else, these pieces also have aesthetic value and represent a whole new market that beckons to both our wants and needs!

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