DWELL ON DESIGN IS BACK

The largest design event in the US returns to LA from June 20-22

by Malcolm Clark
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 Dwell on Design, a unique 3-day event which offers continuous content from over 200 top minds in design, dynamic exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, and unparalleled educational opportunities, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014.

The nearly 300,000 square feet of space will be transformed into worlds of inspiration and activity, with five DOD pavilions curated by Dwell editors in themes ranging from Outdoor to the Modern Family. This year the over 30,000 expected visitors will be immersed in new ideas for modern living.

Dwell isn't only about exhibiting though, it also encourages an ongoing dialogue, showcasing over 90 presentations on three separate stages over the three days.

One of the keynote speakers is American designer Stephen Burks who, along with his studio Readymade Projects, has taken a multifaceted approach to design, resulting in collaborations with international brands (Dedon, Calligaris, Swarovski) while establishing his own philanthropy- and craft-driven initiatives in under-recognized communities across the globe like the Man Made project which is specific to Senegalese basket weaving.

Burks will discuss his passion for craft and impart lessons for young designers on how to marry personal goals with marketable design.
You can check out the DOD Q&A with Burks at: http://www.dwellondesign.com/blog/keynote-speaker-stephen-burks-craft

Dwell and Burks already teamed up at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this month with an installation Dwell presented "Man Made," an exhibition highlighting the work of American furniture and industrial designer.

The five pavilions are entitled as follows:

ENERGY 360 PAVILION: The pavilion showcases new technologies that advance the built environment, focusing on smart home technology. The goal is to help the visitors to live better, and be better informed about the energy choices they make.

DESIGN FOR HUMANKIND: This is devoted to issues that explore how good design makes our lives better by protecting our quality of life. It spans topics from 'Ageing in Place' to 'Accessible Design'. Also, a Universal Design home on the show floor will demonstrate accessible UD elements like “smart carpets”, which utilize sensors to determine unusual foot patterns or if someone has fallen.

SCANDINAVIAN PAVILION: Dwell celebrates the unique modern design heritage found in Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, inviting young designers, furniture and technology companies and product manufacturers to share their latest creations and concepts.

MODERN FAMILY PAVILION: This pavilion offers innovative architecture and design solutions that address the myriad needs, configurations, and challenges that make a house a home.

DESIGN FOR TOMORROW: This student exhibition space will showcase student work in the form of multi-media, mixed media, models and drawings from top area schools including UCLA AUD, USC School of Architecture, SCI-ARC, Otis, Georgia Tech, UCLA Extension and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Archiproducts and Archilovers are media partners for the event for the second year.

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