Dwell on Design is Back and Bigger Than Ever

Mar 17, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA


Dwell on Design LA, now the largest design event in the U.S., returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. This unique 3-day event offers continuous content from over 200 top minds in design, dynamic exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, and unparalleled educational opportunities. With nearly 300,000 square feet to be transformed into worlds of inspiration and activity, from Dwell Outdoor to the Modern Family Pavilion to the Tech Zone, this year’s 30,000+ attendees will find themselves immersed in new ideas for modern living.

Dwell is also thrilled to welcome the return of our industry partner, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who will host their National Leadership Conference at Dwell on Design. Thousands of designers from around the country are expected to attend again this year, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered through onstage programming and in breakout rooms. Friday, June 20, is trade day and will cater to designers, architects, and construction professionals.

Stephen Burks

Dwell is pleased to announce American designer Stephen Burks as the keynote speaker for Dwell on Design 2014. Burks, along with his studio Readymade Projects, has taken a multifaceted approach to design, resulting in collaborations with international brands (Dedon, Calligaris, Missoni) while establishing his own philanthropy- and craft-driven initiatives in under-recognized communities across the globe. Burks will discuss his passion for craft and impart lessons for young designers on how to marry personal goals with marketable design.

Dwell will be launching an installation with Burks at Salone del Mobile in Milan next month. Stay tuned for more information on the event and launch party.

THE DWELL STORE: After 14 years of showcasing coveted modern design to a dedicated audience, Dwell Media recently launched the Dwell Store, the curated source for beautifully designed products. This year, Dwell on Design attendees will be able to experience a selection of Dwell editors’ favorite products and make purchases right from the show floor. store.dwell.com

DWELL ON DESIGN AWARDS: Dwell is proud to host the fourth-annual juried Dwell on Design Awards, which honor the exhibitors whose commitment and vision bring this event to life.
Awards are distributed across eleven categories including: Kitchen and Bath, Design Materials, Sustainability, Furniture, Lighting, Outdoor, Modern Lifestyle, Overall - Best Booth Design, Overall – Best, New Product, Overall - Best in Show.

In addition to featuring over 400 exhibitors on the show floor, Dwell on Design encourages an ongoing dialogue, showcasing over 90 presentations on three separate stages over the three days.

Continuing to expand Dwell Media’s reach online and worldwide, this year’s program will be broadcast on dwellondesign.com.

This year’s Young Guns program will focus on emerging designers, architects, students and their mentors within our exhibition halls and onstage programming.
Spotlight on: industrial designer and curator Jonathan Olivares, furniture maker Al Que Quiere, and designer Brandan Ravenhill.

Also taking the stage will be Young Gun Alvin Huang—lead designer of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) in Los Angeles—who joins us to discuss the use of new materials in such projects as the [C]Space Pavilion, the winning entry in the Architectural Association Design Research Lab 10 Pavilion Competition. Huang also recently won a competition with his Pure Tension Solar Pavilion for Volvo, which acts as a mobile car charging station. See a video of Huang and the pavilion at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87yd0zKvwPw

REDESIGNING L.A. The team from the interdisciplinary firm Commune Design—Pam Shamshiri, Ramin Shamshiri, Roman Alonso, and Steven Johanknecht—joins us to talk about their part in revitalizing the city of L.A., from their work on the city’s major residential multiuse projects to the recently opened Ace Hotel downtown.

If water helped make Los Angeles a place of possibilities, what could the ongoing drought mean for the city? Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin will join us onstage to consider where droughtravaged L.A. is headed.

As part of the ongoing efforts of the architects, designers, and community of Los Angeles to elevate its urban core to its greatest potential, the respected firm Rios Clementi Hale has completely redesigned Grand Park. Principal Mark Rios will be joined onstage by his colleagues Tony Paradowski, the lead landscape designer on Grand Park, and Greg Kochanowski, Senior Associate, lead architect on Grand Park, to talk about how the park fits into the larger picture of a revitalized downtown.

ON THE SHOW FLOOR New to DOD this year are five DOD PAVILIONS, curated thematically by our Dwell editors.

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

DESIGN FOR HUMANKIND: This series track is devoted to issues that explore how good design makes our lives better by protecting our quality of life. We span topics from Aging 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.


Georgia Tech students majoring in architecture, high performance building, and engineering are collaborating to research, design, engineer and build a four- to ten-unit net zero energy house prototype. This prototype will then become a living laboratory for ultra-low energy efficiency testing and other related research. At year’s end, each student will submit a residential interior design and a panel of renowned designers and architects will select the winning design, which will be showcased at Dwell on Design LA.

RETURNING EXHIBITORS include: American Express, Bend Seating, Big Ass Fans, Cosentino, Duravit, GE Monogram, Hansgrohe, Loll Designs, Lutron, Marvin Windows & Doors, Miele, Napoleon Fireplaces, Sherwin-Williams, Sunbrella, TOTO, Vetrazzo, Sub-Zero, and Resource Furniture.
NEW EXHIBITORS include: American Standard, Bugaboo, Blu Bathworks, Casa Kids, Grow Studio and West Elm and Williams-Sonoma. Product images upon request.

Sponsors: Marvin Windows, Sherwin-Williams, TOTO Industry Partner: American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Trade Partners: AIA Los Angeles, ASLA, APLD, IDC, The Los Angeles Design Festival, USGBC, Architecture for Humanity, NAHB, NKBA, The Sustainable Furnishings Council Media Partners: The Architect’s Newspaper, The Retail Observer, and AZURE magazine.