Dwell on Design, a massive gathering (the largest in the country, in fact) of all things architecture, interior design, and home gadget, will once again descend on the L.A. Convention Center this coming weekend. The three-day event is broken into two parts: one Trade Day (June 24), which is only open to those in the industry, and two Consumer Days (June 25 and 26), which are open to the public. The event is an arm of Dwell magazine, also known as the publication your own home would read and then drool over if it had functional eyeballs.
This weekend you’ll be able to drop in to presentations, tour real homes throughout L.A., try out new products, and garner inspiration from top tastemakers. With so much going on, the event can seem a bit overwhelming, but it’s actually quite easy to navigate. Here are the standout events you can’t miss this weekend:
Talk to an Architect, Landscape Designer, or Tile Expert
No matter how often you check Pinterest, executing your dream home is kind of tricky without talking to someone with tangible experience. DoD knows that you are not Mia Lehrer, and so it is offering one-on-one consultations with architects, landscape designers, and/or tile experts for free for ticket holders. Architects will be provided by the Association for Women in Architecture + Design, landscape designers will be provided by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and the National Tile Contractors Association will provide tile experts. Consults will be available on Saturday and Sunday; schedule yours by clicking here.
L.A. Home Tours
Are you the person who, while walking your dog in your neighborhood, peers into every window that has a light on? If the answer is yes, consider attending one of this weekend’s home tours, in which ticket-holders visit homes around the city which have been curated by DoD’s expert team. Saturday’s tour will cover the east side and the hills surrounding it, and Sunday’s tour will cover Santa Monica and Venice. Buy tickets here.
The Designers & Books Fair
Attending DoD shouldn’t be the only time you think about design. Stop by the Designers & Books Fair to pick up gorgeous print editions of books like Design After Modernism: Furniture and Interiors 1970-2010, by Judith Gura; Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by David Kelley and Tom Kelley; and Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty, edited by Pat Kirkham.
This annual exhibit showcases outdoor design, from potters to furniture to hammocks. And yes, now is probably the time for you to finally set one of those things up in your backyard. It’s summer.
If all of that weren’t exciting enough, DoD will also feature a showroom of more than 350 brands, all of which have come prepared to exhibit their most beautiful wares. Be sure to check out the following vendors as you wandering:
This Portland, Oregon-based company makes wood paneling and flooring out of reclaimed wood. We agree, it would look amazing in your kitchen.
Raiola is an Denver, Colorado-based designer who specializes in sleek, modern furniture and outdoor products.
Yes, that is a tiny prefab luxury home made by Cocoon 9. And yes, it will actually be set up at DoD.
Ariana Rugs Inc.’s floor coverings are stunning, contemporary takes on fine Afghan rugs.
This Connecticut-based company specializes in colorful, modern pieces that would look beautiful pretty much anywhere in your house. Or anyone’s house, for that matter.