Once again this year I attended the Dwell on Design show for it’s opening day, Friday. I had a great time and good company with a friend/former student/recent design school grad (so proud!).
Upon arrival, we walked by a fleet of electric/alt fuel vehicles which was very cool to see. You could even test drive them if you were so inclined. From a purely aesthetic point of view, I was very impressed with the Ford Focus. The Audi was also noteable. Mercedes pictured below.
We walked the floor rather quickly, stopping to take a closer look at items and displays that peeked our interest most: Airstream trailers, modular homes, a crazy bubble structure and an amazing spa/bathtub. We skipped most of the ‘fixtures’ type booths, like seriously, how many faucets do I need to see at a trade show? The Kohler booth/shipping container with the tub settees was very cool though!
And I did mention that amazing spa/tub, right? It absolutely belongs on a balcony in Malibu! By Duravit.
My personal favorite area was Dwell Outdoor and the modular homes. I have a dream (fantasy) of one day owning a fabulous modular eco-structure on my land (that I don’t yet own) in Cambria, California. Cambria is an odd place to purchase land if you are not familiar. They only issue a set amount of permits for water/power each year, so you could buy a property but not be able to build on it for like 20 years! Since I probably won’t be able to afford it for 20 years, the chance that it will actually happen is rather a long shot, but I digress…
The ecofabulous LivingHome Prefab Showhouse was crowded, so no photos but there are plenty online. There was some amazing furniture and a lot of thought into the products and details.
The ‘mini-home’ by Sustain Design Studio/HMK Prefab Homes was a pefect ‘getaway’ type home. We could envision it at the river or in Cambria. It touted no vinyl, remewable materials, no drywall, energy monitoring, quality construction and optional off-grid systems.
The Airstream Sterling is always dreamy and inspiring. What is there to say really? A timeless classic.
I just had to go into the Inflate home and then I just had to get out. It had a strange smell. It was a cool concept and a compressed air type structure that kept it conditioned. It seemed pricey and I’m not sure I can envision an appropriate place to have this thing. A backyard temporary guest house?
The connect home was another great modular concept with many options. The one that was on display was similar to this plan. And they have a local LA address. That is very cool. You can see a glimpse of it to the right in the photo below.
The G-pod was interesting and I like the name. For the price and overall purpose, I’m not sure what to do with it. From $15-35K. It’s interesting though. Maybe a fun ‘design problem’ for my students to think about.
Overall a fun and inspiring day seeing some new and innovative products, structures and even a 1 hour CEU on the CAL Green code! I’ll have another post dedicated to that soon.