Dwell on Design L.A. (DODLA)—the largest design event in the country—is back again for its 10th annual year. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show spans three days of 2,000 modern furnishings and products, presentations from more than 250 innovative professionals, and plenty of interactive continuing education for the whole family. From the Modern Family Pavilion, where young designers can explore kid-friendly furnishings, to the largest Dwell Outdoor to date—covering 28,000 square feet—and the dozens of prefab homes by Fort Peck – Make It Right and Monogram Modern Home to tour, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
“Dwell on Design embodies the magazine in its truest sense through the innovation and creativity of our speakers, exhibitors and partners, we are able to explore the modern world in a live context,” says Amanda Dameron, Dwell magazine editor-in-chief, “and we are thrilled to be celebrating ten years of creating an incredible show.”
From evocative expert-led discussions to hands-on workshops, the continuous all-day programming held on three stages is an especially engaging aspect of the show for modern design professionals, students and hobbyists alike. DODLA 2015 onstage programming features four core content tracks: Design for Humankind, Smart Tech, Resiliency, and Energy 360.
A sampling of topics discussed by some of the world’s most progressive thinkers include: Healthy Architecture; 3-D Printing and Architecture; The Future of Live-Work Spaces; Innovations in Prefab; The New Face of Affluence; and AIA/LA Behind Great Restaurant Design. Notable speakers at the 10th annual event include: actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., musician Moby, host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture Frances Anderton, architect Barbara Bestor, and artists Eames and Lisa Demetrios.
Wonder of Wander
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders—Dwell on Design L.A. 2015’s keynote speaker—will kick off the three-day extravaganza on Friday, May 29. A champion of open-mindedness and humanity in design, Wanders’ vision is “to create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” In 1996, he made an international splash in the industry with his Knotted Chair, a chair that combines industrial techniques and handcrafting. Since then, he’s been the brainchild of more than 1,700 products for a range of established brands such as Alessi, KLM and Flos. In 2001, he co-founded the design label Moooi, a collection of international designers’ interior furnishings. At the Dwell event, he’ll be addressing the creative process through the trajectory of his decades-long career.
Each year, DOD introduces at least a few debut exhibits or features; for annual event-goers, a surprise or two awaits. Here are the first-time features of 2015:
Take a Spin in a Sports Car
Most would agree—a Porsche is a thing of beauty, whether admiration stems from the design, speed or status symbol. Attendees can take the 2015 Cayenne—featuring the S E-Hybrid—out for a test spin on Saturday and Sunday. “Dwell, along with its readership, share a passion for thoughtful, timeless design. This passion has, and continues to be, a cornerstone of Porsche’s philosophy,” says Andre Oosthuizen, Porsche marketing director.
Seating 75 moviegoers, the Dwell Outdoor Cinema is a place to rest the weary conference-walking feet while viewing design-centric short films.
As the heart of the home, the kitchen is most the remodeled room in the house. The Re-Imagination Pavilion offers kitchen consultations from design experts, including LG’s premium line of kitchen appliances on display.
Other not-to-miss return DODLA features include: AIA Restaurant Design Awards, the Dwell Store with a vibrant inventory of modern designs and exclusive product debuts, and the 5th Annual Dwell on Design Awards, awarding exceptional talent in 11 categories, such as Modern Lifestyle and Sustainability.
Dwell on Design
L.A. Convention Center
May 29-31, 2015