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Dwell on Design 2015: Celebrating 10 Years of Modernism

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Dwell on design

Photo by Grace Lennon

America's largest design event, Dwell on Design, celebrated its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015. Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design lets visitors explore the latest design trends, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. From the largest Dwell Outdoor to date, covering 28,000 square feet, to the Make It Right and Monogram Modern Home prefab homes, to 2,000 modern furnishings and products from 400 exhibitors, there's no shortage of exhibits to explore.

With trends in urban kitchen solutions, bold color, metallic finishes, and dynamic outdoor displays, here are our favorite exhibits at this year's Dwell on Design.

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Colorful DENY Design Exhibit ; Photo by Grace Lennon

Aerial Photo of Dwell Outdoor Cinema;Image used with permission by Dwell on Design.

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Interactive Cooking Class at LT G's Reimagination Pavilion; Image used with permission by Dwell on Design.


Dwell on Design attendees were able to experience the latest kitchen and bath design trends with live cooking demonstrations and creative installations at the LG Reimagination Pavilion. The exhibit featured LG consumer electronics, and two Nate Berkus-designed kitchen vignettes with LG Studio appliances. Due to the increasing consumer shift to smaller living spaces, Haier, a global appliance brand, launched its "Urban Kitchen Living" line. The exhibit showcased both freestanding and built-in kitchen appliances, designed specifically for kitchens in urban condos, small houses and micro-spaces. Standout bathroom exhibits included Blu Bathworks, displaying colorful pedestal sinks and bathtubs, and Kartell by Laufen fixtures, which incorporate use of polycarbonate plastic.

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Haier Appliances Urban Kitchen; Photo by Grace Lennon

Blu bathworks Pedestal Sinks & Kartell by Laufen fixtures;
Photos by Grace Lennon

Living yellow cube

Living Yellow Cube; Photo by Grace Lennon


Vivid colors dominated Dwell on Design this year, from small accents to large and dramatic displays. The Living Yellow "Cube", designed by Justina Blakeney and curated by Yellow Pages, highlighted designer and vintage pieces from local shops within a shipping-container-turned-living-space. Inspired by the desert and all things yellow, the exhibit was like a glowing jewel box, beaming light onto the showroom. The Bugaboo Strollers display boasted primary colors, allowing attendees to "test drive" these innovative, functional strollers, while the prefab Cube Depot Shipping Container micro-home was painted in a bright orange.

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Cube Depot Shipping Container Home; Photo by Grace Lennon

The Stroller by Bugaboo; Photo by Grace Lennon

Steel drum lights

Steel drum lights by Joséphine Repetto; Photo by Grace Lennon


This year's expo saw the return of luxurious finishes and gleaming metallics to household products. 3D printed jewelry LACE by architect and onstage presenter Jenny Wu shined, with pieces plated with stainless steel, rose gold, and gray steel. Steel drum handcrafted lights by Paris-based Joséphine Repetto were on display with a pearl copper finish, while Martone Cycling, which specializes in urban commuter bikes with a retro flair, showcased a polished gold bike with yellow accents.

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Martone Cycling Gold Bike; Photo by Grace Lennon

3D Printed Jewelry by Jenny Wu; Photo by Grace Lennon

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Dwell Outdoor; Photo by Grace Lennon

Make it Right Home; Photo by Grace Lennon


There is perhaps no more popular space on the show floor than Dwell Outdoor, which transformed
more than 28,000 square feet—the largest Dwell Outdoor to date—into a botanical oasis. The exhibition featured the first-ever LĀLO Outdoor Cinema showcasing design-related short films, the Loll Beer Garden, and thousands of plants and trees curated by FormLA, Shades of Green, and Mountain States Nursery. Artist, designer and HGTV star David Bromstad pulled out all the stops with the introduction of two enormous Glamping Tipis, surround by felt-covered Rock Pillows and filled with cozy furniture provided by Grandin Road. Full-scale prefab structures included the Airbnb Home and the Make it Right Prefab home, each decked out in midcentury furniture and designed to be a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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Airbnd Home Interior; Photo used with Permission by Dwell on Design

David Bromstad's Glamping Tipis; Photo by Grace Lennon

Dunn-Edwards Booth

Dunn Edwards Booth; Photo by Grace Lennon


The Dunn-Edwards ® booth showcased the 300 new colors for the Then, Now & ForeverTM collection, which features 142 historically accurate colors of the American West and 158 colors trending today. Dunn-Edwards ® also featured artist Norm "Nomzee" Maxwell , who participated in a live art installation to be donated to Freehab, an organization currently serving LA's most vulnerable homeless youth. The entire piece was created with Dunn Edwards paints, and a video can be seen here.

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Dunn Edwards Art Exhibit Featuring Nomzee;
Photo by Grace Lennon

Dunn Edwards Art Exhibit Featuring Nomzee;
Photo used with permission by Dwell on Design

For more information on the exhibits, speakers, tours and seminars Dwell on Design, visit