Dwelling On Design
Over the weekend I headed downtown to the LA Convention Center for the Dwell on Design annual event where 250,000 square feet of design-heaven awaited my perusal. Dwell Magazine and major sponsors Airbnb, LG Studio and Porsche curated the three-day extravaganza where retro silver-bullet campers were parked along side beautifully staged designer tepees. Patrons wandered through full-scale prefab houses while exhibitors demoed their products and took orders. Over 400 vendors were present featuring the latest innovations in interior and exterior design. I must have circled the building 10 times before seeing the same booth twice, and even then; something I’d previously missed would catch my eye. I could write a dissertation on the amount of noteworthy products I stumbled upon, but I will spare you all and just mention my top three. More highlights from the event can be seen on The Book of Taste Pinterest boards where I’ve posted pictures and descriptions of other products I loved.
I don’t currently have a private terrace or lenigh (fancy Hawaiian name for patio) but if I did it would definitely have a “NI LED Parasol” from Slik Outdoor Living on it. Picture that poolside umbrella (the one you spend the whole day opening and closing depending on the Sun’s position) with thin strips of LED lights outlining its structure. These parasols are an ideal addition to any backyard, with a multifunctional purpose of providing shade during the day and lamplight during the night. “The proprietary finger-sensing one-touch dimmer allows easy brightness control of the 3-channel lighting system.” By far this elegant and useful piece of outdoor (or indoor) furniture was my favorite find at the exhibit. If you got it like that… you should definitely invest!
Put your new “NI LED Parasol” to the test by shading an equally impressive set of Mid-Century Modern inspired outdoor furniture from Bend. Metalic gold, turquoise and magenta tables, chairs, consoles and benches made from recycled iron, shined brightly amongst the competition in exterior design. Gaurav Nanda, a sculptor and former vehicle interior designer for GM, created the company in 2010. Although Nanda hails from Michigan, his eco –friendly, LA based company’s aesthetic has long been inspired by the architecture and lifestyle of California, especially Palm Springs. This brightly colored, sleek-wired, geometrically pleasing furniture is sure to make a luxurious “hip” statement in any outdoor space. I want, I want, I want!
Lastly, rounding the corner of the makeshift exhibit walls, my eye immediately caught this glowing hot-pink sink! Neo-Metro manufactures gorgeous custom stainless steel and resin bathroom fixtures. A division of Morris Group International, the brand became known for its use of stainless steel fixtures commonly found in prisons, thus creating the “prison chic” aesthetic. “We have a devotion to products that look good and can withstand the rigorous use (and sometimes abuse) that occurs in restaurants, night clubs, spas and hotels-all with a keen eye to the green movement and long-term sustainability.” Environmentally conscious with style…what more could you ask from your bathroom! Obviously the focal point is the illuminated resin, but the quality of the woods and polished steel is also evident. I think I want one in blue!