In addition to featuring over 400 exhibitors on the show floor, Dwell on Design encourages an ongoing design dialogue, showcasing over 70 presentations on three separate stages. Continuous all-day programming on all three stages will range from single-speaker presentations to panel discussions and one-on-one interviews. Each year, we ask designers from all over the world to join us onstage for some of the most salient and thought-provoking discussions about the built landscape. Note, programming on trade day—Friday, June 20—will be curated especially for trade professionals with an emphasis on the business of design.
Dwell is pleased to announce American designer Stephen Burks as the keynote speaker for Dwell on Design 2014. Burks, along with his studio Readymade Projects, has taken a multifaceted approach to design, resulting in collaborations with international brands (Dedon, Calligaris, Missoni) while establishing his own philanthropy-and craft-driven initiatives in under-recognized communities across the globe.
Stephen Burks is a natural fit for Dwell: The strength of his dynamic, colorful design work—from branding to furniture—is world renowned, and his genuine enthusiasm is contagious. Onstage and in conversation with Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron, Burks will discuss his passion for craft and impart lessons for young designers on how to marry personal goals with marketable design.
Dwell is proud to include Burks in our ranks of nice modernists, and we can't wait for Dwell on Design attendees to experience his proprietary mix of energy, rigor, and humor.
The team from the interdisciplinary firm Commune Design—Pam Shamshiri, Ramin Shamshiri, Roman Alonso, and Steven Johanknecht—joins us to talk about their part in revitalizing the city of L.A., from their work on the city’s major residential multiuse projects to the recently opened Ace Hotel downtown.
Young Guns: New Materials, New World
Alvin Huang—lead designer of Synthesis DNA in Los Angeles—joins us to discuss the use of new materials in such projects as the [C]Space Pavilion, the winning entry in the Architectural Association Design Research Lab 10 Pavilion Competition. Designed in collaboration with Alan Dempsey, the advanced technology concrete structure—which was erected in Bedford Square London in March 2008—stands as a model for the future of spatial planning. Huang will discuss the concept behind this pavilion and other projects that utilize unusual materials.
Modern Family: Design + Dads
Los Angeles–based architect Jesse Bornstein, who has designed, redesigned, remodeled, and built several houses for his family—which includes two daughters—talk about designing for who he calls “my favorite clients—kids.”
Modern Family: Multigenerational Living
Architect Don Dimster, joined by his wife, Lisa, an executive for Aether Apparel, talks about designing a modern duplex in Venice, California, for himself and his brother’s family, which includes a young child. We’ll give a sneak peek of our coverage of his duplex, to appear in an upcoming issue of Dwell.
The Smart Modern Connected Home
Join representatives from companies Vivint and Belkin as they discuss how emerging technology is making homes more energy efficient, secure, safe, and convenient. We'll delve into new products and offer tips and advice for people new to home automation.
The End of Structures as We Know Them: How Buildings Need to Evolve
"The building and construction fields are so far behind other industries, everything from automotive to aerospace to small-tech, too," says Doris Sung. The provocative architect and University of Southern California professor dedicated her work to researching ways technology can improve building science. "The way I see it is we’re never going to catch up the way we’re going right now, just by designing new buildings—we have to look so much more further down the road if our industry is going to change." Sung will discuss how structures can become smarter, the role of nanotechnology in material science, and the future of building.
Design for Humankind: Designing a House for a Lifetime
When his parents decided to retire to a family property in Oregon, architect Andrew Heid, of NOA Architecture in New York City, came up with the Courtyard House, a glass-and-concrete concept that balanced their desire for a livable, modern house offering a direct connection to the outdoors while accommodating their needs in the years to come. The architect will be joined by his parents, Ted and Andrea Heid. The home will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell.
Design for Humankind: Prefab
Using the 1,600-square-foot prefab home they built for an octogenarian in Sonoma, California, as an example, Jared Levy and Gordon Stott of Connect:Home will talk about how they create beautiful, modern spaces that are accessible, sustainable, and offer affordable ways to provide quick housing solutions for older relatives and anyone looking to simplify. The home will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell.
Design for Humankind: Healing Spaces
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to mean relinquishing good design. Indonesia-born, Washington-based architect Ko Wibowo, of Architecture for Everyone, will discuss the addition he conceived on a wooded site in Tacoma that accommodates the homeowner’s physical and psychological needs while staying true to the Pacific Northwest spirit of the original house. The home will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell.
Energy 360: Water Wise L.A.
For Cassy Aoyagi, the cofounder and president of FormLA Landscaping, “balancing act” might as well be in her job description. Aoyagi’s livelihood depends on juggling a talent for creating inviting, verdant landscapes with a passion for sustainability. Aoyagi returns to Dwell on Design to discuss how she has parlayed her extensive knowledge of California’s Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance into a coveted niche as a landscape designer whose creations have a minimal impact on the environment and water supply.