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.

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Burks

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. 

Read more:
Proust Questionnaire: Stephen Burks (2010)
Q&A with Stephen Burks (2011) 

Onstage Panels

Redesigning L.A. with Commune

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. LEARN MORE. 

Beauty, Ecology, and Design with Lance Hosey

Does going green change the face of design or only its content? In The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, the first book to outline a clear set of principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, Lance Hosey argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made. Form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to buildings to cities. Aesthetic attraction isn’t a superficial concern—it’s an environmental imperative. This talk will propose new and groundbreaking ways to bridge the gap between “good design” and “green design.” LEARN MORE. 

Peter Williams, Founder/Executive Director Archive Global

Good health demands good design, particularly for the world's most vulnerable communities. This is the premise behind Archive Global, a non-profit combatting disease through housing and environmental design. Founder Peter Williams, a Jamaican-born architect, will be at Dwell on Design to present his unique approach, and discuss how architecture and design, when deployed in the right way, can transcend simple aesthetics. LEARN MORE. 

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