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. Onstage sessions are 30 minutes; Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are 1 hour.

Keynote Speaker Stephen Burks

Friday, June 20, 6 pm, Kohler Stage
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:
Stephen Burks profile
Proust Questionnaire: Stephen Burks (2010)
Q&A with Stephen Burks (2011) 


Onstage Panels

Kohler Stage

Kohler Stage, Friday

Modern Design on the Coast (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 11 am-12 pm
Vanessa Kogevinas, design editor and high-end interior design event producer, will moderate a panel of industry professionals who understand the essence of coastal living. Malibu’s signature architect Doug Burdge, AIA, of Burdge & Associates Architects; luxury builder Michael Grosswendt of All Coast Construction; and noted interior designer Peggy Platner of Platner & Co., will discuss the unique elements involved with designing and building homes on the coast, as well as their perspectives of coastal design trends essential for the California resident. 

Architecture for Humanity: First 15, Next 15 12 pm
For 15 years, Architecture for Humanity has been creating solutions to global humanitarian challenges through the power of design. It provides vulnerable communities with vital, innovative, and community-driven architectural, planning, and construction services. Join Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Studio Director Eric Cesal as he discusses the organization’s first 15 years, as well as the next 15 years, including future directions in humanitarian design, and the role that design has to play in a world defined by mass urbanization and climate change.

Design Prize Switzerland 12:30 pm
For 12 years, the Design Prize Switzerland jury has recognized local talent working to advance the design field in their country. This year’s pieces range from running shoes to textiles to furniture, including Etage by Moritz Schmid and Dadadum’s Cresta chair, which will be on view in a rare U.S. exhibition on our show floor. Design Prize curator Michel Hueter and Swissnex’s Sophie Lamparter will appear onstage to share more about contemporary Swiss practitioners and their unique perspectives.

ASID Industry Outlook (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 1 pm-2 pm
Interior designers face 2014 with a mixture of hope and concern. The hope rests on economic news: Unemployment is down, housing is up, more money is being spent on renovations and commercial development, and maybe, just maybe, this good news will boost the number of design clients and increase the size of the jobs they commission. Among all the positive information, the top concerns of interior designers are providing value to and finding new clients. Learn the results from the research compiled by ASID and see how the outlook affects you in 2014.

Kohler: Sustainability and Design 2 pm
Learn more about how Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath products, 
combines sustainability and high design.

Designing for the New Affluents (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
The New Face of Affluence, Dwell’s continuing study of emerging trends, shifting attitudes, and changing purchase behaviors of the "new affluents," turns its focus to the designer’s role in bringing good design to their full range of clients. In Designing for the New Affluents, Dwell president Michela O'Connor Abrams explores the interests, buying patterns, and influence of the new affluent design aficionado.

New Materials, New World: Why the Building Industry is Overdue for a Revolution 3:30 pm
Architect Doris Sung thinks the way we talk about “smart” homes is misguided. The word is being used incorrectly, she says—associated with something people think is filled with electronics, controls, and gadgets. Sung, a University of Southern California professor, researches ways to make structures more intelligent and energy-efficient starting with building science. Fellow USC professor Alvin Huang is constantly exploring new materials and technologies with  such proposed projects as the Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza. He will join Sung in a discussion about how to bring the construction industry up to speed through material innovation.

Dwell on Design Awards Ceremony 5:30 pm
Each year we’re staggered by the quantity and quality of the exhibitors on the Dwell on Design show floor. So staggered, in fact, that we decided to introduce the Dwell on Design Awards to honor the designers, architects, and products that so continually inspire. This year we’re awarding the best design in ten categories: Kitchen and Bath, Furniture, Outdoor, Modern Lifestyle, Design Materials, Sustainability, Lighting, New Product, Best Booth, and Best in Show. Our esteemed panel of judges, including Dwell editors, and ASID designers, will walk the floor on Friday, June 20, to find their favorites, then as part of the run-up to our keynote speech by Stephen Burks, we’ll hand out the hardware.

Keynote Address: Stephen Burks   6 pm-7 pm
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.


Kohler Stage, Saturday

Living Large in Small Spaces 1 SFC, LEED-AP CEU  12 pm
Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, co-founders and chairmen of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Sustainable Furnishings Council DESIGNINgreen Leaders will discuss the difference that great design can make both inside your home and in the wider world. Committed and passionate, they have spent the last 25 years building their business out of an ability to see what needs to be changed—to bring comfort home, and to ensure that our planet continues to be a comfortable home. Hear what they have to say about designing in a small space, designing a clean space, and choosing the best materials, forms, and processes.

Design for Humankind: Prefab In-Law Unit 1 pm
Architects Jared Levy and Gordon Stott of Connect:Homes in Los Angeles helped a client in Sonoma, California, who wanted a quick solution for keeping her aging mother nearby, and independent. Levy and Stott will discuss the prefab home they built for the client’s octogenarian mother (see Dwell, June 2014), in a third of the time—and at a third of the cost—of a conventionally built home.

Redefining the Boundaries of Sustainability 1:30 pm
Architects Karen L. Braitmayer, chair of the U.S. Access Board, and Erick Mikiten explore the intersection between universal design and environmental sustainability in creating spaces for users of all abilities. Karen will discuss the renovation of her midcentury house in Seattle to enhance accessibility and usability, and Erick will present examples of socially sustainable homes by his firm, Mikiten Architects in Berkeley, California.

The New Modern Nursery 2 pm 
We bring two champions for sustainable design together to talk about creating eco-friendly children's spaces that don't sacrifice style for a healthy environment. As director of innovation and design at the Norwegian furniture company Stokke, Hilde Angelfoss dedicates her time to creating furniture rooted in the principles of sustainability, simplicity, and beauty. New York–based celebrated green designer Robin Wilson, who recently recruited a slew of design professionals to donate their time to building the Eco Bungalow for a Los Angeles family who lost everything in a fire, will join Angelfoss onstage for their discussion on creating beautifully designed, healthy environments for children.

The Silver Lake Reservoirs 2:30 pm
What’s next for Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Reservoirs, which soon will be disconnected from the city’s drinking water system? As president of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, Craig Collins is helping to lead the discussion of how the reservoirs can continue to serve as a recreational treasure while helping to address Los Angeles’ critical water challenges. Joining him onstage at Dwell on Design will be Robert Lamb, an architect and urban planner whose “microshed” plan calls for a new hybrid landscape to help the reservoirs capture stormwater for filtration and reuse, and landscape architect Mia Lehrer, whose earlier master plan and design work set the stage for a comprehensive future vision.

Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments: Peter Williams of ARCHIVE 3 pm
Good design needn’t be an end unto itself. Peter Williams, a Jamaican-born architect, understands that architecture and design, when deployed in the right way, can promote longer, healthier lives among residents of third-world countries. His group, ARCHIVE Global, built five prototype houses in Saint-Marc, Haiti—a country with a troubling tuberculosis problem—that were designed with the input of 20 architects. The houses promote good health by using stacked ventilation with perforated walls to maintain steady airflow while drawing in ample sunlight. Onstage, Williams will present his unique approach to architecture, and how design should be about more than just aesthetics.

Mega Prefab 4 pm
We gather innovators in prefab—all of whom have brought their latest inventions to the show floor—for a discussion on what's next in the world of prefab housing, and why it's the key to building in the future. Hear from Steve Glenn of Living Homes, Bill Haney of Blu Homes, and Whitney Sander of Sander Architects on the hybridization of prefab, large- and small-scale projects, and what to expect when embarking on a prefab project.

The Supportive Home: Healing Spaces for a Homeowner with Alzheimer's 4:30 pm
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease 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.

Preserving Historic Los Angeles  5 pm
Since the 1970s, the Los Angeles Conservancy has fought to save and restore historic buildings in the city, ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House to the oldest McDonalds restaurant in the world. The non-profit recently won an award from Docomomo for its Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A. project. In addition to an interactive map showing over 330 historic sites across the greater L.A. area, the website features guided tours of neighborhoods, histories of modernism in the region, and more. Renown architectural historian Alan Hess, a contributor to the project, joins us at Dwell on Design to tell us more about the Conservancy’s work and share stories about and archival photos of some of the sites on the map.

Kohler Stage, Sunday

Design Excellence: ASID National Award Winners Panel (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 12 pm-1 pm
With the highest level of professional recognition for a body of work, the ASID National award winners represent the best of the best. Hear the perspectives of the 2014 award winners and learn about their impact. Panelists will include the winners of Design for Humanity, Design Innovation, and Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit awards. 

Design for Humankind: Design for Developmental Disabilities (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 1 pm-2 pm
People with developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorder often experience the world differently from their neuro-typical counterparts. A.J. Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID and a mother of a son with autism, and Angela Bourne, PhD, Student ASID, IDC, IDEC, whose late brother had Down syndrome, will share their stories at Dwell on Design and look at how elements from lighting and acoustics to color palette and spatial configuration can serve as either a detriment or a support. They’ll also explore how strategies that work for individuals with sensory challenges can help those with dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive and neurological challenges.

Pop-Up Urban Park: Quartyard 2 pm
RAD LAB’s first project, Quartyard, near the NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego, is an emerging model of urban planning that demonstrates how repurposing vacant land can quickly transform an empty lot into a thriving urban park. By temporarily filling vacant land with unique architecture, small businesses, and vibrant outdoor spaces, the Quartyard offers a dynamic, interactive, and rotating experience with a Southern California sensibility toward the enjoyment of great food, wine, beer, art, retail, and design. RAD LAB's principals will walk the audience through the project.

Designing a House for a Lifetime 2:30 pm
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.

Redesigning L.A. with Commune 3 pm
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.

Art and Design in the Digital Age  3:30 pm 
In today's society, creative, cutting-edge ideas can be shared quickly throughout the world. This initiates an incredible opportunity for any artist or designer to showcase their work on a global stage, while inspiring people to seek out their own creative path. Eugene Kim and Alice Yoo, the founders of My Modern Met—an art and culture blog that shares inspiring stories behind today's most exciting visual ideas—will discuss, and walk us through images of their favorite works.


GE Monogram Innovation Stage

GE Monogram innovation stage, Friday

Micro Living, Big Design (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 11 am-12 pm
Urban living is about to shrink in size, but it’s becoming smarter than ever. Hear from four architects who are changing the landscape for urban micro-units and some of the forecasting of where this trend can grow (or shrink). Hear how universities in California are at the front of this movement and if it’s sustainable enough to make housing affordable again. 

The Collaborative: Architecture for Good 12 pm
Every month, San Francisco–based architect Bill Worthen sits down with designers, urban planners, and fellow architects to contemplate, as he says, “how to collaborate with other architects on the business of design.” The group, fittingly named the Collaborative, seeks to make sustainability “fun, interesting, and understandable to all,” he says. Onstage, Worthen and his fellow collaborators will share his expertise on ways in which professionals can work together toward a more sustainable future. Worthen will be joined by Heather Gadonniex of PE International AG; Gray Dougherty, partner at Dougherty + Dougherty Architects; Evelyn Lee, of MKThink; Betsy Burroughs of FocusCatalyst.

Under the Radar: Norwegian Design  12:30 pm
Fredrik Carlström, founder of Austere, a retail and educational space dedicated to Scandinavian design in downtown L.A., discusses the under-celebrated masters of Norway.

Uncovering Frank Bros. 1 pm
From 1938 to 1982, Frank Bros. of Long Beach outfitted L.A.-area houses with the latest furniture, most notably by Scandinavian designers such as Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen. Frank Bros. influenced how showrooms marketed and presented modern wares. “Their contributions to the modernist landscape of Los Angeles in the 20th century cannot be understated,” writer and curator Jennifer M. Volland says. The Getty recently acquired the store’s archive and, in a special presentation, curator Christopher James Alexander will join Volland to discuss this underdocumented period in history.

Designing With Water 1:30 pm
Given that nearly half of the potable water consumed in residential buildings is used for non-potable purposes, does it make sense to clean all water to the same standard? Join Bill Worthen, an architect and the creator of Urban Fabrick Collective, for a discussion on the need to fundamentally rethink the way water is used, treated, and considered. He will be joined by Paula Kehoe, director of water resources for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which recently created a grant program to encourage the use of onsite water-treatment systems.

The End of Invention As We Know It   2 pm
Doreen Lorenzo of consumer tech startup Quirky—which recently partnered with GE to develop a line of home electronics—and Kevin Nolan, vice president of technology at GE, shares how the home of the future is closer than we think.

A House for Two Families 2:30 pm
On a 40-by-120-foot lot near the beach in Venice, California, architect Don Dimster designed and built a duplex for himself and his wife, Lisa, the design director at Aether Apparel, as well as his filmmaker brother, Dennis, and his wife, Noreen Perez. Look for the Dimster duplex in an upcoming issue of Dwell, see it in person on our West Side home tour, and catch Don and Lisa onstage at the show in a discussion about designing for many families—and future generations.

Venice and California Modernism 3 pm
Something happened in the small beach town of Venice in 1970s and '80s—its experimental architecture started an unmistakable Modernist and Postmodernist movement—for better or worse—whose influence soon spread throughout California. An early experimenter, architect Steven Ehrlich, will discuss his and other firms' work that possessed the tenets of "late" modernism: experimentation, a holistic building approach, and absolute freedom. Ehrlich will discuss how Venice began as a novelty and grew into an architectural mecca.

Behind Great Restaurant Design: Meet the 2014 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards Finalists (AIA CEU) 3:30 pm-4:30 pm  
The day before the 10th-annual AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards on Saturday, June 21, the finalists will appear together onstage to present slides of their restaurant designs and explain their influences, motivations, and processes. Attendees will hear not only from the visionaries behind these exciting new spaces, but from the three judges as well. The judges will talk about what caught their eyes on each project and invite discussion about present and future restaurant design trends and inspirations. Learn more about all of the finalists and vote for your favorites on the AIA Los Angeles website

GE monogram innovation stage, Saturday

Design for Humankind: Livable Design (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Universal Design has long been associated with aging, but its true essence is about creating livable interiors where people of all populations and abilities can thrive. Designers and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists Kerrie Kelly, ASID, CAPS and Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS, CASE will examine and discuss inspiring spaces that are functional, attractive, and allow users to live independently for as long as possible. Hear their unique design strategies in creating spaces for optimal impact.

21st-Century Zero Energy Urban Housing: Education and Practice 12:30 pm
Creating livable and affordable urban dwellings is the focus of a number of growing community-based initiatives focused on understanding the new forces in play. A new project—a collaboration between Georgia Tech School of Architecture, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture—aims to fully design, engineer, and student-build a 4-10 unit Net Zero Energy House Prototype on adjacent campus land, rented at market rate to students and civil servants, and performance monitored over a five-year period. This prototype will become a living laboratory for ultra-low energy efficiency testing, material study, and a demonstration model for market-rate, status-quo urban housing. As part of the Resource Furniture sponsorship, a juried design competition for the interior spaces will be held at the end of the spring semester. The winning student will be flown in to DODLA and the winning design will be displayed, along with additional representative Studio projects, at the Georgia Tech booth in our Design for Tomorrow pavilion. Hear the principles onstage as they discuss the winning entry.

Trend Watch: Color and Material Finishes in the Kitchen 1 pm
With the kitchen maintaining its status as the heart of the modern home, color and materials remain integral components of its design. Lou Lenzi, industrial design director at GE Appliances, will sit down with designer and blogger Jeanne Chung to explore all sides of the color spectrum—from bold to earthy—and provide insights on what's trending in both color and finishes.

Micro Living: San Diego's Barrio Logan 1:30 pm
How does one create a thriving urban-infill communal living building for around $130 per square foot? Los Angeles native Hector Perez, a professor at Woodbury University in San Diego, will tell us. With his multiunit, multiuse building, La Esquina, in the Barrio Logan district of San Diego (to be featured in an upcoming issue fo Dwell), Perez set out to create the smallest and most affordable building possible; one that encouraged interaction within the building as well as within the community. The units range from 450 to 595 square feet. The neighborhood of Barrio Logan is rapidly becoming the city's cultural center with Woodbury School of Architecture at the center surrounded by art studios, galleries, and Chicano park murals.

The Smart Kitchen of 2025 2 pm 
The kitchen of the future has long piqued curiosity. (Will we ever have that Jetsons-like experience where meals materialize at the push of a button?) It’s closer than you may think. At GE Monogram, the latest advancements in aviation and infrastructural industries inform residential appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, which means that jet-engine technology might soon make its way into your home. Join Lou Lenzi, director of industrial design operations at GE, on the GE Monogram Stage as he reveals the company’s Smart Kitchen of 2025 and the latest advancements for 2014.

Fort Peck Sustainable Village  2:30 pm  
The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana’s Fort Peck Reservation invited the Make It Right Foundation to discuss designing and implementing culturally relevant, affordable, sustainable and healthy homes for Tribal members. Make It Right will build 20 LEED Platinum single-family homes in collaboration with Arete, Architecture for Humanity, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, GRAFT, Method Homes, and Living Homes. Team members will discuss the process.

Restoring L.A.'s Green Space with Rios Clementi Hale 3 pm
As part of the ongoing efforts of the architects, designers, and community of Los Angeles to elevate its urban core to its greatest potential, the respected firm Rios Clementi Hale has completely redesigned Grand Park. Principal Mark Rios will be joined onstage by his colleagues Tony Paradowski, the lead landscape designer on Grand Park, and Greg Kochanowski, Senior Associate, lead architect on Grand Park, to talk about how the park fits into the larger picture of a revitalized downtown.

Beauty, Ecology, and Design with Lance Hosey 3:30 pm 
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.”

AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards 4 pm
The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) honor excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and nightclubs. AIA/LA and Dwell on Design present the 2014 Awards Gala Ceremony. These popular awards attract an array of industry-leading architects, interior designers, celebrity chefs, and restaurant owners, as well as design media from all over the world. The awards recognize both Jury winners, as well as People’s Choice winners, which are voted on by the general public. The day before the awards, don't miss Behind Great Restaurant Design, an onstage presentation at Dwell on Design featuring the finalists and judges in conversation. Learn more about all of the finalists and vote for your favorites on the AIA Los Angeles website

Drought Resistance and Landscaping in L.A. 4:30 pm
Cassy Aoyagi, the cofounder and president of FormLA Landscaping, has parlayed her extensive knowledge of California’s Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinances into a coveted niche helping people create elegant gardens that have a minimal impact on the environment. “Our landscaping decisions have the single most profound effect on L.A.’s water supply and its health,” she says. Aoyagi returns to Dwell on Design to discuss how she manages to strike a balance between beauty and responsibility.

Green Building 101 5 pm 
Two green building experts join us for tips on how to build using sustainable materials. Architect Michael Cobb of Studio Ecesis designed a house in Northern California (Dwell, February 2014) using high-volume fly ash concrete, wood harvested onsite, and Agriboard, which replaces typical styrofoam insulation with ag waste. Designer Kim Nadel of Niche Design created One 19 Living Studio in San Diego, a living laboratory of green design featured on Dwell's San Diego Home Tours in 2012. Cobb and Nadel will discuss these and other projects and share their knowledge of the challenges and rewards of building sustainably.

ge monogram innovation stage, Sunday

Indoor-Outdoor Landscape Aesthetics 12 pm
FormLA's Cassy Aoyagi will join Cuningham Group principal and Hayden Place architect Amelia Doyle Feichtner in exploring innovative trends in indoor-outdoor aesthetics, particularly the incorporation of landscapes and other living features inside modern structures.

Design for Iconic Homes  12:30 pm 
What would A. Quincy Jones do? Many a homeowner of iconic houses has pondered this, faced with an aging relic and the responsibility of pulling off a faithful renovation without being slavish. Enter Rob Fissmer of the furniture company Vitsœ, and designer Cliff Fong of the Los Angeles atelier Galerie Half, who will not only share their stories of designing for houses by Jones—including Fissmer's in the Crestwood Hills development, and the Brody house, recently purchased by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi—but discuss Fong's work on houses by other iconic architects, including Hal Levitt, Marmol Radziner, Buff & Hensman, and George Washington Smith.

Before and After: A. Quincy Jones Renovation 1 pm 
Architect Bruce Norelius and his partner, Landis Green, purchased an A. Quincy Jones house in the Crestwood development of Los Angeles from the architect's original clients. Seeking to keep the house as intact as possible, Norelius and Green embarked upon a faithful renovation. The pair will discuss the joys and pitfalls of modernizing a midcentury modern classic, which will appear in an upcoming issue of Dwell.

Energy 360: How Water Shaped Los Angeles 1:30 pm
“There it is. Take it.” Those words—uttered by William Mulholland, head of the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works and Supply on the occasion of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913—heralded a pivotal moment, if not the pivotal moment, in the creation of modern Los Angeles. David Ulin, the book critic for the Los Angeles Times and the paper’s former book editor, made a case in an essay published in 2013 that the torrent of water that gushed into the aqueduct on November 5, 1913, helped to create the modern myth of Los Angeles as a city of reinvention, a place where anything is possible. The reality is much more complicated, of course, and Ulin joins us onstage to discuss where drought-ravaged L.A. is headed.

Design and Dads   2 pm
Dads well-versed in design—architect Jesse Bornstein and Rob Fissmer, the head of Vitsoe North America—join us for a discussion on fathers’ changing roles both as consumers and designers, the changing landscape of baby gear, and new approaches to designing for children from a dad’s point of view.

Intellectual Property and Design  2:30 pm
What are the effects of knockoffs on the design world? How can we as designers and consumers mitigate those effects? Why should consumers buy original design, every time? Eames Demetrios, head of the Eames office, joins us onstage for a discussion on intellectual property in the design world.

Sound and Vision: Oak Pass Tree House 3 pm
Inspired in part by an old barn on a tree-filled canyon site, architect Noah Walker built a modern guesthouse for Nathan Frankel, an amateur violinist, in Beverly Hills. Featured in the June issue of Dwell, the house doubles as a concert space. Hear Walker and Frankel discuss the project onstage in a session moderated by arts and culture journalist Rico Gagliano.

Climate Change and the Built Environment 3:30 pm
Never before in the course of humankind have we had the opportunity like we will have over the next 20 years to either expedite global climate change or mitigate the impacts. How the built environment changes will determine our path. In just two decades we will have an opportunity like no other to change buildings from net consumers of energy, water, and materials to ecosystem service providers. Green builder and educator Bryan Henson discusses opportunities, successes and related strategies based on hands on experience with recent buildings such as one of the first passive-house certified projects in Southern California—a multifamily project for Habitat for Humanity.

Better Living Through Design with Ty Pennington 4 pm
“A home needs to be more than a roof over your head. It really needs to be a place where you can live a better life,” says designer and remodeling guru Ty Pennington, who joins us in conversation about improving our quality of life with good design. "Your home should also be safe and secure," says Pennington, "a place that protects not only your possessions but also keeps your family healthy. From the foundation, to the insulation, to windows, water filters , climate control, and clean air, your home should be a place where you breathe a little easier."


CNET Stage 

cnet stage, Friday

Knowing Your Value, Setting Your Fees (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 11 am-12 pm 
Hear from the past and current president of the ASID Los Angeles Chapter as they discuss what every designer should know: Setting fees and standing by the value provided. Empowers professionals to stand by their business standards. This is a great course for a rising designer or established business owner. 

Remodeling Reality (ASID, IDCEC CEU) 12 pm-1 pm
Style wears a hard hat when it comes to home improvement and remodeling with expert Laurie March, Associate ASID. As on camera talent on, she illuminates the often daunting details of home ownership, maintenance and construction. Hear stories and ask questions about your own projects during this special conversation.

The Evolution of the American Kitchen  1 pm 
At the turn of the last, last century, “futurists” predicted the kitchen of the 21 century would be laid out and function much like a medical laboratory—a place where actual food and food preparation would be banned and we would pop “food-pills” and consume “radar-ranged” freeze-dried dinners. Thankfully these visions are still the stuff of science fiction. As we enter this brave new world, we realize that the kitchen of this new millennium hasn’t really evolved that far from the kitchen of the last century or the century before that. Today, for all our technological advances, we still face many of the same quandaries that plagued our predecessors in ancient times. Kevin Henry, director of business development for Dacor, well discuss how this cornerstone of every home has changed to meet the needs and expectations of each generation.

Today's Smart Home: How the Latest Technology Can Make Your Home More Efficient 1:30 pm
Energy management and security are the two most common entry points into the realm of the “connected home,” in which Internet-ready home appliances can be operated from afar with the tap of a smartphone. The latest innovations promise make your home more secure, more energy-efficient, and more convenient. In this discussion with Vivint and Belkin—two leaders in the home automation industry—learn about what really matters with this technology, how it works, what’s just a flash in the pan, what possesses staying power, and what is worth an investment.

CNET's Top 5 Smart Home Products  2 pm
Rich Brown, Executive Editor of CNET, a world leader in tech product reviews, takes the stage to share CNET’s top five home-tech product picks, and why they should be a part of every smart home.

Dwell Store: The New Retail 2:30 pm
Launched in late 2013 with offerings by both leading and emerging brands and designers from around the world, the Dwell Store has quickly become a valued resource for modern living. The first physical manifestation of the Dwell Store, on the show floor, will embody the same principles Dwell has touted for 14 years while promoting design discovery through a curated mix of products for sale. Join Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron onstage in a conversation with Dwell Director of Merchandising Josh Mintz on the Dwell Store and the notion of contextualized commerce.

Architecture As Inspiration: Coolhaus and Lille Huset  3 pm
Catch Coolhaus ice cream founder Natasha Case and Alyson Beaton, founder of Lille Huset—“little house” in Norwegian—onstage with Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron for a discussion on how architecture inspired their respective businesses.

Downtown L.A.: A New Urbanism  3:30 pm 
Los Angeles is currently undergoing a renaissance in urban public use development, and the downtown area is leading the charge with such recently completed projects as Spring Street Park, designed by architect Michael Lehrer. The result of a public-private partnership with the city’s Bureau of Engineering, the park was designed as a “classical urban room,” says Lehrer, who will discuss his plan for the park in detail at the show, and go into detail on how on-the-street urbanism in L.A. is the wave of the future.

Forgotten Modern: Restoring a Gem in Napa  4 pm
Across the United States, architects built midcentury homes that stand the test of time as emblems of a forward-looking age. In Napa, California, architect Katherine Lambert of Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP), has revived one such residence, a house designed by undiscovered talent Jack Hillmer of old-growth redwood, custom concrete block, glass, and stainless steel. This unsung modernist’s work evokes the Utopian principles of Wright and Lautner, and Lambert and her firm have faithfully restored the now-landmarked structure. Lambert and designer Christiane Robbins will discuss the preservation process and give insight into Hillmer’s architectural career.

cnet stage, Saturday

Red, White, and Green: The American-Made Kitchen with Danny Seo 12 pm
As sustainability becomes less of an option than a necessity, green lifestyle expert Danny Seo occupies a crucial niche. The designer and media personality will speak about sourcing American kitchen products, and preview the kitchen renovation inside his 1950s rural Pennsylvania home, to be featured in the July/August issue of Dwell.

The Making of Dwell Outdoor 12:30 pm
Each year, Dwell Outdoor anchors the show floor, with 23,000 square feet filled with outdoor furniture, prefabs, Airstream trailers, and thousands of stunning varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees. Hear from the team behind Dwell Outdoor—Kirk Aoyagi of FormLA Landscaping, Ive Haugeland of Shades of Green Landscape Architecture, and Wendy Proud of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery—on how they achieve this extraordinary feat of bringing the outside in.

Dwell Store Designer Spotlight: Alessi--Elevating Everyday Design 1 pm
Paolo Cravedi, managing director of Alessi USA, will join Dwell editor Kelsey Keith to talk about Alessi’s role in promoting Italian industrial design on a global scale. Alessi’s history of collaboration with both emerging and established designers ties into Dwell’s own editorial mission—represented on the show floor by the company’s new Noe Wine Bottle Holder, for sale in the Dwell Store pop-up.

3-D Printing: Build Your Own Future 1:30 pm
Nick Domitrovich, a New York-based interior designer, discusses the latest developments in 3-D printing and the implications for designers and everyday consumers as we enter an uncertain era when technology enables anyone to be a designer. “3-D printing allows for more experimentation due to less risk,” he says. But the advantages come with drawbacks, including the creation of waste and the ability to bypass engineering and safety experts.

Design Prize Switzerland: Environmental Innovation  2 pm 
Design Prize Switzerland representatives Michel Charlot, Beat Karrer (of FluidSolids), and Rolf Senti (of Bagno Sasso Mobili / Swiss Eco Tap) will explain their concepts and how good design can benefit our environment.

Paper Punk Urban Fold-a-Thon Workshop 2:30 pm
Stanford d.School Associate professor, ReadyMade founder, TEDActive artist, and Paper Punk inventor Grace Hawthorne will host a hands-on, interactive workshop for Dwell on Design attendees all weekend long. Using pieces from her Urban Fold kit—which consists of foldable paper buildings accompanied by colorful stickers—visitors will add a piece of their own creation to a major paper metropolis that will grow and change over the weekend. The kit, “designed for people six to 99+,” says Hawthorne, allows users “to learn about our built environment and revel in the neuro-afterglow of making something with your hands.” Hawthorne will join us onstage to talk about prototyping, materiality and the power of reimagination through making stuff with your hands.

3-D Printed Confections Demo 3 pm
Liz and Kyle von Hasseln put their own spin on the emerging technology of 3-D printing when they started Sugar Lab, which designed and printed three-dimensional, edible, and delectable candy and chocolate treats. Their company since has been acquired by 3DSystems, a heavyweight in the 3-D printing world, where the von Hasselns are now working as the creative directors of food products. They join us to show off the latest culinary innovations in the world of 3-D printing.

"Smart" Glass, Efficient Spaces 3:30 pm
Ample daylight is a cornerstone of good design, but windows can create uncomfortable glare or excessive heat, driving up energy costs or forcing occupants to hang ugly blinds. Rao Mulpuri, CEO of View Dynamic Glass, will demonstrate a possible solution—“smart” glass that works like photochromatic sunglasses that change tint with the light. (The key is an electrochromic coating sandwiched between two layers of glass.) View’s glass, which is available for commercial buildings and is being refined for the residential market—costs more than conventional glass, but Mulpuri says it can shave as much as 20 percent off annual utility bills.

Green Apple Supply: Toxin-Free Products for Children  4 pm
After Stephanie Tobor’s daughter was diagnosed with juvenile idiomatic arthritis at age three, Tobor immersed herself in research about eliminating environmental pollutants from products for children. Frustrated by the lack of healthy options, Tobor founded Green Apple Supply, which offers eco-friendly children’s school and art supplies, as well as toys. “Eco products should be affordable for everyone, and by prioritizing compassion over profit margin, we are making it possible,” says Tobor, who will take to the stage to share her story.

cnet stage, Sunday

Paul Rudolph A-Z  11:30 am 
All you ever wanted to know about the equally admired and maligned designs of midcentury architect Paul Rudolph. Timothy Rohan—author of The Architecture of Paul Rudolph at Yale Press and associate professor of art history of University of Massachusetts, Amherst—introduces and explains Rudolph’s work in a way that makes postwar architecture as a whole comprehensible in direct, jargon-free language. From Rudolph’s spectacular rise and fall comes a fascinating story of a pivotal figure who anticipated new directions for architecture, ranging from postmodernism to sustainability.

The Future of Creating Objects: From Dreams to Reality 12 pm
This panel discussion will be led by Pascual Wawoe, principal of Design Anatomy and product design instructor at Art Center College of Design. Pascual and students from Art Center will share their perspective on the latest technology and industry trends that are impacting the power design is having on our culture. The panelists will share projects that demonstrate the evolution of product design and the future worlds and objects that the next generation are creating.

Outdoor Rooms 12:30 pm 
Charlotte Frieze, the former garden editor at House & Garden and the author of Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens, and Judy Kameon, author of Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces, share their favorite outdoor rooms, including those featured in their books. Immediately following the discussion, which will be accompanied by rich visuals of elegant outdoor living areas, will sign copies of their books at the Dwell Bookstore by Skylight Books.

Design Prize Switzerland: Technological Innovation  1 pm 
Design Prize Switzerland representatives Beat Karrer (of FluidSolids), Lukas Scherrer, and Ahrens Ranae (eLumino “E-Broidery” by Création Baumann) tackle how technology drives design innovation.

The Case Study Houses' Influence on Modernism 1:30 pm 
John Entenza’s Case Study program offered visionary new models for modern living. This year, London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture travels to Los Angeles to study the city’s iconic houses as a way to spark conversation about the future of residential design. In an intensive two-week program, students learn about the structural innovations and theoretical underpinnings while designing their own projects under the mentorship of seven architects, including AA alumni Alvin Huang and Danielle Rago. In this discussion, lean about the impact of structures like Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House and John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence and how the next generation of architects is using the history of California modernism to develop new architectural typologies.

Young Guns: Jonathan Olivares   2 pm 
Los Angeles–based designer and researcher Jonathan Olivares will join Dwell editor Kelsey Keith to discuss how to merge business practice with design. Olivares has pursued a multifaceted career since graduating from Pratt Institute in 2004, from designing furniture to writing books to reimagining the office environment for the outdoors, which turned into an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.

Young Guns: Brendan Ravenhill and Al Que Quiere   2:30 pm 
We pair two emerging designers based in Los Angeles to compare notes on how to make it in today’s market as an independent maker. Brendan Ravenhil, who runs a lighting studio in Echo Park, will extol the virtues of craftsmanship and accessibility, while Al Que Quiere lead Matthew Sullivan will talk about his postmodern design influences and how to establish a unique perspective in the contemporary design scene.

Shaping the Future of Design with Thos. Moser  3 pm 
For more than 40 years, Thos. Moser has been making handcrafted furniture rooted in time-tested techniques. The iconic cabinetmakers recently invited two young designers, Willy Chan and Fahmida Lam, to partake in an apprenticeship to create their own designs that celebrate the natural beauty of wood through traditional craftsmanship. In this panel, Adam Rogers, director of design & product development at Thos. Moser, tells us about how the fine furniture maker builds pieces to stand the test of time and how the company is incorporating the imaginative ideas of emerging practitioners into its line.

Designing "Emotional" Landscapes  3:30 pm 
Unruly natural environments are supremely alluring—inviting us to lose ourselves within nature. Though these spaces move us spiritually, emotionally, and visually, we're often surrounded by design strategies that are static. Landscape Designer Naomi Sanders shares her perspective on how to create outdoor spaces that embrace a sense of wonder, joy, and curiosity while being contextually and ecologically sensitive. Case studies include the modern ruins of Piet Oudolf's High Line garden, the ecstatic natural phenomena in Dan Kiley's work, the intimate relationship to wildlife and plant material in the works of Christine Ten Eyck, and Naomi's own work, which is inspired by all of above.