Dwell fair photos courtesy of Corporate Closeups.
Dwell on Design is excited to return to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 23-25, 2017. The highly-anticipated annual fair will welcome 300 new and returning exhibitors, transforming 100,000 square feet of concrete into a design incubator where prefab comes to life and design luminaries debate the issues of today. With three days of onstage programming from the top leaders in design, as well as continuing education opportunities for every design discipline, Dwell on Design 2017 is shaping up to be another incredible event.
The first of many in the new featured speaker series, Dwell on Design will welcome architect Sir David Adjaye. Adjaye’s ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability have established him as a leading architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His firm, Adjaye Associates, built their reputation with prestigious commissions around the world, including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo and the Moscow School of Management.
Most recently, Adjaye gained recognition for his design of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in fall 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to praise and popularity. Adjaye Associates has offices in London, New York and Accra, Ghana, with ongoing projects across the UK, US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Adjaye has held academic posts at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and was awarded the prestigious Panerai London Design Medal in 2016. Dwell on Design is honored to present Adjaye onstage Friday, June 23rd, accompanied by Christopher Hawthorne, the esteemed architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times.
Dwell on Design has also added famed interior decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard to its growing list of featured speakers for 2017. Renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated interiors, Bullard is a staple of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and ELLE Decor’s A-List. His inimitable taste and approach to design is seen in premier hotel properties including the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, Chateau Gutsch in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the recently completed Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa in Laguna Beach. Bullard’s list of A-List clients include Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher and Ellen Pompeo. In addition to Bullard’s eponymous collections of indoor and outdoor textiles, wallpaper, furniture, and accessories, he has designed collections for Schumacher, Ann Sacks, The Rug Company, Haviland Limoges, Christofle, and Daum. Dwell on Design is honored to host Martyn Lawrence Bullard on the Main Stage Saturday, June 25 at 12 pm.
Adding to the excitement of the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles Restaurant and Design Awards to be announced during Dwell on Design, the organization’s Los Angeles chapter will sponsor the first annual AIA Photography Awards at the event. With 77 participants from both AIA and the community, the contest will present over 200 photographs interpreting architecture, design, and the built environment. All submissions, and the winning photographs will be on display throughout the fair in the Dwell on Design Reading Room, powered by Hennessey + Ingalls.
Always an event favorite, Dwell Outdoor returns once again with inspiring outdoor design playing host to the first annual Architecture & Design Film Festival at Dwell on Design. The ADFF will curate design-forward short and feature films that will be presented within the Dwell Outdoor pavilion each day throughout the fair.
One of the most recognized programs each year, Dwell on Design Home Tours will return in 2017, highlighting high-profile designed homes on June 24 and 25. Attendees can learn about the inspiration and creative vision behind these properties during Meet the Architects Night. This year’s Meet the Architects Night will be held at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center on Thursday, June 22, 7 pm to 9 pm.
In an effort to foster community and create a shared experience at Dwell on Design, all sessions and featured panels will take place on one main stage with each lively discussion covering one of the five major content pillars throughout the fair. Guests can anticipate inspiring and engaging educational sessions about Technology/Smart Home, Health & Wellness/Aging, Urban Space/Densification, Resiliency, and Business of Design. 2017 will see a shift in the session programming, with intriguing formats including featured speakers, fire-side chats and thought-provoking panels. Attendees can expect deep dives into content via one-hour sessions and snappy downloads in short 30-minute sessions.
Above: Dwell Outdoor Pavilion — 2015
Guests can anticipate inspiring and engaging educational sessions about Technology/Smart Home, Health & Wellness/Aging, Urban Space/Densification, Resiliency, and Business of Design. 2017 will see a shift in the session programming, with intriguing formats including featured speakers, fire-side chats and thought-provoking panels. Attendees can expect deep dives into content via one-hour sessions and snappy downloads in short 30-minute sessions.
“The primary mission of Dwell on Design is to integrate an exhibition, conference, home tours, professional continuing education and special events into a celebration of modern design,” says Dana Teague, vice president of Informa Global Exhibitions, which collaborates with the Dwell editorial team to develop the annual event. “It celebrates the people, products and ideas that drive modern design and architecture forward.”
Returning pavilions include the popular prefab homes by Method Home and Cocoon9, where attendees are welcome to tour and experience what has become a leading trend in home building and design. For the second year in a row, Prime Edition returns to the showfloor. Set amid a gallery-like setting, this “show-within-a-show” offers a unique platform for designer-makers, industrial designers and artists to showcase their work. Notable returning exhibitors also include Benjamin Moore, Build.com, Ergotron, Hansgrohe, Humboldt Redwoods, Koble & Koble, Marvin Windows, Smith & Fong, and Stokke. The Shop will make its debut offering one-of-a-kind finds for attendees to purchase. In addition, honoring great design in restaurant and nightlife, the AIA Restaurant Design Awards will return in 2017.
Dwell on Design will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Friday, June 23 from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, June 24 from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, June 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Architects and design professionals, along with the design enthusiast public, may purchase tickets online at dwellondesign.com/register.