Dwell on Design ’09 (Part 2)

By kristin

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Dwell brought the great outdoors to the inside of the L.A. Convention Center with a lush and neatly landscaped outdoor section. Teeming with trends, furniture, architecture and products, it made you rethink how we interact with our outside environment. To read more, click here and learn the secrets on how they made it possible. Learn on how they incorporated furniture to the outside environment.

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Clearly the big draw for the Dwell audience were the cleverly designed living units – be it in the form of cabin, RV, or storage container. The 400 ft. “Reclaimed Space“, constructed from “old growth wood” and heat reflective materials, had a constant stream of visitors looking for novel, modular housing solutions that are sustainable and affordable. It ended up being auctioned on eBay for $75,000 with half of the profits benefiting L.A.’s Habitat for Humanity.

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Surrounding these new modern dwellings were outdoor furniture collections by Patio Heaven and CB2, among others, which provided a quick R&R or dining spot for conference goers.

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And they didn’t forget the kids! The much-beloved Magis puppies, designed by Eero Aarnio, spotted the entire outdoor scene, giving designer moms and dads a break from constantly entertaining the little ones.

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One of my favorite products by far were the flexible, breathable, and modular Wooly Pockets. Made from recycled plastic bottles, these fully functional planters can transform any horizontal space into a real, living wall. Since they can be used indoors as well as out, these are a must for any city dweller!

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For a full list of Outdoor exhibitors, visit the Dwell on Design site here.

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