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.

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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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