If you like Dwell magazine, then get ready to get up close and personal, because this weekend is the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles, June 25th-27th! For three days some of the most amazing design concepts and designers will be collaborating in one place to display their furniture, fixtures and knowledge. On the “Sustainability Stage” there will be some great speakers including Ed Begley Jr. (Mr. Green himself), Angelo Surmelis from HGTV, editors from Dwell and many more amazing designers and architects.
As much as I want to hear all the speakers, I usually like to run around the showroom first to see everything while making mental notes of where I want to go back and see more. There will be plenty of Green products at the show too, from companies like Copeland, Environment, Loll and Modern Mural.
I am particularly interested in checking out a company called Cleveland Art, shown below. Jason Wein founded this company in 1994. While working at the family salvage yard as a young man he saw the potential of industrial machinery and surplus being repurposed and recycled as functional design for the home, office and retail setting. They make tables, storage units, lighting, art pieces and much more. Cleveland Art has a 7000-sqft warehouse in Los Angeles and two other locations in Ohio and Florida.
This shelving unit by Cleveland Art is way more interesting than a bookcase from Pottery Barn.
There is plenty to do after the show as well. On Saturday night you can head on over to the Ritz Carlton, 900 West Olympic Blvd, just across from LA Live for an after party put on by eco consulting, dwell and Westside USGBC-LA. This Ritz Carlton is pending LEED certification and of course it’s amazing…it’s the Ritz! There will be food and cocktails in support of DWELL on Design. The event is free, but in exchange for a suggested donation attendees will receive a generous gift bag filled with eco items! All donations will benefit T4T – Trash for Teaching dedicated to minimizing waste and maximizing education.
Trash for Teaching collects clean and safe cast-off materials from manufacturing processes (that would otherwise become trash) and repurposes them as educational resources. With those materials they provide a comprehensive arts education program in local school districts, which includes teacher workshops and classroom instruction. Their programs feature the popular Treasure Truck visit making their materials readily available to teachers and students in the schools, and helping to bridge the gap between the excess of waste created in manufacturing processes and the lack of materials in public education.