Dwell on Design 2012 kicked off in Los Angeles this past weekend, bringing an incredible array of fresh modern designs to the City of Angels - and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you the best green products, furnishings, and architecture from this year's show! From inflatable bubble buildings to cute dinosaur terrariums, brilliant LED lights, and the flourishing foliage of this year's Dwell Outdoor exhibit (complete with the uber green and affordable Ecofabulous LivingHomes C6 prefab), read on for our favorite finds!
The Cricket Trailer is a space-age mobile home designed by NASA architect Garrett Finney that packs all of the comforts of a conventional house into one compact package. The units can be outfitted with a fold-down bed, bathroom, shower, sink, stove, and on-demand hot water heater – and the unit on the show floor was set up to harness the sun with photovoltaic panels.
Inflatable architecture popped up let and right at Dwell on Design, and AirClad‘s prefab pool house was one of our favorite projects to make a splash on the show floor. This lightweight building reduces the need for materials with its inflatable form, and it sets up in a snap. The technology is ideal for transportable structures as it packs a ratio of 100 square meters of usable space into 1 cubic meter of materials when shipped.
Vetica’s‘s Gluhbirne Nature LED Bulb aims to ease the transition towards LED technology by adapting it to the familiar form of the incandescent bulb. The beautiful bulbs can be screwed into any standard a-frame light bulb fixture, they consume just 4.5 watts of energy, and they feature a smart hollow design that allows air to pass through the center, cooling the LED bulbs and extending their life.
Kenneth Parel-Sewell’s swanky mod pool house was a finalist in Dwell’s LEGO Modern Home Design Competition. The incredibly detailed LEGO pad features everything you need for a pixellated pool party – including palm trees, a diving board, and pint-sized miniature furnishings!
Casa Bubble wowed visitors with tours of their pop-up prefab bubble buildings, which set up in a snap and can be easily ported from place to place. These spherical inflatable homes include different rooms for different functions, and they were even outfitted with inflatable furniture.
We instantly fell in love with these herbaceous Plant-A-Saurus dino terrariums at the Shelter Black shop. The team also showcased a line of furniture with built-in spaces for planters – perfect for your next garden party.
Terra Trellis transformed the LA Convention Center into a veritable Garden of Eden with a maze of modern trellises and planters. This year’s Dwell Outdoors exhibition was one of our favorite parts of the show, featuring leafy green gardens and low-impact prefab buildings.
Featured at the Design Prize Switzerland exhibition, the Senior Design Factory is a fantastic initiative that connects young designers with experienced senior craftspeople to pass along skills from one generation to the next. The results of the collaboration are clever, thoughtful, sometimes surprising knit wares – like this gigantic sock!
One of the showstoppers at this year’s Dwell on Design was Oyler Wu Collaborative‘s Screenplay installation – an incredibly complex geometric art installation and bench made from a single length of rope wrapped around a 22-foot-long, 9-foot-high steel frame. While we can’t vouch for the ecological impact of using all that material for a single seat, the jaw dropping installation was an impressive feat of material use nonetheless.
The Haiku claims to be one of the world’s quietest, most efficient ceiling fans. It’s wrapped with a beautiful bamboo finish, and it features an award-winning motor that is 80% more efficient than conventional ceiling fan motors.
Nicolas Staubli‘s brilliant Reversible chair is a modular seat made from simple, easily manufactured materials that can transform into two different forms. Simply take off the (reversible) cover, pull apart the pipe pieces, and recombine them to transform the side chair into a laid-back lounge. The smart, swappable design was nominated for the 2011 Design Prize Switzerland.
We’ve featured G-Pod’s space-age prefab garden domes in the past, so we were excited to see them make their official stateside debut at Dwell on Design. These modular lounges can be customized to suit a variety of uses, can be easily hooked up to solar power systems, and several of the models even rotate.
Environmental artist Doron Gazit‘s ethereal Frozen Flow lamps capture the motion of the wind in a state of stasis. Each unique lamp is molded from polypropylene while the material is still hot and then outfitted with a low-energy LED light that gives off a soft ambient glow.
Inhabitat favorite Freitag showcased their smart V30 SKID shelving system at the Design Prize Switzerland exhibit. The modular stacking blocks are made from recycled plastic, and they hold simple cardboard boxes which contain the company’s brilliant recycled truck tarpaulin bags.
One of the stars of the show was the Ecofabulous LivingHomes C6 – a gorgeous green prefab home outfitted with an incredible array of sustainable building strategies. The Energy Star home is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, and we were thrilled to see it furnished with some of our favorite designs – like Greypants’ beautiful recycled cardboard lamps.
Colin Shaelli‘s clever Con.Temporary Furniture line radically re-envisions the systems used to manufacture and distribute most products. The simple no-screw, no-glue furnishings can be easily assembled without tools, and Shaelli has devised a system where local craftsmen can produce the pieces – rather than manufacturing them in one place and then incurring carbon emissions to ship them around the world.
The mountain pine beetle is responsible for the loss of millions of trees across the united states – the insects lay eggs beneath the bark of pine trees, which introduce deadly blue stain fungus. Bad Beetle makes use of this silvery, surprisingly beautiful wood (which would otherwise go to waste) by fashioning it into cases for iPhones and MacBooks.
Dwell on Design and Design Within Reach partnered to announce the grand prize winner of their Live/Work Design Contest. And the winner is.. Amanda Ip‘s Innermix Desk, which integrates streamlined storage space within its clean modern form.