Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20 through 22, 2014. Perhaps the most popular space at the show is the Dwell Outdoor section, and this year Dwell Outdoor promises to be bigger, better, and more inspiring than ever! With hundreds of trees, flowering plants, and real turf, the show floor transplants the outdoors into the convention center—it's a Garden Design reader’s dream oasis. Read on for eight products and installations that you won’t want to miss.
1. Sunbrella Half Yurt—Yurts are becoming a popular way to extend a home’s living space (Nieman Marcus has even included one in their ‘Fantasy Gift’ list), so be sure to stop by to see Sunbrella's amazing Half Yurt at the show.
2. Bella Builders Living Wall—Vinny Fazzino of Los Angeles–based Bella Builders conceptualized a closed-loop, active hydroponic scheme for his Living Wall systems, one of which he’s creating exclusively for Dwell Outdoor. The highly customizable walls include waterproofing systems, a tank, a pump, and felts designed to sustain growing plants for years and to protect the structure beneath. Fazzino and his team select plants according to the light and pH levels of the different environments.
3. Beer Garden—Open all three days of the event, the beer garden is a great place to relax. It is the meeting and concession hub for the show, and it is also the site of the opening reception on Friday, June 20th.
4. Bend Furniture—Michigan-bred Gaurav Nanda grew up in what is arguably America’s most car-crazed state, cutting his design teeth as a sculptor in the automotive sector. Nanda eventually translated that training into furniture design, establishing Bend in 2010. Nanda's Lucy chair, which he calls the “proverbial zany redhead,” is available in bright hues such as Neon yellow, peacock blue, gold, and orange. Look for Lucy and her wacky yet more subdued counterpart, Ethel, in Bend’s mini lounge, located near the beer garden.
5. Blu Homes prefab cabanas—With sizes ranging from 120 to 300 square feet, cabanas often do not require building permits, providing a simple, fast way to add space to a property without the headaches of the traditional building process. This year, they will be giving one away to a lucky winner who enters in a drawing at their booth!
6. Fiberon Decking—Decks are often the most used space of a home, and Fiberon is bringing some great composite decking options to this year's event.
7. Living Homes—Be sure to stop by the Living Home at Dwell Outdoor—with the first ever certified LEED Platinum home, their green, modular prefabs are made with natural, non-toxic, and sustainably-derived materials.
8. Airstream 2 Go—With rental locations in Las Vegas; Los Angeles; and now in Bozeman, Montana, Airstream 2 Go provides the perfect gateway to the great American west. Airstream 2 Go is the exclusive, factory-authorized source in North America to rent current model Airstream trailers, custom-matched to dedicated GMC Yukon Denali tow vehicles. The company provides rental customers with a premium, turnkey vacation experience, including a custom itinerary and activity planning.
In addition to these eight features, hundreds of trees and plants will be brought in by Arizona-based Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, and FormLA Landscaping will build and install the thriving oasis. A custom living wall created by Bella Builders will be featured, and show veteran Ive Haugeland of Shades of Green will also lend her expertise to the green scene. You can find the latest in prefab models, and discover modern accessories and furnishings that will inspire you to transform your outdoor space.
Also, if you're stumped by a landscaping dilemma or unsure what to do with that tired old yard, Dwell will be hosting "The Landscape Designer is In," which provides on-site landscape consultations with experts from The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) to help you sort out nagging questions. Throughout the weekend, you can attend presentations and panels on sprucing up the outdoors—from water-efficient planting to regreening our cities—with pioneering thinkers and renowned designers.
June 20–22, 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
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