A Day @ Dwell on Design

This past weekend we spent a day soaking in all the fresh ideas at Dwell on Design – an annual tradeshow for everything design.

We enjoy this show because of the fresh up-and-coming designers it brings. Some of the most talented designers come to this show with material you never thought to use, i.e. Dog beds using recycled old clothing and bags.

This year Dwell brought so many categories to the show – an outdoor, home-building, prefabricated homes, energy efficient living interiors, lighting, entertaining furniture, outdoor systems, audio systems and many more. For decor and renovation bringing the outdoor in was a hot category.  We loved this shot below because it reflects the excitement and energy at the show with the colorful ceiling flags, trees and fabrics draped with people moving about in all different directions.

We just loved the loud wall of this showroom below and the sharp shapes of the furniture presented. Interestingly, nothing in this showroom harmonizes with the other, yet because of that we were drawn into to it.

Design shows are about seeing what ideas and materials are being used out there. This ottoman pictured below was made in Guatemala. At the center is a soccer ball, with eight-way hand tied springs jetting outward from the soccer ball. The spools of yarn are then knotted in place. It’s really cool and super bouncy and comfortable.

Prefabricated homes were a huge category this time and was the first thing you saw when you entered the convention hall. Sett Studio with their modular studios and energy efficient homes provided a great example for everyone to experience – by walking into these homes you discovered how much less we can live with. Kudos to the interior designers that dressed these great models!

Dwell on Design Event ~ Los Angeles

Dwell on Design – America’s largest modern design event at the L.A. Convention Center June 21-23, 2013. We like to attend this event to check out the latest design trends looking for fresh ideas.

This event is held during Dwell Design Week and is produced by Dwell Magazine. Held annually, Dwell Design Week presents new design ideas, products, and services and offers world-class design speakers, exhibitions and home tours.

This year Dwell on Design highlights a Design CompetitionGreen Car Ride & DriveDwell on Design AwardsDesign Schools and Student Activitiesa New Living Mural and many more. Also, for the technology lovers there will be a New Pinterest Pavillion, Tech Lounge for the “Lounge Lizards” as well as a New Twitter Wall – we are very excited about this feature!

In addition, this year there are over 200+ design leaders who will present including keynote speaker Michael Graves. Participating organizations include the Getty Conservation Institute, MOCA, A+D Museum, Hammer Museum, & Architecture for Humanity. The Dwell editors designed this event around the following: Kitchen & Bath Design, Furniture & Lighting, Renovation, Preservation, Prefab, Fabrics, The Future of Design, Dwell Outdoor, Modern Family, Universal Design and Multigenerational Living.

Dwell on Design’s partner this year is The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The Presenting Auto sponsor is The Lincoln Motor Company, and the Dwell Design Partner is jcpenney. Look for us in the Tech Lounge, we hope to see you there!



We all need to quiet our minds…

In our world today we are met with many, many demands of business and although technology has indeed made some things easier it can be quite demanding. That is why here at Nathan Anthony we are firm believers in taking the time to be be still, enjoy our families and inspire our minds. It is important to take a step back and reassess because sometimes we are too close.

When you take a step back, you can take a deep breath and see the bigger picture. Then it is easier to find the spaces that need a little fine tuning and adjusting to keep it running smoothly.

Here is a peek at our trip to the Florida Keys where inspiration was flowing and free – a great way to start the summer!




Inspiration at The Breakers HMF Palm Beach





 What inspires you?