The first official day of Dwell on Design flew by in a whirl. The minute the doors opened at the Los Angeles Convention Center slightly before 10 AM, the energy levels were through the roof.
Throughout the first day, the House Tipster media team browsed over 200 exhibits, listened to guest speakers (including the phenomenally talented Sir David Adjaye), and learned about the newest designs you’ll be seeing in magazines, your neighborhood, and possibly even your own home!
Now, not only do we have information regarding the latest and greatest modern design trends that matter to YOU, we’re also in the process of meeting and interviewing some of the best designers and brands in the industry.
Some folks we met on Day 1 truly blew us away, not just with their work, but with their passion for their craft and business.
Indira Lourenco: I. LOU CORP & 45 Degrees
Although she’s based out of New York, Indira Lourenco is making waves worldwide because of her sought-after design services and her swoon-worthy, innovative luxury furniture brand: 45 Degrees.
From the lightweight and ultra-comfortable lounge chair design to the truly perfect Soulfull Shades table lamps, Indira’s work epitomizes the modern design of the future. We love her mix of bold colors such as gold and black, which transform her work from functional furniture to true pieces of artwork.
From our great conversation, it was evident that Indira loves her art. Guess what? We do too!
For more information on Indira Lourenco’s design services and furniture line, check out here.
Daniel Aleksander of Riviera Bronze
For over 15 years, Riviera Bronze has been creating custom stainless steel and bronze windows and doors out of their southern California headquarters. We spoke with Daniel Aleksander, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, who let us in on all the exciting work of the company.
Besides offering a truly top-notch product using old-world manufacturing and design techniques, the team at Riviera Bronze works with their clients from start to finish. They’re on-hand throughout the entire process, from the design of your custom doors and windows to the fabrication and finally, installation.
A whopping 85% of their sales are from residential customers, but they also work with boutique hotels and businesses interested in a unique entryway or a one-of-a-kind shower door.
They collaborate with homeowners, builders, business owners, and architects located anywhere, from their home base in Ventura, CA to South America, Asia, and Europe.
Meelena Oleksiuk Turkel: Turkel Designs & Axiom
If you browse the pages of Dwell as often as we do here at House Tipster, then this name may be very familiar to you. That’s because Meelena Oleksiuk Turkel, her husband Joel Turkel, and their team at Turkel Designs are the brains behind many homes featured in Dwell’s magazine and website.
Meelena’s newest design focus is related to her close working relationship with Dwell. Their collaboration has resulted in the Axiom Series, a distinctive prefabricated home series that uses minimum materials and is highly energy-efficient.
We’re really impressed by Turkel Design’s attention to detail, which is evident when browsing the Axiom exhibit. We loved speaking with Meelena and hearing all about the inception of this exciting project.
Mitchell Slater: Brown Jordan
Modern designers are always finding ways to incorporate the outdoors inside. However, it’s also important to pay some attention to beautifying outdoor areas as well, which is why we were so excited to chat with Mitch from Brown Jordan.
Brown Jordan is a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of outdoor furniture. But this isn’t your grandma’s patio chair (you know, the kind that sticks to your legs and gets a little too hot for comfort in those warm summer months).
Brown Jordan’s furniture is constructed from high-quality aluminum, which stays cool and comfortable regardless of the weather. Plus, the styles are classic yet modern and their collections are vast.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor sofas, tables, fire pits, or this amazing outdoor kitchen area they displayed, chances are Brown Jordan has something you’ll love.
Brad Hintze: Control4
Here at House Tipster, we get entirely too giddy when we encounter people as passionate as we are about emerging home technologies, which is why our conversation with Brad Hintze from Control4 was one for the books.
Brad loves the capabilities afforded by Control4’s amazing line of personal automation and he filled us in on all his favorite features. With their products, a homeowner can control his/her home automatically. The best part? It’s all in one place! Using either a custom interface or the app feature, you can turn on your lights, lock your doors, close your garage, or blast your favorite jams.
Control4 products are sold by thousands of distributors across 91 countries, meaning that these products are likely available and ready to install in your area.
When you think of the highest quality paints on the market, it’s likely that Dunn Edwards paints come to mind. This painting institution, which has been in the wall-covering business since 1925, is still making waves today from their manufacturing and distribution site in Phoenix, Arizona.
Over the past 90 years, Dunn Edwards has provided premium architectural coatings for residential, commercial, and the hospitality industries. We talked with a team from Dunn Edwards at Dwell on Design about how they’ve become the ‘go-to’ brand for professionals, including builders, designers, and architects.
If you’re a fan of bright, fresh neutrals, look no further than Dunn Edwards’ color of the year: Honey Glow.
Matteo & Vince: Livello/Affordable Sliding Door
Can doors and windows be sexy? Absolutely! In fact, Matteo and Vince from Livello let us in on a little secret: sliding windows and doors make all the difference in the world if you’re looking to upgrade your home.
Livello does it all, from traditional sliding french doors to ultra-chic windows and garage doors. They gave us a taste of what they’re capable of with their beautiful, remarkably quiet retractable door.
These guys are your go-to source for the installation of new doors and windows if you live in and around Los Angeles.
Kim Lewis: Tiny Homes
The tiny home phenomenon isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and that’s because of great designers like Kim Lewis who make tiny home living luxurious and worthwhile.
You remember Kim Lewis, right? She’s the lead designer behind “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and she’s been on HGTV more times than you can count. Her latest design foray is in tiny home living, which is awesome if this is your “thing.”
Kim is currently working with Austin-based here.
This collaboration between Lewis and Sett Studio is just getting started, which means there’s a lot more to look forward to in the coming months. Keep up with this project by signing up for updates on Kim Lewis’ website.
And this is all just day 1!
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