Dwell on Design is the largest design event in the United States. We scouted this year’s conference and exhibit hall to find six favorites that exemplify creativity, community, sustainability, and cool.

This year’s Dwell on Design event yet again showcased what’s hot and what’s new in design and, in many cases, what sustainable trends are taking hold in the design world. The nearly 300,000 square-foot exhibit floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center held an incredible variety of innovation, with more than 400 presenters showing off over 2,000 products representing everything from interior design to garden gear to gadgets.

Exhibitors included big names like Miele and Panasonic, as well as local designers and non-profits such as Architecture for Humanity. swissnex San Francisco was there, too, with Design Prize Switzerland, sharing the best of Swiss design with North American crowds. I was part of the set-up and exhibition crew and had time to walk around and explore.

Here are the six design ideas I loved the most.

1. Conference keynote speaker Stephen Burks revealed some of his hand-crafted designs

I was mesmerized by the mixed-metal Anwar chandeliers and wood framed chairs whose the upholstery is meant to mimic the posture of the body.

Dwell On Design Burks

2. Paper Punk’s Urban Fold-a-Thon unleashed everyone’s creativity.

It’s a tool that enables you to build your own metropolis using a buffet of shapes and stickers. Dwell on Design visitors created a colorful impromptu city that is 100% recyclable.

Dwell On Design

3. Being at Dwell on Design for three days in a row can be exhausting.

This booth’s slogan wasn’t a lie: visitors went nuts for the organic Ellora matress made with millions of long fibers from coconuts (already a trendy staple of the food and beverage sectors).

Coconut mattress at Dwell on Design

4. Vancouver-based, molo created a gallery-like screening space that showed highlights from the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

The walls and stools were made of softseating, a flexible honeycomb structured paper that fans open into different shapes.


5. The playful oval Etage shelf by Roethlisberger was an eye catcher.

The winner of the Design Prize Switzerland for furniture design, this wooden creation is multifunctional due to its flexible small shelf boards.

Röthlisberger etage

6. This Dutch Sandwichbike

This project gained admirers for its weatherproof beech wood panels, made by PedalFactory. All materials are locally and responsibly sourced.

Sandwich bike