Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dwell On Design 2012 Insider View

I just arrived back from LA's Dwell on Design Conference feeling incredibly inspired and energized by the varying forms of innovation coming into the marketplace.

I was especially struck with the ways in which some of the featured companies are creating incredible space saving solutions. Duravit, for example, has created the OpenSpace Collapsible shower, which folds down complete and out-of-the-way when not in use to a full length mirror, as well as sinks narrow enough for even the smallest of bathroom spaces.

Axor displayed incredible surface mounted faucet systems that make cleaning much easier as well as providing a super clean, minimal look and opportunities for simple horizontal storage.

Lacava showcased a selection of soaking tubs that border artwork in their detailing, the new Sottile option providing a spacious tub with a cantilevered shelf for bath products and other items.

Overall, what I was mostly struck by was the way these companies and more are responding to the need for space saving, unique materiality, and beauty in seemingly super simplistic forms. To me, it further confirmed the idea that simplified minimal design finds it beauty in the minute details and new takes on innovative materials such as ceramic and lucite acrylic in bathroom spaces.

More to come from the show in the coming weeks- stay tuned!

Cheers, Carey