By Kim Kuhteubl
Dwell on Design, one of America’s largest design events, hit the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend offering a curated selection of innovative products for living a modern lifestyle.
Here are a few top picks from the show:
Resource Furniture did a pre-show toast at the grand opening of their first boutique in Los Angeles, next door to the Michael Kohn Gallery on Crescent Heights. This is a line of Italian furnishings that James Bond would love: The chic, custom pieces with hidden beds, dining areas and storage space, were better than any party favor.
Designer and Sculptor Daniele Fratarcangeli started glass-blowing when he was just 16 and apprenticed at the famed Murano glass factory in Italy after earning a BFA in Detroit. His collaboration with Mari Au Buchon, whose “unapologetically and empoweringly cute” aesthetic is inspired by Japanese pop culture, results in a collection of handmade vases and silvered lighting found in luxury retailers like Splendid and Longchamps.
This startling widespread lavatory faucet from Buenos Aires-based manufacturer Franz Viegener was designed by Juan Cavallero, whose work has also been featured at the city’s Museum of Modern Art. Push-down and pop-up, the faucet also comes in chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.
Volcanic limestone is the raw material that forms the Cabrits, an Adex Platinum award-winning bathtub from Victoria + Albert. Light and low to the ground, on first glance it’s deceptively shallow but once you climb in – and I did – the contours in this water-efficient tub fit like a glove and are angled to make sure the water keeps you covered.
What would a lifestyle show be without a little bling? Industrial designer Colleen Mauer crafts mixed metals like sterling silver and gold fill into layered, organic shapes. Her line of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces celebrate simple geometries.
Kim Kuhteubl is an award-winning producer and writer who works with interior designers, product manufacturers and hosts in the home category on business strategy, the creation of bold brands and audience engagement through social media, publication and licensing. For more information visit www.mebydesign.net or follow her on twitter @bykimk.