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Dwell on Design conference June 5 to 8

If you want to stretch your design vocabulary, you might consider attending the Dwell on Design conference this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Put on by the San Francisco-based Dwell magazine folks, the seminar descriptions include sentences like this:

"Not all designers set out to achieve the Platonic ideal in a concept for a chair, but few would argue that the promise of synonymy with a beloved design object does not motivate their process."

Go ahead. Look up "Platonic ideal" and "synonymy." I did, and I learned a lot.

You can also see a panel on prefabs that includes prefab guru Michelle Kauffmann. See her speak about her own delicious home:

Here are some presentations for Thursday, June 5:

Interview with Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles LEEDs the way?
Nature meets the metropolis
L.A. grows up: dealing with density
The face of gardens in a densifying city
Design developers
The inventive spirit
Single-family dwellings: green within reason
(R)evolution in light, form and materials

And what’s going on Friday, June 6:

Immortality through product
Evolving modes of practice
Home and away: lessons from the leisure zone
Systems building and prefab
Sustainable interiors

Plus, the exhibition floor, with 200 exhibitors and a "neighborhood" of prefab homes, is open Thursday through Sunday, and you can get in on the weekend for $50 at the door (though the full conference costs $349, or $149 for students). There are also home tours Saturday and Sunday, but Saturday’s tour of Westside single-family homes is sold out. Sunday’s tour, of private downtown homes (cost: $85), still has space.

Here’s full info on attending.

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