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.
"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
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
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.