What recession? That's what many of us wondered during the last hours of the Dwell on Design weekend at the L.A. Convention Center. Some 15,000 visitors toured the hall–and it's quite possible we spoke to every one of them as they popped into our temporary shop in the lobby.
We were so slammed, in fact, that I had no time to shoot the main show floor, and Andy and I scarcely got a few minutes in to scout a few young designers featured in the DesignBoom section.
Under the umbrella banner of the Dwell Store, A+R shared real estate with Flight 001 and Skylight Books and bonded over the invasion of design fans who turned out over the three-day event.
A+R pals JC Obando and Michael Cioffoletti came out early Saturday to catch Andy on a design innovation panel, while others arrived later in the day, including Bryan Rabin, interior designer Bret Witke, Lisa Edelstein and jewelry designer Michael Schmidt. Sunday was another day of surprises, from Kathleen and Dave of Meow to Will Koppelman. We also loved meeting Peter and Roz, parents of Eli Bonerz of PAD, whose newly release spun aluminum planters were also quite a show hit.
We were also thrilled to see A+R designers Kelly Lamb (she of the amazing new geo-birdhouse now in our Venice store window); Dominic Symons and Allan Kiesler (the innovative creatives behind Blue Lounge whose new desk we premiered at the show), Chris Stiles (who's followed up his bones salt and pepper shakers with new shakers in the form of spinning tops was another show debut), Peter White (whose Le Petit Dejeuner tray is also an A+R launch), Enrico Bressan of Artecnica and Jeff Liu of Mollo Space.
Thank you all for swinging by!
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