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Dwell on Design: Westside Home Tours

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 22, 2013 01:02 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Jun 21, 2013

Dwell on Design, America's largest design event, is back in Southern California at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning today. However, a series of events and tours has been taking place over the past week; we were fortunate to attend  the Westside home tours last weekend to see five exceptional modern homes and an unequivocal highlight was the Dwell Home Venice. A collection of follies and breezeways, the Dwell Home Venice (designed by architect Michael Sylvester) blurs the lines between indoor/outdoor. This design maximizes the temperate Southern California coastal climate and allows for some stunning sight-lines, such as the below from the master bedroom: The inside/outside design transforms pine needles (an otherwise nuisance) into a naturally carpeted courtyard just outside the kitchen/dining room module. The entire structure is clad in ebony stained cedar siding. Leaving the planks out for 8 weeks ensures they are acclimatized to the Venice air and won't shrink or swell once installed. Rooms were staged during the tours, but one guesses that the final layout will be different once the residents move in sometime later this summer. Which allows us to consider some indoor-friendly outdoor furniture and distinctive contemporary lighting that might work well with such a beautiful space. Let's start with two new LED pendant lights which Laguna Beach-based Cerno are debuting at the Dwell on Design event: Left to Right: Cerno Laurus and Mica  Pendant Lights Add something for whiling the lazy weekend afternoons away. The dark weave of this corner chair will look great against the home's cedar siding; UV protection and weatherproofing ensures it'll stay that way come rain or shine. Zuo Cartagena Aluminum Modern Outdoor Corner Chair The Dwell on Design show runs June 21-23, 2013; more home tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Expect crowds if you go, but planned to be happily wowed by an impressive array of panels and innovative design exhibitions.    Images: Dwell






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