Push and pull: that was how many of us in the design world felt this weekend with the two major West Coast design and decor exhibitions, CA Boom and Dwell on Design, happening at the same time over the weekend. We made it a goal to attend both shows, choosing CA Boom for out Saturday destination and setting aside Sunday for Dwell's show. We're glad we chose that order for a couple of reasons...
First, to be frank, CA Boom was the lesser of the two events, with a exhibition hall that unedniably felt less significant in scale and attendance. This was partially due to the chosen venue, the former Robinson's department store in Beverly Hills (parking fees were a bit steep considering there was plenty of space), where low ceilings and a labyrinth gave the exhibition a spread thin feel.
But that is not to say we didn't enjoy our time while at CA Boom, because what CA Boom lacked in attendance, the show made up with the enthusiasm of the exhibitors and their wares. We got plenty of opportunities to spend time with designers, allowing them time to explain their products in detail and let us sit, feel and inspect them closer than usual.
Favourites of the show included:
Brothers Harrison and Nicholas Condos of Harbour Outdoor, with their chic Piano sunlounge and dining table. Emily noted that it didn't hurt the two gents were as dashing and stylish as the outdoor furniture they were exhibiting.
The TURN series, a series of furnishings made from reclaimed plywood and hardwood flooring (available in bamboo if new materials are desired) made here in Pasadena. We especially were fond of the Cube as a possible kitty condo.
Personal favourite furniture piece was the Urban Oasis Collection Nautilus Chair with matching Triton Chair. Handmade from rattan and beautifully sculpted into a shape recognizable by any beachcomber, these Thai manufactured pieces were just as much about artistic form as usable furnishing.
Slow Home obviously takes its name from the Slow Food movement, incorporating some of the same ideals of living healthier with less thru economical and environmental solutions. Slow Home founder John Brown gave hands-on solutions at the show.
For sheer ostentatious splendor, Mogul of Melrose's section was sexy in a Versace/garters-and-lace aesthetic. Maybe not our style, but that all black bedroom embodied sexy. No surprise, Mogul specializes in home staging and studio rentals, so you can imagine the fantasy if only over a short time.
And finally, most beautiful booth belonged to artist Robin Layton, a corner filled with handmade reclaimed architectural and industrial items all used to frame and showcase her photography. It was the sort of booth that drew you in by the scale of items used, but then surprised you with the careful smaller details of texture and finish. We're hoping we can follow-up with a house tour in the future.