Dwell on Design New York (DODNY), curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, is in its second year. Last year, over 3,800 design enthusiasts attended this 3-day celebration of design and NY Design Agenda could’t miss this event. Find more about this event with us!
Dwell defends that usually that normally decor and interior design magazines are concerned with the design of homes, fruit bowls abound – you’ll find one fruit bowl with green apples at least in one place, accompanied by a vase of tulips, glistening with spray-on-dew and precious little else.
Dwell aims to be different and to challenge conventional. They believe that it’s possible to live in a house or apartment by a bold modern architect, to own furniture and products that are exceptionally well designed, and still be a regular human being. Good design is an integral part of real life. And that real life has been conspicuous by its absence in most design and architecture magazines.
They understand the impulse, the desire to show rooms that are insanely perfect. There is something compelling about an empty room or a house in which no one has lived. Something virginal. It would be an awesome responsibility to be the first one through that door.
By contrast, Dwell wants to demonstrate that a modern house is a comfortable one. That today’s best architects are able to fashion environments that are at once of the moment and welcoming. And the only way they know to demonstrate that a home is truly livable is to show it as it is lived in. If a photograph in this magazine includes a fruit bowl, it’s there because the homeowners eat fruit.
They assume themselves as modernists, but we are the nice modernists. One of the things we like best about modernism—the nice modernism—is its flexibility. Rather than being an historical movement from the first half of the 20th century, left over and reheated, we think of Modernism as a frame of mind. To us the M word connotes an honesty and curiosity about methods and materials, a belief that mass production and beauty are not mutually exclusive, and a certain optimism not just about the future, but about the present.
This are just a few reasons why you can’t miss this event. Modern architecture is more than just a site, intent, inspiration, and materials. It’s a platform to engage in modern culture and innovation, sparking passion points and engendering behavior. This event is a summit-like discussion about architecture and design’s role in our modern world. The 3-day event upends the standard trade show format by constructing a forum for unique ideas and a fresh point of view. Don’t miss it from October 2 to 4 at Skylight Clarkson Sq in SoHo, New York City.