The LA design event, Dwell on Design, held June 21-23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center – showcases new design ideas, products, and services in conjunction with world-class home tours, exhibitions, and design speakers. This year, Dwell on Design has announced an Artist-In-Residence program, and the chosen artist is LA-based furniture designer/maker and community activist, Tanya Aguiñiga. Tanya’s work goes beyond beautiful craft as she puts it to good work helping those less fortunate. This year at Dwell on Design she will be bringing her artful and interactive process of providing handcrafted, upcycled furniture, blankets and artwork to those less fortunate. She’s partnered with the United Way and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) to create “Move-in Kits” for the 300 homeless individuals who will be placed in permanent housing in Los Angeles this June. During the Dwell on Design show event, she will be engaging with attendees to help create the components of these kits. Tanya has also put out a call for knitters to help make blankets before the show.
Great piece about a farm in Scotland using their own sheeps’ wool for insulating the farmhouse. The wool is, of course, a renewable, environmentally friendly solution – and its insulating, moisture absorbing abilities make it ideal for building insulation. It’s also much safer than many insulation materials, as it has very low conductivity, is fire resistant,and will extinguish itself if it does catch fire. (I bet I’m not the only one who’d love to get a more detailed look at that farmhouse – a beautiful building in beautiful surroundings!)