In late June we attended Dwell on Design, which is always an inspiring show.  The audience is made up of architects, designers and folks who’s passion is design – so of coarse, fun to talk with this group about YOLO Colorhouse and about design in general.

Janie and I were only able to attend the show for one day and we were inundated at our booth with people who wanted to make pedal powered spin-art!  (our spin-art gallery below)

It left us just a little time to see what else was out there, but as you would expect, there are some amazing new companies with beautiful products – I really wish we had more time to talk with some of these innovators.

Our friends at Boost Home were nominated for Dwell’s Modern World Award – a well deserved honor.  Boost Home is a brilliant idea that makes saving water and/or energy a simpler task for us common folk.  They have made kits that are designed to outfit your whole bathroom and start saving water immediately, without having to do a lot of hunting and gathering – they have done all the work!  Their packaging is quite beautiful – designed by our friends at YaM Brand .  (they also designed YOLO Colorhouse branding)

This little picnic grill, which I think is gorgeous in the Petal .01 color, is made by Bodum and was a winner for the Modern World awards.  I recently saw it sold at Crate and Barrel.


A couple of booths down from the YOLO Colorhouse booth, I discovered Tina Hovsepian’s innovative new project, Cardborigami.  I was drawn in by the accordion cardboard structure.  I am a sucker for anything cardboard, but then I started talking to her and learning what this was about.

Tina is an architect from Santa Monica and she has created Cardborigami as a non-profit, with a focus on building temporary shelters for homeless people and for disaster relief.  She explained that the structure in her booth was a proto-type and that she is in the process of raising money to get the project underway – initially to serve the homeless population.

Cardboard is a perfect lightweight material that also has insulating qualities and can be waterproofed and fireproofed.  Her innovative design, inspired by the ancient art of origami, folds up and can be carried easily on a persons back.  I was so moved by both her creativity and her drive to get this out into the community – I love it when design is used  in such a very basic way,  for basic human needs, at a very affordable price of $4.00/square foot.

Her work reminded me of one of my heros, Sambo Mockbee, a renowned architect who started the Rural Studio, building beautiful affordable homes for people in poverty-stricken, rural Mississippi.  I wish Tina the best of luck to get this underway!