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Dwell on Design – Form meets function with a sustainable spin

Dwell on Design – Form meets function with a sustainable spin

ASID-LA at the Dwell on Design Show

Dwell on Design, the largest design show on the West Coast, at the Los Angeles Convention Center was my first time attending a trade show as exhibitor. This weekend, I volunteered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) on their third year at Dwell. A few designers and myself represented ASID as we provided information to the expo attendees and possible industry partners. It was a really fun experience to speak with people and answer questions in a casual environment where you know everyone there is interested in design regardless of which side of the table they stand. On Friday when I first arrived, my immediate thought was, I died and went to designer heaven. I asked a fellow designer, may I move in? He says “yes my dear, do whatever you want put only until Sunday at 5pm.” We were in the same boat of being in utter adoration of this show’s products & style. Read more…

ASID Home Tour Kick-off at the Toto Showroom

ASID Home Tour Kick-off at the Toto Showroom

ASID/LA - Self-Guided -Five Home Tour

Homes on tour located on the west side of Los Angeles

Sunday May 16, 2010 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Benefiting PATH – People Assisting The Homeless

The kick-off party at the Toto showroom in West Hollywood had many ASID attendees, including the home tour Designers Fernando Diaz & Associates, Suzanne Furst Interiors, Amy DeVault Interior Design Inc., Quentin Rance Enterprises, Nan Werley & Associates Inc. Read more…

Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Recently, I met Julia from Eco-Home Network, she is a true pioneer in the Green revolution that is happening now. She has been touring people through her eco-friendly home since 1988 and has hosted more that 15,000 people from around the world. Her goal was to make a cultural change and shift the way we think and behave to have a more sustainable lifestyle. She is quite an inspiration. Please hurry to go on a tour before she retires this June. I am sure she is quite proud that she has seen our society’s shift in the recent years, but more still needs to be done. Read more…

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

Duong Designs, a lively interior design company centered on “creating environments that promote a daily sense of joie de vivre”, has recently teamed up with Kay Angel to build a “fully sustainable off-the-grid” orphanage and “provide a home and education for abandoned children in Jacmel, Haiti”. Not only are they working hard for a great cause, but they are also “going green” with the virtual office. Christine Duong, founder of Duong Designs, has a background in computer business consulting and personally lives a eco-friendly lifestyle; as a “design-entrepreneur”, she is joining the design revolution by optimizing technology, including streamlining communication, collaborating online, and increasing efficiency.
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Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

So exciting!!! Plans are starting to fall in to place. We are definitely building the new orphanage at the new location in Jacmel Haiti!

Our team is starting to gather donations and sourcing the materials needed for this fast-tracked project. We want to get the kids out of the sun and elements into a safe loving happy healthy home.

Objective:
To construct an off-grid orphanage on gently sloping land on the outskirts of Jacmel, Haiti. Sustainable site plan incorporating renewable energy, food production, water capture and reuse, and waste treatment design
Project scope to include:
6 BR, 2BA 2-Story Orphanage with kitchen, dining, laundry, clinic, office, storage, assistant director’s room, and central courtyard.
5 BR, 2BA Guest House
2 BR, 2BA 2-Story Director’s House Read more…
Zenergy Home – LA’s 1st comprehensive remodel to Net Zero Energy

Zenergy Home – LA’s 1st comprehensive remodel to Net Zero Energy

Last Friday, April 2 was an exciting day because I attend LA’s first Net Zero Energy House-meaning they do NOT have to draw power from the grid. The one-story home was originally built in 1950 and includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,450 sq. ft. of living space, and a pool. The home’s size reflects the national average for square footage.  The house only needed 50% of number of solar panels as a normal house this size because of the energy efficient design. Read more…

WestWeek 2010 – Design Revolution

WestWeek 2010 – Design Revolution

Effective networking is the key facet to the development and growth of any business, this being particularly true in the current economic climate. WestWeek 2010, held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, was an amazing experience. The theme was “Design Revolution” and it gathered some of the most influential designers, architects, artists & fans from all over. Here are some of my highlights:

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