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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…

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…

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…

Office Concept – Floorplan & Material Board

Office Concept – Floorplan & Material Board

Commercial Renovations & Tenant Improvements

Duong Designs has the experience necessary to work with federal, state & city code compliance and has established relationships within the industry. Christine Duong has also worked as a commercial property manager, so is aware of the various issues from the property owner’s perspective, which is particularly valuable when doing tenant improvements to ensure that things run smoothly. We do everything possible to ensure that good design is achieved, delivered on schedule and with the kind of quality control that exceeds your expectations.

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San Francisco vs. Santa Monica…who’s Greener?

San Francisco vs. Santa Monica…who’s Greener?

In 2008 I moved to San Francisco in search of knowledge. I knew that Green Design was the wave of the future but in Santa Monica/Los Angeles there were few classes available or any  “Green” interior design or industry related class at UCLA X…actually there was only 1 and I took that one.  In SF, I was very impressed with the plethora of information, classes, programs that pushed the  sustainable Green movement. The city fed my hunger to learn and I took every course I could. The whole city…yes the whole city was celebrating their progression in the next wave of Sustainable Design.  September was deemed “Architecture Month” where citizens could participate in all these great classes, lectures, exhibits, films, etc. Everything is focused around green design. Read more…