Five Trends Spotted at Dwell on Design 2013

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  For the third year in a row, the realtor.com team attended the Dwell on Design show at Los Angeles Convention Center to see the latest trends in design. This year’s show was the most energetic in recent years, with more exhibits than ever. The last few years focused on green and sustainable designs, and while sustainability was still a major focus, luxury was definitely back in a big way. Our five top trends:

Organic shapes: Gilded and organic shapes were very popular this year. Local artist Seth Parks creates custom hand-blown art glass lighting and sculptures. His American-made pieces are unique and collectible works of art that can be found in high-end homes, galleries, and businesses worldwide. Incorporating another trend, gold and silver, were the curvy vases created by artist Daniele Fratarcangeli which are blown glass with a mirrored surface.

1970s style: Is it the “Mad Men” effect? As the popular series has evolved from the early to the late 1960s, interior design trends have followed suit with styles that recall the late 1960s and early 1970s. Scandinavian design is back in vogue, with clean lines and bare wood contrasted with bright fabrics and prints.

Metallic finishes: The last few years were filled with rustic, eco-friendly furnishings. This year luxury and glam were back in a big way. Burnished and mirrored furniture and decor gleamed at the show, attracting plenty of attention from trendspotters. The ever-popular Airstream trailers were on the scene. This year’s show boasted three of them, including the newly launched Land Yacht and one used as a pop-up shop by clothing brand Aether, which dubs its creation an AetherStream.

Plenty of prefab: One of last year’s top trends returned as once again prefab homes and studios were on display. This year saw even more designs than last year. Land and home combo packages are available from some firms, so that practically all you have to do is sign on the dotted line, and your prefab home is moved to the location. It’s an instant vacation house for the impatient set.

Furniture that makes you work: One of the most talked-about booths at the show was the one from MultiTable.com, which included both stand-up desks and the very trendy treadmill desks. In addition to other ergonomic furniture, an old favorite, the kneeling chair, made a return appearance. The Balans chair, which first came out in 1979 and was all the rage in the early 1980s, is back in an updated form. Varier Furniture creates a whole line of furnishings designed to support the body in style.