Designer, and “The Internet of Things” speaker, Christopher Kennedy created this Mad Men-style interior for fans of the show in California’s high desert


The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) returns to Dwell on Design Los Angeles this year and is offering more than 18 continuing education sessions on topics ranging from smart homes, to designing for health, to best business practices for professionals of varying levels.

To help us kick off the show, ASID’s CEO Randy Fiser will speak to the importance of building homes that are safeguarded against the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Building for Resiliency. As natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have shown, the vulnerability of our cities, architects and designers are increasingly looking to build with resiliency in mind. In this discussion, Adrian Benepe, senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land, and Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a consultant to the Make it Right Foundation, will discuss one of the biggest issues of our time. Along with the ways that urban design can strengthen an area’s ability to sustain climate challenges, Benepe and Fiser will look at the ways green infrastructure can benefit cities in general.This session will be held on Fri, May 29 at 4 p.m. on Stage A

The Internet of Things. It wasn’t long ago that the smart home was a futuristic concept. But the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. Home appliances used for generations have evolved to automate your daily tasks, learn your preferences, and talk to each other. But homeowners want more than smart devices that work well, they want aesthetically appealing devices, too. In this panel, with designer Christopher Kennedy, David Parrett of Hunter Douglas, Nest Labs’ Mike Soucie, and Katheran Wasson of Big Ass Fans, you’ll get a peek into the future of the IoT from product manufacturers and interior designers on the forefront of the smart home revolution. This course will be held on Fri, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. on Stage A

Elegant Simplicity: Barclay Butera’s take on Modern Living. Join esteemed design star and ASID member Barclay Butera on a journey around the evolution of design and how to create an elegant glamorous space (like the one pictured above, designed by Butera) that is compatible with today’s modern families and their lifestyles. At the conclusion of this session, Barclay will be hosting a meet and greet book signing event at the Dwell bookstore. Make sure you stop by to say hello and have your book signed. This course will be held on Fri, May 29 at 1 p.m. on Stage A

Client Contracts for Designers 101: Are You Ready For Your Next Client? Hear directly from ASID’s own legal counsel on the importance of contracts as an essential tool for designers and to add them to your practice. Explore ASID’s new portfolio of residential form agreements, with differing fee structures that allow designers to pick and choose options and customize contracts for each client and project. This session will be held in a classroom overlooking the show floor. This course will be held on Fri, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room (LACC), 306A

Contemporary Kitchens on Fast Forward: High Design Goes Beyond Smart. This panel features renowned contemporary kitchen and wardrobe specialist Laurie Haefele (whose design is pictured above) and Russ Diamond, President of Snyder Diamond and a west coast representative from Miele. Diamond is an expert on global kitchens and appliances trends and will present along with Haefele, one of Southern California’s top kitchen designers. Haefele works with the leading high end residential architects and builders, and has more to offer on today’s smart, brilliantly designed kitchen than anyone in the industry. Dwell on Design is the premiere place to experience the products, which could elevate your next kitchen design project! This course will be offered on Sat, May 30 at 11 a.m. on Stage C

Dwell on Design L.A. is less than TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Purchase your tickets in advance to save and use code DODLA15 for $5 off now!


P.S. Don’t forget to download the DODLA15 show app in advance of the show! More HERE!

Originally submitted by Brandi Andres