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What to See and Do at Dwell on Design This Weekend

We love checking out the best of the designers' work on display at Dwell on Design (Photo from DOD 2011 by Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Dwell on Design is back in Los Angeles this weekend, and we're getting geared up for two days packed with exploring, looking, listening, and learning at the West Coast's largest design event.

The annual exhibition is open to the public Saturday, June 23 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and is jam-packed with panels, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, shopping opportunities, and plenty to look at. The full schedule is available online here.

In the exhibit hall you'll find over 2,000 products and a handful of full-scale pre-fab homes for you to tour. You can talk to designers and product reps, or just ogle and plan out your dream home, yard, or workspace. This year they've added a Design Technology Zone where you can plug in and play with fellow tech geeks, and learn about the latest in outfitting your home or work space with the latest in tech, and tech tools for design.

We're always most excited to see innovators and experts gather to talk about what they do, and this year there are three stages (Sustainability, Design Innovation, Demonstration) hosting programming like panel talks, guest speakers, and demonstrations.

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Here are a few panels we're eying:
Sustainability Stage, Saturday June 23, 2012
11:00 - 11:25: Better Living Through Food
1:00 - 1:55: How To Live A Sustainable Life with Ed Begley, Jr.

Design Innovation Stage, Saturday June 23, 2012
11:30 - 12:25: Future of Craft
1:00 - 1:25: Mid-Century Remastered: Historic Restorations by Escher GuneWardena

Demonstration Stage, Saturday June 23, 2012
11:30 - 11:55: Foraged Flowers: Creating Arrangements with Louesa Roebuck
3:30 - 3:55: Save The World, Time & Money In Your Own Backyard

Sustainability Stage, Sunday June 24, 2012
12:00 - 12:55: Building Green with Bryan Cranston (From "Breaking Bad")
1:00 - 1:25: Edible Gardens: From Backyard to Table
2:30 - 2:55: Water-Wise Los Angeles: Native Plantings

Design Innovation Stage, Sunday June 24, 2012
1:00 - 1:25: Rugged Good Looks: A Manly Hollywood Renovation
3:00 - 3:25: Girl Talk: Women in Architecture

Demonstration Stage, Sunday June 24, 2012
12:00 - 12:25: Planting By Design
2:30 - 2:55: Customizing a Shipping Container

You can pick up passes for one or two days, and then head to the Convention Center in DTLA to roam, engage, and learn.

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7 Reasons to Check Out Dwell on Design this Weekend (2010)