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June 24, 2012

Dwell on Design is bigger and better than ever, and that goes for our perennially popular Outdoor section, too. Located at the back of the 220,000-square-foot show floor, the area—peppered with olive trees, flowering plants, and real turf—transplants the outdoors into the convention center, and exerts an almost magnetic force on DOD attendees. The green oasis was designed by Shades of Green Landscape Architecture and expertly installed by FormLA Landscaping with trees from SWG Trees. This year it plays host to three fully furnished prefab houses, the new Airstream Sterling, designed by Christopher Deam, a ping-pong table, and plenty of places to lounge. Click through our slideshow for some of the highlights.

Dwell on Design 2012
An overview of the Dwell Outdoor section, which encompasses over 25,000 square feet and more than 50 exhibitors.
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Dwell on Design 2012
Shades of Green Landscape Architecture designed this striking walkway using climbing vines and metal arches by Terra Trellis.
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A highlight of the Outdoor section—always with a line out the door—are the three fully furnished prefab houses, by Livinghomes and Ecofabulous; Sustain Mini-Homes; and Connect Homes, pictured here.
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Wooden outdoor shower at Dwell on Design 2012
I love this outdoor shower by Oborain, built of stainless steel, Brazilian teak, and dark red Meranti panels, with a luxe Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Thermostatic Showerpipe. They start at $4,300.
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G Pod Lounge at Dwell on Design 2012
Spheres were an underlying theme at this year's Dwell on Design; witness the G-Pod, a convertible outdoor pod with a bench that raises to create a flat, protected lounge area.
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Outdoor bubble at Dwell on Design 2012
Speaking of spheres: the inflatable Casabubble is a futuristic take on "glamping"; imagine inflating this baby in the middle of the woods. It can run on a car battery!
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Outdoor dune at Dwell on Design 2012
New from Greenform: "Dune" seating made of recyclable fiber cement, available in natural gray and ten additional colors. Also in their line: planters, tables, and stools.
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Cricket Trailer at Dwell on Design 2012
Another big hit: the Cricket trailer, a next-level "covered wagon" that's geared toward outdoor adventurers. Here it is in a rare calm moment; most times it was swarming with adults and kids testing it out.
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Airstream Trailer at Dwell on Design 2012
Another way to take to the open road: Sterling, the latest addition to Airstream's line of high-design trailers by Bay Area architect Christopher Deam.
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Solar panel at Dwell on Design 2012
Last but not least: unusually sleek solar panels by Lumos, shown here as a shade structure/garage. They're super-efficient and surprisingly affordable—shown here sheltering a new electric car from Infiniti, Dwell on Design's presenting auto sponsor.
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Dwell on Design 2012
An overview of the Dwell Outdoor section, which encompasses over 25,000 square feet and more than 50 exhibitors.

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