Cloth & Company Founders to Headline Dwell on Design Event
June 13, 2017,
LOS ANGELES—Christiane Lemieux and Meganne Wecker, co-founders of Cloth & Company, will headline a conference on manufacturing disruption and oversee a furniture design competition with Bed Bath & Beyond at Dwell on Design later this month.
Christiane Lemieux, left, and Meganne Wecker
The duo will host “Manufacturing Disruption,” discussing the capabilities of digital printing and the current state of technology within the design market. Lemieux will also speak alongside a number of designers and industry professionals onstage about ethical and sustainable design practices for “Ethical Design: Fair Trade and Sustainability” and will share the stage with other creative visionaries as they discuss inspirations and debate solutions to design challenges for “Powerhouse of Creativity.”
In addition, Cloth & Company and Bed Bath & Beyond partnered with Dwell on Design to host a furniture contest for emerging designers. Contestants were asked to submit textile designs to be considered for production by Cloth & Company. The selected top five finalists will have a prototype chair produced and exhibited in the Cloth & Company booth at Dwell on Design and the winner will have his or her design produced as a line of five to six furniture pieces to be sold through Bed Bath & Beyond.
Cloth & Company, founded by Lemieux, who started the retailer DwellStudio, and Wecker, president and chief creative officer of Skyline Furniture, produces custom designed pieces including upholstered seating and window treatments that ship within six days of purchase. DwellStudio is now one of Wayfair’s brands.
“Architects, designers, and artists are always forefront in our planning for Dwell on Design and we continue to explore ways to interact with the design community outside of the three-day event. We are excited to partner with Cloth & Company to present their vision for modern design and furniture production. This design contest is a unique way to offer the design community an opportunity to participate in a high-tech and innovative process that embraces the concept of manufacturing disruption. We are excited to see the contest entries, the results, and have the finalists and the winner featured at Dwell on Design 2017!” said Dana Teague, vice president at Informa Global Exhibitions |Dwell on Design.
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