The Marvin team draws inspiration from innovative manufacturers and trends on display at Dwell on Design, the largest modern design fair on the West Coast.

The window and door industry doesn’t exist in a vacuum—it’s a dynamic business that bends, shifts and innovates along with the pulse of worldwide design. Windows and doors should be about what architects, designers and homeowners are craving—what fulfills their needs and what pushes the idea of what a building envelope really is. So at this year’s Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, our team of Marvin experts were busy trend spotters. Here, they weigh in on the innovative use of materials and human-centered design thinking that inspired them at the show.

The Draw of Real Wood

Christine Marvin, Director of Corporate Strategy and admirer of the innovative use of real wood was inspired by wood accents being incorporated into modern design. “The beauty of wood is where craftsmanship and natural materials can meet design and be expressed in ways that have roots in emotional inspiration,” Marvin said. “You’re drawn to natural materials, and you want to experience and touch them.”

Her pick from the show? Latvia-based Materia Bikes, offering modern streamlined bikes made out of natural wood. Watch to hear her take.


For Dondi Kazukewicz, Senior Manager of Brand Communications, personalization and customization were pillars of this year’s show. Consumers are after bespoke solutions that reflect their own personal style, and manufacturers are ready to feed the “made to order” rally cry. Watch to hear which companies are doing innovative work in the customization space.

Advanced Materials

For Kris Hanson, Senior Manager of Product Management, one of the cornerstones of innovation in the design industry is the advancement of materials that can stand the test of time. Marvin pioneered the fiberglass industry with their Elevate and Essential Collections of window and door products, and Kris admires companies that are forging ahead with innovative materials that help homeowners’ investments last. From thermally-treated decks to nanotechnology, watch to learn about these breakthrough materials.

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