Coming in June (24-26) is the Dwell on Design Conference in LA. I'm going, and thought I'd let you know about it too. I missed it last year, but have already registered for this year's conference.
I got the "Design Trade Friday Plus" ticket - it's free if you are in the industry, but there's a catch - to get the free ticket, you have to go on Friday to get the 3 day pass. You can't pick it up on Saturday or Sunday. You also have to send them confirmation that you work in the industry (like a business card). Otherwise, tickets are still relatively cheap ($30-$45) for the other things going on throughout the weekend if you aren't in the approved industries.
There are going to be presentations, an exhibition at the LA Convention Center, and a couple of home tours around LA. You can also get a subscription of Dwell, one of my favorite magazines, for only $10 for the year.
If you are going, let me know. I'd love to meet up. Here's a tentative schedule of the presentations I'm planning on seeing: