CONVERSATIONS IN DESIGN PROGRAMME

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A stellar line-up of international trailblazers and tastemakers take to the main stage in TALK, a new location in Design Centre East. Don’t miss rare insights at these fascinating talks and panel discussions.

GLOBAL DESIGN - A PAINTERLY APPROACH hosted by Homes and Gardens

Sunday 17 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

For anyone interested in pattern, palette and scale, gain fascinating insights in to how legendary American designer Madeline Weinrib moved from being a painter to creating a look that is recognisable around the world. In conversation with editor in chief Deborah Barker, she reveals her global influences, love of textiles and carpets, and discusses her remarkable visual vocabulary that challenges the boundaries between art and design. Discover how she translates a sophisticated, signature style into both her own products and those she collaborates on. Followed by drinks in the Savoir Beds showroom. 

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CREATING AN ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY hosted by Country Life

Sunday 17 September, 3pm – 4pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

As architecture, garden design and interior design evolve — along with the demands of a new generation of clients and the impact of environmental concerns — so too the English country house is changing rapidly. Níall McLaughlin, founder of Níall McLaughlin Architects, renowned landscape architect Kim Wilkie and Audrey Carden of leading interior design practice Carden Cunietti discuss the changing face of architecture and design in a decade that has been described as a new ‘golden age of the English country house’. Chaired by interiors editor Giles Kime.

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MAKING DIFFERENCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BESPOKE CRAFT IN INTERIOR PROJECTS, hosted by FT How To Spend It

Tuesday 19 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Interior designers and architects increasingly work with independent artisans, commissioning exquisitely crafted pieces to enhance their projects. A panel of experts – pioneering designer Bill Amberg, founder of his eponymous studio, celebrated craftsman and master glass-blower Michael Ruh and Linda Morey-Burrows, principal director of innovative interior design and architecture practice MoreySmith – explore the aesthetic possibilities of bespoke, signature commissions and discuss their passion for conceiving ideas and designs to create spaces and places with a compelling narrative. Chaired by writer and journalist Charlotte Abrahams.

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A JOURNEY THROUGH COLOUR hosted by House & Garden

Tuesday 19 September, 3pm – 4pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

William Yeoward is one of the UK’s leading creative forces – a tastemaker whose instinctive approach to design is world-renowned. In conversation with features director David Nicholls, he discusses how a passion for colour has become a style signature. Sharing design secrets and personal stories, discover why richly-layered homes that deftly combine colour, texture and pattern are timeless and inviting places to live in. Expect an engaging perspective on how particular palettes evoke emotion, authenticity and a sense of place. William will sign copies of his new book William Yeoward: Blue & White and Other Stories: A Personal Journey Through Colour after the event.

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LUXURY INTERIORS – A NEW HOLISTIC APPROACH

Wednesday 20 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

In a world of technological advances and a hectic 24/7 culture, our own wellbeing is under the spotlight. Join three leading experts to explore why wellness in no longer an indulgence but a must-have. Louise Wicksteed, creative director and partner at renowned interior design and architecture studio 1508 London, Jo Littlefair, co-founder of leading hospitality and residential practice Goddard Littlefair and Kate Maclaren of award-winning Winch Design deliberate on this evolution in hotel design and how it translates into our homes, both on land and at sea. Expect ideas and inspiration on how to escape, recharge and find places where we can truly switch off.  Chaired by interiors editor and brand consultant Emilio Pimentel-Reid. 

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PATRICIA URQUIOLA - INFLUENCES AND APPETITES

Wednesday 20 September, 3pm – 4pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Patricia Urquiola is one of the most influential designers of our time. From her latest milestone projects such as the Il Sereno hotel on Lake Como to acclaimed product design for Italian design houses, the pace of her work is notable for its rigour, emotion and inovation. Sarah Miller, founding editor of Conde Nast Traveller and now luxury brand ambassador for the Wall Street Journal, talks to the renowned Spanish architect and designer about the evolution of a dynamic design aesthetic that has been credited with bringing a new era of contemporary living. Followed by drinks in the Chaplins showroom.

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS hosted by AD Middle East

Thursday 21 September, 11.30am - 12.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Nipa Doshi co-founded the globally acclaimed design studio Doshi Levien with her partner Jonathan Levien in 2000. It has since become one of the most sought-after practices in the world, working with a host of leading international brands, museums and cultural institutions. They bring together many worlds to their work. Nipa’s approach is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture. Jonathan’s approach is rooted in industrial precision, combined with the sensibility of a makers’ hand and deep understanding of materials. Working across disciplines and industries, Doshi Levien’s work celebrates the hybrid and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. With editor Talib Choudhry, Nipa discusses how their unique way of looking at material culture is translated into their design work and how they live. 

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CREATING THE DESIGN VISION hosted by Livingetc

Thursday 21 September, 3pm - 4pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Whether it is starting with the shell of a home, a natural raw material or a challenging space, what are the creative mechanisms and processes that designers go through to envisage the potential, mastermind a design triumph and deliver the dream? Livingetc associate editor Sarah Spiteri is joined by three leading experts – acclaimed architect Sally Mackereth of Studio Mackereth, award-winning fabric designer Bernie de Le Cuona, founder of de Le Cuona and interior designer Tiffany Duggan, founder of Studio Duggan – as they share invaluable insights and varied experiences into creating and conveying a design vision that meets their own exacting standards.

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JOURNEY BY DESIGN

Thursday 21 September, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Katharine Pooley’s sumptuous interiors are inspired by a lifelong zest for adventure. Luxury journalist Lucia Van der Post talks to the intrepid British designer about how global travel has defined her life and informed her highly refined, yet original and eclectic work. From driving a team of dogs to the North Pole to crossing the Sahara on horseback, expect personal anecdotes as well as insights into her little black book. Whether a family home in Washington or a chic beach villa in Dubai, explore her unique world of creativity at this special evening session. Followed by drinks and signing of her new book Journey by Design.  

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DESIGN’S EYE ON PERSONAL STYLE

Friday 22 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm. TALK, Third Floor, Design Centre East.

Three expert tastemakers – Brazilian architect and interior designer Fernanda Marques, Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, founder and CEO of luxury style brand Flowerbx, and British interior designer Samantha Todhunter – consider what it takes to create homes of individuality and explore cultural and international influences on personal style. Across continents and countries, from contemporary cool to glamorous luxe, expect fascinating perspectives and inspiring style tips on how to create inviting spaces that reflect who we are and how we live. Chaired by interiors writer and blogger Kate Watson-Smyth.

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