Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is committed to hosting conversations in the company of design’s greatest minds. For years, it has informed, inspired and entertained audiences with talks on the main stage. Now, it is taking its Conversations in Designs online. Design Date is a virtual platform for genuine conversations about things that matter for those who love design. These webinars are not skills training, but interactive dialogues that encourage insight and creative thinking, keeping the design community in touch and inspired.
SPECIAL EDITION: CONNECTED WITH THOMAS HEATHERWICK
DESIGNING WITH NATURE
THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER, 4PM (GMT)
Guest speakers: Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder and MD of Benchmark Furniture and David Venables, European director for the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
Chair: Grant Gibson
Thomas Heatherwick, Benchmark’s Sean Sutcliffe and AHEC’s David Venables discuss their recent work on the Connected project as well as unpicking the increased emphasis on biophilia and sustainability in their respective practices.
INTERIORS, FASHION, FAMILY & INSTAGRAM
THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER, 4PM (GMT)
Guest speaker: Ashley Stark Kenner
Chair: Charlotte Abrahams
Joining Stark, the legendary US carpet company founded by her grandparents in 1938, was a natural fit for Ashley Stark Kenner. In this special session, she discusses the importance of family, interior styles and how a modern take on the traditional, as well as a fashion aesthetic, has earned her over one million followers on Instagram eager to see what she will post next.
CREATIVE COLLABORATION: INSPIRED BY SEA & SKY
Thursday 26 November, 4pm (GMT)
Speakers: Andrew Winch, founder, Winch Design and Hilary Gustafsson, President, Summit Furniture. Chair: Charlotte Abrahams
Innovation flourishes when great minds come together. Seeing the world through a unique lens, discover how new interpretations yield fascinating and engaging results. With a dedication to storytelling underpinning attention to detail and a commitment to design perfection, find out how every creation is instilled with its own spirit, identity and narrative.
WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 4pm
Guest speakers: Staffan and Monique Tollgård. Chair: Charlotte Abrahams
In an era of social distancing, the concept of collaboration takes on new meaning. Shining a spotlight on partnerships, discover the secrets of success from a renowned husband-and-wife team working together in their multidisciplinary design studio. Find out how collaborating, both with each other and their clients, pushes them to ever more creative results.
DESIGN FOR WELL-BEING
Thursday 29 October, 4pm
Guest speakers: Shalini Misra, founder and creative director of Shalini Misra, Bernie de Le Cuona, founder of de Le Cuona and Alejandro Bataller, Vice President of SHA Wellness Clinic. Chair: Henrietta Thompson
For those who are looking to pursue a successful lifestyle, a healthy body and sound mind are at the core of human vitality. Eating well, exercising, getting adequate sleep, thwarting stress, all add up to longevity and enhanced well-being. Find out about the impact of thoughtful, preventative measures and the role interior design can play in this equation.
DESIGN COLLABORATION: HOME & AWAY
Tuesday 7 July, 4pm
Renowned interior designer Martin Brudnizki and Andrew Hills, creative director of Porta Romana, talked to Sarah Spiteri, editorial director of Homes & Gardens, about the crossover between where we live, and where we stay. Exploring their collaborative partnership, they discussed why craftsmanship and choice of materials have never been more important in creating designs of enduring beauty for both hotels and homes.
DESIGN COLLABORATIONS: THE CURATED SPACE
Creativity abounds in interior design when thoughtful interpretations yield fascinating, engaging results. Ann Grafton, MD and creative director of GP & J Baker and interior designer Suzy Hoodless came together to explore the remarkable alchemy that collaborations can generate with Hatta Byng, editor of House & Garden.
DESIGN COLLABORATIONS: CRAFT & CREATIVITY
Renowned designer Lori Weitzner, principal and creative director of Lori Weitzner Design and Michael Cohen, President of Samuel & Sons, came together to explore the secrets of time-honoured artisan skills, experimentation and new techniques in creative partnerships and how their relevance today is more so than ever. Moderated by Sophia Salaman, executive editor of The World of Interiors.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: DESIGN COLLABORATIONS
Creativity flourishes when great minds come together and nowhere was this more brilliantly showcased than the finely calibrated creative partnerships in interior design. In Session 1, Kit Kemp, founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels and Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin, explored the power of the collaborative spirit with Giles Kime, executive editor of Country Life.