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2021 Talks Programme

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Our Talks Programme is carefully curated earch year to cover a range of topics, hosted by 80+ experts from our industry. This year will be no different, take a look at our 2021 programme for a flavour of what is to come this year.

Registration is now open for our 2022 show. Don't miss out on hearing from the brightest minds in interior design this October.

New Adventures in Wallpaper Design in association with Surface Print

Leading UK wallcovering manufacturer Surface Print host a panel of selected, celebrated designers to discuss methods and materials used to create their wallcoverings. Designers involved with the Seminar Theatre display will present new designs using both traditional and digital printing methods with a focus on new sustainable materials and processes.

Panel: Jason Gilliat, Zoe Pocock, Jamie Watkins, Ellie Iezzi, Keith Stephenson, Molly Mahon

Slow Interiors: Understanding the Importance of Heritage

Leading designers discuss where you should invest and what to salvage to create a long lasting autentic living space.

Panel: Kerryn Harper-Cuss, Henry Prideaux, Sara Cosgrove, Jay Blades, Olivia Outred

Commissioning Artwork

Whilst it is not currently how we envisage the artistic process, contracting artists and artisans to create artwork is a tradition that goes back centuries. This panel will explore our modern practice of commissioning fine art and consider how function and creativity combine to produce the best piece.

Panel: Tova Ossad, Brian Woulfe, Nick Hornby, Imogen Pleydell-Bouverie

The Importance of Colour in Interior Design

Colour is one of the most fundamental aspects of interior design and has a profound influence on a space and the people in it. This knowledgeable panel of designers will discuss how colour can be introduced within design projects and how it can take you on a journey throughout a property.

Panel: Cath Beckett, Liv Wallers, Rachel Chudley, Arabella Youens

In Conversation with Lee Broom

Elle Decoration's editor, Ben Spriggs, talks candidly to innovative designer Lee Broom.

Panel: Ben Spriggs, Lee Broom

House & Garden in conversation with Sophie Ashby

Editor Hatta Byng talks to Sophie Ashby about her studio's achievements over the past few years.

Panel: Hatta Byng, Sophie Ashby

House, Home, Live, Work

The pandemic has changed how we live and in many cases where we live. From country homes to London townhouses, what are the key property trends and the impact on design and interiors.

Panel: Anne Cuthbertson, Richard Parr, Lindsay Cuthill, Louise Wicksteed, Alexandra Jurkiewicz

Addressing Waste In Design Via Sustainability

Panel: Kate Watson-Smyth, Ray Clarke, Jules Haines, Simone Suss

Wellbeing In Hospitality Design

The trend in hotels and resorts towards more focus on wellbeing has clearly been accelerated by the pandemic. New hospitality models are emerging as a result, while existing hotels are seeking to redefine themselves within the wellness context. 

Panel: Can Faik, Una Barac, Inge Moore, Holly Hallam, Kelly Hoppen

Maximalism and Design Exuberance

After the joys of escapism watching Bridgerton and The Crown during the recent forced hibernation, it seems many of us are now looking to emulate exuberance and grandeur in our own homes.

Panel: Carole Annett, Suzy Hoodless, Samantha Todhunter, Guy Oliver

United in Design: How can we create a united, diverse and inclusive industry?

The founders of United in Design and their team discuss how their first year has taken shape, the plans for the future and the practical steps businesses can take to join us in our objectives.

Panel: Grant Pierrus, Alexandria Dauley, Sophie Ashby, Graeme Brooker

Evolve your Studio Beyond Sustainable Interior Design with the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework.

This BIID panel discussion will explore the Circular Economy movement and how it has the potential to evolve the way designers work, specify and source materials.

Panel: Lindsey Rendall, Brendon Rowen, Chloe Bullock, Dee Gibson

Are Luxury and Sustainability Compatible?

Top end interiors carry a premium price tag but do they also have to cost the earth? Are there lessons to be learnt from the fashion industry in terms of making sustainability aspirational? 

Panel: Elspeth Pridham, Charu Gandhi, Jennifer Manners, Chris Gaffney

Commissioning Craftsmanship

In this seminar we will explore the theme of craftsmanship in residential and commercial interior design projects. We’ll be asking our expert panel how to commission artisans and makers to get the best from a collaboration, and how using craftspeople can imbue a sense of character and location to a project, bring complex ideas to life in a project and add unique finishing touches.

Panel: Samantha Scott-Jeffries, Flora Roberts, Sebastian Cox, Kit Kemp

Is Mixing Old And New The Secret To The 21st Century Interior?

A discussion on the growing importance of art and antiques in the contemporary interior with leading interior designers.

Panel: Giles Kime, James Elwes, Henriette von Stockhausen, Camilla Clarke, Otallie Stride

Storytelling In Design

This talk will bring together the in depth knowledge of three successful interior designers, all who have their own individual style but embark on projects that tell a story. Getting to know their clients is key to them, understanding their needs, likes and lifestyle in order to design interiors that tell stories that add deeper meaning and personalisation for the client, whilst embracing functionality and beautiful aesthetics.

Panel: Jessica Jonzen, Brian Woulfe, Shalini Misra, Laura Hammett

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Showroom

In this discussion, we are going to explore some of the worst best moments in the careers of our panellists and find out how they solved the insoluble and still came up smiling.

Panel: Jeff Hayward, Susie Rumbold, Joanna Wood, Irene Gunter

Can our Work Culture Coexist with our Wellbeing?

Editor of darc magazine Sarah Cullen sits down with the founder and contributors of Designers Mind - an initiative that was set up during the last year to highlight issues around the work/life balance in the design industry. 

Panel: Sarah Cullen, Kaye Preston, Rhiannon Laurie, Kael Gillam

Creativity Without Limits: Designing for the 0.1%

A candid discussion detailing the secrets of designing for the wealthiest people on the planet. The speakers have a variety of experience designing superyachts and private residences for clients whose creativity and budgets have little restriction. The panel will offer an insight into the minds of the world’s UHNWIs, but crucially, into how these design tropes can be interpreted for those creating spaces on a smaller scale.

Panel: Selina McCabe, Fameed Khalique, Karen Howes, Helen Brocklebank

Is Hotel Design Becoming More Residential?

With an increasing number of interior designers from the private sector bringing their expertise to new hotel developments across the globe, are the lines between residential and hospitality more blurred than ever?

Panel: Ben Thomas, Hamish Brown, Jo Littlefair, Stephen Crawley

The evolution of craftsmanship, what does the future hold?

Panel: Oyuna Tserendorj, Studio Sahil, Grace Souky, Richard Brendon, Shalini Misra, Rezzan Hasoglu

Sponsored by

Decorex are pleased to announce a partnership with Surface Print and their sponsorship of the Decorex Design Talks theatre.

Surface Print is a fourth generation, family run, wallpaper manufacturing business that produces luxury wallcoverings for a worldwide customer base. Located in Lancashire, an area with a proud wallpaper heritage and where the first wallpaper machine was invented in 1838. Many of their local, skilled employees have worked in the wallpaper industry all their lives and are proud to continue celebrating the craftsmanship and skills they have obtained to produce beautiful wallpaper.

Surface Print are world leaders in high quality wallpaper printing with a wide range of techniques such as Surface, Sur-flex, Flexo, Flock, Beads and Emboss. They also offer the latest technologies in digital printing and innovative developments such as Cork, Textile bases and Digital & Traditional combined wallpapers.

Surface Print are an environmentally conscious company. Non-woven materials used are FSC® certified. Furthermore, all inks are water based and are classed as non-toxic and very low in VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). All wallpapers follow multi-level quality control checks and are rigorously inspected throughout the production process.

This year’s Design Talks theatre decoration will feature patterns from celebrated designers produced by Surface Print using both Traditional and Digital printing methods with a focus on new sustainable materials and processes. Designers involved with the Seminar Theatre display include: Pierre Frey, Timorous Beasties, Flora Roberts for Hamilton Weston, Divine Savages, Mini Moderns, Muck n Brass and Molly Mahon whose designs will be presented.