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26 - 29 March 2018

Dubai World Trade Centre

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Design Talks

THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN

The Design Talks, brought to you by OFIS, will provide cutting-edge educational content to the region’s design community. The four day conference will discuss the latest trends and forecasts, with lively and spontaneous panel discussions with lots of audience interaction and dialogue. 

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12:30 - 13:30
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
  • Interior design for today's luxury market

SPEAKERS:

Jo Hamilton

Founder & Creative Director
Jo Hamilton Interiors

13:30 - 14:15
MARKET DEMAND PANEL
  • Forecasting residential furniture demand & trends: Anticipating consumer spending patterns, fashions and quality expectations

SPEAKERS:

Letita Taylor

Head of Interiors
Harrods Interiors

Adrian Shaw

General Manager
ID Design

Jo Hamilton

Founder & Creative Director
Jo Hamilton Interiors

14:15 - 15:00
TRENDS PANEL
  • Minimalism: Capitalising on the move towards simplicity and restrained elegance in residential and hospitality design

SPEAKERS:

Sejal Patel

Lead Designer
Gensler

Justin Wells

Head of Lifestyle Interiors
Woods Bagot

Julia Dempster

Managing Director
Interior Motives

Maliha Nishat

Design Director
dwq

  • Reviewing the latest fashion and functionality in home automation technology and design

SPEAKERS:

Dorian Pauwels

Founder & Executive Director
Ikonhouse

Paul Murphy

Design Director
Draw Link Group

Hans Tobias Larsson

Venture Capitalist
Archiproducts Middle East

  • Managing disputes with your clients: What recourse do retailers and interior designers have when clients have unrealistic expectations, change specifications or delay / refuse payment?

SPEAKERS:

Albert Fakhoury

Chair of Interior Design
The American University of Design

George Kahler

Founder
Kahler Design

Carol Finnie

Head of Design
dwp

12:30 - 13:30
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
  • The Crossover – Narrowing the Gap Between Fashion & Interiors

SPEAKERS

Henry Holland

Founder
House of Holland

13:30 - 14:15
MARKET DEMAND PANEL
  • Forecasting the rate of demand for office furniture and fit-out across the GCC: Current and mid-term projections for new build and refurbished office space

SPEAKERS:

Abdoullah Albizreh

Architect
Summertime Interiors

Laurent Haddad

Design Manager
RW Armstrong

Ben Woods

General Manager
OFIS

Kenneth Turner

Director
CallisonRTKL

14:15 - 15:00
TRENDS PANEL
  • Identifying trends in modern office layout and design across the GCC: Encouraging more healthy and productive workplaces by managing space, light, ergonomics and worker wellbeing

SPEAKERS:

Stuart Allen

Managing Director & FounderAllen Architecture Interiors Design

Benjamin Piper

Partner & Design Principal
Killa Architectural Design

Ben Woods

General Manager
OFIS

15:00 - 15:45
Trends Panel 2
  • Designing for the senses

SPEAKERS:

Bethan Gray

Founder & Designer
Bethan Gray

Dawn Goldworm

Co-Founder & Scent Director
12.29

  • Market positioning: Judging the appropriate balance between quality, price and service levels in a tightening market

SPEAKERS:

Indu Varanasi

Design Director
IR Design

Ben Corrigan

CEO & Founder
Bluehaus Group

12:30 - 13:30
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
  • Craftmanship in Design

SPEAKRES

Bethan Gray

Founder & Designer
Bethan Gray

13:30 - 14:15
MARKET DEMAND PANEL
  • Anticipating the volume and nature of interior design and furnishing demand in the GCC hospitality sector: A move towards increased segmentation, value and youthfulness

SPEAKERS:

Christian Merieau

Managing Director & Founding Partner
MMAC Design

Patrick Bean

Design Director – Hospitality
LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultants

14:15 - 15:00
TRENDS PANEL
  • Affordable sustainability: Capitalising on an emerging trend by sourcing and implementing suitable products and designs

SPEAKERS:

Chris Johnson

Managing Principal
Gensler

Hani Fallaha

Design Principal & Partner
LOCI Architecture + Design

Steven Velegrinis

Director of Cities & Sites
Perkins + Will

  • Exploring the latest capabilities and applications of 3D & digital printing: creating cost-efficient and speedy prototypes and bespoke products

SPEAKERS:

Soulaf Aburas

Architect Researcher
Perkins + Will

Edgar Gonzalez

Director of the Bachelor in Design
IE School of Architecture and Design

Ashish Panjabi

Chief Operating Officer
Jacky’s Business Solutions

  • Sourcing new suppliers: developing an efficient process for finding novel and cost-effective products and materials

SPEAKERS:

Kevin McLachlan

Head of Interior Design
Godwin Austen Johnson

Gaetan Lavoie

Corporate Director of Technical Services
TIME Hotel Management

Deepak Diniesh Prabakaran

Managing Director
PNC Architects

SPEAKERS:

Tal Danai

CEO and Founder
ArtLink

Lindsey Gildea

Creative Director
17a Art Consultants

Ajit Thomas

Director of International Opearations
Chris Garrod Global

12:30 - 13:15
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
  • Designing for the Senses

SPEAKERS:

Letita Taylor

Head of Interiors
Harrods Interiors

13:15 - 14:00
MARKET DEMAND PANEL
  • Surveying the current and planned pipeline of major retail developments and projects across the GCC

SPEAKERS:

Kristian Stinson

Commercial Director
Studio Em

Amyas Wade

Design Director
Kinnersley Kent Design

Andrew Williamson

Head of Retail – MENA
Jones Lang LaSalle

  • Exploring the latest novel and cost-efficient materials available to the UAE market: Performance, textures, colours, ease of availability, durability, ease of fitting and cost

SPEAKERS:

Pallavi Dean

Founder & Design Director
Pallavi Dean Interiors

Leon Machenaud

General Manager
Ethan Allen

  • Using distinctive brand positioning and promotion to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly noisy marketplace

SPEAKERS:

Graeme Erens

CEO/ECD
Genius Loci

Shabbar R. Sagarwala

Principal
Eight Inc.

Ellen Bishop

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Bishop Design

Henry Holland

Founder
House of Holland

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