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LET'S TALK: THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN

The Design Talks have become the leading public forum for discussion and debate among the region’s most influential, creative and successful designers in the calendar. This year it was once again chaired by Esra Lemmens, Founder & Director of the Esra Lemmens Agency.

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With more striking and successful work being completed across hospitality, corporate, retail and residential sectors than ever before, this year’s Design Talks provided a fantastic opportunity to share insights and discussions with the leading creative minds in the region.

Click here to view the pdf version of the 2019 Agenda.

2019’S SPEAKERS INCLUDEd: 


Firas Alsahin
Co-Founder & Design Director
4SPACE Design



Steven Velegrinis 
Head of Masterplanning
AECOM



Stuart Allen
Managing Director & Founder
Allen Architecture Interiors Design


Waleed Shaalan
Design Director
AREP

Matilde Boelhouwer
Founder
Atelier Boelhouwer

Juan

Juan Roldán
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
American University of Sharjah

Phillip Jones
Principal / Managing Director – Middle East & North Africa
B+H Architects



Paul Bishop
Owner
Bishop Design

Steve Kiernan
General Manager
Bond Interiors



Carla Conte
Founder & Creative Director
Brand Creative

Brian Boggs
Co-Founder
Brian Boggs Chairmakers



Chris Barnes
Owner and Founder
Broadway Interiors

Sayed Habib
General Manager
Danube Home

William

William Bennett
Senior Landscape Designer
desert INK



Justin Wells
Director
dwp



Ivar Krasinski
Founding Partner & Design Director
EDGE



Esra Lemmens
Founder
The Esra Lemmens Agency

Sejal Patel
Design Director
Gensler

DAvid

David Lessard
Design Director
H+A Architects

Oliver Baxter
Insight Programme Manager
Herman Miller

Cristina

Cristina Mateo, Ph.D.
Executive Director
IE School of Architecture and Design


Indu Varanasi
Founder/Director/Architect
IRD Design

Jacinda

Jacinda Raniolo
Lead Creative Designer
Godwin Austen Johnson

Yullianna Porter
Head of Workspace Design
JLL Mena


Carol Finnie
Regional Director MENA Region
JPA Design

Benjamin Piper
Partner & Design Principal
Killa Architectural Design

Krystyna Kielbon
President
KK Interior Design Group

Kristina

Kristina Zanic
Owner
Kristina Zanic Consultancy

Patrick Bean
Design Director
LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultancy

Julie Blondeel

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Prateek Sharan
Co-Founder
Modomoro

Antonia Wormer
Co-Owner
New Citizen Design

Kevin McLachlan
CEO
NOMAD|K Design Studio


Morgan Fleming
Design Director, Principal
Perkins&Will

Pallavi Dean
Founder & Creative Director
Roar

Laurent Haddad
Head of Interior Design
RW Armstrong

Juan Hildebrand
Managing Director
Schwitzke Middle East

Sergio Mendes
Founder
Sergio Mendes Design

Ahmed El-Sharabassy
CEO & Founder
Sharabassy Built - Environment Studio


Kristian Stinson
Co-Founder & Commercial Director
Studio EM

Nemanja Derman
Lead Designer
Stylis

Margriet Vollenberg
Director & Art Director
Organisation in Design & Ventura Projects


Tom Skyring
Design Director
Wilson Associates



Ellen Søhoel
Founder
XBD Collective



Vera Dieckmann
CEO & Creative Director
XO Atelier



Yasmin Farahmandy
Senior Interior Designer
A++ Human Sustainable Architecture



Leila Abdul Rahim
Director of Design
Hilton Worldwide



Binoy Chako
Head of Buying - Homewares
Pan Emirates



Amyas Wade
Partner
Kinnersley Kent Design



Joakim de Rham
Co-Founder & Design Principal
Swiss Bureau Interior Design



Sneha Divias
Founder
Sneha Divias Atelier



Hani Fallaha
Design Principal & Partner
LOCI architecture + design



Sarah-Jane Grant
Director
LXA Design



Viktor Udzenija
Founder
Viktor Udzenija Architecture + Design



Rania Hamed
Founder & Principle
VSHD



Jo Hamilton
Founder & Creative Director
Jo Hamilton Interiors



Maja Kozel
Founder
Maja Kozel Design



Cameron McPherson
Director, New Hotels - Design
InterContinental Hotels Group



Christian Merieau
Managing Director & Founding Partner
MMAC Design



Paul Murphy
Design Director
Draw Link Group



Maliha Nishat
Director of Interior Design
Marriott International



Christos Passas
Design Director
Zaha Hadid Architects



Dorian Pauwels
Founder & Executive Director
Ikonhouse



Ahmed Sultan
General Manager
Finasi



Steve Ramsden
Managing Director
ISG Middle East



Janus Rostock
Design Director & Head of Architecture,
Urban Design & Masterplanning
Atkins



Adrian Shaw
General Manager
ID Design

DAY 1: MONDAY 26th MARCH

12:30
Opening remarks from the Chair

12:30-13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

HOW THE DESIGN OF COMPLEX URBAN SYSTEMS, SPACES AND NETWORKS CAN INFORM INTERIORS

13:30-14:15
MARKET TRENDS

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL? DECIPHERING THE KEY ECONOMIC, MARKET AND DEMOGRAPHIC INDICATORS THAT REVEAL THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE OF THE UAE'S DESIGN INDUSTRY

14:15-15:00
DESIGN THEORY & PRACTICE

INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN: WHAT TOP-LEVEL INTERIOR DESIGNERS CAN LEARN FROM DESIGN APPROACHES AND METHODS FROM DIFFERENT FIELDS

15:00-15:45
RETAIL & HOSPITALITY DESIGN

INTERIOR DESIGN, LAYOUT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TACTICS TO ENCOURAGE CONSUMERS TO SPEND MORE TIME WITHIN YOUR CLIENTS' WALLS

15:45-16:30
COMMERCIAL DESIGN

BIOPHILIC DESIGN IN PRACTICE: HOW NATURE CAN INSPIRE INTERIOR DESIGN TO ENRICH AND ENLIVEN WORKING ENVIRONMENTS AND IMPROVE STAFF WELLBEING

16:30
Closing remarks from the Chair

DAY 2: TUESDAY 27th MARCH

12:30
Opening remarks from the Chair

12:30-13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

INSIGHTS ON THE CUTTING-EDGE OF LUXURY INTERIOR DESIGN IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

13:30-14:10
MARKET TRENDS

THE EVOLVING STRUCTURE OF THE REGIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN SECTOR: ARE TRADITIONAL BOUNDARIES AND SPECIALISMS BECOMING BLURRED AS COMPETITION - AND OPPORTUNITY - INCREASES?

14:10-14:50
DESIGN THEORY & PRACTICE

DELIVERING EXCELLENCE ON A BUDGET: VALUE ENGINEERING WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE INTEGRITY, CREATIVITY, QUALITY OR FINISH OF YOUR DESIGNS

14:50-15:30
HOSPITALITY DESIGN

A RUSH TOWARDS THE MILLENNIAL MID-MARKET? FORECASTING THE CHANGING COMPOSITION AND INTERIOR DESIGN REQUIREMENTS OF DUBAI'S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

15:30-16:00
CAREER DEVELOPMENT

THE NEXT GENERATION OF DESIGN LEADERS: WHAT DO SUCCESSFUL INTERIOR DESIGNERS REALLY WISH THEY'D KNOWN AT THE START OF THEIR CAREERS?

16:00
Closing remarks from the Chair

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 28th MARCH

12:30
Opening remarks from the Chair

12:30-13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

THE OPUS: RESCRIPTING THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN

13:30-14:15
MARKET TRENDS

1/JBR… BOXPARK… ROVE… IS DUBAI UNDERGOING A FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT IN THE TYPE OF DESIGN AESTHETIC AND ENVIRONMENT THAT SELLS?

14:15-15:00
DESIGN THEORY & PRACTICE

LOOKING AT THE LATEST APPLICATIONS OF AUGMENTED / VIRTUAL REALITY AND 3D PRINTING TO CREATE IMMERSIVE CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS AND COMMUNICATE THEM MORE EFFECTIVELY

15:00-15:45
RETAIL STRATEGY

WILL WE BE "ON SALE!" FOREVER? A HEALTH REPORT ON THE UAE FURNITURE RETAIL SECTOR AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS

15:45-16:30
COMMERCIAL DESIGN

CAN WORKSPACE INTERIOR DESIGN GENUINELY ENHANCE STAFF COLLABORATION, MOTIVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY, AND HOW?

16:30
Closing remarks from the Chair

DAY 4: THURSDAY 29th MARCH

12:30
Opening remarks from the Chair

12:30-13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

DESIGNING FOR EMIRATI CLIENTS

13:30-14:15
MARKET TRENDS

WHICH TACTICS ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REGIONAL DESIGN COMPANIES USING TO DIFFERENTIATE THEMSELVES AND STAY AHEAD OF THE CROWD?

14:15-15:00
DESIGN THEORY & PRACTICE

TELLING STORIES WITH LIGHT: TECHNIQUES FOR THE SOPHISTICATED MANIPULATION OF LIGHT AND SHADOW IN INTERIOR SPACES

15:00-15:45
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

DESIGNING FOR SMALLER AND SCALABLE SPACES: ADAPTING TO THE DESIGN CHALLENGES OF THE WAVE OF COMPACT RESIDENTIAL HOUSING STOCK NOW ENTERING THE DUBAI MARKET

15:45-16:30
RETAIL DESIGN

HOW RETAIL BRAND IDENTITY, VISUAL MERCHANDISING AND INTERIOR DESIGN MAY COMPLEMENT RATHER THAN COMPETE WITH ECOMMERCE CHANNELS

16:30
Closing remarks from the Chair