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. 


Jo Hamilton,
Founder & Interior Designer
Jo Hamilton Interiors 

Henry Holland,
Fashion Designer
House of Holland

Bethan Gray,
Founder & Designer
Bethan Gray

Letitia Taylor,
Head of Interiors
Harrods Interiors 


Design Talks Schedule 2017


Jo Hamilton
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


Letitia Taylor
Letitia Taylor Head of Interiors Harrods Interiors 
Jo Hamilton
Jo Hamilton Founder & Interior Designer Jo Hamilton Interiors
Adrian Shaw
Adrian Shaw General Manager ID Design
14:15 - 15:00
Trends Panel

Minimalism: Capitalising on the move towards simplicity and restrained elegance in residential and hospitality design


Julia Dempster
Julia Dempster Managing Director Interior Motives
Justin Wells
Justin Wells Head of Lifestyle Interiors Woods Bagot
Maliha Nishat
Maliha Nishat Design Director dwp
Sejal Patel
Sejal Patel Lead Design Director Gensler

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


Dorian Pauwels
Dorian Pauwels Founder & Executive Director Ikonhouse
Hans Tobias Larsson
Hans Tobias Larsson Venture Capitalist Archiproducts
Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy Design Director Draw Link Group

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


Albert Fakhoury
Albert Fakhoury Board Member International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers
Carol Finnie
Carol Finnie Head of Design dwp
George Kahler
George Kahler Founder Kahler Design


Henry Holland
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


Abdoullah Albizreh
Abdoullah Albizreh Architect Summertown Interiors
Ben Woods
Ben Woods General Manager OFIS
Kenneth Turner
Kenneth Turner Director CallisonRTKL
Laurent Haddad
Laurent Haddad Design Manager RW Armstrong
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


Ben Woods
Ben Woods General Manager OFIS
Benjamin Piper
Benjamin Piper Partner & Design Principal Killa Architectural Design
Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen Managing Director & Founder Allen Architecture Interiors Design

Designing for the senses


Bethan Gray
Bethan Gray Founder & Designer Bethan Gray
Dawn Goldworm
Dawn Goldworm Co-Founder & Scent Director 12.29
Letitia Taylor
Letitia Taylor Head of Interiors Harrods Interiors 

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


Ben Corrigan
Ben Corrigan CEO & Founder Bluehaus Group
Indu Varanasi
Indu Varanasi Architect Designer IR


Bethan Gray
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


Ajit Thomas
Ajit Thomas Director International Operations Chris Garrod
Christian Merieau
Christian Merieau Managing Director & Founding Partner MMAC Design
Patrick Bean
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


Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson Managing Principal Gensler
Hani Fallaha
Hani Fallaha Design Principal & Partner LOCI architecture + design
Steven Velegrinis
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


Ashish Panjabi
Ashish Panjabi Chief Operating Officer Jacky’s Group of Companies
Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez Director of the Bachelor in Design IE School of Architecture and Design
Soulaf Aburas
Soulaf Aburas Architect Researcher Perkins + Will

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


Deepak Dinesh Prabakaran
Deepak Dinesh Prabakaran Managing Director PNC Architects
Gaetan Lavoie
Gaetan Lavoie Corporate Director of Technical Services TIME Hotel Management
Kevin McLachlan
Kevin McLachlan Head of Interior Design Godwin Austen Johnson


Lindsey Gildea
Lindsey Gildea Creative Director  17A Art Consultants
12:30 - 13:15
Keynote Addresses

New initiatives to connect and strengthen the design community


Lindsey Gildea
Lindsey Gildea Creative Director  17A Art Consultants
13:15 - 14:00
Market Demand Panel

Surveying the current and planned pipeline of major retail developments and projects across the GCC


Amyas Wade
Amyas Wade Design Director Kinnersley Kent Design
Andrew Williamson
Andrew Williamson Head of Retail Jones LaSalle MENA
Kristian Stinson
Kristian Stinson Commercial Director Studio Em

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


Pallavi Dean
Pallavi Dean Founder & Design Director Pallavi Dean Interiors

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


Ellen Bishop
Ellen Bishop Co-Founder & Managing Partner Bishop Design
Graeme Erens
Graeme Erens CEO/ECD Genius Loci
Henry Holland
Henry Holland Fashion Designer House of Holland
Shabbar R. Sagarwala
Shabbar R. Sagarwala Principal Eight Inc.

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