2017 International Seminar Series will be launched in April


The 2016 International Seminar Series, Sponsored By Australian House And Garden Is Celebrating Australian Design And Examining The Industry’s Future Trends And Hot Topics. The All-Star Seminar Line-Up Brings Together International And Australian Design Experts To Discuss Their Work, Design Inspirations And Share Perspectives Around The Theme: ‘Global-Local Inspiration’.

‘Global-Local-Inspiration’ aims to explore and celebrate Australia’s design style and examine the global influences and trends emerging for the industry.

Learn from the experts, hear about the latest trends and explore how local-global influences will shape design in 2017 and beyond.

New for 2016 – Book to attend 2 tailored workshops offering practical and commercial advice for your design business.

See who’s presenting below!


DESIGN INSPIRATION – The Future of Design

Karim Rashid (US)

Karim Rashid, one of the most prolific designers of his generation makes a long anticipated return to Australia. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Karim joins the international seminar series to offer an enlightening and inspiring perspective on the “the future of design.”

Catch Karim at 1.30pm on Friday 22nd July



David Trubridge (NZ)

David Trubridge, New Zealand’s best known furniture and lighting designer makes his debut appearance at the international seminar series. An instigator of the ‘raw sophistication’ trend and an exemplar of environmentally responsible design, David will speak about his iconic, locally inspired and manufactured designs which are sold all around the world. In 2008 the French magazine Express listed him as one of the top 15 designers in the world, and in 2012 the Pompidou Centre in Paris purchased his ‘Icarus’ installation for its permanent collection.

See David presenting at 11:45am on Friday 22nd July


OUTLOOK: 2017 Design & Colour Trends for Interiors

Victoria Redshaw, Scarlet Opus (UK)

Join Victoria Redshaw, Lead Futurist for trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus (UK) for a seminar that will provide you with the full details of macro design trends for 2017 and beyond. Victoria will explain the factors driving each trend’s emergence and reveal the key colours, patterns, materials, finishes and styles for room schemes and interior products.

Victoria will be speaking at 12pm on Thursday 21st July, as well as hosting daily trend tours

Sibella Court

DESIGN INSPIRATION: Wanderlust – Inspiration for design

Sibella Court

Sibella Court is an interior stylist, product designer, historian, globetrotter & creative director. From vision and concept through to direction and creation, her most recent commercial spaces for hospitality include Hotel Palisades bar, The Courthouse, Port Douglas, Old Joe’s, The Pines, Palings, Mr Wong, Palmer & Co, El Loco, 30 Knots, Upstairs at The Beresford, MsG’s and even an island!

Sibella’s wanderlust has seen her accumulate over twenty years of global inspiration from trips frequenting South East Asia, India, Europe, the Middle East, the States, Central America and Australia.

A true ambassador of the 2016 international seminar series theme ‘global-local inspiration’, we are delighted to welcome Sibella to the line-up to share insights on her design approach.

Book your place for Sibella’s seminar at 10.30am on Friday 22nd July

PANEL: AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE ™ presents: They stole my design ™

AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE ™ is a members-based education platform supporting and promoting original design. With recent changes to UK design laws criminalizing copy designer furniture, imposing fines of up to £50,000 and up to 10 years jail – what might this mean for proposed changes to Australian laws? ADA Director Anne-Maree Sargeant is joined in conversation with award-winning designer David Trubridge and by Terri Winter of top3 by design, Susan Tait of Tait and Jon Holland of SPACE.

Book to hear this important industry discussion at 2.45pm on Friday 22nd July

Panel Members:

Anne-Maree Sargeant, Director, ADA
David Trubridge (NZ)
Terri Winter, Top3 by design
Susan Tait, Tait
Jon Holland, SPACE


Nick Rennie, happy finish design

A leading figure in the Australian design landscape, Nick Rennie’s work is inspired by the interaction with everyday items.

To breathe new life in to the repetition of domesticity, and to do it in a way that engages the user and elicits an emotional reaction, is the very essence of Rennie’s professional ambition.

See Nick at 10:30am Thursday 21st July as he discusses his work, inspiration and making it on the global design stage.


DESIGN INSPIRATION: The rise of the maker in Australian design

Tamara Maynes & Tracy Lines

A pioneer of the modern craft movement, Tamara Maynes is a designer, maker and stylist who produces projects for Australia’s creative industry. Her first book, The Maker – Beyond Decorating: Crafting a Unique Space, was released in December. Tamara collaborated closely with Tracy Lines a creative thinker and a visual storyteller who consults to businesses on all aspects of their creative strategy. This crafty duo will discuss the inspiration behind the book, share their thoughts on the revival of the maker, the place of handmade in the Australian Design industry and share top tips on incorporating unique design work in to your design work or collections.

Liz Wilson from the Australian House & Garden will conduct an informal interview with Tamara & Tracy at 4pm Thursday 21st July covering the rise of the maker in Australian design

Harnessing the senses for interior design

What is the role of texture, scent and sound in the spaces that we work, rest and play in? In today’s world of 24/7 digital connectivity, engaging the senses is more important than ever.

Three of Australia’s leading experts in interior design, architecture and retail design discuss how they work with the sensory to create evocative interiors that engage and inspire.

This panel will take place at 4pm on Friday 22nd July

Panel Members:

Sonia Simpfendorfer, Creative Director, Nexus Designs
Carole Whiting, Whiting Architects
Jane Caught, SIBLING

Lighting de-bunked – Getting the best from lighting for interior design

This panel of leading lighting evangelists with expertise in residential, commercial and tech, share their top tips on getting the most from lighting for your projects. Guest lighting designer to be announced soon.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The emotive influence of lighting
  • Working with light quality
  • Emerging lighting trends
  • Latest lighting technology

Book your place at this panel seminar, occurring on Saturday 23rd July from 3pm.

Panel Members:

Danielle Mastro, Lights Lights Lights
Adele Locke, Mint Lighting Design & President, IESANZ Ltd
Mario Males, iGuzzini

Marketing design in the 21st Century

Olivia Tuivaga, Houzz

Olivia is an Evangelist at Houzz.com.au – the world’s largest online community for architecture, home design and renovation.

She is a Graduate Architect of the University of Sydney and Interior Designer, with a background in event marketing and fashion. Olivia started at Houzz shortly after its launch in Australia in 2014. Since then she has grown the regional events schedule for Houzz – hosting exclusive events for industry professionals, delivering access to unique data, insights and marketing knowledge.

Olivia will discuss the 360-degree view of shifting consumer purchase behaviour and the tools available for design professionals to market their design businesses in today’s digital age.

See her seminar on Saturday 23rd July from 12pm.


Make art your starting point on the mood board

Megan Dicks, OTOMYS

With a deep passion for art and strong respect for artists, Megan Dicks is the founder and director of the online and physical gallery – OTOMYS. Working closely with interior designers and architects, Megan discusses how global contemporary art can be curated and framed to enhance the quality of interior spaces.

This seminar will offer 5 critical guidelines to purchasing and installing quality art, with greater confidence.

Join Megan for her Expert Bite seminar on Saturday 23rd July at 1.30pm


WORKSHOP: Become an Insta-Ninja!

Amanda Martin, Style Hunter

Join social media guru, Amanda Martin of Style Hunter when she hosts a bite-sized workshop that will give you the confidence to curate a killer Instagram profile for your design business. Learn how to take attention-grabbing images that will inspire your followers and learn the dos and don’ts of managing your profile and reputation.

2.30pm-4pm – Friday 22nd July


Workshop: Exploring global workplace design trends

Australian businesses are embracing innovative design as a solution for unprecedented challenges driven by the changing demographics of the world’s workforce.

Join Phil Pond of trend agency Scarlet Opus, to deep dive into two important trends that the global workplace must respond to attract and retain top talent.


  • Phil will discuss the materials, colours, layouts and the types of furniture that can promote wellbeing in the workplace environment and will bring this to life with specific examples
  • Phil will share which materials, layouts, work situations and facilities best engage with the Millennial Generation with examples of how and where designers have used them with great success.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and apply some of the mornings learnings in a hands on exercise

This practical and interactive trends workshop will leave you brimming with ideas and inspiration that you can apply practically for your next project.

Who should attend?
Interior designers, Interior Architects, Facility & Operation Managers that design spaces for inspiring and innovative workplaces and company Directors of any sized business.

Phil’s workshop will be hosted on Saturday 23rd July, from 10.30am to 12.15pm

Daily Trend Tours

Join Futurists, Victoria Redshaw & Phil Pond, as they take you on a tour of the show floor. The tours will begin with a short overview of the 2016 and 2017 trend boards displayed in the Trend Hub. They will then head out onto the show floor to reveal the products that bring the trends to life. This “working” tour lets you see the show through their eyes and benefit from their trend forecasting expertise and special picks from the show.

Victoria Redshaw & Phil Pond will host trend tours daily from the 21 – 24 July
Thursday – 3.30pm / Friday – 2.30pm / Saturday – 2.30pm / Sunday – 11.30am