The 2018 International Seminar Series, sponsored by Australian House & Garden, will be bringing together an all-star line-up of international and Australian design and furniture experts. In addition to the seminar series AIFF & Decor + Design will host interactive workshop style sessions.
Stay tuned for the 2018 program! In the meantime, follow us on social #aufurniturefair and subscribe for our newsletter to receive the latest Seminar Updates.
INSIDE HOLLYWOOD HOMES
Tim Street-Porter, Street-Porter Studios (USA)
An Englishman in Los Angeles, Tim Street-Porter is one of the world’s most renowned architectural photographers. With an unmatched eye for interiors, he has taken us into the inner sanctums of some of Hollywood’s most private individuals and revealed the whimsical beauty of their homes.
His editorial work has been described variously by the LA Times as ‘a bath of gorgeousness’ and by Vanity Fair as ‘epic and lush.’
Having studied architecture in London before becoming a photographer, Tim has won numerous awards, published six books and been Principal Photographer on collaborations with the world’s leading interior designers. His client list included Benedict Taschen, the Standard and Chateau Marmont Hotels, David Rockwell, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Belle and countless others.
Join Tim in conversation with Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden magazine. He’ll give a fascinating, visually arresting peek into some of the world’s most exclusive residences, as well as the work of global design powerhouses including Martin Lawrence Bullard, Jonathan Adler, Robert Couturier and Mary McDonald.
Lisa Green, Editor, Australian House & Garden
HOTEL & RESTAURANT INTERIORS: EVOKING ATMOSPHERE
Sibella Court, The Society Inc (AUS)
Sibella Court is an iconic influencer in the Australian design community, with many strings to her bow. She has a vast repertoire of design & styling work behind her, for powerhouses such as Bergdorf Goodman, Jo Malone, Donna Karan, Anthropologie, West Elm and Saks Fifth Avenue. She has contributed editorial to a vast array of international magazine titles, presented Restoration Australia for the ABC and runs The Society Inc., a Sydney imaginarium full of curiosities, as well as Sibella’s own product range.
Sibella has also famously transformed a range of Australia’s leading hospitality interiors, including Hotel Palisade, The Court House Hotel, The Oaks Hotel, The Blue Room Bondi, Old Joe’s, The Pines, Mr Wong, Palmer & Co, El Loco, 30 Knots, Upstairs at The Beresford and Ms G’s.
Fittingly in the restaurant Mecca of Melbourne, Sibella will take us on a journey through some of her most memorable hospitality interiors as she opens her treasure chest of secret tools.
DIRECTIONS: MACRO INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2018
Victoria Redshaw, Scarlet Opus (UK)
Victoria Redshaw is the Head Futurist at one of the UK’s leading Trend Forecasting agencies, Scarlet Opus. Her trend insights at Decor + Design have always proved uncannily prescient and we are excited to welcome her back in 2017.
Join Victoria for a keynote seminar that will give you exclusive insights into the Macro Design Trends for 2018 and beyond. Victoria will analyse and explain the international influences behind each trend and reveal the colours, patterns, materials, finishes and styles which will dominate room schemes and interiors products.
Victoria’s seminar sells out every year! In addition to this, Victoria is running daily trend tours around the exhibition – Don’t delay in booking your tickets!
CRAFTING SOPHISTICATED SPACES
David Hicks, David Hicks Studio (AUS)
Australian interior designer and author David Hicks launched his eponymous studio in 2000. It has since evolved into the country’s premier brand for luxury-oriented interior and building design.
David’s spaces are streamlined and well-resolved, finished with elegant and sophisticated decorative layering. David is in constant demand both at home and internationally, with numerous awards and frequent features in leading design magazines. Known for his attention to detail and love of craftsmanship, David Hicks himself provides creative direction on every single one of the studio’s manifold projects.
In November 2016, David launched is first book Intimate, A Private World of Interiors. It’s a personal look at Hicks’ world of interiors – from architectural planning and interior detailing to the curation of objects and art sourced from the world over.
In this special opportunity to see David speak in his home of Melbourne, David will discuss his holistic, high-end design philosophy and guide the audience through the process behind recent standout projects, including how to integrate elements of vintage, contemporary and antique in modern spaces to create designs with longevity.
SHOWCASE: AUSTRALIAN HANDMADE TEXTILES
Anna Spiro, Anna Spiro Textiles
Shilo Englebrecht, Shilo Englebrecht
Join Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden magazine, as she talks to two of Australia’s leading textile designers about their inspirations and the processes behind their work.
Anna Spiro’s distinguished style has propelled her onto the world stage with her interior design of the much-talked about boutique hotel Halcyon House. With an innate ability to mix interestingly patterned fabrics, antique furniture and art, Anna has created beautiful homes and spaces across Australia. Anna’s passion for beautiful fabrics has recently culminated in her stunning fabric collection, Anna Spiro textiles.
Shilo Englebrecht is a textile designer and artist who was awarded the ‘Mercedes Benz Start Up’ prize for her graduate collection and ‘Emerging Designer of the Year’ by the Design Institute of Australia. Since then she has won plaudits for her work at the Powerhouse Museum, G’Day LA and Craft Victoria. Her vibrant textile collection showcases her nature-inspired paintings, which are then digitally printed onto handmade textiles.
This seminar is essential for interior and textile designers, decorators and stylists.
HOW TO BE SUPER STYLISH ON INSTAGRAM
Mr Jason Grant, Stylist
You may be super styling…but if it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen.
With a career spanning over ten years, Super Stylist Mr Jason Grant’s work has appeared in many Australian and International magazines, including Inside Out, Sunday Style, Belle, Vogue Living, Australian House and Garden, Real Living, The Sunday Times UK and more.
He also styles brands including David Jones, Reece Bathrooms, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Country Road, Sheridan, Freedom Australia and Target.
With a huge following on Instagram, join Mr Jason Grant for insights in how to style for the camera for maximum impact.
FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION: INTERPRETING TRENDS & MANAGING PROJECTS
James Treble, Treble Studios, The Living Room (AUS)
The charming James Treble is an award-winning interior designer, TV presenter and writer with over twenty years’ experience in the building & design industry. James is a Renaissance man in the design world – a qualified real estate agent, kitchen and bathroom designer and a qualified interior designer.
James has been the interior design expert on Network TEN’s The Living Room for the past 5 years and is a regular on Sky News’ Real Estate Show. James is also a regular on Tim Webster’s 2UE Show Talking Lifestyle and on 2GB, providing the latest in trends and styling tips, as well as building & design products.
This seminar promises to be hugely entertaining, with James providing insights from the 2017 Salone del Mobile in Milan and the Tile and Bathroom Fair.
James will also give you tips on successful project management and working with clients from project conception to completion.
As a lover of responsible design and an ambassador for Planet Ark, Australia’s not-for-profit environmental organisation, James will also discuss how to work sustainably or, as he likes to say, to “purchase well and live with intention.”
CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN INTERIORS
Adelaide Bragg, Adelaide Bragg & Associates
Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief, Australian House & Garden
Adelaide Bragg & Associates have become synonymous with classically beautiful interiors with an unmistakably Australian aesthetic. Originally from Sydney, Adelaide moved the business to Melbourne in 2003 and it is firmly established as a go-to for bespoke, end-to-end interiors across Australia. From the Royal Sydney Golf Club to extraordinary private projects across the country, Adelaide has brought interiors to life with her magical touch.
Join Adelaide Bragg in conversation with Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden magazine, for a special insight into Adelaide’s design perspective and how she goes about creating classic Australian interiors that will stand the test of time.
CONSCIOUS RETAILING: BUYING FOR THE DISCERNING CONSUMER
Jo Mawhinny, Head of Retail, Living Edge (AUS)
Robyn Holt, Design Consultant, Former Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Living
Living Edge is a leading destination for design professionals and enthusiasts with discerning taste. It has carved out an incredible niche in the Australian market as a premier furniture space.
Living Edge is passionate about sustainable retailing. In conversation with Robyn Holt, Jo Mawhinny (Head of Retail) will give a fascinating insight into how they source great design and the ethical principles which underpins the buying approach.
As the former Editor of Vogue Living, CEO of Conde Nast in Australia and Russia and Managing Director of Monocle 24 in Europe, Robyn Holt has carved an extraordinary career in design journalism.
This session is a must for retailers seeking to build a quality reputation and brand.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: ZERO WASTE DESIGN
Stephen Pikus, Stephen Pikus Designs (RSA)
South African lighting designer Stephen Pikus makes extraordinary pieces from recycled materials, harnessing the strengths of the local community and epitomising the ethos of ‘conscious design’. Having won widespread recognition and favoured by top interior designers in South Africa, Stephen is fast gaining a name internationally.
This unmissable session will show how Stephen turns rubbish into award-winning designs, while motivating a community to get involved. It will inspire designers and retailers who yearn to interweave beauty with social conscience.
Getting colour right is a fundamental part of design. The right paint can make or break an interior and evoke an emotional response which will inform an entire room.
This special masterclass with two of Australia’s foremost colour experts will show you how to translate global colour trends into a local palette that considers uniquely Australian factors such as the light and the elements.
WORKSHOP — DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE DESIGN INDUSTRY
Row Murray, Kenobi Digital (AUS)
Row Murray is a marketing guru – particularly in the digital space. Having notched up experience with agencies like GREY and Weber Shandwick Worldwide and at tent pole brands like Priceline Pharmacies & 7-Eleven, Row lives and breathes digital strategy, creative and production. Now Director of Kenobi Digital, she is a regular guest lecturer at leading universities as well as a media commentator and social media talking head for outlets including 7 News, Radio 3AW, the Herald Sun, The Leader, Hinch, Joy FM, B&T and A Current Affair.
Row is also brilliant at teaching digital strategy. This workshop is a must for designers, stylists, decorators or retailers with their own business who want to nail their digital marketing strategy from the ground up.
Olivia is the Marketing & Events Manager at Houzz.com.au – the world’s largest online community for architecture, home design and renovation.
Join Olivia for this interactive workshop which will provide your business with practical takeaways for the coming year. Using unique insights and statistics from Houzz, Olivia will discuss the 360-degree view of shifting consumer purchase behaviour and trends and the ways in which you can leverage those insights. Plus she will give you the best tips and tricks to get your Houzz profile and online presence looking its best!
This workshop is an absolute necessity for design professionals and businesses wishing to stay at the forefront of the market. Note – Attendees should bring laptops to get the most out of this interactive session.
Harnessing Design for Retail
Marita Burke, MECCA (AUS)
Rowena Martinich (AUS)
Interior design is an integral part of retail experience. MECCA is an iconic retail brand, bringing the best in global beauty across two unique concepts – MECCA Cosmetica and MECCA Maxima. The brand is known for its beautiful aesthetic and creative design.
Join Marita Burke and Rowena Martinich for this fascinating session on retail design and display. Marita is the Creative Director of MECCA and will talk about how they approach retail design and styling as an art form, plus how they work with artists and designers on activations and keep the empowerment of women central to everything they do.
Rowena Martinich is a Melbourne-based, abstract expressionist artist, who is renowned for her use of radiant colour and who has created many public works throughout Australia. Rowena has worked collaboratively with MECCA Cosmetica on brand activations, as well as major brands including Dulux, Mirvac, Bombay sapphire, Clare Cousins and Addarc.
This session is a must for retail design insights and inspiration on how to build an iconic brand through creativity.
‘Forever Home’: Practical Tips for Implementing Sustainable Design
Frances Cosway, White Pebble Interiors
‘Sustainable’ may be a buzzword but where do you begin when it comes to ensuring interior design is both long-lasting and environmentally friendly?
Join Frances Cosway for a session which will give you practical tips from the ground up.
Frances is an in-demand interior designer, published author and speaker with a passion and expertise for creating beautiful homes people love. She has over 15 years’ experience in renovating and building and now specialises in helping people design and build their ‘Forever Home’. Having lived in Europe (Amsterdam and London) for 12 years, Frances has developed her own unique style and influences.
Having built and renovated herself many times over, and built her own ‘Forever Home’ in 2014, she understands her client’s requirements first hand, and guides them through the process. Her own home is an award winning sustainable home that has featured in House & Garden, The Herald Sun and been profiled internationally on Houzz.
She is also the author of ‘Your Forever Home’ – a practical guide for those about to embark on building or renovating to create their ‘Forever Home’. Copies of the book will be available at the event and Frances will be signing copies afterwards.
Don’t miss this final session which is a fitting close to our 2017 program on ‘Awakening: Conscious Design’.