International Seminar Series

The Interconnected World of Design

The International Seminar Series at Decor + Design is one of Australia’s most respected annual line-ups of local and international interior designers.

In response to world events, the 2020 program will be completely virtual, with a curated seminar program delivered via a mix of pre-recorded footage and live Q & A to ensure a high-quality production that inspires.

The 2020 program will explore the interconnected world of design, showcasing inspirational designers from the USA, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Featuring Global Design Gurus:

Bobby Berk

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Abigail Ahern

DAY ONE: MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

A MASTERCLASS IN PATTERNS

Greg Natale (AUS)

12pm – 12.50pm

Join multi-award-winning Australian interior designer Greg Natale for a masterclass on how to use pattern and colour to create bold but sophisticated spaces.

Greg’s name has become synonymous with flawlessly glamorous interiors, both in Australia and around the world. In the words of Jonathan Adler, “Greg Natale’s rooms are designed with such sureness that they look as if they were always meant to be!”

His designs have featured in numerous local and international publications, including Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Belle Australia. With projects spanning hospitality and hotels, residential and collaborations with leading brands such as Designer Rugs, Bizarra and Grange, Greg Natale truly is a force majeure in Australian design.

Learn how to intricately layer patterns and colour with Greg’s finesse, and become unafraid of using big notes and tones. Join us for this exclusive virtual seminar which will be a mixture of pre-recorded footage and a live Q & A with the man himself.

: @gregnatale

WILDLY BEAUTIFUL INTERIORS

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Abigail Ahern (UK)

3pm -3.50pm

Leading UK-based designer Abigail Ahern is known for being consistently ahead of the design trail.

Whether she’s pioneering faux flowers or dark, inky colour palettes, Abigail’s trendsetting designs are synonymous with glamour, eclecticism and quintessential British humour. An arbiter of cool Brit girl style, her palette seamlessly fuses masculine and feminine for a hip aesthetic that creates spaces you never want to leave.

Abigail began her career in interior design in the states, with a portfolio that spans lavish residential properties such as the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. Returning to London, Abigail founded her own retail business 2003. The Abigail Ahern flagship store in Islington is one of the UK’s top design boutiques, voted one of the coolest places to shop by Elle Decoration and the Telegraph.

Abigail has a global following thanks to her retail and product designs, best-selling books and influential blog. In the words of The Independent, “each post on the addictive blog of Abigail Ahern reads like a love letter to your home.” She has also authored three interiors books and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines.

Abigail has also almost single-handedly made faux flowers and plants cool again. Her foraged take on faux botanicals uses a wild aesthetic to merge house and garden. Think trailing tendrils, native branches, heirloom blooms and woodland fronds.

Join Abigail for this masterclass on how to create fearless, wildly beautiful interiors that look as if they were always meant to be.

The seminar will be a dynamic mix of excusive pre-recorded footage and a live Q & A with Abigail.

: @abigailahern

DAY TWO: TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

STAR STYLE – HOW TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK OF HOLLYWOOD’S A-LIST

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD (USA)

10am – 10.50am

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award winning, Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, sophisticated and inviting interiors.

Martyn is consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Decor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. A popular television personality, Martyn starred in the hit Bravo series, Million Dollar Decorators, and hosted Channel 4’s Hollywood Me in the UK, along with a multitude of design television programs spanning over 65 countries. His work has appeared in over 4,000 publications. The cover of Architectural Digest featuring the homes of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian designed by Martyn was one of the best-selling issues of all time.

Martyn’s A-list clientele include Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few.

Join Martyn for this inspiring, insider look at his techniques to create the perfect look for Hollywood’s A-List. The first part of this exclusive seminar will be pre-recorded from Martyn’s atelier in Los Angeles, before Martyn joins us via livestream for a Q & A.

: @martynbullard

Hospitality Design: Crossing Cultures with Andre Fu

ANDRE FU (HONG KONG)

12pm – 12.50pm

Andre Fu became known overnight when he redefined hospitality with the design of the world-renowned Upper House hotel in Hong Kong. His creations range from a furniture collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection to contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Hospitality is perhaps his most renowned métier, with interiors featuring in major hotels and restaurants around the world including Villa La Coste in Provence, The Berkeley London, Upper House hotel and The St Regis in Hong Kong, as well as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

Born in Hong Kong, Fu was educated in England from the age of 14 and holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. Fu says that ‘living, studying and travelling between both countries over thirty years is why my own tastemaker sensibility reinterprets traditional notions of national identities.”

Fu’s work has won increasing recognition with numerous awards. In 2016, he was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Asia, and was honoured in Wallpaper*s list of ‘Top 20 Interior Designers’. In 2019, Elle Décor China named him “Interior Designer of The Year”. This year saw the publication of a book exploring his work, Crossing Cultures with Design, published by Thames & Hudson, written by design curator and journalist Catherine Shaw

Join Andre for this unique insight into how he approaches hotel design, from his hand-drawn conceptual sketches to detailed design and custom furniture.

This exclusive seminar will be both pre-recorded from Andre’s studio in Hong Kong and live for a Q&A.

: @a.f.s.o

DESIGN TRENDS FORECAST 2021

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | VICTORIA REDSHAW

3pm – 4pm

In times of uncertainty, we need Victoria Redshaw. The prescient UK Trend Forecaster’s predictions have become a highlight of Decor + Design.

A Futurist at Scarlet Opus – one of the UK’s leading Trend Forecasting agencies – her insights are uncanny, drawing on a wealth of knowledge about design, fashion, history and politics.

Victoria will analyse and interpret the international influences behind each trend and reveal the colours, patterns, materials, finishes and styles which will dominate room schemes and interiors products.

Join Victoria for a keynote seminar that will give you exclusive insights into the major design trends for 2021 and beyond.

: @scarlet_opus

DAY THREE: WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

WORKSHOP | PRACTICAL TIPS FOR THE BUSY DESIGNER

JAMES TREBLE (AUS)

3pm – 4pm

James Treble is an award-winning interior designer, TV presenter and writer with over 25 years’ experience in the building & design industry. In addition to his vast expertise and experience in home renovation and the construction of new homes, he is a qualified interior designer, colour consultant and real estate agent. To say he loves anything to do with the home would be an understatement!

James is well known for various roles on Australian TV over the past 10 years, including seven years as the resident Interior Design expert on the popular program The Living Room. James is currently presenter on Open Homes Australia and the design judge on Renovate or Rebuild, both on NINELIFE.

A master of juggling jobs, this workshop will be LIVE from James’ studio. It is designed to give you an arsenal of practical tips, with James sharing his selection processes, how he works with his clients and how he’s been dealing with the impacts of Covid.

Whether you’re an experienced decorator or designer – or new to the field – this workshop promises to be an entertaining opportunity to learn ‘Practical Design’ tips from one of the most in-demand designers in the business!

: @designerjamestreble

DAY FOUR: THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2020

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC INTERIORS

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | PALOMA CONTRERAS (USA)

10am – 10:50am

Paloma Contreras is an award-winning interior designer and tastemaker based in Houston, Texas.

Her design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style, with classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of colour.

Paloma has been repeatedly named to the prestigious ELLE Décor “A-List” of interior designers across the world, recognised by Forbes magazine as one of the top social media influencers in the Home category, and featured in numerous publications. She has a licensed collection of decorative accessories, soft furnishings and lighting with Williams Sonoma Home and has worked with many prestigious brands.

Join Paloma for a discussion on creating contemporary classic interiors that are elegant and fresh. This seminar will be an exclusive mixture of pre-recorded footage and a live Q & A.

@palomacontrerasdesign

WORKSHOP | DESIGN TRENDS & INSIGHTS

TONY BEEN (AUS), MANGAGING DIRECTOR ANZ, Houzz

12pm – 1pm

Houzz is a leading renovation and design platform with a dynamic community of homeowners and home design professionals. People can hire pros for their renovation project, share inspiration and research, and get advice for their projects. For pros, Houzz Pro provides an all-in-one software solution that empowers industry pros to stand out, win clients and manage their projects efficiently and profitably.

Join this interactive workshop which will provide your business with practical takeaways for the coming year.

Using unique insights and statistics from Houzz, Tony will discuss the 360-degree view of evolving needs and expectations in the home design industry, as well as new consumer trends and the ways in which you can leverage those insights.

This live workshop is an absolute necessity for design professionals and businesses wishing to stay at the forefront of a complex market.

@houzzpro_anz

DAY FIVE: FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020

TRANSFORMATIVE INTERIOR DESIGN

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | BOBBY BERK (USA)

10am – 10.50am

Bobby Berk is best known as the design guru on Netflix’s Queer Eye, for which he has gained a huge following (2.7 million on Instagram).

However, Bobby is far from an overnight success. He spent 20 years in New York working his way up in companies like Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware, before becoming Creative Director for Portico Home + Spa.

Berk started his eponymous company in 2006 and opened his first showroom in Manhattan in 2007. In 2015 he launched his full-service bespoke interior design practice for residential, commercial and hospitality clientele.

The Bobby Berk firm has quickly established itself as a leader in the home building and interior design industry, refusing to accept anything other than innovative and exciting design solutions.

Epitomising hip, urban luxury, Berk’s designs reflect a stylish and youthful spirit that perfectly fits any lifestyle. The results are proof of the transformative power of design.

Join Bobby Berk for a seminar to discover his secrets for creating innovative urban luxury. The session will be an exclusive mix of pre-recorded footage and a live Q & A with Bobby.

: @bobby

WORKSHOP | DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR THE DESIGN INDUSTRY

ROWENA MURRAY (AUS)

3pm – 4pm

Row Murray is the Director of creative digital agency Kenobi Digital. A digital marketing specialist for over 15 years, she has run major digital projects for household-name brands such as Priceline Pharmacy, 7-Eleven Stores, Swinburne University, Melbourne University, SkyBus, John Frieda Haircare and more.
In recent years, Row has worked with a range of stylists, artists, designers and agencies as she’s supported their businesses to pivot into successful digital landscapes – allowing business owners to meet their clients and customers wherever they are.

We now live in a world where a customer’s virtual experience is primary. Join Row for this live workshop to optimise your design business’ digital strategy. From social media to a powerful web experience, Row will talk through what great UX and CX means in today’s digital landscape.