Furniture, Lighting & Decor editors will moderate eight panels at the Design Chicago on Oct. 2, and fall 2019 High Point Market in High Point, NC, held Oct. 19-23. The panels will cover topics including design trends, product design and licensing, social media best practices, branding for designers, outdoor performance textiles, and how to bridge the gap between interior design and retail.
The full list of panels is below.
Wednesday, October 2
Trends: Timely + Timeless
When it comes to home design inside and out, one of the more common discussions revolves around trends. What’s on the fashion runway that will follow in home? What colors and patterns are most popular at markets?
Trends change often. So, the question for designers is how do you communicate home design trends with your clients or potential clients, and how do you implement them in your projects for timely—and timeless—appeal?
Who: Debbie Auer, Auer Design; Katherine E. Wozniak, Katherine Elizabeth Designs; Terry Sullivan, Willow Tree Design; Grace Sielaff, M. Grace Interior Design
When: Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Surya Showroom, Suite 619, theMart
High Point Market
Saturday, October 19
Libby Tells All: Product Design
Have you ever wondered how interior designers make the leap to product design? Join Furniture, Lighting & Decor EIC Diane Falvey and New York-based interior and product designer Libby Langdon, who has multiple licensed collections, including accessories, artwork, rugs, lighting and furniture, for an honest and informative discussion about breaking into and navigating this space. She’ll share her experience, as well as advice on what you need to know when getting started, maintaining brand integrity and designing for your target audience. Q+A to follow, plus a walkthrough of Libby’s new furniture collection for Fairfield.
Who: Libby Langdon; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor EIC Diane Falvey
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Fairfield Chair Showroom, 200 N. Hamilton St., N Ct. Floor 1, Shuttle Stop 18 (Red Line)
Trends: Timely + Timeless
Trends change often. So, the question for designers is how do you communicate home design trends with your clients or potential clients and how do you implement them in your projects for timely – and timeless – appeal? Moderated by Diane Falvey, Editor in Chief of Furniture, Lighting and Decor with successful interior designer panelists, David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, Jill Erwin of Jill Erwin Interiors, Marisa Wilson of Artful Interiors and the Cool Girl’s Guide to Market, Debbie Auer of Auer Design and Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Surya Showroom, Showplace 4100 (fourth floor), Shuttle Stop 1, Transportation Terminal
What Price Fame? Defining Your Brand, Securing Your Niche And Saving Your Sanity In The Era Of Self-Promotion And Cult Of Celebrity
As an interior designer, how do you assure you define your brand? Join “Showhouse in a Showroom” designers (Shannon Ggem, Philip Gulotta, Andre Hilton, Patti Johnson, Hannah Toney and Keita Turner) on a panel as they discuss their own experiences and how to keep yourself sane in this new era of self-promotion.
Panel Participants: Shannon Ggem, Philip Gulotta, Andre Hilton, Patti Johnson, Hannah Toney and Keita Turner; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor Senior Contributing Editor Kimberley Wray
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alden Parkes Showroom, 200 N. Hamilton St.- S Ct 100, Floor 1, Shuttle Stop 18 (Red Line)
Sunday, October 20
Braving the Elements: Outdoor Performance Solutions
Outdoor living continues to trend up, but do consumers know what they need for the best results? This High Point Market, we talk to designers, retailers and manufacturers to get the 411 on the evolution of performance textiles. We’ll share insights that will help retailers and designers understand the technologies and innovations that support their customers’ outdoor performance needs and deliver the best products and design.
Panel Participants: Interior Designer Elissa Grayer; STI Revolution’s Anderson Gibbons; Kim Radovich of Kim Radovich Interiors; and Valdese Inside Out’s Patrick Shelton; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor EIC Diane Falvey
When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow.
Where: Watermark Living Showroom, 205 South Main St., Shuttle Stop 1 (Transportation Terminal)
Reaching the Consumer: Disruptors in the Digital Age
Industry newcomers Feather, a furniture subscription service, and The Inside, a direct-to-consumer home furnishings firm founded by interior and product design sensation Christiane Lemieux and Lemieux et Cie, a new brand focusing upon the collaboration and celebration between designer and the craftsperson behind each piece are among the concepts changing the shape of today's retail landscape. With retailers and interior designers across the industry re-examining and re-thinking current business models, there is much we can learn from their innovative approaches to reaching and connecting with consumers. From photography and messaging to style trends that resonate and why, desires and expectations and even last-mile delivery, our expert panel will serve up a provocative, behind-the-scenes look at what relevance requires now. Featuring Kendra Ovesen, head of merchandising at Feather and Christiane Lemieux, CEO of the The Inside, moderated by Kimberley Wray, senior contributing editor of Furniture, Lighting & Decor Magazine
Panel Participants: Christiane Lemieux, Founder and CEO, The Inside; Kendra Ovesen, Head of Merchandising, Feather; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor Senior Contributing Editor Kimberley Wray
When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Momeni Showroom, IHFC-H345 Hamilton Floor 3, Shuttle Stop :1 (Transportation Terminal)
Monday, October 21
As an interior designer, you might consider a brick and mortar location to showcase your design style. As a home furnishings retailer, you may find your trusted design advice to customers turning into full-on design projects. More and more, designers and retailers are bridging the retail-design gap to offer a one-stop experience that accomplishes both.
So how does it work and what are the benefits and challenges? We talk in-depth with hybrid designers/retailers to find out the pros and cons of juggling both sides of the business, with tips for how to get started too.
Who: Teddie & Courtney Garrigan, Coco & Dash; Joni Vanderslice, J.Banks; Nancy Price, Nancy Price Interiors; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor EIC Diane Falvey
When: Monday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow.
Where: Universal Furniture Showroom, 101 S. Hamilton St. Shuttle Stop 15 (Red Line)
Is Product Licensing for You? Grow Your Interior Design Practice and Brand Through Product Design
The thought of a home furnishings line with your name sounds thrilling and you’ve got some great product designs in the works. But, how do you find a manufacturing partner? What are they looking for? How do you market your brand? How do you protect your name and designs? These experts on the topic have been through this process and will share the benefits, challenges and how-to’s for developing a product collection with your name or brand attached.
Who: Stacy Garcia, Stacy Garcia Inc.; Charles Pavarini III, Pavarini Design; Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, Madcap Cottage; & more; Moderator: Furniture, Lighting & Decor EIC Diane Falvey
When: Monday, Oct. 21, 4:00 p.m., Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres to follow
Where: Comfort Design, 101 N. Hamilton St., Shuttle Stop 16 (Red Line)