2017 International Seminar Series will be launched in April

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 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

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

    Sonia Simpfendorfer determines the creative direction of each project, leading her award winning team of designers to deliver interiors that are highly personal, distinctive and enduring.
    She is entrusted with continuing the ground-breaking design approach established by Janne Faulkner, in 1967, which has made Nexus Designs synonymous with Australian style.
    Sonia’s knowledge of design, history, technology, art and architecture combines with her extensive professional experience to ensure that our interior design studio delivers excellent, bespoke contemporary design.
    A co-author of the highly acclaimed interior design reference book Living, she has been a director since 2005.

  • Carole Whiting, Whiting Architects


    In 2008 Carole Whiting swapped a career in advertising film production for a position as Creative Director at Whiting Architects.

    Interior design projects included residential and commercial projects in Australia and Internationally. A career highlight came In 2014, when Carole was invited to teach design research and concept generation as resident Creative Director at Lowe in Accra, Ghana for six weeks.

  • Jane Caught, SIBLING


    Jane has had many years professional experience since graduating from Architecture in 2004, and has worked with a range of internationally recognised architectural firms. Prior to establishing SIBLING she worked for practices such as Minifie Nixon Architects, SJB Architects and more recently at BKK Architects where she was project architect for ‘Beached House’, winner of the Victorian AIA Award for Best New Residential in 2011. In addition to her professional obligations, Jane has run design studios at the University of Melbourne, RMIT and Monash Universities, and is a regular juror for the Victorian Architecture Awards.

    Jane is a retail specialist, her diverse range of expertise has seen her successfully manage a number of retail spaces for a series of exclusive fashion labels both locally and internationally. Her true
    specialty lies in her ability to analyse and distil the unique, core brand ethos in each project and translate this into a physical manifestation within the retail spaces. Jane has been the lead designer for the award winning Dust retail concept store; as well as for retail premises for local brands Kloke and Verner; and the Archive concept gallery store. She has also led the design and delivery of the recently completed Squint Opera offices and is currently working on a range of new and exciting retail projects including the new ffiXXed flagship store located in Shanghai.

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


    Adopted sibling of Elias and George, Danielle is the glue in this team. After completing degrees in Organisational Psychology she found refuge in the world of fashion. However, Danielle had not found her true home until she was inspired by a dear friend to enter the lighting world. From a corporate woman who had never changed a light bulb, she is now at the pinnacle of her career as a designer of all things light!

    Danielle has succeeded in bringing her love of fashion to lighting and she is truly in her element discussing interior design. Driven by her deep passion for success she will leave no stone unturned in the endless search for the perfect design and she truly is a master at the fine art of customer service.

  • Adele Locke, Mint Lighting Design & President, IESANZ Ltd

    Lighting Designer and Director of Mint Lighting Design, a unique practice providing lighting design services for family homes across Australia.
    Adele’s career in lighting began in the early 90’s; starting in manufacturing and custom luminaire design, before seeking a diverse experience through commercial and architectural lighting, management and finally lighting design – before establishing Mint. Her portfolio includes projects as diverse as Residential Tennis Courts to AAMI Park Stadium, Hair Salons to Schools and Retail stores through to a fully interactive coloured light installation that transformed the forecourt of Melbourne Airport.
    More than seventy family homes have already been transformed by Mint Lighting Design, with many more to come. Adele believes everyone deserves to live with beautiful light.
    Adele is also the current President of IESANZ The Lighting Society, the first woman to hold the role in the 85 year old professional organisation for the lighting industry.

  • Mario Males, iGuzzini

    Where technology, design and passion meet is where you’ll find Mario Males, in the heart of the Melbourne architectural lighting industry. But what sets him apart is a convergence of technical know-how, and understanding and appreciation of aesthetics.
    With a background of more than 10 years in the automotive electrical engineering space with Tyco Electronics, he’s spent the last 8 years finding his place as a key player in the lighting scene. He’s had extensive and successful stints in Senior Account Management roles with Zumtobel and InLite, working with leading firms across the engineering, consulting and interior design sectors.
    In 2014 he won the pitch to become iGuzzini Australia’s Southern region business partner, and since then has also launched Lux FX to the market as co-founder and director.
    Specialising in new lighting technology across areas such as commercial, retail, health, residential and urban design Mario has a wealth of knowledge in not only luminaires but also best practice lighting solutions.


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