UPDATE - These lectures have now concluded but were some really impressive and insightful talks that we had really good feedback on from all those that attended.

While this is a good moment to reflect on what has been achieved to date, if ever there was a time to look to the future, this is it.  World events have brought about seismic changes in attitudes and priorities and as designers, we need to be aware of what is happening and the key role we have to play in shaping lifestyles of the future, protecting our planet and making a real difference where we can

We are proud to announce this series of four lectures given by speakers who are leaders in their particular fields to share their insights and help us understand the challenges we face and the opportunities that are opening up.

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Tuesday 26 April: 'New States of Mind – Changing Lifestyle Trends'

Dewi Pinatih of Stylus Trends Intelligence Service

After a whistle-stop tour of the key interior trends of the last 40 years, Dewi will reflect on how the pandemic has forever changed how we use and see our homes.

This talk outlines how furniture and floorplans have adapted during lockdowns and what this means for the future, showing the ways in which consumer habits shape our homes and vice versa.

We’ll also look at how to inject joy back into hardworking interiors and design spaces that can adapt to future needs, too.

With over 15 years of industry experience, Dewi defines the influence of consumer behaviour, material innovation and technological development on the future of design.

As Head of Product Design at trends intelligence service Stylus, she reports on the latest developments across interiors and architecture, furniture and lighting, transport, packaging and tech. 

She helps clients grasp the impact of consumer shifts on our homes and the belongings we live with, while her work on Stylus’ seasonal Design Directions inspires cross-industry product developments and concept creation. 

Focusing on sustainability and empowering design, Dewi regularly speaks about the latest challenges and solutions at international industry forums. 



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Tuesday 3 May - The Future of Garden Design

Giacomo Guzzon Senior Landscape Architect of Gillespies

Giacomo Guzzon is a landscape architect, academic tutor, and lecturer in planting design at the University of Sheffield, the University of Greenwich, and KLC School of Design in London. In addition to his academic activities, he is a Senior Landscape Architect and Head of Planting Design at the international landscape architecture firm Gillespies in London.

Preparing for a challenging future in Garden Design and Landscape Architecture: a personal view on creating resilient schemes by reusing materials and derelict structures, enhancing biodiversity,  sustainable design approaches, and the importance of careful plant selection.

The Future of Garden Design



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Tuesday 17 May - The New Luxury in Hospitality Design

Simon Rawlings Creative Director for David Collins Studio

Simon has worked on projects across the globe, in a myriad of sectors that spans residential projects, hotels, restaurants and bars, furniture design and luxury food and fashion retail design.  He has been instrumental in setting the blueprint for The Studio’s work which combines near-obsessive attention to detail with virtuoso use of colour as a means of crafting mood through the environment. 

Drawing inspiration from everyday observation and from his travels, under his tenure the studio has received more than thirty high-profile awards.  He is a committed advocate of craft, supporting artisanship while encouraging design innovation.  An emphasis on functionality combined with a profound understanding of brands and an acute sense of the way people live enables him to design spaces they can use and inhabit in total harmony

The New Luxury in Hospitality Design