Let’s Talk Design: Upcoming Design Discussions


“If we’re going to try and make sure that design and creativity shape a better world, then we need to talk about it.”

Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of the London Design Festival

The Fall round of design shows is about to start. I love seeing the new products, emerging designers nad spotting trends , but   it will also bring some great design dialogues.

On 18th September 2012, the London Design Festival ( Sept.14-23. 2012) is staging its first thought leadership event, the Global Design Forum, which brings together a star-alliance of design luminaries, organizations and talents to debate the issues and pressure points that are really affecting the design industry.

  A stellar list of speakers participating in panel discussions and debates, including design luminary Thomas Heatherwick, Google’s visionary Director of new Projects Dr Astro Teller, established international talents including Tom Dixon, Yves Behar, Richard Seymour and Paul Priestman, as well as leading thinkers, digital pioneers and entrepreneurial risk-takers.

Across the Channel Maison & Objet  is upping the design anty also with several discussions and presentations.

Friday Sept. 7  3.00pm

Inspiration, Where do you live?

Where and how do you find inspiration? An exchange of views on the rites, customs and tools surrounding that hazy and eminently personal phenomenon known as creative inspiration, led by matériO, the library of innovative materials, an inspiring place if ever there was one… Presented by Quentin Hirsinger, President of matériO, and his guest speakers

Saturday, Sept. 8 12.30pm

Material World : What’s up?

New materials, new challenges… Different paths to the heart of the latest innovations in materials and technology, by matériO, the library of innovative materials

Saturday, Sept. 8 3.00pm

“inspiration routes” with M + O style agencies

Encounter with style agencies – Elizabeth Leriche, François Bernard and Vincent Grégoire for Nelly Rodi – members of the MAISON&OBJET Observatory around the new inspiration theme for September 2012: “The essential”.

Sunday,  Sept. 9 03.00pm

4 Star Guest Designers

Encounter with the 4 Italian designers who are the star guests of PARIS DESIGN WEEK:
Patricia Urquiola, Patricia Moroso, Ferruccio Laviani and Francesco Binfaré


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