Over 30 interiors companies from the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures community got together on 20 October for a day of networking and shared thinking with experts in high-value contract and domestic interiors markets.
Delegates at Interiors & Lifestyle Futures' high-value interiors event
The event took place at the Birmingham office of Aedas and included an interactive workshop where attendees explored opportunities for accessing high-value markets.
Speakers & topics
Phillip Handley, specifications director at Johnsons Tiles talked about how adding a range of high value tiles and persistence have helped penetrate new and lucrative markets.
Kevin Singh, described how his practice, the space* studio, has developed relationships with West Midlands suppliers and customers to create innovative and successful interiors solutions.
David Rowe, a West Midlands furniture designer presented his experience in a collaborative project to develop a new chair for educational environments. External forces such as a new European standard and technology changes combined with 30 years of seating know-how had influenced the development of a fresh and successful design.
Marcus Wilkins and Joe Huddleston, Aedas provided a global trip through recent projects and gave an insight on how lessons learned worldwide are brought back into their UK work.
"Insightful, educational and motivational"
"Very useful understanding of key criteria/specification decisions made by architects"
Chris Edginton Mobius Living Ltd
"Most useful finding a collective of people who can help each other develop their businesses and networking"
Penelope Jordan, 3D Textile Artist
"The talks were insightful, educational and motivational. The other attendees were innovative, interesting, supportive and knowledgeable."
Katy Helps, Love Me Interiors
Thanks to Chris Webb Photography for the excellent photo record of the day.
Delegates at one of the interactive workshops at the Interiors event