Thursday, 27 October 2011

Innovative and knowledgeable: Interiors companies' networking day 20 Oct

Post Kathryn Burns and photos Chris Webb
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"

 Some feedback

"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