Challenging you to think differently about design

Our 3-day content programme has been carefully curated for professionals across retail, residential and hospitality, combining virtual discussions and insightful symposiums in live and on-demand formats. With a diverse line-up of speakers, Designscape sets to stimulate every corner of the industry. 

Day 1 | Retail | 11 August 2020


10:00 - 10:40 | Headline Discussion – The Consumer Of The Future


Moderator: Elspeth Pridham, Editor, Studio

Speakers: Dr Ash Ranpura, Neuroscientist, Lynn Wilson, Circular Economy Specialist, Ab Rogers, Founder, Ab Rogers Design, Yorgo Lykouria, Founder & Creative Director, Rainlight Studio


World Health Organisation predicts that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. As we adapt to living in smaller spaces, whilst attempting to keep costs down, how can clever design provide a much-needed lifeline? Alongside the new wave of urbanisation and microliving, we investigate the other macro trends across retail that will shape what the consumer of the future looks like.  


14:00 - 14:40 | The Future Of Retail Design


Moderator: Andy Bishop, Creative Director, Informa Design Portfolio

Speakers: Kat Maclennan, Visual Merchandising, Dot to Dot, Rebecca Leathers, Assistant Store Manager, Heal's and Paul Nulty, Founder, Nulty


Looking beyond bricks and mortar, we ask ourselves what is the purpose of retail spaces aside from selling? These physical places are becoming more experience driven, with brands enhancing their offerings beyond products. We investigate how brands can be truly omnichannel and assess the function of the showroom.

15:00 - 15:40 | Hybrid Shopping Destinations

Speaker: Markus Pesendorfer, Lifestyle Studio & Brand Director, Gensler


The last few years have seen huge advancements in retail technology, with consumers and brands embracing omni channels to sell and shop. In the wake of the global pandemic, retailers have reverted to digital-only communications but will this ‘new normal’ remain or will emerging consumer behaviours demand something entirely different?

Day 2 | Residential | 12 August 2020

10:00 - 10:40 | Headline Discussion – The Art & Science of the Home


Moderator: Pip McCormac, Executive Director, Living etc, Homes and Gardens, 25 Beautiful Homes

Speakers: Dr Ash Ranpura, Neuroscientist, Natalia Miyar, Founder, Natalia Miyar Atelier


We delve into the new criteria and considerations governing the design of the home. With behavioural and environmental factors affecting our priorities, will ideas of wellbeing, practicality and comfort gain traction over others?


11:00 - 11:40 | The New Luxury


Moderator: Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole 

Speakers: Shalini Misra, Founder, Shalini Misra Ltd, Staffan Tollgard, Founder, Tollgard Design Group,  Karen Howes, Founder & Chief Executive, Taylor & Howes


What does luxury mean to us today? We tackle the evolving attitudes to luxury and highlight considerations ranking highest to consumers nowadays: from sustainability to ultimate choice.

12:00 - 12:40 | A Sustainable Future


Moderator: Sam Scott Jeffries, Editor, The English Home

Speakers: Georgia Elliott - Smith, Managing Director, Element-4, Nicola Keenan, Co-Founder & Director, Boxx Creative, Nicola Lindsell, Co-Founder & Director, Boxx Creative, Jennifer Manners, Founder, Jennifer Manners Design


How can we take a lead from our environment to create a circular economy in design? See our discussion focusing on the key pillars of responsible design and ways in which brands and designers can make a phased shift to a more sustainable practice.

15:00 - 15:40 | The Future of Trends

Moderator: Sam Fisher, Event Director, Decorex

Speakers: Susie Rumbold, Creative Director, Tessuto Interiors, Brian Woulfe, Managing Director, Designed by Woulfe Ltd, Karen Haller, Founder, Karen Haller Colour & Design Consultancy


We shine a light on design and colour trends in the industry now and in the future, but also whether trends are relevant and if they have a future themselves.

Looking for more residential thought-leadership? Discover Decorex Virtual, with insightful speakers leading their discussions line-up, it’s the definitive celebration of design.

Day 3 | Hospitality | 13 August 2020

15:00 - 15:40 | Headline Discussion – The Great Reset In Hospitality

Moderator: Andy Bishop, Creative Director, Informa Design Portfolio

Speakers: Michael Levie, COO & Founding Partner, citizenM Hotels, Matthew Seal, Senior Director Luxury Brands, Marriot International and Ed Bakos, CEO, Champalimaud Design


The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on hospitality has been huge, from operations, investment, conceptual design and much more. We discuss how purpose and brand can remain aligned, whilst highlighting new imperatives and learnings the industry should be taking on board.

10:00 - 10:40 | Clean Design in Public Spaces

Moderator: Sophie Harper, Editor, Space

Speakers: Dexter Moren, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates, Damien Perrot, Senior Vice President, Design Solutions, Accor and Afroditi Krassa, Founder, Afroditi Krassa


Public spaces; the environments in which we congregate and socialise. Our attitudes to such places have changed considerably. How can designers, architects, artists and place-makers take into account these new considerations for a more harmonious outcome?

11:00 - 11: 40 | AI & Tech: Transforming the Guest Experience

Moderator: Heleri Rande, Sleep & Eat Conference Curator & Host

Speakers: Olivier Delaunoy, Operations and Technology Director, Bloc Hotels, Olaf Slater, General Manager Sales - DACH & Eastern Europe, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and Ben Webb, Co-Founder, 3Stories


AI technology has taken on a whole new relevance in the hospitality sphere. By integrating guest data from multiple touchpoints, can hoteliers better tailor and enhance their guests’ experience?

12:00 - 12:40 | Hospitality Investment: Unexpected Opportunities

Moderator: Alexi Khajavi, Group President, Travel & Hospitality, Questex

Speakers: Matthew Livian, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Sydell Group, Hugh Taylor OBE, Chief Executive, Michels & Taylor, Kfir Levy, Co-Founder, Habitas


Recent events have shown us the importance of future-proofing expansion and investment plans. Our talk highlights how thinking around development and investment has changed post Covid-19, and looks at important new openings, locations and considerations for the industry.

14:00 - 14:40 | Designing for Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism

Moderator: Harry McKinley, Journalist & Hospitality Consultant

Speakers: Erik Nissen - Johansen, Creative Director & Founder, Stylt Trampoli, Blanche van Berckel, Founder & CEO, Vous Hotels & Retreats and Jerry Tate, Partner, Tate Harmer


What does sustainable tourism look like? As host environments begins to understand their social responsibility, minimising impact, giving back and improving efficiency have come to the top of the agenda.

In search of further hospitality insight? Discover Sleep & Eat Virtual, whose talks programme will be hosted by trailblazers of the industry on poignant and topical issues.

On-Demand Sessions

Log in to Designscape now to access a range of on-demand sessions across residential, hospitality and retail design. These and our live sessions will be available to watch for up to a month after Designscape has finished.

On Demand | Rethinking Technology & Interiors For The Post Pandemic Home

Speakers: Vanessa Leyland, Founder/Owner, Venessa Leyland Interiors, Jeff Hayward, Director/Co-Presenter of IDB Podcast, Wildwood PR, Susie Rumbold, Founder/Creative Director, Tessuto Interiors, Andrew Royall, Director, Eclectic Home Technology


Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, residential properties have suddenly had to do double duty as office, school, and gym. The panel explores how interior designers can react to changes in demand and how technology can help in solving some of the problems encountered in this brave new world.

On Demand | Alexander Joseph: Time To Cut The Cord!

Alexander Joseph make the world’s only luxury cordless lamps. We believe that without exquisite craftsmanship, a beautiful design is destined to mediocrity, so craftsmanship is the cornerstone of everything we do and stand for. All our products are handmade to order in rural Dorset UK. In addition to our permanent lamp ranges we welcome customer commissions whether designed by you, or with our help. We care passionately about our reputation for quality and our customer service. If we say we will do something, we will do it. No ifs no buts.

On Demand | Meet Houzz Pro - The All-in-One Business Management Solution Designed Just for You

Running an interior design business is a busy job. Chances are your day is often spent running between client meetings and site visits and there is very little time left to focus on admin tasks or finding the next client. Houzz created Houzz Pro to provide you with affordable and easy-to-use tools that help you run your business better. In this webinar, our Houzz expert Dorcas will introduce you to the software and show you how it could help your business..

On Demand | Tips for Building a Successful Interior Design Business

Speakers: Gail Christie, Co-Owner, Christie Spencer Interiors, Gaynor Spencer, Co-Owner, Christie Spencer Interiors


Building a successful interior design business can be challenging. How do you build up a name? When is the right time to grow? How do you leverage technology effectively? Join Houzz as they chat to Gail and Gaynor of design studio, Christie Spencer Interiors about what it has taken to grow and scale a successful design business. They will share their experience and offer advice on building infrastructure, creating systems and expanding a brand.

On Demand | The Art of Virtual Networking

Moderator: Mark Gordon, Event Director, Sleep & Eat

Speakers: Katie Tobin, Co-Founder, Always Thinking, Karen Willey, Co-Founder, Always Thinking


As the world transitions to a ‘new normal’, the way in which we network, do business and forge new connections is shifting, and in large part - moving online. In collaboration with Sleep & Eat and business development agency, AlwaysThinking, share their expert guidance on how to get the most out of digital networking in the new environment before us.

On Demand | Sleep & Eat: Survive, then Thrive

Moderator: Mark Gordon, Event Director, Sleep & Eat

Speakers: Dian Small, Regional Director, RIBA London, Harriet Forde, ex-President, British Institute of Interior Design, Charlotte Davies, Marketing Manager, British Institute of Interior Design, Caroline Cundall President, NEWH UK


This webcast is for members of the hospitality design community who may have been furloughed, made redundant or had their work affected by the pandemic. The panel discuss what support is available, how to market yourself and how to network digitally within our industry and beyond.