Design Exchange curate talks at Tent / Superbrands 2014

Design Exchange SuperTalks

This year’s seminar programme aims to generate debate and discussion by placing the audience in the driving seat, directing current opinion and challenging some of the industry’s biggest and brightest names. Curated by Design Exchange, Super Talks takes as its broad theme The Future, focusing on cities, design, architecture and technologies.

All talks are free to attend; however, they booked out fast last year, so be sure to book online in advance so not to miss out.


Thursday 18th September



11 am -12 am (+30 minutes Q & A) 

The Future Consumer Experience

How do you design a virtual showroom? How can you experience a product when you can’t touch it? Can the experience of being immersed in a space that enhances the feel, smell and idea of a product ever be replaced by buying online? What are virtual designers doing to enhance the virtual experience? Design Exchange invite cutting edge practitioners to discuss…

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Nicolas Rossi

Pete Champion 

Ben Mailen

Louise Thorburn


1.00 – 1.30  pm (+15 mins Q &A) 

10 Years of Colour, trend review from 2006 to 2016.

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Global Color Research, the London based trend consultancy company will for the first time open its archives to explore what has happened with colour between the years 2006 and 2016. The seminar will give you the opportunity to find out how trends have affected our preferences for key colour groups over the years, as well as insight into new trend concepts for 2016 as published in MIX Magazine.

Speaker: Hannah Malein, Colour & Trend Consultant Manager.


1.45 pm – 2.15 pm  (+15 mins Q &A)

Colour Wellbeing Design by RAL

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The sensation of colour, as an expression of the sense of sight, influences wellbeing and is connected to deeply embedded themes and patterns on emotional, cultural and personal levels. Colour impacts wellbeing, health, and decision-making in essential ways, not least because vision has replaced odour as the most essential sense for survival. The majority of all conscious and unconscious decisions are affected by notions of colour, a discipline of constant debate in both art and science. This talk is part of 10 Years of Colour project by Global Color Research

Speaker: Ines Klemm, Dipl.-Ing. Architect


3.00 pm –  (+30 mins Q &A) 

Nature’s Influence in the Design Process

Interior designer Oliver Heath talks with a distinguished panel about how good design can take inspiration from nature using Biomimetic and Biophilic processes to improve the products and spaces that we use every day by strengthening our connection with the natural world.

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Chair – Oliver Heath


Dr Craig Knight

Kenneth Freeman

Yaniv Peer


5 pm – 6.00pm (+30 minutes Q & A) 

Specialist Craftsmanship vs. Mass production

How can traditional materials and crafts honed over generations, compete with the ever-increasing options for fast fabrication? To what extent do we connect with an object because of its history? Can craftsmanship and technology work in harmony? During this talk we aim to explore the need to look at the past to help mould the future.

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Chair – Andrew Clancy


Steven McNamara

Chirag Patel 

Tarek Merlin


Friday 19th September



11 am -11.45 am 

Ten Years of Colour, trend review from 2010 to 2016.

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Global Color Research the London based trend consultancy company has opened its archives for the first time to showcase what has happened with colour and trends between 2010 and 2016. The seminar will give you the opportunity to learn how time and fashion have effected colours and to understand some trend concepts towards 2016. Space trend story for SS2016 will be feature on this talk.

Speaker: Hannah Malein


11.45 pm to 12.15 (+15 mins Q&A)

Colour & Plastic talking to Clariant by MIX Magazine

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Judith Van Vliet from Clariant will be interviewed by Tamsin Kingswell, Chief Editor of MIX Magazine, and will talk to the audience about trends in plastics. The topic can be interesting not only for product designers but for anyone who deals with consumer products.

Speaker: Judith Van Vlient Designer at Clariant & Tamsin Kingswell Editor in Chief of MIX Magazine


1pm – 2pm (+ 30 minutes Q & A)

Design Exchange Discuss…

Future Transport 

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How will we move in the future? With ever-expanding urban populations and the need to explore new modes of sustainable transport, this talk will discuss innovative visions of city transportation.


Pernilla Ohrstedt

Martin Uhlarik

Trevor To 

Sam Martin 


4pm – 5pm (+ 30 minutes Q & A)

Design Exchange Discuss… 

Materials that will Change the Future

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A panel of forward-thinking designers talk about recent technological breakthroughs in materials, and how these may affect the way we design, manufacture and build in the future.

Chair – Ghislaine Boddington


Lucy Mcrae

Ian Hunter

Maria Cheung

Elena Corchero


6pm – 7pm (30 minutes Q & A)

Design Exchange Discuss… 

Future Cities 

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The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities and this is a continuing trend. This debate will provide a platform for visionaries from across a variety of disciplines to share their views about the future of urban life.

Chair – Alastair Donald


John McRae

Oliver Marlow

Carl Turner

Jerome Rigaud


Saturday 20th September



11 am -12 am (30 minutes Q & A) 

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Danish Design Heritage – and it’s Influence on Future Designers.

This talk will give an insight into the DNA of Danish Design with an expert panel of speakers from Denmark.

Chair – Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts Magazine


Christian Holmsted-Olesen, Chief Curator and Head of Collection, Designmuseum Denmark

Betina Simonsen, Director, Innonet Lifestyle, Denmark

Nina Tolstrup, Designer and former curator for DanishCrafts Collection and Mindcraft

Nicolaj de Gier, Ass. Prof. Royal Academy for Architecture and Design, Copenhagen


1.00pm – 1.30 pm (15 mins Q &A)

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Giles Miller Explores the use of Colour through the Design Process by MIX Magazine

As part of the topic 10 Years of Colour, Tamsin Kingswell, Editor in Chief of MIX Magazine, will talk to Giles Miller about his installation at the Box Park and the use of colour and trends.

Speakers: Giles Miller and Tamsin Kingswell


2pm – 3pm (30 minutes Q & A)

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Design Exchange Discuss…

Digital Fabrication 

Designers and artists from around the world are more and more using digital fabrication as a way to develop and realise their work. This talk explores how the technology is evolving and poses questions like, ‘Who is demanding it?’, ‘Why Now?’, ‘What are the creative limitations?’ and finally… ‘What comes next?’

Chair – Martyn Perks 


Dr Paul Reeves 

Mehran Gharleghi

Ghislaine Boddington

Max Wehebrink 


4.00 pm – 5.00pm (30 mins Q &A)

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Branding with Light 

Lighting contributes strongly to the perception of a brand and a branded space, and the creation of an experience which is unforgettable, inspiring and creative. Matilda Tireus from DELTALIGHT talks with Florence Lam, Director at Arup, and Dominic Harris, founder of Cinimod Studio, about the importance of lighting and how new state-of-the-art technologies are developing, pushing the bounds of possibility, and allowing designers to be more creative.

Chair –  Matilda Tireus


Florence Lam

Dominic Harris 


6pm – 7pm (30 minutes Q & A

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The Wegner/ Mogensen Centenary talk

A celebration talk of the work of Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen by the Head of Exhibitions from Design Museum Denmark, and put in a contemporary context by Futurist Anne Lise Kjær, Kjaer Global and Creative Director, Christina Schmidt, Skandium. Design Museum Denmark is currently showing two centenary exhibitions on Wegner and Mogensen, and part of the talk will also include an insight into rare pieces of furniture by these designers as well as their legacy for Danish Design.

Chair – David Tathan 


Christian Holmsted Olesen, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Design Museum Denmark

Anne Lise Kjaer, Futurist, CEO and Founder, Kjaer Global

Christina Schmidt, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Skandium


Sunday 21st September


11.30 pm – 12.00 pm  ( +15 minutes Q & A)

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A New Type of Interference – how to stand out from the crowd

ANTI is an acronym for A New Type of Interference – a manifest for the studio’s approach to communication design. ANTI believes that in a world where we are bombarded with several thousand pieces of communication a day, we require a non-traditional approach in order to stand out from the crowd. Berentzen will try to explain what this really means in his lecture.


Endre Berentzen – Founding Partner & Creative Director at ANTI


12.30 pm – 1pm ( +15 minutes Q & A)

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Where Sustainable Design Meets Business Sustainability

What would a world filled with truly sustainable businesses look like? Join this thought-provoking session to hear how, according to Professor Donnie Maclurcan, not-for-profit enterprise will be at the heart of a sustainable future by 2050. Outlining research from Donnie’s forthcoming book with Jennifer Hinton, How on Earth, this presentation will explore what it takes to design for human flourishing on a finite planet.


Dr Donnie Maclurcan

2 pm – 3 pm (30 minutes Q & A)

Design Exchange Discuss…

Publishing what’s In-Store for the Future? 

Chair– John McRae,

This talk aims to generate debate by placing the audience in the driver’s seat. A panel from a variety of backgrounds will engage the audience in a discussion about the future of publishing. With the recent democratisation of media through online publications and platforms such as social media, is it time for the reader to become more involved with the content of the magazines they buy and read?

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Andrea Klettner

Rose Etherington

David Morris

James Pallister


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