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Introducing your 2022 Saturday Indesign speakers

Catch up with some of our industry’s top talents at this year’s Saturday Indesign speaker series.

Introducing your 2022 Saturday Indesign speakers

Saturday Indesign is an event that’s big on cutting-edge knowledge and fresh inspiration, that looks to awaken the senses to all the newest developments in the world of design. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Saturday Indesign Design Discussions, where curated panels feature some of the industry’s most exciting names going toe-to-toe on topical conversations. Editorially driven by the teams at Indesign and Habitus, this year’s discussions feature 10 not-to-be-missed sessions with over 30 speakers discussing everything from workplace, travel, lighting, Instagram and more. Add to this a lineup of talks, where exhibiting showrooms are hosting specialised sessions on everything from fitness architecture to workplace wellbeing and everything in between. There’s something for everyone this Saturday 21 May!

Contributing to the discussion are a curated panels featuring some of our industry’s brightest including Matthew Woordward (Matthew Woodward), Mark Raggatt (ARM Architecture), Jasmin Williamson (John Wardle Architects), Adam Mundy (Geyer), Karina Simpson (Hot Black), Craig Saltmarsh (Gray Puksand), Marina Carroll (Architectus), Kristi Wayman (Nic Brunsdon), William Smart (Smart Design Studio) and many more! 

If you’re keen to keep your finger on the pulse, Saturday Indesign is the program for you. Check out the great lineup of design discussions and talks and get to know the speakers who are bringing their knowledge and perspective to this phenomenal line up.

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers
Chadstone Link, by Cera Stribley. Image by Peter Bennetts.

Shop till you Drop! The New Wave of Experimental Retail

Moderated by Alice Blackwood

9:30 am – 10:30 am at Winning Appliances

After two years of digital trading, the stage is set for a new dawn for retail spaces. The act of shopping, purchasing, and selection is less functional and more about curating consumer-centric experiences that immerse the shopper, and offer rich scope for connection and storytelling.

On this panel: Jessica Coulter (Cera Stribley), Charlotte Wilson (SJB), Harry Boileau (Winning Appliances), Kate McGlone (Winning Appliances).

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers
Wallis Lake House, by Matthew Woodward Architecture. Image by Brett Boardman.

A New Dawn of Materiality

Moderated by Jan Henderson

10:00 am – 11:00 am hosted at Kaolin Tiles

So much of what we design comes down to the materials we choose. From creating a visual statement, to supporting local and sustainable suppliers, materiality is what truly defines a project. In this session we look at projects who lead the way in their material choices and inspire us to get creative. Join speakers Matthew Woodward (Woodward Architecture), Dijana Tasevska (CHROFI), Mark Raggatt (ARM).

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers

In Conversation: Art, Architecture and Lighting

Moderated by Aleesha Callahan

10:15 am – 10:45 am at Special Lights 

If an architect designs a beautiful space but there is no light to illuminate it, is it still beautiful? This session looks at the role of lighting in observation and perception, with particular emphasis in the intersection between lighting, art and architecture.

On this panel: Jackson Stigwood and Paolo Frigenti (both Public Design Studio).

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers
Cradle Coast Campus, by John Wardle Architects. Image by Anjie Blair.

20/20 Vision: Towards a Sustainable Future

Moderated by Alice Blackwood

11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Sehosu 

Our future lies in the hands of people who can dream us something better, finding solutions to our environmental and social problems in their foresight, vision and innovation. This talk puts a collection of these people centre stage, looking at how they want to revolutionise the built environment to something that is future-focused.

Join Jasmin Williamson (John Wardle), Aidan Mullan (Interface) and Marcus Piper and Virginia Wong-See (architecture @ altitude) (both Regional Architecture Association).

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers

Ensuring Workplace Relevance

Moderated by Michael C. O’Brien

11:45 am – 12:45 pm At Wilkhahn Asia Pacific 

The workplace of today is in flux. New competing drivers, such as the commute to work post covid, are fast determining the success or failure of these spaces. We investigate how leadership within an organisation can ensure that where we work, is relevant now, and in the future.

This panel of industry experts including Dr. Kirsten Brown (Six Ideas by Dexus),  Duncan Young (Lendlease), Tim Slessor (Catholic Education Office) and Dan Kola (CBRE) will discuss what can be done now to futureproof the office of tomorrow.

ANZ Sydney, by Hot Black. Image by Steve Brown.

The Utopian Office and the Death of the 9-5

Moderated by Alice Blackwood

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Herman Miller 

As businesses face challenges in convincing employees to return to the office, new approaches to workplace design are creating the ‘utopian office’, a culturally rich destination that offers all the benefits of community, connection, learning and osmosis. Hear from speakers Nicole Fitzgerald (Siren Design), Adam Mundy (Geyer), Dan Szwaj (TURNER) and Karina Simpson (Hot Black).

Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, by Architectus. Image by Shannon McGrath.

Democratising Learning: The Evolution of Education

Moderated by Jan Henderson

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at 

After nearly two years of on and off home-schooling, the way we learn and teach has been thrust into the spotlight, with people taking note of the structure, and indeed buildings, that are made to facilitate education. We look at the quiet revolution that is underway in the education sector, looking at how people, product and design is paving the way.

In this panel: Tom Skeehan (SKEEHAN), Craig Saltmarsh (Gray Puksand), Marina Carroll (Architectus).

The Tiing, by Nic Brunsdon. Image by Ben Hosking.

The Architecture of Travel

Moderated by Aleesha Callahan

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at AnteriorXL

What does travel look like in the post-pandemic era? Are we looking for spaces that transport us or places that feel like home? Do we want creature comforts or high end luxury? What does it take to make a home away from home and is it about creating spaces with personality or something that can be melded into one’s own?

Hear from Kristi Wayman (Nic Brunsdon), Rachel Luchetti (Luchetti Krelle), Tracey Wiles (Woods Bagot) and Stephen Howard (Ovolo Group).

2022 Saturday Indesign speakers

Business of Design

Moderated by Max Thompson

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Krost Business Furniture
What does it take to run a successful design practice in 2022? How do we navigate between clients who have seen it all, rising responsibilities for HR teams and continuing to inspire teams to achieve the best? Explore this theme with speakers Saneia Norton (Saneia Norton Design Communication), Sue Davies (Global Design Citizens) and Dustin Brade (Hames Sharley).

Nickson 61, by Smart Design Studio. Image by Romello Pereira.

In Conversation: William Smart on Heritage and Contemporary Design

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Fred International 

Hear from William Smart, Director of Smart Design Studio, in a building of his own design. In this intimate chat, learn about the process of designing award-winning projects, particularly how you work within the parameters of existing and heritage buildings to create a modern, contemporary and environmentally sustainable design.

Fella Flagship Store, by AP Design House. Image by Rory Gardiner.

Designing Rooms and Influencing People

Moderated by Aleesha Callahan

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Instagram has become a space where design can thrive, where the most powerful design statement you can make fits into 1:1 square. How has this changed the way we understand design, and how have consumer habits changed with the rise of the interior influencer? Join Aleesha Callahan (Editor, Habitus magazine), Stefania Reynolds (StudioJohnston) and Alexandra Ponting (AP Design House) in this discussion. 

Attending Saturday Indesign Design Discussions is free, simply register now and attend on-day. 

Your attendance puts you into the running to win from our prize pool of over $20,000. 

We can’t wait to see you at #saturdayindesign however don’t forget that 21 May is also the federal election. Saturday Indesign recommends registering for a postal vote or find your closest pre-polling place to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the design action.

Key event details:

Saturday Indesign
21 May, 2022
9am-5pm
Key design locations across Sydney
Free to attend! Register now!

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