Industry Seminar Series

12 May 2021

The 2009 International Industry Seminar Series was once again a huge success, with an exceptional line up of acclaimed speakers as follows:

Seminar 1
Design in a Complex World

Peter Davidson, Lab Architecture (Australia)

Understanding the dynamic geometry of life and its organisational patterns is where Peter Davidson finds his inspiration. Peter, director and lead design architect of internationally renowned Lab Architecture shared how this complex world influences his design choices.

Peter DavidsonPeter Davidson, Lab Architecture
Peter Davidson, together with Donald Bates, are the founders of LAB architectural studio, which currently has offices in Melbourne, London, Dubai and most recently in Shanghai.

LAB is best known for Melbourne’s contemporary civic heart, Federation Square. Completed in 2002, this project has received an unparalleled number of international and Australian design awards and is acknowledged as one of the worlds most significant public projects of the past decade.

Seminar 2 
The Evolution of Textiles

Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties (UK)

Attendees learnt about the history of printed textiles – both good & bad – from when man printed his own hand on cave walls, to today, as award winning designer Paul Simmons discussed Timorous Beasties’ take on design in the textiles industry.

Paul SimmonsPaul Simmons, Timorous Beasties
Timorous Beasties is a design led manufacturing company based in Glasgow, specialising in Fabrics and Wallpapers. Started by Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley in 1990, the studio is noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers.

After beginning by designing fabrics and wallpapers for production by other companies, Timorous Beasties then started to manufacture its designs and recently opened a shop in Glasgow. As their working practise as designer-makers has progressed, Timorous Beasties have become increasingly experimental in their approach to both hand-printing and machine production. These changes are reflected in their evolving aesthetic: from early wayward interpretations of naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish; to a searingly contemporary graphic style which, as Glasgow Toile illustrates, explores social and political issues.


Seminar 3
Colour ID

Mark Woodman, Mark Woodman Design & Color (USA)

Whatever the source, inspiration is the key. Just where do colours come from and how are they changing? From ancient to modern times colour has come from many – sometimes surprising – sources, redefining their meanings as well as applications. Mark uncovered the special meanings of colour, giving attendees a glimpse of what’s coming for design, decoration and life for next season.

Mark WoodmanMark Woodman, Mark Woodman Design & Color
Mark Woodman draws his passion for design and color from his extensive world travel – from the rich hues and classic lines of ancient Greece to the intense colors and graphic designs of Australia.

As owner of Mark Woodman Design & Color, a consulting firm, Woodman’s design work has ranged from private residences and office interiors to hand selecting the color palettes for entire communities. As an internationally renowned design and color specialist, he is frequently tapped to appear on television and radio programs and serves as an expert source for newspapers, magazines and professional associations. Mr. Woodman shares his design passion with clients, bringing them into the process to create residential and commercial interiors/exteriors that showcase their lifestyles through his unique eye for editing. His room designs have graced the pages of numerous publications as well as the cover of the book, “Color In Small Spaces”, with four additional inclusions.

Seminar 4
Interior Trends for 2010

Milou Ket, Milou Ket Styling & Design (The Netherlands)

Our resident trend forecaster Milou Ket was back by popular demand, unveiling interior trends for 2010 and beyond. Milou explored emerging design themes for the home, and used her 30 years experience to reveal material, structures and form to inspire future product development.

Milou KetMilou Ket, Milou Ket Styling & Design
Milou spent some time studying in America before returning to The Netherlands to start her career where she became an advisor and buyer. In 1980 Milou started her own company, Milou Ket Styling & Design. Her main role is putting together fabric and print collections as well as new product development for a range of different retail and buying groups.

Milou also produces “Innovation Lab”, a special issue of the Milou Ket Trend Service. It is an inspiring vision for the future, directed towards development of future products; showing materials, structures, designs, form and their potential application.

She has a broad variety of clients including: Volvo Cars, Ikea and Esprit Home products.

Milou Ket is an advisory member of the Trend Board of Decosit, Belgium & has lectured for the International Colour Marketing Group in New York.


Seminar 5
Not to be taken Lightly

Dean Gaylor, Mance Design (Australia)

Never before has the architectural and design industry faced so many rigorous challenges. With a global economic downturn Dean Gaylor, director of Mance Design shared how to accommodate high end decorative lighting into today’s budgets, and whether we should follow the lighting trends taking over Europe, or prevail with our own aspirations.

Dean GaylorDean Gaylor, Mance Design
Currently the managing director of a high profile lighting design studio, Mance Design, Dean studied Industrial and Graphic Design at Swinburne University before being invited to work at the Geoffrey Mance Studio. Geoff was an amazing mentor for Dean and when he passed away Dean agreed to preserve Geoff’s work and created Mance Design.

Dean is consumed by design and is continuously captivated by the process of transforming a 2.D. sketch into a sculptural piece, and in the case of lighting, capturing the emotional qualities of light as experienced in the external landscape. Experimentation and exploration of uncommon materials are a key part of Dean’s process as well as refining which involves stripping an object back to its essential components and modifying, modifying, modifying. Design for Dean is a sacred lifestyle preference and he is a devout and dutiful follower.

Seminar 6 
Colour Palettes & Design Predictions for 2011

Chris Stone, Chris Stone Design (Australia)

In this stressful year of restraint and poor sales, it is difficult to think ahead where interiors are going in 2011. Chris Stone, one of Australia’s key trend and colour forecasters, shared his Australian perspective as he enlightened attendees with colour palettes and design predictions across a number of products for the Australian home of 2011.

Chris StoneChris Stone, Chris Stone Design
After being trained at the Royal Collage of Art in London, Chris designed dress textiles in Italy for many famous houses. After 12 years in Milan he came to Melbourne and later Sydney as Design Director of Sheridan. His work there lasted 17 years and took Sheridan from a domestic company to an international business. Chris has worked with many designers, helping to establish Donna Karen Home, as well as working on the Priscilla Presley collection. Since leaving Sheridan, Chris has focused on colour prediction in the bi-annual publication Colourworks. Chris also lectures at UTS, COFA and the Whitehouse Institute in Sydney in textiles and colour. 

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