MAJOR PARTNER | SPEAKER PROGRAM

What is good design, if not the product of countless conversations?

Listen in on thought-provoking talks by inspiring international and local talents at DENFAIR’s Speaker Series.

This year, in our biggest program to date, there’s a topic to pique everyone’s interest. From ambitious workplaces that enhance quality of life, to meditations on the relationship between wellness and space, and musings on the culture of design, hear from a diverse cross-section of our design community.

Running the entire duration of the show, plan ahead or wander in as you please – all Speaker Series panels are free to attend.

The 2019 Speaker Series is proudly presented by DENFAIR’s Major Partner, Clipsal by Schneider Electric. Operating at the forefront of technology and design in Australia for nearly a century, their support enables the Speaker Series to remain free of charge. This reinforces Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s role in sharing innovation and big ideas with the design community and beyond.

Curated by

Sandra Tan

Sandra has had a voice in the Australian design media for the past six years, with editorial credits including such titles as Indesign, Habitus, Mezzanine, Inside, Australian Design Review and AR Asia Pacific.

She has written for award-winning architects and small creative studios, and enjoys using her words to support the local design community in all its forms.

As the first-ever DENFAIR editor, Sandra seeks greater diversity in the stories we tell, and design which champions inclusivity and equality.

Day One | Thursday — 20th June

WELLBEING | 11:00am

Work! What Is It Good For?

We know that meaningful work can enrich our lives, but can it actually make you well? Look at the smart tech and community-based design strategies creating office spaces to not just support wellbeing, but actively enhance our lives.

MASTERCLASS | 12:30pm

#futurework: Collaboration and Connection

The strategic design experts at Futurespace takes us through the design of their inspired installation #futurework, at the core of DENFAIR’s new workspace precinct.

FOOD | 2:00pm

Design Hungry: Aussie Food Culture Shaping Global Spaces

How is Australia’s sophisticated casual fare influencing hospitality design globally? Tuck into a design degustation with the architects and designers setting the tone for the places we love to eat, at home and abroad.

MASTERCLASS | 3:30pm

Zaha Hadid Design: Interpreting The Ordinary into Something Unexpected

Referencing Zaha Hadid’s process with each new project, ZHD examines its significance within the dialogue of contemporary design, and continues to interpret both the present and the future of the practice, by sharing her story.  In a moderated discussion, UK-based directors Maha Kutay and Woody Yao will speak about the development of the studio by Zaha Hadid from the 1980’s until present, and the impact of this process, on their first ever visit to Australia, for DENFAIR 2019.

Angela Ferguson
Moderator
Futurespace

Maria Bourke
Steelcase

Angela Ferguson
Futurespace

Gavin Harris
Futurespace

Cassie Hansen
Moderator 
Editor, Artichoke

Iva Foschia
IF Architecture

Maha Kutay
Director, Zaha Hadid Design

Woody Yao
Director, Zaha Hadid Design

Heidi Smith
Gray Puksand

Dr Adrian Medhurst
Benny Button

Mark Simpson
DesignOffice

Stuart Krelle
Luchetti Krelle

Suzy Annetta
Moderator
Editor, Design Anthology

Day Two | Friday — 21st June

HOMEWORK | 11:00am

Machine for Living and Working: How the Home Office Affects our Domestic Dynamic

With so many people choosing to work where they live, how might this shape residential design going forward? Unpacking ideas behind domestic spaces that promote productivity, while supporting a healthier balance between our work and home lives.

MASTERCLASS | 12:30pm

Stay Current: How Electric Design Shapes Our Spaces

What’s the latest in electrical innovation? How can spatial designers integrate smart technology into the places we live, work and play? Find out what the future holds with Xavier Lifran, Pacific Design Lab Director at Schneider Electric.

WASTE | 2:00pm

Design, Waste and the Circular Economy

How can designers shift their practice away from take, make and throw away, towards an approach that is more self-sufficient and responsible? What are the barriers to this and how can we address them?

HEALTH | 3:30pm

Furniture, Fixtures and Fitness: Designing For Optimum Health

Fitness and wellness centres have evolved in recent times to become a place where good design is expected – a part of the offering rather than an afterthought. Meet the spatial experts using design to encourage wellness, at new-gen fitness centres almost too beautiful to sweat in.

Angela Ferguson
Moderator
Futurespace

Adam Goodrum
Designer

Xavier Lifran
Clipsal by Schneider Electric

Tamsin O’Neill
Moderator
Editor, Green Magazine

Vanessa Katsanevakis
Sussex Taps

Sandra Tan
Moderator
Editor, DENFAIR

Alicia McKimm
GOLDEN

Brad Way
Branch Studio Architects

Alex Hopkins
Studio Tate

Karryn Dargie and Dean Baird
Interia

Adele Winteridge
Foolscap Studio

Sian Pascale
The Light Collective

Cristian Brugnoli
Architect, TechnoGym

WIRED| 5:00pm

Stay Current: The Potential of Electrical Design

A deep dive into how technology could be better incorporated into our spaces to enable us to live more fluidly. Hear from two electrical experts at the forefront of design.

Mark Jeisman
Clipsal by Schneider Electric

Xavier Lifran
Clipsal by Schneider Electric

Day Three | Saturday — 22nd June

SHOWCASE | 11:00am

Best of DENFAIR 2019

With the industry’s finest all under one roof, what ideas catch the most discerning eyes? A conversational recap of the show’s highlights – including this year’s award-winning exhibitors, stands and best products according to the DENFAIR judging panel. Find out what not to miss on the show floor.

MASTERCLASS | 12:30pm

Material Matters: Designing With the Grain

Warm, enduring, robust and tactile – can wood ever go out of style? Our panel discuss the merits and innovations of one of the world’s oldest building materials, and see how these come to play at Oak REDefined.

CULTURE | 2:00pm

Made In Asia: Neighbouring Design Cultures

A snapshot of the Asian design community now – what are the key themes coming out of new interior, architecture, product design and manufacture? What is the experience of designing for an Asian market? Is there more impetus to reference local cultural cues, rather than looking abroad for inspiration?

ART x DESIGN | 3:30pm

Easel Project: Painting With Industry

Eight compelling creatives, eight original pieces of work. Hear from the designers, artists and makers melding both art and industry for Easel – an ambitious collaborative project, launching exclusively at DENFAIR 2019.

Sandra Tan
Moderator
Editor, DENFAIR

Suzy Annetta
Editor, Design Anthology

Sandra Tan
Moderator
Editor, DENFAIR

Adam Markovitz
Architect, Designer

Suzy Annetta
Moderator
Editor, Design Anthology

JJ Acuna
Architect, Designer

Marcus Piper
Moderator
Digital Craftsperson

Adam Cornish
Designer

Rob Mills
RMA

Marcus Piper
Digital Craftsperson

Luke Ommundson
Evostyle

Rod Wiles
AHEC

Caroline Olah
Reddie Furniture

Samson Tiew / Jon Liow
One Design Office

Emmaline Cox
Axolotl

MAJOR PARTNER | SPEAKER PROGRAM

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

SPEAKER SPACE

 

Arthur Koutoulas returns to DENFAIR with yet another original, immersive installation.

Designed exclusively for the show, this purpose-built forum will house the industry’s most compelling voices in an intimate, acoustically engineered space.  Modular seating and wall elements made entirely of foam showcase the limitless sculptural potential of an unassuming material. Joyce Foam Products have once again created a uniquely tactile environment best experienced firsthand.

The Speaker Space is proudly supported by Joyce Foam Products and Polyflor.