OUR 2021 AGENDA

  • 24th February
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  • 24th February
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  • 25th February
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  • 25th February
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8.00am – 9.00am

Yoga in The Workplace

Enjoy this yoga class with several breathing exercises & postures you can practice from anywhere. This will help to activate your inner energy, improve the detox process in your body & brain, alleviate stress, and boost productivity levels.

Sponsored by 

9.00am – 10.00am

The Office Turned on its Head

Panel Discussion

Learn all about how the evolution of ‘work from anywhere’ and ‘working from home’ has transformed our workplaces, with explanations, real-world examples, and quick-fire questions to keep leading panellist on their toes.

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10.00am – 11.00am

Setting-Up Camp in the Future Workplace

In Conversation: Orangebox’s Mark Partridge & Nathan Hurley

2020 saw the launch of Campers&Dens, a new architectural pod platform that aims to redefine how we design and use our office environments. In this conversation Nathan and Mark will discuss the research, design process and ideology behind a creative and innovative platform such as Campers&Dens.

11.00am – 12.00pm

Wellbeing: Happy Hormones, What Are They, What Do They Do, and What Can We Do to Boost Them?

Questae Collective

Sophie and John will explore the magical quartet of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins – what they are, what they do, why they matter and how we can give them a good old boost and get them flowing naturally. This will be aligned with some tips and considerations to think about whilst working remotely to help maintain mental resilience.

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12.00pm – 1.00pm

The Reset. Looking forwards to a positive world of design

Connection – BIID Accredited

Working in collaboration with Scarlett Opus, we have created a seminar that explores the influences of design in workspaces, from colours & materials to technology & environment. Covering three key macro trends our seminar considers the influences within these trends and how we they can be interpreted into workspace design & furniture application.

BIID
Accredited

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Live Room: Design Insights – Tomorrow’s Workspace Chaired by Luke Palmer.

Live Room

Chaired by Luke Palmer, Principal Designer Orangebox, debating the new parameters of ‘science’ V’s ‘the guidelines’ and how a does a responsible manufacturer respond to the rapidly changing workspace.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Material trends: Natural Refuge to 70s Revival

Johnson Tiles’ design team, Melanie Holland & Amy Pears are teaming up with Material Lab’s studio manager Taran Kaur, to share key tile, colour and textures trends in this inspirational talk.
Handpicking key themes from the latest issue of Tile Trace, Johnson Tiles’ bi-annual trends guide, and sharing insights from the latest products on display at Material Lab, the trio will explore how the impact of the past 12-months is being reflected in emerging trends.
Johnson Tiles is the UK’s only large-scale designer, manufacturer & importer of ceramic and porcelain tiles and Material Lab is the tile expert’s design resource studio and materials library for architects and designers in central London.

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Designing for Happiness

This session will explore the various ways in which the built environment can affect how we feel – and how we as designers can create happier spaces that improve people’s moods and encourage mindful living..

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4.00pm – 5.00pm

The New Inclusivity: Neurodiversity, Social Equity and Workplace Inclusion

Not only is designing to be inclusive the right thing to do, but there is also a compelling business case for it as well. Investigate the various aspects of neurodiversity and explore how to create spaces that are more physically and culturally inclusive for people with a wide spectrum of neurological conditions to allow them to thrive.

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5.00pm – 6.00pm

Live Room: What did 2020 teach us about the role of technology in commercial interiors?

During lockdown we were all forced to embrace technology to stay in touch with customers, colleague’s, family & friends. What have we learnt from this process and what will we continue to embrace when we return to “spaces”? How will the buildings & interiors need to adapt to accommodate it? Join our professional panel and use the chat facility to present questions and be part of the conversation.

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8.00am – 9.00am

Acoustics? PET? A Happiness Cocktail for Humans and Nature

Impact Acoustics


In this session we will discuss how sustainable acoustic solutions can have a real impact on people, suffering from noise – and our planet, dealing with single-use plastics. We will unravel the myths around PET and their recycling and upcycling characteristics.

9.00am – 10.00am

An Introduction to Tiling Patterns: Ideas and Inspiration for Using Them in Your Designs

RIBA Certified CPD

This RIBA Certified CPD introduces tiling patterns through the world of tessellations, looking at symmetry, repeat patterns and a handful of mathematical terms and rules. We explore tessellations in the world around us and look at tiling patterns in contemporary interiors – providing participants with ideas and inspiration for creating their own patterns.

RIBA Certified

10.00am – 11.00am

The Charity for People in the Interiors Sector.

A Q&A with Sue Dean, Welfare Officer, about the role of The Furniture Makers’ Company as the charity for the furnishing sector. Find out more about Personal Support Grants for those affected by Covid-19 as well as our ongoing welfare for those in need.

11.00am – 12.00pm

The Changing Face of Office Furniture Logistics & Home Delivery

Chaucer Logistics, the world largest dedicated Furniture Logistics provider discuss the changing face of office furniture logistics and explore the considerations when offering home delivery.

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Net Zero Clue? Why Carbon is a Big Deal for Interiors and How to Start Your Net Zero Journey

In this session, industry sustainability expert and environmental activist, Georgia Elliott-Smith shows you how to become a force for good, protect profit and become genuinely excited and knowledgeable about greening your business.

Sponsored by

2.00pm – 3.00pm

The experience of sensorized furniture:
GAIA by ACTIU

GAIA is an IoT platform that allows the sensorization of workspaces, to obtain data about how we use them as well as the environmental conditions. GAIA enables creating high-performance smart workspaces capable of maintaining a constant balance between people, the physical environment and environmental conditions.

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Ergonomics in the workplace – Introducing the Next Generation Monitor Arm

Andrew Wills, Designer, explains his passion for designing products for people and how his collaboration with CMD has led to the development of a revolutionary new monitor arm. Miro is a game changing product – its vertical synchronised movement is completely unique and brings significant ergonomic benefit. Hear how Andrew achieved perfect screen balance and vertical movement in the development of Miro and how this will change the way that users will integrate with technology in the workplace.

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Healthcare Insider: Designing for Sensory & Cognitive Decline

The built environment plays a huge role in how we feel in a space, how it affects our physical and mental health and wellbeing. As we age, our senses decline, and some people will develop dementia. This webinar will look at how interior design can support people living with sensory and cognitive decline and why this approach should not just be used in care homes and retirement living environments.

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8.00am – 9.00am

Yoga in The Workplace

Enjoy this yoga class with several breathing exercises & postures you can practice from anywhere. This will help to activate your inner energy, improve the detox process in your body & brain, alleviate stress, and boost productivity levels.

9.00am – 10.00am

Spacelab - Adaptive Reuse: The Evolution of the Workplace

The experience of mass working from home over the past 12 months has challenged us all to rethink our ways of working, and our places of work. Business owners and landlords have a huge opportunity to evolve their spaces into more exciting, flexible – and relevant – places, where people really want to be. Rosie Haslem and Kara Carter will discuss their research into the topic, and how they have adapted their workplace into a buzzing, multifunctional community hub that will continue to evolve over time.

Sponsored by 

10.00am – 11.00am

Setting-Up Camp in the Future Workplace

In Conversation: Orangebox’s Mark Partridge & Nathan Hurley

2020 saw the launch of Campers&Dens, a new architectural pod platform that aims to redefine how we design and use our office environments. In this conversation Nathan and Mark will discuss the research, design process and ideology behind a creative and innovative platform such as Campers&Dens.

11.00am – 12.00pm

The Psychology of the Post Covid Workplace.

From the end of the first lockdown, Chartered Psychologist Dr. Craig Knight has been analysing levels of wellbeing, engagement, and performance among those working from home. Synthesizing his findings with 17 years of scientific workplace research, Craig shares results on what people need when operating down the line, how organisations can best support their workers and what lessons we can learn when reconstructing the post-pandemic workplace. Dr Knight will explain the psychology behind the research as well as how to spot and avoid the pointless data that is flooding the marketplace right now. By the end of his talk, you will have in your hands the key business levers that affect the most crucial organizational variables. Above all you will have insight into what makes staff happy and how they perform at their best..

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12.00pm – 1.00pm

Camira - A Guide to Specifying Contract Fabrics

RIBA Certified CPD

This educational tool will help you to understand the basics behind selecting fit-for-purpose fabrics, covering everything from composition and flammability to acoustics and cleaning.

RIBA Certified

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Live Room: Putting People First: The Evolving Challenges

Are you overwhelmed by the new considerations to best accommodate people in our professional spaces? Where exactly should we start on our journey to create inclusive and diverse spaces that allow everyone to thrive? Join our expert panel as they discuss the evolving challenges of putting people first. Use the chat facility to ask questions and be part of the conversation.

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2.00pm – 3.00pm

Veldhoen - What Do We Even Need a Physical Office for Anymore?

We know that our environment can influence and shape us, but we haven’t been in our physical offices for nearly 12 months. In this time, we have all evolved our behaviours, but as we consider our return to the office, can we harness these individual learnings to adapt our physical offices in a way that meets the needs of our future selves? Jon and Jamesina tell us their views on how our relationship with the office has changed because of the pandemic. What are the important lessons we need to take with us when we finally return? Whose responsibility is it to make sure that we continue to flourish in our way of working and what does taking responsibility look like?

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3.00pm-4.00pm

Build the Future into your Designs - Today

How can we create a truly agile re-configurable work, hospitality or educational space, that supports the mobile technology and applications that we all need, to stay productive in the digital world? Patrick Tarbit, Sales & Marketing Director at OE Electrics will discuss exactly that, and some critical technology evolutions that can help designers fully realise the agile, flexible, multi-use workspaces that our clients are demanding. Design for the future, and for a sustainable future.

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Cordless: Smart Technology: Your Journey to Smart Buildings

In the wake of Covid, organisations have woken up to the fact that our buildings need to be responsive, adaptable, and ready for anything. In this session, Cordless shares some advice on building ‘enablement’ through smart technology and how you can think Smart when designing for a new or refurbished building.

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5.00pm – 6.00pm

Live Room: WOD - Design Heads Meet

A discussion about how we must rethink the workplace as a hub for experience, or more: an entire ecosystem of vision-defining experiences that work in tandem to support and recruit top talent and uplift any company’s mission.

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6.00pm – 6.30pm

Live: The Little Gin Company – Virtual Gin Tasting

Being social is a key part of events in our industry, and to ensure you do not miss out, use discount code: VIEVENT10 to buy yourself a Gin Tasting experience & tune in to hear from The Little Gin Company for this fun virtual gin tasting. Non-alcoholic versions available too.

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6.30pm – 8.00pm

Closing Party

8.00am – 9.00am

BACHMANN - Hybrid Working, Next Level Collaboration, New Role, New Tools for the Office

As businesses are forced into finding new ways to work more remotely and flexible the need for new solutions and practices have never been more in demand as they are now. If what we are experiencing now is here to stay with home working, video conferences and less personal interaction then we need to look at new ways to bring people back together in what could be a very different looking workplace.

9.00am – 10.00am

Why Diversity Matters?

Panel Discussion

New research by McKinsey & Company makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Join this panel discussion, where Toby Mildon, Bernice Feller-Thijm, Nana Saeed Marfo, and Lara Manqui will discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moderated by Vivian Acquah.

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10.00am – 11.00am

NatureConnect by Signify - Lighting inspired by nature to improve wellbeing

In this session we explain how light affects our health and wellbeing. The Visual, Biological and Emotional aspects of light will be discussed. NatureConnect is the new innovation from Signify based on biophilic design principles that brings the benefits of daylight indoors. We address the health and wellbeing of the users of the workplace.

11.00am – 12.00pm

Chaucer Logistics - Navigating International Logistics & Brexit

Chaucer Logistics, the world largest dedicated Furniture Logistics provider discuss their involvement in planning for BREXIT and how they have overcome the delays and issues suffered by many others.

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Connection - The Experiential Workplace

We review through the powers of virtual reality how the future of the workplace will be more human-centric than ever with spaces that create a sense of ‘home’ and community, but also new spaces dedicated to focused individual work.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Ergonomics in the Workplace – Introducing the Next Generation Monitor Arm

Andrew Wills, Designer, explains his passion for designing products for people and how his collaboration with CMD has led to the development of a revolutionary new monitor arm. Miro is a game changing product – its vertical synchronised movement is completely unique and brings significant ergonomic benefit. Hear how Andrew achieved perfect screen balance and vertical movement in the development of Miro and how this will change the way that users will integrate with technology in the workplace.

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Configura - Design Spaces Effortlessly with our Intuitive CET Software

In this session our speakers Hanna Fägersjö and Chief Evangelist, Co-Founder and former CEO of 20 years, Johan Lyreborn, will introduce you to Configura and provide insight into our space planning software CET Commercial Interiors. We hope you will join us to learn about the power of CET and how this software can help your team design with ease and efficiency while making a positive environmental impact.

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Material trends: Natural Refuge to 70s Revival

Johnson Tiles’ design team, Melanie Holland & Amy Pears are teaming up with Material Lab’s studio manager Taran Kaur, to share key tile, colour and textures trends in this inspirational talk. Handpicking key themes from the latest issue of Tile Trace, Johnson Tiles’ bi-annual trends guide, and sharing insights from the latest products on display at Material Lab, the trio will explore how the impact of the past 12-months is being reflected in emerging trends. Johnson Tiles is the UK’s only large-scale designer, manufacturer & importer of ceramic and porcelain tiles and Material Lab is the tile expert’s design resource studio and materials library for architects and designers in central London.