Winter Market 2018: Panelists & Keynotes
Thursday, February 15
MORNING KEYNOTE // 10:00AM – 11:00AM
EVOLUTION: Interior Design for a New Generation
Moderator: Robin Gordon, The Robert Allen Duralee Group’s VP of Marketing
Panelists: Brian Patrick Flynn, Anne Maxwell Foster & Suysel dePedro Cunningham
From digital design services and social media to client relations and licensing, technology and new methods of connectivity have shaken up the interior design industry as we once knew it. Robin Gordon, VP of Marketing for The Robert Allen Duralee Group, will moderate an engaging discussion with Anne Maxwell Foster & Suysel dePedro Cunningham, principal designers at boutique firm Tilton Fenwick, along with former set decorator turned private residential designer, Brian Patrick Flynn, whose recent production design credits include the HGTV Dream Home and HGTV Urban Oasis home giveaway series. Together, they’ll speak to the challenges — and opportunities — facing the designer in a modern, ever-changing world.
MID-DAY KEYNOTE // 12:05 PM – 1:00 PM
THRIVING AND SURVIVING: Tools, Tips & Tricks for Navigating Ecommerce
Moderated by: LUXE Interiors + Design
Panelists: Century Furniture President, Alex Shuford III, and Allison Paladino
The world of ecommerce and design continue to evolve as advanced online platforms, apps and software are undeniably shifting the landscape of the design business. Join Luxe Interiors + Design, Century Furniture President, Alex Shuford III, and other expert panelists as we examine the technology and the greater impact e-commerce has on our business. Gain expert tips on thriving and surviving in the digital age, while keeping your services and messaging relevant for this new wave of consumers.
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE // 2:05 PM – 3:00 PM
CREATION: A Peek Behind the Scenes with Patrick Frey
The creative process is innate and mysterious, with inspiration coming from expected and unexpected sources alike. Patrick Frey, Chairman and Creative Director for La Maison Pierre Frey, finds inspiration around the world – from travel, exhibitions, discussions, archives, or even the street. “We are typically French in our tradition and expertise,” Patrick Frey affirms, “but we won’t achieve anything by keeping ourselves to ourselves.” It is in his studio that a rug found on the sidewalk or a visit to a show on aboriginal art becomes the genesis for a fabric, wallpaper or carpet and rug collection. Join Patrick as he shares a glimpse of the authentic craftsmanship and artistry behind Pierre Frey’s creations in celebration of the showroom’s grand opening here at DCOTA. The newly completed showroom features all five brands – Pierre Frey, Braquenie, Fadini Borghi, Boussac and Le Manach – and an open workspace designed to accommodate custom products like made-to-order Toile de Tours fabrics and extensive carpet offerings.