World Interiors Meeting 2014


The inaugural inamsterdam World Interiors Meeting, the first global conference on interior design, was successfully held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in September 2013. The event will be repeated in Amsterdam in 2015, making it a bi-annual event.
World Interiors Meeting aims to address and attract a global audience of interior professionals, including designers, architects, academics, industry professionals and professional commisioners, to foster the professional debate and the exchange of knowledge, best practices and innovative ideas.
The inguangzhou World Interiors Meeting 2014 is a satellite event aimed at interior professionals in the Southeast Asian region. The one-day conference will focus on issues that are relevant to the region, albeit seen from a global perspective.
The inguangzhou World Interiors Meeting 2014 is organized in conjunction with the Guangzhou Design Week (5 – 7 December 2014), the prime interiors and design event in Southeast China.
inguangzhou World Interiors Meeting 2014 offers an inspiring and interactive program by and for international and local design luminaries, organizations and talents. The conference will see discussion and debate on the position of interior design, today and in the future. The program includes 3 challenging key-note presentations by global experts in their respective field, and offers delegates a unique opportunity to actively participate in the debate in 2 key-sessions, identifying the role of design now and in the future.
Overall theme: ‘Design Development’
An interior is never finished. Interior designers are continuously engaged in creatively adapting spaces to changing users, new demands or contemporary insights. More than a product an interior is a narrative, a storyline that supports users in meaningfully using and enjoying architecture’s inside-out. Subsequently, designing interiors itself is an ongoing process that reflects to cultural, social and economic developments. Not product focused but user centered. Rather than setting or following the newest style or fashion, designers are constantly in search for relevance, coherence and added value. The conference will actively engage in designers’ search for change, research what works and what doesn’t, and why.
Theme sessions:
‘User Centered Design Development’
Social structures and spaces are becoming more and more service oriented. Organizations see the value of human capital, and adapt to enhancing the wellbeing of people; being it clients, guests, residents, workers or prospects. Four specialized designers discuss with the delegates how public buildings, hospitals, hospitality and retail environments transform to user experiences that empower people.
‘Sustainable Design Development’
Being at the cradle of the cycle, designers have an inevitable obligation to propose solutions that responsibly address environmental, social and economic challenges. The linear economy of ‘take, make and dispose’ is unsustainable, and transforms into a circular economy, where goods and materials are re-used and recycled. Made to be made again, inspired by nature’s continuous cycle. Four experts share their experiences in the search to contribute to the quality of life. 
Karan Grover (India), Founder of Karan Grover Architects, on Sustainable Development (Key-note).
Zhang Qiman (China), Dean of interior design department Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing. Key-note on sustainable design.
David Singer (USA), Senior partner at Toni Chi Associates in New York. Key-note on hospitality design.
Ju Bin (China), Founder and CEO of Horizontal Space Design and lecturer at CAFA. On sustainable design.
Frazer MacDonald Hay (Singapore), Director of Glasgow School of Art Interior Design Department and founder of Big Stone Collective. On sustainable design.
Juan Carlos Baumgartner (Mexico), Partner in international architectural firm SPACE. on sustainable design.
Steve Leung (Hong Kong), architect and designer. On user centered design.
Fransesco Messori (Netherlands), Founder and Partner at multidisciplinary design studio D/Dock, on User Centered Development, especially the transformation of healthcare (hospitals and elderly homes).
Jooyun Kim (Korea), Designer and professor, head of Industrial Design Department Hongik University. On spatial identity and user-centered design.
Kees Spanjers (Netherlands), former president of European Council of Interior Architects, Curator and presenter
Ready Zhang (China), Founder and director of Guangzhou Design Week, Curator and presenter
(note: no speakers have been confirmed as of yet.)
The inguangzhou World Interiors Meeting 2014 takes place in conjunction with the Guangzhou Design Week (5 – 7 December 2014) on December 5th at the Westin Pazou Hotel, in addition to the design exhibition and fair and the accompanying presentations and lectures. As it is a one-day conference focusing on in-depth meetings and discussions, the venue is next to the Design Week grounds. 
More information:
Guangzhou Design Week website