Posted in Events on 7 August, 2020

Designscape, the new virtual event from the creative minds behind Decorex, designjunction, kbb Birmingham and Sleep & Eat, aims to bring together those at the forefront of residential, hospitality & retail at a time when physical networking and deal-making is unfeasible.

This three-day programme looks to the future of design, combining virtual discussions, educational and topical symposiums, global matchmaking & speed networking and an unrivalled product directory.

11 August 2020: Retail

Day one of the programme will examine physical spaces becoming experience driven, the intersection of retail and digital, the progression of the everyday kitchen and the shop window as the ultimate storyteller.

12 August 2020: Residential

Day two will focus on new criteria and considerations governing the design of the home, the evolving and uncomfortable notion of luxury, the emergence of modern primitive styles and the current state of the residential market.

13 August 2020: Hospitality

Day three will host a line-up of talks around the alignment of sustainability and safety, AI’s impact on customer experiences, social responsibility in host environments and future proofing expansion and investment plans.

Discussion agenda for 13 August: Hospitality

10:00 – 10:40 | Clean Design in Public Spaces

Moderator: Sophie Harper, Editor, Space

Speakers: Dexter Moren, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates, Damien Perrot, Senior Vice President, Design Solutions, Accor and Afroditi Krassa, Founder, Afroditi Krassa

Public spaces; the environments in which we congregate and socialise. Our attitudes to such places have changed considerably. How can designers, architects, artists and place-makers take into account these new considerations for a more harmonious outcome?

11:00 – 11: 40 | AI & Tech: Transforming the Guest Experience

Moderator: Heleri Rande, Sleep & Eat Conference Curator & Host

Speakers: Olivier Delaunoy, Operations and Technology Director, Bloc Hotels, Olaf Slater, General Manager Sales – DACH & Eastern Europe, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and Ben Webb, Co-Founder, 3Stories

AI technology has taken on a whole new relevance in the hospitality sphere. By integrating guest data from multiple touchpoints, can hoteliers better tailor and enhance their guests’ experience?

12:00 – 12:40 | Hospitality Investment: Unexpected Opportunities

Moderator: Alexi Khajavi, Group President, Travel & Hospitality, Questex

Speakers: Matthew Livian, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Sydell Group, Hugh Taylor OBE, Chief Executive, Michels & Taylor, Kfir Levy, Co-Founder, Habitas

Recent events have shown us the importance of future-proofing expansion and investment plans. Our talk highlights how thinking around development and investment has changed post Covid-19, and looks at important new openings, locations and considerations for the industry.

14:00 – 14:40 | Designing for Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism

Moderator: Harry McKinley, Journalist & Hospitality Consultant

Speakers: Erik Nissen – Johansen, Creative Director & Founder, Stylt Trampoli, Blanche van Berckel, Founder & CEO, Vous Hotels & Retreats and Jerry Tate, Partner, Tate Harmer

What does sustainable tourism look like? As host environments begins to understand their social responsibility, minimising impact, giving back and improving efficiency have come to the top of the agenda.

15:00 – 15:40 | Headline Discussion – The Great Reset In Hospitality

Moderator: Andy Bishop, Creative Director, Informa Design Portfolio

Speakers: Michael Levie, COO & Founding Partner, citizenM Hotels, Matthew Seal, Senior Director Luxury Brands, Marriot International and Ed Bakos, CEO, Champalimaud Design

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on hospitality has been huge, from operations, investment, conceptual design and much more. We discuss how purpose and brand can remain aligned, whilst highlighting new imperatives and learnings the industry should be taking on board.

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