May 20, 2020
Preserving Your Emotional Enamel: How creative professionals can protect self-esteem in times of crisis
Nationally acclaimed interior designer, TV host and tastemaker Corey Damen Jenkins delivers a “keep it real” fireside chat on proactive ways to preserve emotional health even though the health crisis has turned the entire world upside down. Many interior designers, architects, builders, and industry professionals have been affected by this global pandemic that disrupted nearly every aspect of life and business. And as a result, many have wondered how to maintain a sense of confidence, self-worth, and optimism when there is so much uncertainty about the future. In the keynote, Jenkins addresses practical ways to keep our businesses solvent, how we can protect our emotional health from viruses of negativity, and why he thinks we’ll emerge from this situation as better people.
The History and Future of Smart Home Technology
From its genesis to the connected home of today, this course explores the history of smart applications. You’ll come away with an understanding of what makes a device smart, smart standards, and how smart devices and appliances impact design decisions.
Mark Sage, curator, world traveler, and founder and creative director of BOBO Intriguing Objects, leads a tour through the company’s Atlanta warehouse which is filled with antiques and unique pieces inspired by history.
A showcase of inspiring presentations and innovative ideas related to the business of design
Lessons Learned in Leading Legacy Brands
Designer and serial multi-line showroom owner Eric Haydel shares the opportunities and excitement he discovers daily when working with legacy furnishings brands. Learn the incredible stories of grit and ingenuity Eric has experienced from partnerships and what he looks for when sourcing “new” heritage brands. From the Carolinas to California, find inspiration from manufacturers who have been adapting to economics and transforming offerings for generations, to drive innovation in the furnishings industry.
Get Over Yourself and Ask Him Out
Designer Laura Thurman saw Chad James across the room, made the first move, and a deep friendship blossomed. In the age of Instagram, we all get a glimpse into a designer’s life, but how do you take that first step towards making a real connection? Laura and Chad will share their own experiences and the importance of networking in building authentic relationships within the design community. With fewer IRL events and interactions, they’ll also give tips for keeping industry friendships active.
The State of Communications: The many faces of representation and visibility in ever changing times
Amy Flurry, communications expert and author of Recipe for Press, and Krista Nye Nicholas from the interiors firm and Michigan trade showroom Cloth + Kind, lead a discussion that covers new ways of getting seen and heard. Creative business and branding strategists Beth Bender, co-founder of The Dove Agency, Christina Juarez principal of Christina Juarez & Company, and Cheminne Taylor Smith of Cheminne.com participate.
DX After Hours
Virtual drinks with old and new friends. Let’s celebrate the industry and each other and raise a glass.