Decoration + Design Sydney

Five acclaimed experts in furnishing, decoration, lighting and design will take to the stage when the International Industry Seminar Series returns to Decoration + Design in Sydney, February 2009. Forecasting trends, ranging from colour stories to sustainability, the speakers will reveal the visionary concepts shaping the future of furniture and interior design.

The Industry Seminar Series will open with renowned French trend expert Jennifer Castoldi (Paris), speaking on Global Trends & Future Furnishings, and how international market shifts will impact on Australia. Jennifer Castoldi is the founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Director of Trendease International, an online design and style publication acting as a resource for the home fashion, design and lifestyle industries.

Joining Jennifer is Michelle Adams (New York), who has had a fast rise to the top and is wellplaced to present on Eco Chic Design. Her talk will explore trends in American interiors, and how they can be reinterpreted to design stylish, sustainable homes. Michelle worked as arket Editor at leading American interiors magazine Domino before establishing her Rubie Green label in 2008. She now designs eco-friendly textiles in vibrant, classic prints.

Meryl Hare (Sydney), Principal of award-winning Sydney interior design team Hare + Klein Interior Design, will present The Paradox of Design Passion & Professionalism and address how to feed the creative spirit and weave new inspiration into projects. Meryl Hare has 30 years of industry experience working on residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

An expert in colour and trend forecasting, Bree Leech (Sydney) will present Colour Stories for 2009 & Beyond, the inspiration behind future colour directions. Bree recently launched Texture, a creative consultancy offering colour and trend information as well as editorial, advertising and interior styling services. Bree is also Editor of Godfrey Hirst Carpets' Wall 2 Wall magazine, and provides creative direction for various interior design projects.

Mary-Anne Kyriakou (Sydney), Director of Meinhardt Light Art, will give a seminar on Building Atmosphere & Identity Through Lighting Design. Mary-Anne will explore the role of lighting in defining space and character, with reference to the latest concepts from Sydney, Bangkok and Berlin.

After the success of 2008, free workshops, led by Mark Davis of The Davis Consulting Group, will return to the 2009 Fair. Topics will include The Psychology of Why People Buy and The Value of Relationship Building with Customers.

The Industry Seminar Series and free workshops provide the opportunity for retailers and interior designers to take away invaluable forecasts on upcoming furnishing and design trends, as well as insights into how renowned designers achieve success.

The 2009 International Industry Seminar Series will be sponsored by Home Beautiful magazine.

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