Eight different categories
The Design Forum featured eight categories, joined by a common theme changing each day. The first day focused on the notion of awareness (“I’m conscious”), the second concerned the issue of responsibility (“I’m responsible”) and the third one regarded the concept of well-being (“I’m well”). The way these slogans are interpreted within fields such as interior design, design and art, sustainability or trend analysis, constituted the substance of talks given by experts and world famous designers. The fair’s visitors had the unique opportunity to attend the lectures of many fascinating people.
Jaime Beriestain from Chile and Spain, Robert Majkut from Poland as well as Nelson Ruiz-Acal i Cate Högdah – a designer duo of Spanish and Swedish origin, all spoke on the topic of interior design. The question of what global perspective means for a designer was addressed by Marcus Fairs (Great Britain), founder and editor-in-chief of the Dezeen.com magazine, as well as designers Christophe Pillet (France) and Stefan Diez (Germany). The issue of conscious action was the subject of lectures delivered by Richarda Hutten (the Netherlands), Luca Nichetto (Italy) and David Trubridge (Great Britain).
Needless to say, such colorful characters as Karim Rashid (USA), Matteo Cibic (Italy), Matti Klenell (Sweden) and Daniel Svahn (Sweden) did not disappoint. For not only do they design exceptionally well but are also excellent speakers. Karim Rashid gave a talk about, among other things, why the designing process should always be innovative. Matteo Cibic, in turn, emphasized the importance of entertainment within design, reminding that along with sustainability the world needs a touch of magic.
Besides these fascinating performances by the greats of design, during the Design Forum one could listen to engaging panel discussions which included but were not limited to ecodesign and boutique design. On this very stage the winner of SAW Interior of the Year competition was determined.
It was impossible to simply walk past the F hall, where the conference took place. Time and time again somebody (without any prior plans to attend the lectures) joined and stayed in the Design Forum audience captivated by the positive energy and emotional messages coming from the speakers. And that’s what it’s all about! Warsaw Home 2019 has proven that it was possible to create an event that would be remembered by many – not only for its intriguing exhibitors and stunning stands but also for the accompanying events representing the highest level of content.