Interior Design & Architecture Summit announces creative panel discussion

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    Debuting this year, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit, which will take place at Hilton Tower Bridge London on April 29, has announced its panel discussion entitled The Rising Ceiling of Creativity… 

    Following the announcement that HBA London’s creative director will be the headline speaker at the Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS), the event has unveiled its exclusive panel discussion, which will take place on April 29 at Hilton Tower Bridge. Bringing together a handful of leaders and visionaries in both the interior design and architecture sphere, the session entitled The Rising Ceiling of Creativity will discuss areas such as the creative boundaries within interior design and architecture as well as looking at how designers and architects can inject flair while working within a budget.

    The panel discussion, which will be moderated by editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn, will include the following panelists:

    Gilly Craft
    – President, British Institute of Interior Design and director of Koubou Interiors

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    Gilly Craft started Koubou Interiors in 2004 after graduating with a Diploma in Interior Design with Distinction in 2002. She is the current President of the British Institute of Interior Design and was previously the CPD Director at the Institute. Craft, who exhibited the Hotel Room of the Future last year at the Independent Hotel Show London, has been a lecturer in Interior Design for her local and other colleges and a guest speaker for a number of years especially speaking on the subject of designing for special needs to include dementia.

    Speaking ahead of the panel discussion, Craft said: “I was delighted to be asked to sit on the panel at the forthcoming Interior Design and Architecture Summit. This event, run by Hotel Designs, will be a great opportunity for the design community to network and meet with relevant contacts.”

    Yasmine Mahmoudieh
    – Director of Yasmine Mahmoudieh Studio

    Profile image of Yasmine Mahmoudieh

    Recently interviewed for Hotel Designs following her dynamic display of her Sleep Set at last year’s Sleep + Eat event, Yasmine mahmoudieh has been rewarded many times for her creative and innovative designs and is a reference in her field. Her multiple talents and skills helped her throughout her entire career in order to live her passion for architecture, design and entrepreneurship.

    Charles Leon
    – Director, Leon Black Interior Architecture

    Charles Leon and Nicholas Black established Leon Black Architecture in 2014. Since then, Leon has been asked to lead lectures internationally on interface between design theory, neuroscience, innovation, emotion and the workings of the designer’s mind. His talks blend neuroscience, design, economics, politics, philosophy, sociology and current affairs to provide a new, powerful and persuasive way of understanding how the mind works.

    Leon is the Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design and also a guest lecturer at Middlesex University, KLC, Inchbald and The Interior Design School.

    Speaking ahead of IDAS, Leon said: “In my opinion, innovation is an innately human quality that pushes us to constantly improve our wellbeing and our situation in life. I am passionate about design, its role in innovation and its ability to transform the way people feel. I am fascinated by the emotional, mental, environmental, social and political aspects involved in design. Designing is a leap of faith, a view of the future, that is condensed into an experience. Designers and innovators are at the very core of this process”.

    Robin Sheppard
    – CEO, Bespoke Hotels

    Robin Sheppard has been a hotelier for 40+ years winning many Hotel/Hotelier of the Year awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry at The Brit List 2018. In 2000 he co-founded Bespoke Hotels, which has since grown into the UK’s latest independent hotel group with more than 220 properties, including the multi-award winning Hotel Gotham. Most recently he won the Hotel Catey and the Oxford Brookes awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry.

    He is also Hotel Sector Champion for Disabled People.

    His greatest achievement, though, has been to fight back from GBS, a totally paralysing illness. His relative recovery inspired him to launch the Bespoke Access Awards in conjunction with RIBA at the House of Lords encouraging better design and empathy from architects and interior designers.

    “Revolution is still in the air,” said Sheppard ahead of the event. “The world of hotel design continues to be turned upside down and this debate promises to be close to the centre of this step-change”.

    Moritz Waldemeyer
    – Director, Moritz Waldemeyer Studio

    Moritz Waldemeyer Studio, which is owned by internationally renowned lighting artist Moritz Waldemeyer who recently exhibited an immersive installation at this year’s London Design Festival, occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment. One of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers in the lighting category, Moritz Waldemeyer Studio‘s creative flair has led the designer to work with large celebrity profiles as well as international hotels.

    The panel discussion, The Rise of Creativity, will take place at 4.30pm – 17.15pm on April 29 at the Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, London

    About IDAS

    The one-day event is designed to connect senior executives working within the sector with product and service suppliers for face-to-face meetings and business networking.

    The Summit aims to support the design and architecture sector with a unique platform to help create long-lasting and mutually beneficial business connections.

    How to register your interest in attending

    If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top architects and interior designers, contact Victoria Petch on – or click here to book your place.

    If you are an architect or interior designer and would like to attend the Summit, please contact Kerry Naumburger on – or click here to book your place.

    Click here for more information about IDAS.

    Media partner: Future Contractor & Architect


    Hamish Kilburn / 09.01.2019


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