It’s been heartening to see many of the industry’s favourite events embrace technology and go virtual for 2020 as we all struggle with the uncertainty of where Covid-19 will end. I was so excited to hear yesterday that some of my absolute favourite international interiors celebs will be involved in Decor + Design’s seminar series.
Bobby Berk, superstar interior designer, best known as one of the fab five on makeover show Queer Eye, is one of them. I am a massive fan. Huge. Speaking of fan girling, UK designer Abigail Ahern is also in the lineup and you all know how much I adore her rule-breaking decorating style. And the amazing Martyn Lawrence Bullard probably needs no introduction to interiors addicts!
I’m also delighted to announce that Interiors Addict is a media partner of the event again, in what is now a long-running partnership. Usually attended by 11,000+ visitors at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, this year the show will become a virtual interiors trade marketplace, Decor + Design 360, before returning as a hybrid event in 2021.
Held in conjunction with the Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF), the virtual show be packed full of design influencers, a Trends Networking Lounge and inspirational design products from both exhibitors and the VIVID Design Awards.
I particularly love how D+D attracts amazing speakers from around the globe for the International Seminar Series because it’s great to tap into what’s going on elsewhere in the world, especially when Australia is so physically far away from places like Europe, where many trends start. And with none of us able to travel internationally to soak up those global influences, it’s more important than ever.
You can book tickets (from $50 to $85 each) for the seminars already, which also feature great Australian talent like Greg Natale and James Treble. Another long-running show favourite is trends forecaster Victoria Redshaw from the UK. And I’m looking forward to hearing from Hong Kong hotel designer Andre Fu.
The virtual show will run from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October. Registration is free and still open to members of the trade only, despite being online. Book before midnight on 12 August to save 15% on seminar tickets.