TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH - 4 PM

Riya Patel 

Riya Patel is curator of The Aram Gallery, an independent gallery in London dedicated to new and experimental design. She is a contrib- uting editor at Icon magazine, and writes for several publications including Disegno, Wallpaper* and The Independent. Riya will explore solutions to the decline of design and craft education in secondary school and what we have to gain.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH - 6 PM

Leyla Acaroglu

An Australian designer, sustainability innovator, and educator, Leyla is the founder of two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators, as well as the UnSchool, an award-winning pop-up programme that disrupts the mainstream way that knowledge is gained and shared. She was 2016 UN Environment Champion of the Earth and has lectured at TED Talk events and Google. Leyla will discuss what is going wrong and what is going right as we try to build our economy on top of more sustainable premises.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH - 6 PM

Jonas Krüger

Jonas Krüger is the owner of Brdr. Krüger, a Danish woodworker with a passion for wood, crafting furniture and accessories since 1886. The company has worked with designers including Hans Bølling, Kay Bojesen, and OEO Studio, and sits at the heart of the Danish design industry. Jonas will discuss how each generation of woodworkers that his family represents reflected the values and priorities of society at large and how he sees himself relevant to today’s society.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH - 4 PM

Beatrice Leanza

Beatrice is chief curator of the international research program “Across Chinese Cities,” featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale. She is a creative director and co-founder of The Global School, China’s first independent institute dedicated to design and creative research, and B/Side Design, an organization developing strategies of urban and social impact in areas of socioeconomic transformation in China. Beatrice will examine the current infatuation with restoring a higher, moral role to designers’ work within society and how this truly affects the rules of civic, economic or production ecosystems in terms of scale.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH - 6 PM

Sabine Zetteler

Sabine Zetteler is the founder of London-based communications agency Zetteler, which specialises in art and design. Offering services in PR, strategy and film, the agency focuses on bringing people together to create real, meaningful and lasting change. Sabine will discuss what a design world dominated by white males suggests about bias and inaction.

 
 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH - 4 PM

Catharine Rossi

A design historian interested in socially and politically engaged approaches to design and design history, Catharine Rossi is a researcher, teacher and communicator spanning subjects from craft to nightclubs. She has curated projects at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Vitra Design Museum. Catharine will discuss the resurgence in the popularity of craft and ask questions about its value, who it’s for, and whether it’s here to stay.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH - 6 PM

Johanna Agerman Ross

Johanna Agerman Ross is the curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She is also the founder and director of the quarterly design journal Disegno. Johanna will discuss how objects can tell us stories about climate change and sustainability, drawing on the V&A collection.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH - 6 PM

José Uva

Jose Uva created a singular hotel and farm retreat in Portugal’s Alentejo region with respect for the estate’s unique ecology and ancient history. The retreat, São Lourenço do Barrocal, has won awards from Monocle and Condé Nast Traveler among others, and stands apart as a place of deep connection to its surroundings. José will talk about how caring for his estate, the land and the people, was at the heart of his project, and how he feels he can create an enduring business. He will be joined by Ana Anahory.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH - 6 PM

Ana Anahory

Ana Anahory is co-founder of Anahory Almeida, an architecture, interior and furniture design studio based in Lisbon, responsible for the design of the interiors and furniture for São Lourenço do Barrocal. The studio’s affinity for tactile materials including wood, brass, marble and ceramics, combined with their sensitivity for tradition and eye for modernity, helped bring to life the award-winning retreat. Ana will speak about the project, joined by José Uva.