Designers Today is going to have an active market once again. In addition to our fall issue hitting the HPMKT newstand, we are flexing our market muscle sponsoring, moderating, and sitting on panels. Not to mention zipping from Point A to B to try and attend a couple more…oh, and perhaps even catch some fabulous home furnishings introductions.
(Lead photo: Swirl by Christopher Guy)
11:00 Currey & Co, M110
WANDERLUST: Travel, Culture, and Design
With Gary Inman as moderator, 4 designers, all with a very unique point of view, share tales of travel and inspiration.
2:00 Alden Parkes, 200 N. Hamilton, #110
NICHING: Is it Critical for Business?
Wow…one hour, 7 design firms, discussing the power of niching your design business. This will go fast! After the talk, we get to toast the Showhouse in a Showroom project from 3 pm on.. (Pssst…DT is shooting a “Behind the Scenes” video of this unprecedented event.)
(also Jane’s birthday)
11:30 Suites of Market Square, T-1014
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Yay, I actually get to sit ON a panel of my peers/friends as we discuss the power of editorial…how to pitch yourself, close the deal, and how to leverage that to grow your design business. Also, we’ll be announcing the winner(s) of Designers Today’s Master Bedroom Cozy Contest.
4:00 Christopher Guy, 129 S. Hamilton
CREATING THE MOOD: Elements of the Sensual Space
Lucky me, I get to talk to three distinguished gentlemen in the luxury design world – Atlanta-based interior designer and co-star of Bravo’s upcoming show Buying it Blind Michel Smith Boyd, Badgley Mischka CEO Jonathan Bass, and Christopher Guy Harrison, creator of Christopher Guy – about creating the art of the experience through form, color, texture, art, music, scent and of course, fashion. In addition, Christopher Guy will debut a new digital design tool. Following the discussion, guests are invited to the champagne bar.
10:30 SURYA, Showplace 4100
THE BUSINESS OF INTERIOR DESIGN RAPID FIRE SESSIONS
In intervals of @ 20 minutes, 5 designers (2 of which are now business coaches) discuss hot topics related to your business: managing client expectations and growing vendor relationships; getting that first book project done; profiltability with transparency, and creating brand authenticity. The convo continues over lunch..
Then onto the Pinnacle Awards at 5:30 PM at High Point University.