Design Dialogues - Talks programme

Design Dialogues - Talks programme

The show’s theatre returns, this time completely reimagined and amped up with memorable talks and displays. This space is for learning, inspiration and enlightenment and covers a glut of topics that design lovers will want to take a seat for. 

Talks are free to attend and open to trade and consumers. Most of the talks below will be 0.1 CPD accredited, so don't miss them! 


Date and Time Topic Speaker/s More detail
Thursday 19th May 2022      
11:30 to 12:30
CPD accredited
Sustainability in design

Andrea Kleinloog - Anatomy Design and HK Studio

Andrea Kleinloog shares her experiences of community based product development on her hotel projects
13:30 to 14:30
CPD accredited
Africa's Metaverse: should designers and artists be paying attention to it? Melody Maker - Digital Consultant at M&C Saatchi Abel

Steve Pinto from New Reality

Ann Roberts from TMRW Gallery 

The panel discuss the metaverse and digital space impacting on architects, interior designers, graphic designers, artists and the greater creative community as a whole. They will specifically highlight Africarare, Africa's first metaverse.
15:30 to 16:30
CPD accredited
The business of conscious design  Bilala Mabuza of Cocoon Lifestyle

Donald Nxumalo

Maira Koutsoudakis from Life Group
These three design stalwarts discuss the lightness of being by creating sanctuaries in this era of hybrid existence.  
Friday 20th May 2022
11:30 to 12:30 Design as a way of life: being a creative is not one dimensional
Trevor Stuurman

Rich Mnisi

How these award-winning creatives apply design in various aspects and outlets of their personal and professional life.
13:30 to 14:30
CPD accredited
Designers in Conversation: the experts and the emerging Nthabi Taukobong

Tessa Proudfoot

With emerging talent Kulani Keagile

and Trevor Sibanda
A panel of established and emerging interior designers share their expertise and experiences and discuss collaboration.
15:30 to 16:30
CPD accredited
Biophilic Architecture
Chris Bakker from GASS Architecture Studio

Gillian Holl of Veld Architects

Peter Rich from Peter Rich Architects
A discussion on the biophilic architecture movement as well as presentations on projects that epitomise this design movement.
Saturday 21st May 2022
11:30 to 12:30
CPD accredited

The relationship between fashion and interior design

Bilala Mabuza of Cocoon Lifestyle

Sir Abner

A dynamic discussion between an interior designer and fashion expert about the relationship between these two creative disciplines.

13:30 to 1400

The Art of Collaborating

Heather Boting of Heather Boting Studio and Lianél de Jongh and Lindy Swart of Acre Studio

Each designer talks us through the aspects they bring into the collaboration and also fill us in on collaborating as a designer versus collaborating as an end user in a space. 

14:15 to 14:45 The Art of Homemaking

Zimkita Sidumo and Siyabesho Thutha of Blaque Pearl Lifestyle and Amanda Ximba of SHF

In this segment of conversation we ask the designers if there is a right or wrong way to design my space? 


Design Dialogues - Talks programme
Design Dialogues - Talks programme
Design Dialogues - Talks programme