Clerkenwell Open

7th & 8th September, 2022



This industry leading Clerkenwell OPEN Seminar and Workshop Programme is curated by Women in Office Design and Design Insider, with support from BCFA.

A series of 15 seminars and workshops will be held in Clerkenwell showrooms over 7/8th September, which will bring together leading figures from workplace and hospitality design to examine the trends and key issues affecting our industry.

Workspace Sector

Presented by WOD

Embracing Decarbonisation in the Workplace Sector

DATE: 7th September
TIME: 10:00am
VENUE: Milliken, 5 Berry Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 0AA
FORMAT: Presentations

Members of the Sustainable Design Collective – an initiative by WOD, will share findings from their meetings and discussions on this topic. Approaching a year since COP26 – are we really embracing decarbonisation in the workplace sector?

SPEAKERS: Deepak Parmar (MCM), Asif Din (Perkins&Will), Lucy Bagshaw (tp bennett), Ana Rita Martis (Woodalls Design), Georgia Elliott-Smith (Element Four), Harsha Kotak (WOD & K2 Space)

Metaverse and the Future of Design

DATE: 7th September
TIME: 12:30pm
VENUE: Solus Ceramics, 80 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RJ
FORMAT: Talk & Q&A

It is time to adapt to the future. We invite design studios who have already moved into designing in Metaverse to share their experience and thought process. Following the fashion industry, many furniture manufacturers like Miller Knoll are already showcasing their products in Metaverse. Is this the future of our work? How can we adapt to this new world. Designers and architects from the audience will be encouraged to ask questions to the speakers.

SPEAKERS: Dicky Lewis (White Red architects), Rob Bosher (FREM), Harsha Kotak (WOD & K2 Space)

Sustainability & Circular Design

DATE: 7th September
TIME: 2:30pm
VENUE: Your Workspace11-12 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 0BX
FORMAT: Panel Discussion

The office workplace is a major contributor to the climate crisis. How is the design sector addressing the serious issues of sustainability, circularity and waste reduction? This discussion will revolve around the Net Zero pledge by architects and designers and will also discuss the role of furniture manufacturers in translating these pledges to product design, which can be both commercially and practically challenging.

SPEAKERS: Matt Davies (The Furniture Practice), Emily King (BDP), Gurvinder Khurana (Mmoser), Nigel Tresise (align interior architecture and design), Natasha Hewlett (Peldon Rose), May Fawzy (MF Design Studio & BIID), Joanna Knight (WOD)

Office as a Hub for Collaboration & Wellbeing

DATE: 7th September
TIME: 4.30pm
VENUE: Sagal, 77 Bastwick St, London EC1V 3PZ
FORMAT: Panel Discussion

The benefits of workplace wellbeing are numerous. Design has a fundamental role in creating supportive and healthy surroundings. The office can provide opportunities to share knowledge, build stronger relationships and enjoy work. This discussion will revolve around the importance of collaboration and human connection and will also focus on furniture and products that aid collaboration.

SPEAKERS: Kate Usher (Menopause in Business), Kirsty Angerer (Leesman), Gurvinder Khurana (M Moser), May Fawzy (MF Design Studio & BIID), Christian Logue (Sagal Group), Sudhir Saseedharan (Tetrapak), (WOD & K2 Space)

Future of Work – is Hybrid Working, the Way Forward or a Utopia?

DATE: 8th September
TIME: 11.00am
FORMAT: Debate

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change in how we work. Many people are now returning to the office but what does the future hold? How can we design for change and evolution? Highlighting the importance of EQ (emotional quotient) in the designing of space and discussing AI (artificial intelligence) as a part of the longterm solution. We will bring thought-leaders from the workplace design industry to share their research and thoughts on future of work.

SPEAKERS: Neil Usher (GoSpace), Nicola Osborn (Basha- Franklin), Bertie Van Wyk (Herman Miller), (WOD & K2 Space)

Reducing Waste is an Imperative

DATE: 8th September
TIME: 1.30pm
FORMAT: Panel Discussion
VENUE: Teknion, 11 Bowling Green Ln, London EC1R 0BG

How can the sector accelerate the pace of change to maximise reuse and reduce waste? A though-provoking discussion involving designers and architects to share their ideas and experiences.

SPEAKERS: Ella Fathi (Okra), Jennie Greenwalker (MAA Architects), Jennifer Russell (Your Bureau), Fiona Edwards (JPA Workspaces), Laura Wardrope (JLL), Joanna Knight (WOD)

Workplace Strategy for 2023 (FOR DESIGNERS ONLY)

DATE: 8th September
TIME: 4.30pm
FORMAT: Workshop
VENUE: Shaw Contract, 33 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0DX

Workplace strategy must encompass an organisation’s goals and values. How can designers understand and embrace the issues shaping corporate decisions, and ensure a positive impact for future workspace? This interactive workshop will have teams of designers and audience from various A&D firms come together to discuss key challenges and devise new solutions.

SPEAKERS: Jane Clay (Gensler), Jeni Durksen (M Moser), Angela Dapper (Grimshaw), (WOD & K2 Space)

Hospitality Sector

Presented by Design Insider

1. Delivering a Sustainable Hospitality Project

Format: Panel Discussion

Increasingly client briefs stipulate sustainable objectives for Commercial Interior Designers to meet and, as a UK sector, we are striving to make huge strides forward in delivering sustainable hospitality projects. This panel discussion will address the nuances of how sustainable hospitality projects can be delivered, with insights from people leading each stage of the project, including an architect, commercial designer and sustainability expert.

2. Sustainable Product Specification

Format: Panel Discussion

It is imperative that sustainability is addressed within the hospitality sector, however, when specifying new products are you confident in differentiating between green-washing and designs which meet key sustainable standards? Within this panel discussion leading commercial manufacturers and designers will discuss sustainability standards, identify core sustainable
manufacturing considerations and provide a checklist for specifying sustainable commercial products.

3. Addressing Material Toxicity

Format: Talk & Q&A

When specifying materials, it is not just important that the sustainability of the material is understood but that its direct impact on the environment it is placed into is also considered. The toxicity of materials specified for the hospitality sector is increasingly being addressed at the
stage of specification by architects and designers. Our speakers will discuss how a material’s toxicity can be calculated, highlight new materials which have little to no toxic impact and highlight future steps the hospitality sector needs to make in order to lead in creating healthy spaces.

4. Tackling the Challenge to Reduce Water Consumption in Hospitality Settings

Format: Presentation & Q&A

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Our speakers will make a series of presentations in order for us to better understand the importance of reduced water consumption, the ways in which water waste is being addressed by hospitality designers and award-winning products which actively reduce the quantity of water used. Presentations will be followed by an open floor Q&A.

5. Presenting with Confidence

Format: Workshop

Have there been times when you wish you had delivered a clearer client presentation? Or when you could have communicated a concept to your team with increased clarity? Participants at all career stages will leave this workshop, led by inspirational coach Claire Skaptasen, with techniques which will transform their team and
client presentations and dramatically improve their communication skills.

6. Creative Workshop with colourful jesmonite designer Katie Gillies

Format: Workshop

Creativity allows us to view and solve problems more openly and with increased innovation, although time limitations often restrict a designer’s opportunity to learn new creative skills. Join highly respected UK craftsperson Katie Gillies and create your own colourful terrazzo coaster.

7. Sustainable Flooring, Project Focused

Format: Group Presentation
Delivering a truly sustainable flooring

solution is a interdisciplinary task. At this presentation we will explore one single hospitality project in order to gain a deep insight into how a sustainable flooring can be designed, specified, installed and dealt with at end of life, a process which demands expertise at architect, interior designer and supplier level.

8. Defining & Delivering a Successful F&B Package

Format: Panel Discussion

As retail moves away from our highstreets we see an influx in new food and beverage brands bustling to welcome us through their doors. In parallel to this the roll an F&B offering plays in a hotel’s success has never been greater. Our speakers will discuss how a F&B concept is defined, how this is interpreted by a Commercial Interior Designer and the design brief answered by a commercial interior supplier.

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