Speakers

 

mDesign Live features carefully selected speakers with some of the brightest minds in the worlds of design, materials, modern furniture and more. Plan to discover new ideas, be inspired and empowered, develop new skills and make new connections with material professionals. The speakers embody the event’s goal: discovering materials and design in ways you’ve never seen before.

 

Keynotes

 
 
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Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 4,000 designs in production, over 300 awards, and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award-winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi; products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M; furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom; lighting for Artemide and Fontanta Arte; high-tech products for Asus and Samsung; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Hugo Boss.

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Todd Bracher

Todd Bracher is a designer and strategist, known for his irreducibly complex approach to design. His studio guides some of the world’s leading brands to realize strategic differentiation through design. Notable clients include Herman Miller, Humanscale, Jaguar, the City of New York, Burberry, Hosoo, 3M, and Cappellini. Todd has also served as the Creative Director for Georg Jensen, Humanscale, and HBF. Todd has been honored as a Top 100 Global Design Influencer by Wallpaper Magazine, International Designer of the Year, and awarded numerous RedDot’s Best of the Best and NeoCon Gold awards for product design.

 

mTalks

mTalks are our version of TED talks, done with a design and materials twist. We’ve lined up the best and most influential to give you the scoop on what’s new and next in our industry.

 

Residential and commercial interior design projects are leading with color, clean lines, and wood textures with the goal of adding warmth and personality to the spaces we live and work. Reep will talk about how these trends play into cabinetry and what we can expect to see in the future.

 
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As the definition of home changes, and humans blur their time between work, home, and place — what does this mean for commercial and residential design? Derrington will give her take on the possibilities that exist — and the shifts that will need to be made.

Companies are quickly transitioning to digital manufacturing processes, and with that shift, there’s a growing need for physically precise virtual designs that can realistically represent the true appearance of the final product.

 

Start, an instrumental part of the launch of Stoffer Home Cabinetry, will tell the story of the kitchen interior company’s foray into the cabinetry world — why they did it, what they learned, and what they’re seeing in today’s kitchen designs.

 
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Dennis van IJzerloo

Composite Wood Reinvented

Specializing in the upcoming new technology of digital printing, Dennis introduced Barberan to the corrugated industry where the company is one of the market leaders after only six years of presence. Barberan is now leading again with the conversion of the wood industry towards digitalization of the printing process, specifically with the recent developments of new technology, trueTexture, which was developed by ZeeTree in collaboration with Barberan.

 

Little is predictable when it comes to building out interior spaces — but when it comes to custom casework and millwork, architects and designers can reduce some of the uncertainly. How? By specifying projects through certified architectural woodworking firms, using the Architectural Woodworking Institute’s (AWI’s) Quality Certification Program. Munyan will cover current and developing Architectural Woodworking Standards, including examples of what’s compliant vs. non-compliant when it comes to architectural woodworking products.