Seminar Programme


designjunction’s seminar programme breaks new ground & gathers influential names

Our seminar program promises to bring the industry’s best creative and critical minds together on current and future hot issues facing design. Curated by the leader in the field, Aidan Walker, this year’s themes explore Crossover and Collaboration.

“As the world changes, so does the practice of design and the key issues that face it. Boundaries between disciplines are blurring; old fashioned models of intellectual property are under pressure in the digital age; and the intense search for authenticity is leading us to new understanding of craft, design and the relationship between the two, especially in emerging economies.”

- Aidan Walker

The seminar schedule is subject to change. Please see the confirmed speakers below.

Alberto Alessi

VIP Interview



Anshu Srivastava

Director, MRA

Brand, Retail & Fashion



Inspiration, Aspiration, Perspiration

Kenneth Grange & Jack Smith

The iconic British designer and recent Royal College graduate assess Sir Kenneth’s gigantic impact on design and explore the chemistry of the ‘Odd Couple’s’ working relationship


Kenneth Grange & Jack Smith

Art, Craft & Storytelling


Nigel Coates

Voodoo Chile

A no-holds barred insight into the mind of one of Chile’s most distinguished architects, Cristián Valdés, who Architectural Digest called ‘one of the truly great chair designs of the 20th Century’


Cristián Valdés

Colour Masterclass

from Red Magazine 

Pip McCormac, lifestyle director of consumer women’s magazine Red, has gathered together a powerful panel of designers and colourists, including interior designer Abigail Ahern, Farrow and Ball Creative director Joa Studholme and interiors blogger Holly Becker. Discussions, tricks, tips and an evening full of insights into the endless fascinating world of colour are assured.



Pip McCormac

Abigail Ahern

Joa Studholme – Farrow & Ball

Holly Becker – decor8

Intellectual property

John Coldham

Colour in Contemporary Interiors

The single name synonymous with colour in contemporary interiors gives an insight into her empire.


If any single name is synonymous with colour in contemporary interiors, it is . We are delighted to welcome Tricia Guild to the programme and look forward to her insights on colour in contemporary interiors plus a bit of soul searching in a head to head conversation with DesignJunction seminar director Aidan Walker.


Tricia Guild

Amanda Back

Technology & Humanity in Lighting

Innovator and ground-breaking technologist Jake Dyson has been pushing boundaries yet again. He speaks about his latest designs and the future of lighting technology


Jake Dyson

Kay Newman

Magic, Mystery, Maps and Madness

The senses, the moving image and contemporary materials in craft practice

Icelandic illustrator and designer, Kristjana S Williams, has recently swept the awards boards. She explores her fascination with maps, mythical creatures and Victorian engravings to create breath-taking images.



Kristjana S. Williams

Engineering the Imagination    


Moritz Waldemeyer

Space Craft


Flea Folly Architects

Grant Gibson

Tom Dixon


Tom Dixon

Branded property with YOO

The lightjunction Professional Series

Mathew Dalby, Design Director of ground breaking luxury property developer YOO, discusses new meanings for the resonant idea of home in the modern age with Financial Times design and architecture critic Edwin Heathcote


Mathew Dalby

Yvette Costi

Invisible Green

The lightjunction Debate


Design Explore – Morocco

organised by the British Council 

Design Explore, organised by the British Council, has brought together young Moroccan creatives with UK-based designers concluding with an exhibition in Marrakesh in April 2014. Four of these designers join us to explore collaborative relationships between artisans, craftspeople and designers from widely differing cultures.


Kendall Martin-Robbins

Africa Calling - Ubuntu

Design Collaborations

Africa Calling is the brainchild of design ‘editor’ Kathy Shenoy. The discussion will explore pioneering new contemporary design collaborations between Africa and the UK.


Kathy Shenoy