Future of Home Conference to showcase industry innovation
For most in the design industry, rapid growth and unprecedented challenges have been a hallmark of the past two years. We have now come to a pivotal moment. Design firms have been strapped for talent and struggling with lagging delivery times. Some of that may be changing, but at what cost? Manufacturers are catching up but only thanks to a sudden drop in demand. Will designers soon face these same headwinds? And for companies that have turned to “bigger and better” jobs in a climate of choice, will this change last? Home businessThe fourth annual Future of Home Conference will seek to shed light on these questions and more during a thought-provoking two-day event taking place September 12-13 in New York City.
Throughout the conference, engaging panels and keynotes will explore the questions brewing in the industry: How do companies succeed while scaling services? How can we build a better supply chain and reduce the environmental impact of industry? How should home goods brands operate in a world where the lines between physical and digital purchases are blurred?
Future of Home calls on economists, futurists, thought leaders, analysts and entrepreneurs for conversations that will challenge attendees to envision the future of industry in a post-pandemic world, including including an acclaimed entrepreneur and “startup whisperer” Tobel’s Alexa, who will share his rules for entrepreneurial success and analyze the current economic climate; designate Caleb Anderson and his companion, DeAndre DeVane, which will launch a new initiative focusing on a healthier working and living environment; and AphroChic founders Jeanine Hays and Bryan Masonwho offer a first look at their forthcoming book on the legacy of the Black family home.
“As Future of Home returns to in-person-only programming this year, we look forward to helping design industry professionals navigate the nuances of pandemic-related trends that will impact the industry for years to come,” said Julia Noran Johnstonpresident and founder of Home business. “Our goal is to give business owners and professionals the platform they need to connect with their peers about current challenges, promising solutions, and how we can shape the future of design.”
Future of Home is endorsed by leading design industry players including High Point Market Authority, Benjamin Moore, Hunter Douglas, Universal Furniture, Afterpay, The Tile Shop, Brizo, Polished, Parachute, Crypton Home Fabric and EQ3.
Here’s a look at some of the provocative conversations that will take place on the Future of Home stage. New speakers will continue to be added to the lineup, so keep checking back here.
RETHINKING THE DESIGN
In difficult conditions, designers have found forward-thinking ways to maximize the opportunities at hand. For Ariane Bellizaire, establishing a clear path to bigger and better projects and airtight systems were key to growth; for Carmeon Hamilton, authenticity and clearly communicated boundaries in every part of his business was a winning approach to attracting new design clients and brand partners. Meanwhile, designers Tina Ramchandani, Katie Rosenfeld and the leaders of Kobel + Co Elizabeth Bennett and Mallory Robins team up to share how venturing into virtual services, whether through a platform or on their own, has become a lucrative new branch of their businesses, while Netflix stars Adair Curtis and Erik Curtis present surprising ways to complete a project on a tight deadline. Regardless of the medium, these solutions just might be the thinking pieces you need to take your own business to the next level.
MENTAL FITNESS IN THE OFFICE
The business world is finally beginning to understand that stress, burnout and anxiety can dramatically affect a company’s bottom line. To be successful today, business leaders and employees must be emotionally and physically healthy. For solutions around the integration of well-being in your company, renowned psychologist Dr. Emily Anhalt explore the importance of supporting yourself and your team in developing emotional fitness; The founder of Simply Well Amanda Hilton share steps leaders can take to create an environment where creativity, relationships and business flourish; and designer Magriña Gala will explain how holistic design can become the foundation of a company’s identity.
As customers increasingly expect to connect with brands across different channels, online and offline, companies are looking to diversify their marketing approach. Digital strategy consultant clark boyd share an omnichannel plan that any design brand can put into practice; designer and influencer Athena Calderone explain how to turn curation into commerce; and author and former president of LVMH North America Pauline Brown will outline the basic steps to translating good taste into business success.
DESIGN IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
Still not sure what to think of the Metaverse? Its good. At Future of Home, experts and entrepreneurs will show how to make the most of this sprawling digital landscape. One way to see it as an improvement in the physical world, to explain how, David Truog, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, will highlight some of the ways the Metaverse provides a deeply human experience. Meanwhile, the founder of online art platform Minted Mariam Naficy and designer India Mahdavi will discuss how NFTs and digital art will affect the future of physical space and why designers are key to unlocking this new medium.
Future of Home will be held at the Chelsea Industrial in New York (535–549 West 28th Street) on September 12-13. Tickets are on sale now. To see the full program and buy tickets, click here.