announced: Hong Kong restaurant, formerly a bank vault for Chinese heirlooms, scoops top design award
Conference sessions will explore how the individual relates to interior space
and how material, colour, light and sound contribute to creating high-performing interiors for users and sometimes audiences. The international roster of speakers will explore a range of topics, including the role of technology and innovative materials in transforming how we engage and interact with interior spaces.
Shanwei Weng of AN Design, winner of the 2016 World Interior of the Year award for their Black Cant System, a contemporary Chinese fashion concept store, commented: “Performance in its varied forms is constantly changing, adapting, connecting and blurring boundaries. New forms of performance continue to shape and define the urban landscape.”
Speakers will include Annabel Karim Kassar, founder of AKK Architects; Virginia Lung, Co-Founder, One Plus Partnership; Shanwei Weng, AN Design; Jaime Oliver, Director, OHLAB/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab; Rossana Hu, Co-Founder, Neri &
Hu; Eisuke Tachikawa, Director, Nosigner and Fabio Novembre, Fabio Novembre Studio. INSIDE is chaired by Nigel Coates, the Creative Director of INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2017, who opens the festival with his talk “Interiors and Performance” on Wednesday 15 November.
Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre will close the seminar programme on Friday 17 November with his keynote speech “Design as spectacle”. Novembre’s eclectic portfolio ranges from the interior design of football club AC Milan’s HQ to retail design for high-end fashion brands including the Stuart Weitzman store in Rome. At 2017’s edition of INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, Novembre will discuss the fluidity between art, architecture, design and fashion in his work.
Session highlights on this year’s seminar programme include:
A sense of theatre (Wednesday 15 November 2017 15.00 - 15.40)
Speaker: Virginia Lung, Co-Founder, One Plus Partnership
In this session Virginia Lung, Co-Founder of Hong Kong-based One Plus Partnership, will explore how design creates a complete movie-viewing experience in relation to One Plus Partnership’s Exploded Cinema in China, which won the Civic, Culture and Transport category at Inside Festival 2015. Lung will discuss the coexistence of aesthetics and functionality in interior design as well as the role of design in reviving the cinema industry.
Shop till you drop (Wednesday 15 November 2017 16.00 - 16.40)
Speaker: Shanwei Weng, Founder AN Design
Shanwei Weng of AN Design, Winner of World Interior of the Year 2016, will discuss performance in retail design. This talk will assess the role of technology and sensory design in disrupting traditional modes of shopping.
Performance and audiences (Thursday 16 November 2017 15.00 - 15.40)
Speakers: Jaime Oliver, Director, OHLAB/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab and Rossana Hu, Co-Founder, Neri & Hu
Jaime Oliver and Rossana Hu discuss designing for collective experience across a range of projects. Rosanna Hu will examine Neri & Hu’s approach to creating ethereal spaces at the recently completed Suzhou Chapel in China. Jaime Oliver will explore the process of designing OHLAB’s Concept Store in Downtown Miami, which is shortlisted in the Retail category at INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2017.
As well as the seminar programme for this year’s event, delegates will also have access to live presentations to judges of designs shortlisted for this year’s INSIDE awards.. The overall winner of the World Interior of the Year will be announced at an exclusive gala dinner on 17 November.
Shortlisted designers reflect the global reach of the awards and include Eight (USA), Tomoro Aida and Aida Atelier (Japan), Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (Australia) Carlo Berarducci Architecture (Italy), 3deluxe architecture (Germany), Arquitiectura en Movimiento Workshop (Mexico) and KSM Architecture (India). Australian practice SJB celebrates being the practice
with the most shortlisted projects, four in total, while fellow Australian practice BVN and Chinese practice Neri&Hu Design and Research Office achieve three shortlisted projects apiece.
For more information please visit: www.insidefestival.com
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Inside 2017 seminar programme in full:
Wednesday 15 November 2017
12.00 - 12.40
Interiors and performance
The individual relationship to interior space
From private to public: the home to the opera house
The effect on users of interior architecture and design
Materials, colour, light and sound
Nigel Coates, Creative Director, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors
14.00 - 14.40
Performance and interiors
Day and night—designing for difference
Convivial spaces—the world of bars, restaurants and clubs
Hospitality and workspace—compare and contrast
Annabel Karim Kassar, Founder, AKK Architects
15.00 - 15.40
A sense of theatre
How design creates a complete movie-viewing experience
Coexistence of aesthetics and functionality
The role of design in reviving cinema industry
Virginia Lung, Co-Founder, One Plus Partnership
16.00 - 16.40
Shop till you drop
Retail as leisure and pleasure
Shopping and the promenade
Appealing to the senses: colour, sound and light
Shanwei Weng, AN Design
Thursday 16 November 2017
12.00 - 12.40
Designing for performance
What are the particular challenges of performance interiors?
How technology and materials are helping innovative design
Combing physical, spatial and digital
Professor Stephen Gage, Professor of Innovative Technology, University College London
14.00 - 14.40
Performance Space, curated by NICHE
Jean-Pascal Flavien researches the impact of architecture on the realm of experience by constructing unusual but usable spaces, such as the folding house (2016) at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
Mårten Spångberg employs dance as a tool to organize time and space and his pieces tour internationally. In addition, the choreographer co-initiated International Festival, an interdisciplinary practice merging architecture and performance.
Isabel Lewis stages so-called Occasions in institutions such as Palais de Tokyo or Kunshalle Basel that resemble social gatherings while the immersive environments recruit every sensory perception of the audience.
15.00 - 15.40
Performance and audiences
Designing for collective experience
Religion, theatre and civic facilities
Intimacy and social sharing compared
Jaime Oliver, Director, OHLAB/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab
Rossana Hu, Co Founder, Neri & Hu
16.00 - 16.40
Moving parts: the set as interior and interior as set
Seeing interiors through a lens: the world of set design for film
Creating scenarios in the real world—the office as performance space
Furniture as scenery
Eisuke Tachikawa, Director, Nosigner
17.00 - 17.40
Design as spectacle
Art, architecture, design, fashion—a fluid world
City life—the streetscape as interior
Design as performance, products as performers
Fabio Novembre, Fabio Novembre Studio
About INSIDE—World Festival of Interiors
Held in Berlin from 15–17 November alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE is where the global design community meets to be inspired by the latest and greatest in global interior design and architecture. Over three days INSIDE shines a spotlight on the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. At INSIDE’s heart is a global awards programme, which will be judged by more than 20 distinguished designers and editors from around the world. Finalists that are shortlisted across nine categories will present their project in person to international judging panels. After a hard-fought battle, one practice will win the ultimate accolade of World Interior of the Year, which will be presented at a Gala Dinner awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 17 November.