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Designer Viewpoints Lecture Series set

For three days of High Point Market

The High Point Market Authority and American Society of Interior Designers are producing a three-day seminar series for designers at the High Point Market.

Set for April 18-20, the seminars will be delivered daily from noon to 1: 30 p.m. at 100 High (Plaza Level, corner of Wrenn and High Streets), and include complimentary lunch. Up to 0.3 continuing education units can be earned.

“Continuing education and professional networking are critical to the ongoing success of practicing interior designers —one of the fastest-growing constituencies at the High Point Market—and access to educational opportunities is a top priority for most,” said Brian D. Casey, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, official sponsor of the High Point Market. “We are extremely pleased to be working with ASID, the leading organization for interior designers, to produce the Design Viewpoints Lecture Series featuring world-class speakers focused on topics that are essential to design professionals today.”

The series starts on Sunday, April 18, when famed New York designer Clodagh — a preeminent force in the world of interior design known around the world as a pioneer of the current green movement — presents “Trends in Eco-Conscious Interiors and Architecture.” A book-signing of Clodagh’s second book, Your Home, Your Sanctuary, follows the presentation.

“Designing eco-consciously for more than 25 years, Clodagh blurs the lines between the commercial and residential arenas,” Casey said. “Her design empire is responsible for creating award-winning private residences with an earthy, soothing aesthetic, as well as luxury spa resorts and major hotels such as the award-winning Miraval Life-in-Balance spa resort in Arizona, Manhattan’s 450-unit Caledonia condominium, and the recently completed W Hotel and residences in Fort Lauderdale.”

Clodagh’s expanding licensing and original product design division creates private label home furnishings, hospitality furniture for Mark David, hardware for DuVerre, lamps for Visual Comfort and Boyd, rugs for Tufenkian, faucetry for Watermark Designs, and tubs and sinks for Dex Studios. She has also designed a line of outdoor fabrics for Perennials, eco-friendly broadloom and tile carpeting for Bentley Prince Street and a collection of earth-friendly textiles for Duralee.

On Monday, April 19, the subject is “Emerging Technology Trends and the Impact on Interior Design Professionals,” featuring Matt Carter, industry outreach chair, Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association, and an outstanding panel of designers, including David Easton, David Easton Interiors; Theo Kalomirakis, Theo Kalomirakis Theaters; Kari Jensen, Allied Member ASID, Kari Jensen Designs, LLC. 

“With consumer expectations related to technology rapidly rising, design professionals must understand current trends in home technology and the impact on their profession,” Casey said.

Carter’s presentation will be followed by a provocative panel discussion moderated by Carol Campbell, publisher, CustomRetailer, focused on the experiences of three world-class designers, each with a unique perspective on this exciting, and rapidly changing arena, Casey said.

On Tuesday, April 20, Gale Steves — who has inspired millions with ideas and “real” solutions for the home, first during the 10 years she served as editor in chief of HOME Magazine, and now as the force behind Open House Productions, a home industries consulting company she formed in 2001—presents Right-Sizing The Home. Seminar attendees will have an opportunity to purchase signed, advance copies of Right-Sizing Your Home following the event.

“Steves developed the concept of right-sizing the home in response to consumer queries about making their homes more livable — recognizing early on that bigger did not always make better houses,” Casey said. “Here, she provides interior design professionals with insights from her new book, Right-Sizing Your Home (Northwest Arm Press), which will hit bookstores later this spring. Steves teaches designers and their clients to live with a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to the home. Rather than downsize or relocate, she maintains that right-sizing allows one to live comfortably, efficiently, flexibly and sustainably. She describes a decision-making process that begins with a true analysis of how a room is used today, not a generation ago, accounting for changing lifestyles, technology, economics, energy requirements and more.”

“The line-up of speakers and presentations for this series is outstanding and we are very pleased to be working with the High Point Market Authority to produce these events for interior design professionals at Spring Market,” said Rhonda Claytor, director of education, ASID. “Events like these strengthen the interior design profession by improving competencies, knowledge and skills in subject areas essential to the growth and success of our industry.”

All seminars in the Design Viewpoints Lecture Series are free to interior designers attending High Point Market. Lunch is complimentary, but seating is limited. Designers are asked to reserve a place in advance by e-mailing marketing@highpointmarket.org. Please note seminar, date and number of seats requested in e-mail subject line.  

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