Inspired by the heart, GAN rugs and poufs are handcrafted, piece by piece, using natural fibers and traditional techniques. In this presentation, GAN’s Creative Director Mapi Millet shares the brand’s story and its focus on empowering local artisans to preserve their culture for the next generation, while earning a living from their skills. Learn about the company’s history, unique designs, new products, and their partnership with Haworth.
The pace of change has never been so fast—and the coronavirus pandemic has been an incredible accelerant. We are living in a world in flux, requiring new disciplines to thrive in our professional and personal lives. Author of the upcoming book, Flux Mindset: Disciplines to Thrive in Constant Change, April will guide you on a journey through a set of 8 disciplines from Flux Mindset that help us live, work, and lead better.
Even before the pandemic and all the stay at home orders, there was much talk about the addiction of screens and ill effects of the online world. However, there is little—if any—awareness of a larger, more existential effect. With a mix of entertaining anecdotes and scholarly theory, David Zweig will change how you think about being online and challenge assumptions about images equaling reality.
World-renowned architect and designer Patricia Urquiola will share her inspiration for the new Haworth virtual NeoCon showroom, which highlights spaces for high-performing teams to collaborate, create, and innovate. This insightful presentation includes a moderated Q&A session with Patricia.
Hear the story behind the innovative designs of the global textile house. Kvadrat’s CEO Anders Byriel discusses the company’s unique perspective and its continuing partnership with Haworth. This informative and inspirational presentation includes a moderated Q&A session with Anders.
Haworth’s Color, Materials, and Finishes Designer Alexis Putman discusses the new and unexpected applications of digital knits in textiles. Learn how Haworth Digital Knits are evolving surface materials to create unique design possibilities for office interiors. This fascinating presentation of what’s next includes a moderated Q&A session with Alexis.
The personal creativity needed for innovative design is not a gift for the chosen few—it can be learned, and this immense untapped resource is available to all of us. Master innovator Jeff DeGraff introduces the six essential creative-thinking skills/steps used at some of the most innovative companies in the world: Concentrate, Replicate, Elaborate, Associate, Translate, and Evaluate (CREATE), and explains how anyone can use them.
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we engage with work and the workplace. Organizations must now consciously design for flexibility and adaptability in their cultures, technologies, and physical spaces. In this session, Luc and Julian explore the implementation of organizational agility through activity-based thinking—examining individual and organizational life as a collection of activities to be performed.
Just when society began to crave “togetherness” like an obsession, we were halted abruptly and told to steer clear of one another. Award-winning architect/designer, Lauren Rottet describes how she sees the world evolving in this paradox, first in the near term and then over time. Learn how her unique background has influenced her design philosophy, as she shares her point of view on the future of hospitality and social spaces.
What happens when the global consumer population has been trained to expect a culture of choice—then overnight has virtually none? The current crisis reminds people of which choices really matter. But unstructured time and infinite distraction on the internet may make things worse. What will it take for people to not just go back to the way things were once this siege has lifted?
What exactly is the “COVID Economy,” and what adjustments do we need to make in order to adapt? As real first-quarter data for 2020 rolls in, economist Dr. Marci Rossell will share her insights on updated economic results from around the globe. Discover what we’ve learned so far and why tougher community interventions actually make for better post-pandemic economic outcomes.
The virtual future we've predicted is quickly becoming the new normal, changing how we live each day - even more so now. New technology and digital platforms are constantly emerging and quickly being adopted, leading us to a crossroads. Add in the generational shift and new points of view, and it&'s hard to tell which way to turn. Executive Vice President of Digital for SANDOW and Interior Design Media Pam McNally will discuss this brave new world, evolving client expectations and tech trends, and what it all means for you.
The human brain is a marvel of planning, risk assessment, and strategy execution. But what happens when we encounter circumstances we’ve never experienced? Harvard-trained neurosurgeon Dr. Allan Hamilton will explain how and why emotional reactions tend to overtake logical thought in a crisis. Learn to recognize—and overcome—situations when the brain disregards logic and resorts to more primitive emotional responses.
Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola works on projects all over the world. Her studio has been working virtually with their clients for years—and often their meetings and project reviews are not held face-to-face, or even in the same time zone. Discover how Patricia balances innovation and design with craftsmanship and quality to create pieces and spaces globally—oftentimes from a distance.
The future isn’t what it used to be—so what does this all mean? And what do we do now? University of Michigan professor Jeff DeGraff answers these questions using a creative mindset to identify incongruities and anomalies happening today, and emerging opportunities you can act upon. Called the “Dean of Innovation,” he has been at the forefront of some of the most significant innovations of the past 30 years, advising hundreds of Fortune 500 companies how to look beyond the obvious.
Many of us fear that the US—and the world—may be heading into a coronavirus-fueled recession. But economic expert Dr. Marci Rossell says there are some key differences between this financial crisis and previous recessions, which could indicate quicker financial recovery. Hear her views as she shares thoughts about the impacts of the COVID_19 pandemic on our economy.