This week myself and Anthony Rayworth, our very knowledgeable and design hungry Director of Studies attended the Sleep Hotel Design Event at The Business Design Centre in London and ‘sleep’ was certainly not happening there!
If you have never been to the Business Design Centre, it is worth a visit, regardless of whether there is an event held there or not. It is a Centre full of a range of design experts in their office homes, not only from London, but from around the country and I have to say all very pleasant and accommodating.
As well as the array of stands there were a series of conferences which were thought provocating and the guest speakers were from an impressive list – more about this in a bit.
Lighting featured quite heavily through the exhibition stands (as geared to hotels):
Anthony particularly had to stop at every bathroom stand, admiring the fittings and the new technology, for example; instant water triggered by just walking to up to the basin was showcased.
There were numerous exhibitors so please go and peruse, www.thesleepevent.com.
However, what was top of the event and starting to trend is ‘The Future of Wellness’. After an initial discussion between the speakers, renaming ‘wellness’ ‘wellbeing’, the speakers informed us of their perceptions of how creating ‘wellness destinations’ will meet current consumer demands.
The main theme of this session was how designers need to producing to meet current demands of lifestyles and general wellbeing. Inspirational comments came from all the speakers but particularly Sue Harmsworth MBE, founder of ESPA International. www.espa-consulting.com
So, just as Sleep wasn’t happening at this event, it also isn’t happening here at NDA. NDA have brought back a wealth of information from this event to work with more industry partners, update our programmes and include new material in our module content. Watch for updates over the next few months.
In the meantime, if you would like further information about future design events or want to join us, contact Carl Oxborough on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Manager, National Design Academy