Talk: Design Transforms, 18th September 2023

I will be participating in a panel discussion about design’s role in delivering a future beyond fossil fuels. Initiated by UPM Biochemicals in partnership with Central Saint Martins (University of The Arts London), the focus is to demonstrate how renewable materials can be implemented in the development of everyday products. Alongside industry change makers and thought leaders, we will explore how we can jointly deliver on the vision to urgently shift to renewable, circular materials.

The talk takes place on Monday 18th September at 5pm at the LVMH Theatre at Central Saint Martins campus in Granary Square, King’s Cross as part of the London Design Festival.

The talk is moderated by Martin Ledwon from UPM Biochemicals and includes artist, designer and campaigner Daniel Lismore; head of sustainability practice at Salterbaxter, Dax Lovegrove; and sustainable design consultant, educator and designer Jane Penty. And me!

The talk is part of the collaboration between UPM and Central Saint Martins that launched earlier this year, briefing students with the challenge of creating new design concepts that have the potential to bring a fossil free future to life, the best of which will be unveiled at the Design Transforms ’23 exhibition.

Talk is free to attend but registration is necessary here.

Talk: Blemished and Bent; designing with nature, 24th September 2022

Sara Grady and Alice Robinson, the co-founders of the new regenerative leather company Grady + Robinson, have invited me to join a discussion around the themes of material culture and design and its connections to food and farming. Regenerative designer Sebastian Cox will also join the discussion.

The talk, titled “Blemished and Bent; designing with nature” accompanies their exhibition “Leather from British Pastures” with a display of objects, material, and imagery connecting leather with regenerative agriculture. The exhibition is open from 20-25th September 2022 as part of the London Design Festival.

Our talk takes place at 5pm on 24th September 2022 at the exhibition venue, Rochelle School in Shoreditch, London.

Free to attend – registration necessary

Talk: In conversation with Benjamin Hubert, 22nd September 2022

To mark the launch of my latest monograph about the design studio Layer and its founder Benjamin Hubert (published by Phaidon), I will join a conversation with Hubert to be hosted by design writer and curator, Riya Patel. The talk takes place at the newly launched exhibition Material Matters on London’s South Bank as part of the London Design Festival.

Join us at 3pm on 22nd September 2022 to learn more about the book, the process and story behind it, plus plenty of other subjects I’m sure!

Free to attend – registration necessary