By Charlotte Butterfield
This month plays host to one of the first all-day conferences dedicated to the interior design industry, organised by APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers).
This month plays host to one of the first all-day conferences dedicated to the interior design industry, organised by APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers). The event, held on the 23rd April at Grosvenor House, Dubai, has lined up an impressive conference schedule and an array of speakers from all corners of the industry, from commercial interior designers, to design academics, to European furniture designers.
The conference is designed to benefit design companies, interior designers, the supply industry, real estate developers, project managers, clients and design students. It will address key issues affecting the industry, such as copyrighting designs and how to avoid being the victim of plagiarism and copycat designers; the need for proper documentation and regulation within the industry and the need for specialisation within design companies. The conference is designed to be an interactive event, which will feature informal conversations, topical discussions and interactive solution finding sessions alongside panel discussions and presentations chaired by industry leaders.
Confirmed speakers include the iconic Burj Al Arab interior designer, Khuan Chew from KCA International, who will be giving the keynote address; Markus Stebich, managing associate HBA Dubai; Antonia Rosa, Spanish furniture designer and many other industry insiders.
APID chairman and founding member, Kenneth Laidler, said: "We want to encourage designers to leverage their skills as design professionals in this volatile market without compromising their core design values, which can be a challenge. We are encouraging designers to join their industry peers at this ground-breaking event to ensure that they maximise revenue while retaining their professional integrity and remaining true to their inherent design beliefs." Registration forms can be downloaded from APID website