Workshops to take place at the Office Exhibition 2012

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The organisers of the Office Exhibition 2012 have announced a series of workshops and seminar programmes hosted by design experts.

They will discuss aesthetics, function and sustainability of modern workplaces, with the changing nature of organisations, work and workplaces to form the focus of the debates.

A design executive roundtable with business and design experts from the Middle East will be hosted by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) on the opening day. This year’s session will discuss how the practice of commercial design must respond to the different way the workplace is now viewed.

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On the second day, the ‘Green Day’ will be led by Summertown Interiors, and with international and regional representatives, local perspectives on green design and project execution will be discussed, featuring presentations, panel discussions moderated by Emirates Green Council and case studies from the region.

Furniture manufacturer Okamura and distributors humanspace and Loft will open up their design archives to show how furniture has responded to the changing way in which people work.

A presentation by Loft, the only manufacturer of Robin Day OBE collections, will deliver an insight into his career. A pioneer of contemporary furniture in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Robin Day received international acclaim for his creations which are all licensed Great British Design Icons of the 20th century.

While sustainable design and build will be the main topic, the seminars and workshops will also address other issues in commercial interior design including best practices in healthcare designs and reinventing the classroom – ‘How furniture and space design can change the way we collaborate.’

Confirmed speakers at The Office Exhibition 2012 workshops and seminars include: Pringle Brandon’s managing director Steven Charlton; ISG’s Stephen Taylor; and Peter Di Sabatino, Dean of Architecture, Art and Design at American University Sharjah (AUS). Also speaking at the seminar will be the winner of the 2010 Interior Designer of the year award Pallavi Dean.

David Wilson, event director of The Office Exhibition said: “Market education has always been an important pillar in The Office Exhibition’s offering. We aim to strengthen the opportunities for knowledge transfer every year to help local architects and designers keep pace with global trends within a regional context.

“At the 2012 show we have an excellent roster of international and regional speakers that will stimulate healthy debate and foster great professional learning.”

The Office Exhibition, now in its 11th year, will take place from May 15-17, 2012, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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