Design, architecture, and network and business knowledge fuse when Trends & Traditions, a one-day conference and meet-and-greet event, takes place on 31 March in Copenhagen.
Fredericia, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen, dk3, Gubi, Ege, Montana, Erik Jørgensen and Verpan are just few of the Danish design brands exhibiting at the show. For Holmris.Designbrokers, the Danish furniture company behind Trends & Traditions, the professional networking aspect is crucial to the event, which is a non-profit venture.
‘The event is free, but it has limited spots for business professionals, e.g. customers, architects, interior stylists, designers, and our future colleagues, namely design and architecture students’, says Thomas Wiberg, Market and Development Director at Holmris.Designbrokers.
According to Holmris.Designbrokers, the days when business professionals had time to leave their offices for multiple days to network and find new inspiration at design fairs are long gone. The organisers believe this idea may be true—up to 1,500 professionals are expected to take part in this year’s one-day event, which will be held in an old train workshop.
In addition to networking opportunities and an exhibition area featuring over 80 design and furniture brands, Trends & Traditions will offer a series of lectures during the day, including a lecture on holistic design from former Bang & Olufsen Group Creative Director Johannes Torpe. Torpe will talk about breaking down established borders between creative fields while spicing things up with a playful, holistic approach to aesthetics and creative problem solving.
Kasper Stoltz, an external lecturer at Aalborg University specialising in space and learning, will talk about the classroom as an outdated idea. According to Stoltz, 21st-century schools demand new ways of designing learning spaces and learning environments.
Trends & Traditions will also be the host of four special lectures in English, where Rosan Bosch, who is the founder of Danish design studio Rosan Bosch Studio, will give a talk on creativity as an instrument for innovation and change. You can also hear architect and partner Dorthe Keis, from the Danish architectural firm Arkitema, speak about the future way of living in Copenhagen.
Last but not least, the conference will feature a talent area in which future graduates from design and architecture schools can network with potential employers.
Architects, designers and professionals working in the industry are invited to register for the event. We hope to see many of you there.