Join Us for Daily Design Conversations & Panels

We’ve partnered with Convo By Design to host a full schedule of  panel discussions and thought-provoking conversations on the WestEdge stage which will be designed and furnished in partnership with Wescover.

Hear from leading names in the design industry on a variety of topics throughout all the days of the fair. Programs are complimentary and included in the price of admission, and seating is first come-first serve (unless otherwise noted).

About Convo By Design:

Convo By Design, the podcast celebrating Southern Califronia’s rich diverse and incredibly talented design and architecture community since 2013. Get in on the conversation on the ‘socials’ and subscribe to the show everywhere you find your favorite podcasts.

About Wescover:

Wescover is a platform to shop for unique, meaningfully made items. Each piece is sold by the original Creator so you can directly support artists & designers you believe in.

Unique designs are personal— and so is the experience of buying one. Many pieces on Wescover are ready to ship, while others are made-to-order, customizable, or 100% collaborations between you and the Creator. Connect over your vision and share your budget to see which Creator can make something just for you.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

12:30-1:30 PM
Age of Influence | Media Strategies for Creatives

Every successful creative knows the importance of having a professional digital presence. Keeping up with trends and changing algorithms, coupled with creating engaging content can be tedious and time-consuming. Learn marketing strategies and best practices for image editing, copyrighting and video creation to best showcase your work through social media. You will also learn media training skills like how to craft your professional introduction on camera. Don’t miss this engaging conversation filled with tips to take your promotional content to the next level.

2:00-3:00 PM
The Pivot | Adjusting Design Business Strategies for Changing Times

How are you adapting to the design business changes brought on by the past 2 years? Are you working harder than ever before? Are you constantly checking on delivery dates, and specifying and re-specifying due to repricing and discontinuations? Wondering how to capture a bigger audience in social media, and upgrade your clientele? Are you wondering if this is the right time to scale back, scale up or merge with another firm? If so, you’re not alone. These questions are on the mind of most if not every design professional today. Join the conversation to hear from designers who have scaled up, scaled down, and successfully adapted to the changing business climate.

3:30-4:30 PM
Design Perspectives – A One on One Conversation with Chad Dorsey

Chad Dorsey has established himself as one of the top designers in the business today, with offices in both Dallas and Los Angles. Trained as an architect, Dorsey’s approach captures the relationship between space and architecture to create maximum impact for his clients. Influenced by travel and his roots in music, automobiles and growing up in Tennessee, Chad will share his style of “relaxed luxury”, and the lessons learned along the path of his design journey.

5:00-6:00 PM
Rise and Shine | Designers to Watch

Presented by Wescover
These unique designers are changing the design game through their innovative design style and approach. Their impact on design has been noticed by clients and media alike. Kristen’s KozyKasa is an Austin based firm is a curated blend of her time spent learning her craft in Los Angeles and adding her special blend of funky-chic style. Byron’s eponymous firm, based in Washington DC was crafted using spacial awareness and attention to detail for a broad, diverse and international DC clientele. Meet them for an intimate chat about standing out in a crowded field of immensely talented creatives.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Cultured Conversations: Art + Design
Moderated by Patron Magazine

2:30-3:30 PM
Perspectives – Design One on One with Ryan Saghian

Internationally renowned and award winning designer, Ryan Saghian has been the designer of choice for elite clientele that include actors, musicians and athletes. How does the design change when your client is a 7 foot tall NBA player or a jet setting actor who will only use the space 4 weeks during the year? Ryan has a gift for translating luxury into exquisitely designed homes that are personalized for the individual client’s tastes and lifestyle. Enjoy a chat with one of the most expressive and exciting designers working today. Following the talk, Ryan will be signing copies of his new book, Unapologetically Chic.

5:00-6:00 PM | The Outdoors Is In

Join passionate, industry-leading designers and specialists for a fun and dynamic discussion on the emerging trends of outdoor design, cooking and space activation. We will explore fast-evolving consumer preferences in outdoor living, the growing popularity of women and grilling, and how progressive brands are addressing needs of designers, builders and consumers with innovative offerings to elevate outdoor experiences for unforgettable moments for years to come.

Moderated by: Ryan Bloom, Urban Bonfire

Presented by:
Urban Bonfire

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Program To Be Announced

1:00-2:00 PM

Thought Leadership | A Purposeful Conversation About Sustainability and Circularity

As the pandemic has shown, priorities around life balance and living a healthy lifestyle have been pushed to the forefront of design. From off-gassing materials and VOC paints, to high-quality sleep products, the ideas around health and wellness continue to evolve and proliferate. Learn how manufacturers and designers are working together to provide the highest quality products and concepts to encourage healthy, sustainable living.

2:30-3:30 PM
Perspectives – Design One on One with Benjamin Johnston

Benjamin is a true Texas design talent. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M and his Masters of Architecture from University of Texas at Austin. He spent time in Japan working with Cesar Pelli & Associates, but as every good Texan does, came home to helm his eponymous firm. Now based in Houston, Benjamin’s firm has worked on projects in 9 countries, 12 states and 27 cities around the world. Join us for a one on one conversation as Ben takes us inside his firm and through the work that catapulted them onto the international design stage.