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DESIGN PROFESSIONALS GET A LESSON IN SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

The design community turned out in force at this year’s CEDIA Expo, the home technology showcase event, to find out how integrated audio, visual, lighting and other systems could be used to enhance their interior schemes. The dedicated conference ‘Designing Interiors with Technology’ was an outstanding success and one of the highlights of what was a fantastic trade show.

Sponsored by the BIDA (British Interior Design Association), leading interior design magazine idFX and Decorex, the interior design show for professionals, the conference was both well-received and well-attended. Over 110 design professionals made the trip to ExCeL on Wednesday 24th June for the free half-day event, with some arriving in style on board a boat direct from Chelsea Harbour!

“When CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, established the outreach committee back in 2008, it was with a view to strengthening relationships with other sectors and Associations within the wider construction industry.” Explains Fraser Stride, CEDIA Outreach Chair. “No event better reflects success of this outreach than the recent interior designers’ conference. It was a fantastic event and the perfect demonstration of how mutually beneficial such initiatives can be and one that has set a precedent for future activities.”

At the conference, CEDIA Marketing Chair, Jane Scotland, Angus Gibson and Matthew Tillman from Gibson Music, Lucy Martin of John Cullen Lighting and Malcolm Stewart from Kensington Home Technology were all on hand to help delegates better understand the world of the CEDIA professional. The speakers delivered a packed programme on a range of topics including; how to design integrated future-ready homes, an A-Z of jargon used in home electronics, trends in lighting design and control and what’s real and what’s just media hype in the custom installation sector. The conference was informative, educational and entertaining and proved to be an invaluable introduction to the technologies that they would later see on the show floor.

The morning session was followed by an informal lunch, after which delegates were given guided tours of the exhibition, allowing them the opportunity to experience many products first hand and to talk to exhibitors about their projects. Their presence on the show floor created a tangible buzz and undoubtedly contributed to what was already a busy and standout day.

CEDIA are committed to building on the success of platforms like this, the first ‘Designing Interiors with Technology’ conference and, going forward, such initiatives will be play an important role in helping the Association achieve its long-term outreach objectives. A similar event is being planned in Chelsea in the autumn.

Jane Ringe Director, Poised to Move
“Thank you CEDIA for a great 'Designing with Technology' conference. I thought it was excellent! The lectures were pitched at exactly the right level and the content was well-balanced and informative. It also gave an invaluable insight into future developments. The guided tours of the exhibit floor were an inspired idea, and myself and members of my group were greatly enthused to see exactly how working with CEDIA members could contribute to a project. Thank you again for such a fantastic day.”

Diego Ivan Correa B.
“Thank you very much it was a wonderful day. The seminars were great and suitably generic and very informative. Thank you very much, your support, it is invaluable.”

Ursula Wesselingh, Ursula Wesselingh Interiors
“First and foremost I think it was a very successful format – to get a number of experts together, each delivering information on different aspects of home technology, in just a single morning and all specifically targeted at interior designers & architects. I also thought the guided tour of the exhibition afterwards was a very successful way to introduce concepts, manufacturers and suppliers. Questions were asked and everyone learnt from it. Also it was really good to get the message drummed home about the importance of working with accredited/recognised professionals (such as CEDIA members) and to work on better relationships between the industries.”

Anouska Anquetil, Associate of BIDA and Interior Design Consultant at Gilt&Gloss Design Ltd
“I found the conference very interesting and insightful. The organisation on the day was excellent.”

Email: matt@cedia.co.uk


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