The end of the year is usually a time for reflection on one’s highlights, but as 2020 is a year many of us would rather forget, we thought we would focus on the future instead of dwelling on the past.
By now you will probably have read that the 2021 Design Guild Mark judging days will take place virtually for one year only to ensure the safety of everyone concerned.
While obviously disappointed that we’re not going to have the normal three days of convening some of the best and brightest minds in the UK design community, we’re pleased that we have a viable way forward for the year.
And I am sure that there will be many people delighted that they won’t have to cart their design into a central London venue at the tail end of winter. We say this having flashbacks to the snow storm in 2018…
Something positive to come out of the crisis of 2020, though, is the adaptions we have made in our work practices by adopting technology in order to navigate the storm of COVID-19. We are of course not alone in moving our normal ‘in real life’ format to a virtual environment while the chaos subsides.
To close the year off, we thought we’d bring you details of three more events that are preaching the show must go on (virtually) in early 2021.
Architect@Work London Digital Summit
Architect@Work (27 & 28 January 2021) has always represented the most cutting-edge innovations in architecture, products and materials. For this reason, the show is adapting to the current conditions around live events and are moving its physical show into a digital summit format. The show fully intends to return to the exhibition space in 2022 but for the time being it has gathered some of the brightest minds from the design community to discuss the burning issues of the day, concerned with how we can best create a built environment that cares for our health and wellbeing.
Top Drawer Virtual Edition
Top Drawer (25 -29 January 2021) will be hosting a week of live content including product launches from a selection of design-led brands, as well as talks from some of the industry’s favourite names. Top Drawer’s On Demand platform will be accessible until 21 February so you have plenty of time to shop the brands and access the latest trend forecasts.
The Virtual Interiors Event
The Virtual Interiors Event (24 & 25 February 2021) is an online event created for the commercial industry. This is the brainchild of Sally Rice and Beth Harrison who between them have an impressive combined 35 years’ experience in the commercial interiors sector across both the manufacturer and specifier side. The show will offer delegates the opportunity to liaise with like-minded people, see new product launches and access a curated selection of content from expert speakers.