May Design Series - #MDSchat

MDS 2015

London ExCeL 
17 - 19 May 2015

The UK's definitive
international interiors event



Talking Trends with Trend Bible's Joanna Feeley

Join us on Thursday June 5 at 12pm as we sit down with Joanna Feeley, Managing Director of Trend Bible, to discover more about the company's insights into interior trends and consumer behaviours.

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Joanna worked with brands including Tesco, Nokia and New Look before founding Trend Bible in 2007. Trend Bible's client base includes Disney, Selfridges, Debenhams, Asda and TK Maxx. 

Follow us @maydesignseries and tweet in using the hashtag mdschat 


Live Twitter chat with Eoin Billings

On Friday 9 May we sat down for a live Twitter chat with Eoin Billings, Founding Partner and Director of Billings Jackson.

Eoin trained as an industrial designer and, while heading up Billings Jackson, has created products and components for some of the biggest urban infrastructure, transport and healthcare projects in the UK, Europe and US. Billings Jackson are champions of improving the built environment and changing the way we interact with our surroundings. 

Eoin's design approach and vast design experience made for a fascinating discussion. If you missed it, you can check it out in our highlight feed. 

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See Eoin at the May Design Series at 11am on Tuesday 20 May as he takes to the stage at the Designers With Light Forum. 


#MDSchat with Heal's Head of Fabric, Pia Benham

Thanks to all who tuned in for our #MDSchat with Pia Benham, Head of Fabric at Heal's. We found out about the first original fabric collection from Heal's to be released in 40 years, as well as what we can expect to see in fabric trends in the near future.

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If you missed our chat, you can see the highlights here. Or even better, why not come see the new Heal's fabric collection as part of the Fabric Pavilion at the May Design Series? Register for the show and join us from 18-20 May.


Live Twitter chat with Pia Benham of Heal's

Join us on Wednesday 7 May at 12pm as we visit Heal's for an exclusive #MDSchat with Pia Benham, their Head of Fabric & Design. 

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Heal's was established in 1810 by John Harris Heal as a family business and since its foundation has been well recognised for its innovative design. 

This year, Heal's announced that it was launching its first own-brand textile collection since the 1970s - and will be bringing the collection to the May Design Series! So we're catching up with Pia to find out more about the new designs, and what we can expect to see in textile trends in the coming seasons.

Follow us on Twitter @maydesignseries, tune in at 12pm and tweet in a question using the hashtag #MDSchat


Live Twitter chat with Oliver Marlow

Thanks to all who joined us on Friday for our live Twitter chat with Oliver Marlow, co-founder and Creative Director of Studio Tilt. Studio Tilt is one of the most exciting young design and architecture practices around today, specialising in codesign and creating collaborative spaces that encourage innovation and interaction. It was a real pleasure finding out more about Oliver's design approach. 

If you missed the conversation, you can check out the highlights here.

Don't miss our future interviews; follow us on Twitter @maydesignseries and join the conversation by tweeting in your questions with the hashtag #mdschat 

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#MDSchat with Dr Asli Vestlund of FIRA

Last week we were joined at May Design Series HQ by Dr Asli Vestlund, Research and Consultancy Manager at the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA). Asli is involved in the furniture research and sustainability side of FIRA's work and has a lot to say about the future of the furniture industry and its sustainable development. 

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If you missed the chat on Friday, you can follow the conversation on our Storify feed.

Stay tuned for our forthcoming MDSchat interviews in the coming weeks, and don't miss Asli at the May Design Series when she takes part in the Circular Economy seminar, presented by the Resource event, on Monday 19 May at 11:15am.

#MDSchat with Tim Mutton of Blacksheep

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to last week's live Twitter MDSchat with Tim Mutton, founder and Managing Director of interior design and branding experts Blacksheep! Farming analogies, first class travel and 'high octane BBQ experiences' were just some of the topics that came up in our hour-long conversation.

Missed it? Not to worry, we've saved it all for you here

To hear more from Tim, join him at the May Design Series on Tuesday 20 May at 12:15pm as he takes to the stage for 'Brand Matters', a session looking at how to bring the qualities of a brand to life through clever, thoughtful and imaginative interior design.

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Live Twitter chat with Blacksheep's Tim Mutton

Join us on Wednesday 16th April at 12pm as we sit down for a live Twitter chat with Tim Mutton, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the multi award-winning design and branding agency, Blacksheep

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Blacksheep are leaders in hospitality design, creating interiors and branding that always has 'the experience' at its core. The firm's portfolio includes projects for the Jamie's brand, Marriott, Hilton, Qbic Hotels, Nando's and Wedgwood. Tim's mantra is 'people, growth, results' - recognising the importance of people, their experiences and interaction with a brand.

Join us at 12pm on Wednesday 16th April for our live chat with Tim, as we talk all things design, branding and creating the ultimate customer experience. Tweet in your questions by following @maydesignseries and using the hashtag MDSchat  


Live Twitter chat with Rab Bennetts

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our live Twitter chat with Rab Bennetts, Principal of Bennetts Associates, today! We sat down with Rab for an hour and quizzed him on design, sustainability, his favourite projects and current work.  

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If you missed the interview, don't worry - we've put it all together for you. Don't forget that you can hear from Rab Bennetts at the May Design Series on Monday 19 May as he joins a panel discussion looking at how hotel design derives inspiration from other sectors and vice versa. 

Stay tuned as we host a Twinterview next week with another big name in design!


Join our live Twitter chat!

Join us on Friday 11 April at 12pm for an exclusive chat with Rab Bennetts, co-founder of leading architecture practice Bennetts Associates.  

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Rab co-founded Bennetts Associates with his partner Denise Bennetts in 1987. The firm, based in London and Edinburgh, is responsible for many prominent projects such as the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, PowerGen Headquarters, Wessex Water Operations Centre, Hampstead Theatre, hotels in London and Amsterdam, Edinburgh University's Informatics Forum, the Jubilee Library in Brighton and the New Street Square development in the City of London. Recent commmissions include residences for St Antony's College, Oxford, Camden's headquarters at King's Cross and commercial developments for Derwent, Stanhope and British Land.

Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003 and Sustainability Leader of the Year in 2009 at the Building/ UK-GBC Sustainability Awards.

Ahead of his appearance at the May Design Series as part of the Light Sleep sessions at our Conversation Series, Rab is joining us on Twitter to answer your questions about anything design and sustainability-related. Follow us @maydesignseries, tune in on Friday 11 April at 12pm and tweet @BennettsAssocs using the hashtag #MDSchat

2014 show partners:

  • A1 Lighting
  • A1 Retail
  • acid
  • Archilovers
  • Archiproducts
  • Architect's Choice
  • Architonic
  • bd
  • biid
  • bira
  • BITA
  • BKU
  • Blueprint
  • BMA
  • Boutique Hotelier
  • Bridge for Design
  • Building
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Cover
  • darc
  • DE
  • Decorum
  • Design Buy Build
  • design curial
  • DesignBoom
  • Designer Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Designers' Data
  • Ekbb
  • Elle Decoration
  • Eutopia Kitchen and Bathroom
  • FIRA
  • Furniture News
  • Hospitality Interiors
  • In Design Mag
  • Interior Design Today
  • Interiors Monthly
  • K & B Network
  • kbb daily
  • Kbsa
  • Kitchen and Bathroom News
  • Lighting
  • Livingetc
  • Mondo Arc
  • New Designers 2014
  • NTG
  • OfWeek
  • Refurb
  • SBID
  • The Art of Design
  • The Furnishing Report


Sun 17 May - 10.00 - 18.00
Mon 18 May - 10.00 - 20.00
Tue 19 May - 10.00 - 17.00

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