Materials in Design will be the subject of an IWF All-Day Symposium during the show on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by Alvic USA.

Materials in Design is aimed at the design community and fabricators and manufacturers who work closely with them. Moderated by industry authority Kenn Busch, founder of Material Intelligence, this program offers a day of discovery in materials for the design community.

Materials suppliers, designers, fabricators and presenters will be part of the event. Attendees will be able to visit the show floor before or after Materials in Design. 

With more than a dozen speakers and panelists, including authoritative names in design and innovators in fabrication and manufacturing methods, attendees will learn about innovations in surface materials, trends in color and design, and advances in hardware, adhesives, and emerging technologies for decoration and fabrication of interior furnishings and surfaces.

Attendees will include commercial interior designers, interior architects, furniture designers, kitchen and bath designers, retail fixture designers, cabinet designers, millwork designers, millwork draftsmen, buyers at wood manufacturers; and manufacturers and distributors of design software, panel, components and hardware and technology.

Confirmed Speakers:

Materials Innovation: Kenn Busch, founder, Material Intelligence -- Climate Positive Materials: A Global Movement.

Materials Innovation: Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez, CEO, Ruiz Velazquez Architecture & Design – “Feel the Art of Innovation” (Velazquez’s appearance is sponsored by panel and component manufacturer Alvic USA.)

Design Trends: Renee Hytry Derrington, V-P design, Formica -- Blurring Spaces: Workplace versus Home Space.

Design Trends: Sheri Mercadante, Sales and business development director, NYLUX -- Trends in Home Interior Design.

A&D Design Services: Brian Dougherty, V-P of building and sales, ClosetMaid Professional -- Case Study, Closet Design for Hanover Oaks Houston Penthouse Suites.

Materials Innovation: Trey Clasen, Ironwood Manufacturing -- Bringing Top Design to Public Restrooms.

Materials Innovation: Giorgio Macor, ZeeTree -- Deeply Textured Digital Wood Finishing.

Tech Trend: Les Smith, Market development manager, Sherwin-Williams ---Virtual Wood Finish Database for Design Planners.

Tech Trend: Bruce Wright, sales manager, Material Digitization, X-Rite, Inc. -- Virtual Light Booth for Textures and Colors

Materials Innovation: Jessica McNaughton, president, CaraGreen, Advanced Materials from Unexpected Sources.

Materials Innovation: Don Casebier, Bierson Retail Store Components -- Advances in Joinery and Membrane Edgewraps.

Materials Innovation: Stephen Boychuk, Alex Andrite Design – PIIP – A Thin Profile Custom Cabinetry Material.

Pre-registration pricing through July 31, 2020: $300; Standard pricing August 1 - 28, 2020: $355.

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