SFC hosts ‘Innovations in Sustainable Furnishings' seminar
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 8/19/2013 2:50:39 PM
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Sustainable Furnishings Council and North Carolina's Elon University will present a one-day program that charts the future of sustainable design. Leaders from the home furnishings industry and academia will convene Friday, Sept. 20, at Elon University for "Innovations in Sustainable Furnishings: The Road Ahead."
Programming will include a keynote from Dr. Jonathan Chapman, a professor of sustainable design at University of Brighton's School of Art, Design & Media. Chapman's talk, titled "Emotionally Durable Design," will draw from his 2005 monograph, Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences & Empathy, which has been embraced by professional designers at corporations such as Sony Corp. and Samsung.
Other highlights of the event will include "Life at the Core of Furnishings," a session led by Mitchell Gold of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home, will discuss marketing strategies in a .1 CEU-accredited talk titled "Marketing Sustainability: The Research and the Story." Mike Italiano, president and CEO of The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, will offer a tactical short-course on assessing environmental impact in "Forest to Foyer: An Overview of Life-Cycle Analysis."
"The planning committee has put special focus on ensuring that the day is practical and useful for all segments of the industry, with ‘news you can use' for manufacturers, retailers, designers, students and members of the general public," said Susan Inglis, SFC executive director.
Additional speakers will include Jason Phillips, vice president and creative director, The Phillips Collection; Hilary Pope, marketing coordinator, Carolina Mattress Guild; and Mark Hord, vice president of manufacturing, EJ Victor. The International Interior Design Association will also offer information on site about its programs to support best practices for sustainability in design businesses.
A pre-conference Life Cycle Assessment workshop led by Italiano will be held Thursday, Sept. 19. Attendees can enjoy a post-conference tour of eco-friendly homes in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 21. The showcase will present innovative homes and building projects that embrace the principles of minimizing environmental footprints.
Registration is required for the day-long event at http://bit.ly/1bF8P7b. Seats are $15.
We would love your feedback!