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Experience the pinnacle of Australia's design discourse across our three stages: Design Talks, Theatre One, and Theatre Two. In 2024, we proudly unveil three captivating themes: Building Beyond BoundariesFuture-Forward Design, and Purposeful Design. Read more about the stage themes here.

 Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, CEDIA, Global Greentag, Master Builders NSW, KBDI, Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association and other industry partners, you won't want to miss an array of interviews, case studies, panel discussions, and CPD-accredited presentations discussing the newest materials, technologies, and solutions on the show floor.

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June are exclusively for industry professionals, while Saturday 15 June welcomes homeowners and the public to explore the latest in design and architecture.

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  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
    This CPD discusses the importance of the Australian Standards and how they apply to the building hardware industry. We review the fundamentals of AS1905.1, AS1428.1 and AS4145.5 based on what should b ...
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  1. Design Talks
    30 mins
    Designing purposeful spaces demands a delicate interplay between tradition and exploration, craftsmanship and innovation. This session will explore how to create atmospheres that resonate with meaning ...
  2. Theatre Two
    40 mins
    A creative design professional can (literally) think outside the square to create cabinetry and furnishings that push the boundaries of products and materials. But it takes an equally creative and ski ...
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  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
    When it comes to design and construction in today's world there are many options to consider and, in this seminar, participants will expand their understanding on Insulated Sandwich Panel (ISP), how t ...
  2. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Accessible design is something that all good designers are building into their skill sets and services. Products and resources related to physical limitations are more readily available, but conversat ...
  3. Design Talks
    40 mins
    This insightful session feature will highlight the key principles underpinning enabling design for people living with dementia and their relevance in the context of the new National Aged Care Design P ...
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  1. Design Talks
    40 mins
    This engaging session will delve into how architecture and design shape brand identity in physical environments. From defining spatial branding to creating immersive brand experiences that align with ...
  2. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    The introduction of a new NaturePositive+™ Standard and NaturePositive+ Declaration™ for products by Global GreenTag International is the first specific standard for manufacturers to track, measure an ...
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  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
    The course provides an introduction to fire compartmentation techniques and the importance of using passive firestopping in conjunction to active fire control measures. This session will look at commo ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Explore the forefront of design innovation straight from Salone del Mobile Milano! Get the scoop on the most innovative products and design ideas, offering a glimpse into the exciting trends and inspi ...
  2. Design Talks
    30 mins
    This session explores the fusion of traditional Indigenous birthing customs with contemporary Western medicine, aiming to fill the gap in exclusively Indigenous birthing centers in Australia. Rachael ...
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  1. Theatre One
    30 mins
    Design future-proof smart homes! This course equips architects and builders with knowledge in IoT, AI, and privacy. Learn why professionally designed systems outperform DIY with better integration, ad ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    There's a lot more to light than lux levels and LEDs, and designer Adele Locke is keen to share her luminous wisdom about this topic. In this session, Adele will explain how choosing light that suppor ...
  2. Design Talks
    40 mins
    This panel will explore the dynamic relationship between design and the environment. Discover the latest trends and essential knowledge in sustainable design practices, including evolving design lands ...
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  1. Design Talks
    40 mins
    Multigenerational living is gaining popularity in Australia. This panel session will explore the essential considerations for designing living spaces that adapt to the changing needs of families over ...
  2. Theatre Two
    40 mins
    Materials can define the spirit of a room. When selecting materials and finishes, it's about striking a balance between aesthetics, consumer needs, functionality, environmental and economic impacts. T ...
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  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
      This professional learning session will discuss what to be aware of in the initial design phase when developing, building or renovating in Sydney, providing you with crucial knowledge around require ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Explore the transformative power of partnerships in this session. Discover how collaboration between designers, suppliers, and retailers can elevate your brand. Featuring local and international succe ...
  2. Design Talks
    40 mins
    We unpack why authentic design is the most sustainable choice and how investing in licensed products is critical to circular practice. By purchasing authentic products, we support brands committed to ...
11:30
  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
    Selecting and specifying the most appropriate Glazed Fa'ade Systems can play a crucial role in the success of your building. Glazed Facades are critical building elements in terms of aesthetics and pe ...
  2. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Jen Bishop is a newspaper and magazine journalist obsessed with all things interiors. She founded the wildly popular 'Interiors Addict' blog in 2011, successfully turning her hobby into a full-time gi ...
  3. Design Talks
    40 mins
    NZ’s innovative use of natural materials like wool, harakeke, and pine is not only setting a high bar for eco-friendly living but also showcases the importance of kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the la ...
12:30
  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary designs of interior architect Lorena Gaxiola. She adeptly integrates design into our everyday lives, utilising cutting-edge materials, embracing eco-consc ...
  2. Design Talks
    40 mins
    Join the DIA NSW Interior Design Working Group to hear about the latest changes being proposed for the NSW Home Building Act and the impacts on the Interior Design profession. Learn about the advocacy ...
13:00
  1. Theatre One
    60 mins
    • CPD
    This CPD will help you understand how to identify and minimise the environmental impact of building materials such as plasterboard and insulation without compromising building system performance. This ...
13:30
  1. Theatre Two
    40 mins
    In conversation with sustainably minded designers, this panel discussion will explore why Australian design and manufacturing matters, and how it can benefit clients seeking meaningful, elevated inter ...
  2. Design Talks
    40 mins
    This panel session will explore how to create spaces in the industry that better support women, whether they are re-entering the workforce after starting families or navigating their career path at an ...
14:15
  1. Theatre One
    30 mins
    Creative solutions for the built environment often stem from a simple idea applied to a grand scale. Using kinetics to enhance existing technology can reshape the way we experience and engage with bui ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    With over 25 years in the residential construction industry and an unparalleled passion for design, James Treble's enthusiasm for interior spaces is infectious. He has multiple trips to Salone Del Mob ...
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  1. Theatre One
    40 mins
    In the sea of product certifications and eco-labels the market has been only too aware of some of the overwhelm and confusion that has been experienced in the process of understanding differences betw ...
  2. Design Talks
    30 mins
    Experience the convergence of architecture and imagination at a captivating and boundary-pushing presentation with director of Technē Architecture + Interior Design, Nick Travers. Delving into the int ...
15:15
  1. Theatre Two
    As designers and architects, we excel at storytelling and connecting emotionally with concepts, yet many of us struggle to convey our business prowess effectively. Often, our narratives are tinged wit ...
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  1. Design Talks
    30 mins
    This session will explore how design professionals can drive positive social change by dedicating their skills to pro bono work. Led by Alex Hopkins, Director of Studio Tate, the talk will highlight e ...
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  1. Theatre One
    45 mins
    Join us for an enlightening session where we unravel the intricate process of architecture from concept to creation. Led by esteemed architects from the Australian Institute of Architects, this sessio ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Most of us know that spending time outdoors in nature is great for our wellbeing. But did you know that bringing the outdoors in can have the same effect? Biophilic Design is the practice of connectin ...
  2. Design Talks
    40 mins
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  1. Theatre One
    75 mins
    Electrifying Australia's 5 million gas connected homes is critical to achieving our climate targets and enabling the clean energy transition. And just as importantly it's also the path to lowering hou ...
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  1. Design Talks
    40 mins
    Starting a renovation project can feel overwhelming, so it's essential to gather all the right information before diving in. Brooke shares her wisdom around budgeting, how you can maintain clear commu ...
  2. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Join multi-award-winning designer Gavin Hepper CKD Au as he shares his predictions about the future of design. He'll explore new directions in innovation, technology and materiality and encourage you ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    40 mins
    This panel session discusses the value of seeking product information that has been independently assessed and verified against ‘greenwashing’. We will explore product selection, how to apply and reco ...
  2. Design Talks
    30 mins
    By actively shaping our environments, we can drastically influence our daily decisions and overall well-being. From the layout of our homes to the design of our workplaces, every space impacts our beh ...
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  1. Theatre One
    30 mins
    Embark on a journey of architectural discovery as we showcase the excellence and innovation of projects by NSW Awards Entrants. Led by distinguished architects from the Australian Institute of Archite ...
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  1. Design Talks
    30 mins
    Discover the art of home design and gain insights into creating spaces that reflect your lifestyle and taste. This presentation will guide you through the essentials of personalising your home, from i ...
  2. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Learn how to apply Feng Shui principles to create positive energy in every room of your home. Award-winning Feng Shui Master Jane Langof delivers practical insights that integrate seamlessly with mode ...
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  1. Theatre One
    30 mins
    This session explores integrating smart technology into new builds and renovations. Learn how to design functional, comfortable, and tech-savvy living spaces. Partner with a CEDIA- certified integrato ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    30 mins
    Natural stone offers homeowners an opportunity to have something truly unique as the centrepiece of their kitchens. In this session, Nathan Karpenko - Managing Director of CavArt Designer Stone - will ...
  2. Design Talks
    30 mins
    This session will delve into the heart of home life with insights from IKEA's Life At Home Report (LAHR). Discover how homes have evolved over the past decade and gain a glimpse into their future traj ...
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  1. Theatre One
    30 mins
    Explore innovative approaches and expert insights for architects, homeowners, and developers seeking to create luxury residences within budget constraints. From efficient material selections to modula ...
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  1. Theatre Two
    40 mins
    Heritage homes are rich in significance, charm - and challenge. Good design in this context requires interventions that retain historical value, comply with technical and legal standards, and cater to ...
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  1. Design Talks
    30 mins
    Marnie is the CEO and founder of the Dark Sky Alliance, a charity dedicated to combating light _pollution. In 2018, she received the prestigious Dark Sky Defender award from the International Dark Sky ...

Design Talks

“Purposeful Design”

Design Talks 2024 features a mixed programme of panel discussions and presentations centring around two compelling pillars of Purposeful Design.

The first emphasises the importance of intentionality in creating impactful and meaningful spaces. It invites participants to explore how thoughtful design decisions can shape environments that not only meet functional needs but also resonate on deeper levels, influencing experiences and fostering connections.

The second focuses on nurturing value and purpose within the design industry, empowering designers for commercial success. Engage in honest discussions on credit and authenticity in design, challenges faced by women in the industry, strategies to develop commercial acumen and more. Join us for an insightful journey where creativity meets purpose and discover pathways to meaningful design solutions.

Theatre One

“Building Beyond Boundaries”

For architects, design and build professionals, boundaries in the built environment are in constant flux. The architectural landscape has taken significant strides towards addressing pressing issues that impact our global future. With the rapid development of science and technology, materials and environmental awareness, what does the future hold for architecture and design?

Delve into the latest developments shaping the architectural landscape. The programme will feature a mixture of rich conversations and presentations that explore the latest in the built environment from smart homes, materials, fire protection, door hardware, Sydney water processes, composition/BIM & Install Design, Commercial Glazed Façade Systems and more. The programme will feature exclusive sessions brought to you by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) which are formally accredited for CPD points via the Refuel Programme.

Theatre Two

“Future-Forward Design”

Home to a dynamic three-day lineup of interactive panels, presentations and discussions, Theatre 2 will focus on the theme of ‘Future-Forward Design’, spotlighting cutting-edge concepts in interior design spanning kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, home storage, and beyond.

Brought to you in partnership with KBDI, this series invites you to explore into the nexus of design and environment and explore future trends that are evolving in response to advancements in materials, technology and our changing world. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions on emerging trends in lighting, colour, materials, technology and the future landscape of design.