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Dawn of a Design Decade: Design Milk and Modenus Media return to KBIS with DMMTalks

Design Milk and Modenus Media return to KBIS 2020 armed with bigger and better conversation topics and workshops for their popular #DMMTalks Lounge. The Lounge, which launched at KBIS in Orlando in 2017 has grown into an important element at the show and is managed in direct collaboration with KBIS. For 2020, the lounge will be located in the South Hall and is once again sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite, who will be featuring their SKS Wine Bar. To submit a request for information about special events and speaking or sponsorship opportunities please scroll down.

KBIS 2020 kicks off a new decade in design and #dmmtalks founders Jaime Derringer of Design Milk and Veronika Miller-Eagleson of Modenus Media want to lead the conversation on all things 2020 Vision with important discussion on wellness, technology, design trends, sustainability and new directions in design business. Even better, #dmmtalks 2020 will feature a fun workshop on Day 3 of the show so make sure you plan to stay for all three days of KBIS.

DMM Talks Lounge KBIS 2020


Jan 21 – Day 1

9:15 AM - Show intro presentation : How to KBIS 

New to KBIS? Join Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller and a select group of KBIS veterans including Dawn Deluca, Toni Sabatino, Jennifer Bertrand, Jeanne Chung and Erinn Loucks to kick off your KBIS experience right with tips, tricks and insights on how to best navigate the show.

10:30 AM -12:30 PM -  GoodXHome 2020 Vision: The Many Faces of Wellness 

Newsflash! Wellness in the home does not equal treadmills and home spas. It is much bigger, better and more profitable too. Join this double header from 10:30 AM to noon or drop in when you can. The first half of the session explores all opportunities to improve your clients’ well being and the second half explores the revenue streams that are associated with wellness. Need more insights into the future of wellness, technology and sustainability – Check out “The Dawn of the Decade” on KBIS Next Stage at 1:30PM

Session Sponsor: Signature Kitchen Suite

12:45 PM -  GoodXHome 2020 Vision: Stop the Hashtag: Don’t Say Sustainable – Live it! 

Join Greenbuilder Media’s Ron Jones in conversation with Steve Feldman / CEO Renovation Angel Laura Hodges, Principal Designer, Laura Hodges Studio  and Nathan Good FAIA, LEED AP, Architect, Nathan Good Architects. Lear about what works and what doesn’t and how we can collectively do better by making small but powerful changes.

2:00 PM - Design Milk 2020 Vision: Future Design Trends 

The Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge kicks off KBIS 2020 with a look into the future as Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer talks trends with panel of design superstars including Matthew Quinn and Richard Anuszkiewicz of Design Galleria, Elle H-Millard of Delta Faucet Company and Nina Magon, CEO + Creative Director, Contour Interior Design. Whether you’re planning your own design direction or thinking about new product development, this is the talk you cannot miss.

Session Sponsor : Control 4

3:15 PM – Design Milk 2020 Vision: Be Fearless – Designs That Lead The Way 

Did you catch “Death to Neutrals” on the KBIS Next Stage earlier in the day? This is the deep dive into a very important topic: Fearlessness in design. Join our panel of truly bold designers including Vanessa of Vanessa Deleon Associates,  Kate of Kate Lester Interiors, Rachel of Rachel Moriarty Interiors and Andrew Hays of Arteim and Cabbonet in conversation with KBDN’s Editor Autumn McGarr to learn how your design can become stronger, more confident and a reflection of your vision without compromising your client’s lifestyle and sensibilities.

Jan 22 – Day 2

9:15 AM - Show intro presentation : How to KBIS 

New to KBIS? Join Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller and a select group of KBIS veterans including Dawn Deluca, Toni Sabatino, Jennifer Bertrand, Jeanne Chung and Erinn Loucks to kick off your KBIS experience right with tips, tricks and insights on how to best navigate the show.

10:30AM  - Money, Money, Money – Process, profits and revenue streams

Author, podcast host and business coach, LuAnn Nigara leads the conversation on all things process and profits with a panel of pros who know how to maximize their time investment including Michelle Jennings-Wiebe of Studio M Interiors, Amanda of Amanda Hamilton Design, Bria of Bria Hammel Interiors and Forgione of The LifeSTYLEDCo. From multiple revenue streams to work flow solutions, it’s all here so if you like $$ as much as we do, Join Us!

Session Sponsor: Revel Woods 

12:00 PM – #Designwealth: Time to Leverage It! Maximize your social and digital footprint with 24/7 income

Learn how to move your business powerfully forward by using your design expertise in new ways to design 24/7 revenue streams into your websites and social channels. Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller in conversation with digital strategy expert, Leslie Carothers, CEO of Savour Partnership, leading lifestyle blogger Carla Aston, and interior designer, Jenna Gaidusek, founder of eDesignU.

Lunch Sponsor: BE-OUTSPOKEN

1:30 PM - The Kitchen of the Future: 2020 and Beyond

With a new decade upon us, how will the kitchen evolve when it comes to design, product, technologies and innovations? Join members of the newly-unveiled Cosentino Design Alliance for an in-depth conversation that explores the surfacing leader’s second-ever Global Kitchen Study — informed by kitchen studios from around the world and insights from 23 distinguished experts spanning design, cooking, home technology, sociology, nutrition, and sustainability. Panelists include Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Nar Bustamante,Young Huh, Nina Magon, Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson. Moderated by

Session Sponsor: Cosentino

2:45 PM - Defining Design: Social Media, Brand Identity and Influence

With the Internet making is easy for anyone to start a brand and website or become an “influencer,” how do designers define themselves, their brands and maintain a presence on social media. What impact do these platforms have on how you design, purchase, share and experience reality? In this era of “likes”, how do you determine what’s a trend versus what is here to stay? Learn how to best position yourself and your brand’s presence on social media without burning out.

Jan 23 – Day 3

9:30 AM - Strike a pose: Styling yourself and your projects

Building a stellar portfolio of your work and finding the perfect style (and pose) for yourself should be a crucial part of your marketing strategy and to do that you need great photos which require great styling. Join this dynamic workshop to learn tips & tricks for photo styling, personal styling and how to strike that perfect pose – photo shoot included! Featured speakers: Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva; Elle Millard, Delta Faucet Company; Margot Austin, The Design Edit.

11:00 AM - NKBA Global Connect: Design Disrupters – European Kitchen Furniture 

By Invitation Only! European brands and North American designers meetup to connect the dots between the North American and European design aesthetic and functionality. This presentation and panel discussion will offer insights into European manufacturing and design methods as well as a glimpse of design trend similarities and contrasts.

Session sponsor: nobilia


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