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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 two workshops on Day 3 of the show so make sure you plan to stay for all three days of KBIS.

DMM Talks Lounge KBIS 2020

Here’s the current program but please check in often for additional updates and speaker information:

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 to kick off your KBIS experience right with tips, tricks and insights on how to best navigate the show.

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

11:30 AM -  GoodXHome 2020 Vision: Improve Lives – Increase Profit 

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

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

Join Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer in conversation with leading experts in the areas of environmentally conscious design and hear about what works, 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 leading designers, editors and trend forecasters. Whether you’re planning your own design direction or thinking about new product development, this is the talk you cannot miss.

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 in conversation with Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer to learn how your design can become stronger, more confident and a reflection of your vision without compromising your client’s lifestyle and sensibilities.

4:30 PM – Kitchen + Bath Industry Group Meetup – Happy Hour 

Join Modenus Media CEO and founder of the Kitchen + Bath Industry Group on Facebook to connect in real life and download from your first full day at KBIS. To join, you must be a member of the Kitchen + Bath Industry Group which you can find here. 


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 to kick off your KBIS experience right with tips, tricks and insights on how to best navigate the show.

10:00 AM  - Money, money, money – Max out your revenue streams

LuAnn Nigara leads the conversation on all things revenue streams with a panel of pros who know how to maximize their time investment. From product markups and design fees to affiliate commissions and influencer income. It’s all here so if you like $$ as much as we do, JOIN US!


1:00 PM - Bring it home – use social and newsletters to drive traffic to your website

Ever heard of the words “Digital Sharecropping”? Maybe or maybe not. It means you’re investing time, money and precious intellectual property into digital or social platforms that aren’t your own. To avoid losing your content should the platform in question go the way of the Dodo (or MySpace for that matter) let’s make sure your content and traffic comes to back to where it matters most – your own website. Join Modenus Media’s Veronika Miller in conversation with a panel of blogging, Pinterest and web gurus.

2:15 PM - Blurred Borders: How Commercial and Hospitality Design Influence Residential Design

Technology, Sustainability and Wellness see more are become more and more important in residential design but a lot of great work has already been done on all three fronts on the commercial and hospitality design sides of our industry. Why reinvent the wheel when we can beg, steal and borrow and reapply innovative ideas, solutions and products on the residential side? Join this panel for discussions and ideas on this important topic.


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