Design Milk and Modenus have partnered with KBIS for a third year to host the popular Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite in the brand new Salon By KBIS, an exciting new tented space just outside of South Hall that also features Dallas Market Center’s Lightovation Pavilion and the curated boutique design space KBIS Edit. Not only will you find talks on design business and trends as well as social events including the first ever Modernism Mixer and NKBA’s Global Connect Meetup – Design VIPs, bloggers and influencers (invitation only, please apply below) can also learn more about wine and wine storage in Signature Kitchen Suite’s Wine Bar, an exciting new addition to the #DMMTalks Lounge. Please sign up below for VIP access to Signature Kitchen Suite’s wine tasting
You’ll find programming highlights below but please get in touch with our team at KBIS@modenus.com if you’d like to be involved, host or sponsor a talk or to learn more about individual programs. Please note that not all programming is confirmed so check back here or @modenus on all major social platforms for important updates.
February 19, 2019
10:00 – 11:00 AM Disaster Proof! Resilient Design/Build
Tragedy has been striking over and over again with some of the most devastating wildfires, floods and windstorms the world has ever seen. While we can’t can ease the pain of those who have lost everything, we do have an opportunity and an obligation to design and build responsibly and proactively with these disasters in mind. Join our panel of building, architecture and design pros who lead the conversation around resilient homes.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Resimercial & Resitality: The Impact of Commercial & Hospitality Design on Residential Spaces
Who doesn’t want a home to be an oasis and a home office to have all the ergonomics and
functionality of a well-designed commercial space. In the past years, we’ve seen an ever- growing trend toward home spas, professional kitchens and super-powered home office spaces, so why not make the overlap of commercial and hospitality design official. Hear our panel of experts discuss how to source and how to think about space planning and material choices to connect residential and commercial experiences.
1:00 – 2:00 PM Connecting the Dots: Technology Meets Design
Connecting what’s inside the walls with what’s inside the room – this conversation is all about
creating a seamless workflow and collaborating for the best possible projects. Knowing how to
select and integrate home electronics into a well-designed interior requires an important
connection – the connection between design professionals and technology consultants and
integrators that ultimately determines the success of a project. Join this conversation to learn
about new products in the marketplace and how to work with technology pros.
2:30 – 3:30 PM Sustaining Sustainability: Smart Design Choices for Better Health and A Better World
Sustainable Furnishings Council Executive Director Susan Inglis and materials expert, historian
and NKBA Insider Grace Jeffers present a deep dive into their KBISNeXT Stage talk for audiences
that want to learn more about sustainability of woods, toxins in building materials and in the home,
and how to make the best choices for client projects and our own homes.
4:00 – 5:30 PM Modernism Talk & Mixer sponsored by KOHLER: Come for The Talk and Stay for The Cocktails
For 2019, Modernism Week in Palm Springs runs concurrent with KBIS and what a great
opportunity to talk Modernism at KBIS. Our panel of modernists will be in the lounge to talk about
the transition from traditional to modern and from minimalism to modern maximalism. Whether
you’re a card carrying minimalist or a modern maximalist, you will learn how to layer design
elements to get that coveted modernist look.
February 20, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 4 Coaches – 2 Hours: Design Biz Management – The DMMTalks ThinkTank
When you have 4 celebrated design business coaches under one roof (or in one lounge) you
simply extend their time slot to two hours because there is just sooooo much to talk about. Learn
about business planning, business systems, marketing and branding, project and client
management, and much more with lots of time to ask questions. Please join us for this special
presentation by coaches Kimberley Seldon, Luann Nigara, Claire Jefford and Veronica Solomon.
The session is moderated by Modenus Media CEO Veronika Miller.
12:30 – 1:30 PM Girl Power: Celebrating Women in Design & Construction
A timely conversation about the impact and influence of women in design and construction
industries. Meet our panel of successful female business owners, executives and craftswomen;
hear their stories, and learn how they succeeded in a challenging world. This panel is a deep dive
into the KBISNeXT Stage Designing Women 2.0 panel.
1:30 – 2:30 PM What’s Happening in Design: Design Milk Talks Trends and Forecasts
Join Design Milk’s Jaime Derringer and guests to learn about 2018 design trends from major trade
shows and how to best integrate them in your current projects as well as Jaime’s trend predictions
for 2019 and beyond.
3:00 – 4:00 PM NKBA Global Connect: NKBA’s International Liaisons and Select Brands in Conversation
It’s a small world after all (we just know you’ll start humming that catchy tune now) and NKBA leads the way with its exciting new Global Connect program that truly has been connecting the world of kitchens and baths through social events, educational meetups and many individual conversations and presentations between and by international brands and design professionals. Join our panel of designers and brands from around the world as they explore similarities, differences and new ways to get exposure and collaborate globally.
4:00 – 5:00 PM NKBA Global Connect Mixer
Grab a glass of wine from Signature Kitchen Suites’ wine bar inside the #dmmtalks lounge and mingle with designers and manufacturers from around the world. International brands can join the mixer for an opportunity to meet with distributors and showroom owners.
February 21, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM No Bull Social: How to Think about Social Media, Leverage It & Make It Stick
Social Media 2019 and well beyond: Listen to the pros to learn what to consider when building a
powerful strategy, how to really work with influencers, and much more. This talk is reserved for
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