2017 Programming Schedule

Hear from leading names in the design industry on a variety of topics with these educational panels and seminars throughout all days of the fair. Friday programs are geared for the design trade, while Saturday-Sunday programs cater to the homeowner.

Programs are complimentary and included in the price of admission, unless otherwise noted. All programs take place in the theater.


DIEM Talks Design

Curated by Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan, and presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA Magazine and the West Hollywood Design District, this symposium explores the theme: “EVERYTHING IS DISRUPTED”.

Retail is being automated; political leadership is chaotic; and the Los Angeles skyline is transforming before our eyes. Every which way, we are in a state of massive change. Today’s thought leaders discuss the challenges — and the opportunities.

10:30-11:30 AM
Shaky Ground: The Shifting Cityscape of Los Angeles

There is a struggle for the soul of LA over growth. Does it threaten the architectural creativity that has made LA famous? DIEM opens with a conversation between Frances Anderton and Michael Maltzan, architect of many pivotal LA projects including the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project and One Santa Fe, and editor of No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond.

Moderator by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture

11:45 AM-12:45 PM
The Great Retail Revolution
Despite ongoing retail shake-ups, and the meltdown of malls and main street shops nationwide, inventive shopping destinations are cropping up in Socal. Hear more from their creators.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Featuring: Rose Apodaca, A+R; David Fishbein and Joseph Miller, Runyon Group; and Anna Brockway, Chairish

1:45-2:45 PM
The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?
Design is entering the picture as Cannabusiness seeks to shed its hippy image. Do we want to get our hit in shops that resemble coffee bars or eyeglass stores? Who’s driving the new look and feel of marijuana marketing?

Moderated by: Mayer Rus, Architectural Digest
Featuring: Alex Halperin, Weedweek and L.A. Weekly; and Megan Stone, The High Road Design Studio

3:00-4:00 PM
Hot Wheels: The Transportation Revolution
From the streets to the skies, mobility is being reimagined. But how much are smart ideas improving mobility in LA right now? We’ll talk about the transit revolution taking place in the city that the car built, the great disruptors behind it, and how city-makers turn the imaginary into reality.

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Ashley Z. Hand, LA CoMotion; Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica; and Dan Sturges, College for Creative Studies (Detroit Michigan)

4:15-5:00 PM
Riding the Wave – Tools For Managing Disruption
When disruption is the new normal how do you stay ahead of the game – or at the least stay in it? A conversation about managing massive change.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Guest speakers to be announced.


10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Let there be light; How Lighting Accentuates Design.
Presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting
Up-light, downlight, bar-light, cluster light, or pendalier? There is a myriad of options to transform your space with light. Join our panel of celebrity designers, Angeleno Interiors Editor-in-Chief Laura Eckstein, and Ferguson lighting expert Stefanie Stroud, as they shed light on tips and trends in lighting décor. From advancements in LED, to texture, scale, and striking forms, hear from the experts what’s hot, and what’s not, and what’s next in the future of lighting home décor.

Moderated by: Laura Eckstein, Modern Luxury Interiors California and Angeleno
Featuring: Barkley Butera; Kelli Ellis; Stefanie Stroud and Erin Valencich

12:30-1:30 PM
Art in Design
Presented by Interiors Magazine
Does art need design, or vice versa? Whereas the role of the artist is to ask questions, the role of the designer is to solve spatial challenges. The beauty lies in where the two intersect, but achieving this harmony can be tricky. We bring together a renowned architect and designer, an artist, an art consultant and artfully minded showroom owner for a lively discussion on the delicate balance of blending art and design to elevate interior spaces. This discussion is one in a series produced by Interiors magazine.

Moderated by: Erika Heet, Interiors magazine
Featuring: Maria Cicione; Gulla Jonsdottir; Nicole Landau and Wendy Posner

2:30-3:30 PM
Behind The Design

Presented by Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA)
SDSA presents a lively discussion about what goes on “behind the scenes” of some of our favorite TV shows and films.
Learn how the writer’s story and the talent of set decorators interact to make the production design all come together.

4:30-5:30 PM
Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Space
Presented by Coastal Living and Sunset
Whether you have a porch, pool, patio or all this and more, Coastal Living and Sunset are experts when it comes to creating luxurious outdoor environments that enable optimal warm weather living and entertaining. Join the editors and leading California designers to learn tips and innovative ideas for creating your dream outdoor space.


10:30-11:30 AM
From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a Remarkable Renovation
A home renovation can be an exciting and also very stressful experience. Avoid common and costly remodeling mistakes by knowing what to do — and what not to do. Make the most of your time and keep your budget and sanity intact from carefully planning and supervising your expenses to hiring the right crew to knowing how to pull off the ultimate star kitchen.  Take it from the top builders and architects in the business to make your dream home a reality.

12:30-1:30 PM
Designing for Health and Wellbeing

2:30-3:30 PM
How To Foster Your Future:   From Basquiat To Barcaloungers, Where Should Millennials Invest?
For many young adults, home ownership is considered a rite of passage and signifies success. It’s been an accepted belief that purchasing a home is the ultimate financial accomplishment. However, veering from this standard are millennials who are choosing to chart their own paths when it comes to investments and life choices. But just because millennials might not be purchasing homes, this doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in investing in quality interiors. From artwork to high end furniture, our expert panelists will show millenials how to make their spaces, whether rented or owned, unique, stylish and timeless without breaking the bank.