Programming Schedule

Guests are invited to 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.

The 2017 schedule included the below topics:
(Check back in July for the 2018 programming schedule)


presented by California Home + Design
Join Editorial Director Lindsey Shook as she explores a range of topics with leaders of the Los Angeles design community.  See the complete schedule below and REGISTER FOR designLIVE L.A. HERE.

2:00-3:00 PM: The Art of Investing in your Real Estate
Join Lindsey Shook, Editorial Director of California Home+Design, and a group of real estate, design, development and art experts as they explore what brings the most value to a home. From Kitchen design to the finest finishes and a dynamic art collection, they will uncover how to get the most bang for the buck.

Featuring: Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors; and Steven Cooper of Cooper Pacific Kitchens 

3:15-4:15 PM: The Healthy Home
Designing a healthy, eco-friendly home is becoming more and more important. With the new WELL building standards and an ever-evolving collection of eco-materials, it can be difficult to navigate the smartest choices. Lindsey Shook, Editorial Director of California Home+Design, will explore the future of sustainability in the home with a panel of experts.

Featuring: Leslie Delli-Venneri, WELL Certified, ASID Sustainability Committee Member, Victoria + Albert Baths; Barry Cik, acheter viagra Technical Director, Founder & CEO of Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery; and Moty Ginsburg, CEO at Treeium Eco-Remodeling

4:30-5:30 PM: Made Local: Los Angeles
In the current world of design, locally made objects and furniture are playing a central role in the home. California Home+Design’s Editorial Director Lindsey Shook, will sit down with a panel of L.A.’s most innovative makers as they share their story, the secrets of their craft and why it’s important to shop for handmade, local design.

Featuring: Alex Segal and Riley Rea of Croft House; Jamie Davis of Portola Paints; Meyghan Hill of Whorehaus Studio; and Uri Davillier of Neptune Glasswork


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.

Moderated 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 and DECASO

12:45-1:45 PM
Lunch hosted by TRUE Residential

1:45-2:45 PM
The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?

sponsored by: Caesarstone
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 Daniel 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
Featuring: Suze Yalof Schwartz, Unplug Meditation


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 Jones, 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 Jones, Modern Luxury Interiors California and Angeleno
Featuring: Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors; Kelli Ellis, Kelli Ellis Interior Design; Stefanie Stroud, Ferguson Enterprises and Erin Valencich, Erinn V. Design Group

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 of Graye; architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir; artist Nicole Landau and art consultant and consultant Wendy Posner

2:00-3:00 PM
Behind The Design – The Art of Silent Story-telling
: a Set Decorator’s Collaboration
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.

Moderated by: Juan Morales,  Emmy Magazine
Featuring: Beverly Hadley; Jason Howard;  Jan Pascal; Ken Sharp; and Ann Shea, SDSA Members

3:30-4:30 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.

Moderated by: Melissa Goldstein, Sunset
Featuring: Regan Baker, Regan Baker Design; and Leslie L. Hunt; Leslie L. Hunt Interior Design

5:00-6:00 PM
The Future of Home Entertainment
Presented by IMAGE PEOPLE

How are new audio-visual technologies and production content shaping home entertainment environments?

Learn about how the most innovative and interactive entertainment solutions in VR, surround sound, dynamic kinetic art and artificial intelligence technologies will revolutionize home entertainment. The new home entertainment platform involves meditation, communication and education connecting the in-home theater experience with the out-of-home larger entertainment venues. An Internationally renowned entertainment Imagineer, an internationally renowned interior designer & showroom owner and visionaries in Virtual Reality take you on a journey with this educational and inspiring discussion.

Moderated by: Shawn Barrett, Founder, Image People and Creator of the Kinetic Lounge
Featuring: Tony Christopher, CEO & Founder, Landmark Entertainment Group; Thomas Schoos, Schoos Design; Justin Massion, Founder, JAM Studios/Virtuos3D; Daniel Zeligman, Sr. Software Engineer, Survios; and Jeff Tillis, CEO/President, NeurAlive


10:30-11:30 AM
From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a Remarkable Renovation
A renovation project for your high-value home can be an exciting but also stressful experience. Learn from the top builders and architects in the business how to avoid common and costly reconstruction mistakes. Careful planning and retaining the right professionals to design, build and oversee your project will help keep your budget and sanity intact – and make your dream home into a reality.

Featuring: Josh Cooperman, Convo by Design
Featuring: Brian Biglin, President, Biglin Architectural Group; Mike Grosswendt, President, All Coast Construction; James Magni, Principal, Magni Kalman Design; Bart Mendel, President, Stonemark Construction Management; and Laurie Haefele, Owner/Principal, Haefele Design

12:30-1:30 PM
Green Design: Smart Tools to Live Well and Wisely
How can you create a home that provides a safe and comfortable environment for your family, and also takes into consideration the world around it? A panel of experts in architecture and design talk about the elements that make an energy efficient home that not only looks and feels good, but also allows you to do good. Explore the latest ideas and products that can help you create a modern, thoughtful home that is welcoming, beautiful and sustainably-minded.

Moderated by: Antonio Pacheco, The Architect’s Newspaper
Featuring: Robert Fortunato, Green Idea House; Nerin Kadribegovic, Lehrer Architects LA; and Mike Soucie, Nest

2:30-3:30 PM
How To Foster Your Future:   From Basquiat To Barcaloungers, Where Should Millennials Invest?
For many young adults, home buying and renting are considered rites of passage. However, when it comes to investments and life choices, millennials are charting their own paths. Whether millennials are purchasing or renting, they are interested in investing in quality interiors. From artwork to high end furniture, the top interior designers will show millenials how to make their spaces, whether rented or owned, unique, stylish and timeless without breaking the bank. In addition, our expert panelists will discuss what millennial buyers and renters should look for in a home, where to focus their renovation or decor budgets and how to maximize a return on investment, whether that investment is in real estate or in design elements.

Moderated by: Jennifer Convy, Jennifer Convy Productions
Featuring: Cesar Giraldo, Cesar Giraldo Design; Ryan Saghian, Ryan Saghian Interiors;  Joseph Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc.; and Hilary Stevens, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury