Jenn-Air Master Class Studio- Panels and Design Conversations

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. Programs are complimentary and included in the price of admission, unless otherwise noted below. All programs below take place in the theater, sponsored by Jenn-Air.


2015 Programs Included: Thursday, October 22

1:00-2:00 PM

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Taking Care of Business: Best Practices and Effective Tools for Design Professionals
Presented by The Leaders of Design Council

Elevate your design practice with this program presented by design industry leaders and change agents, Keith Granet and Meg Touborg, co-founders of the Leaders of Design Council. Culling from their decades of experience leading their eponymous consulting practices as well as learnings from the Leaders of Design, their exclusive membership organization, Keith and Meg will reveal what top firms all do to earn their distinguished positions and enhanced profitability. Leave this audience participation session inspired with behind-the-scenes intel to invigorate your practice!

Featuring: Keith Granet, Granet & Associates and Meg Touborg, METworks Inc.


2:30-3:30 PM
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Connecting People Through Design

Today, the design of our homes, the products we use, the apps we download, and the community spaces we share allow us to better connnect with one another. Join noted design writer David Keeps for a discussion with industry insiders about how home furnishings products and interior design techniques can create a “connected” environment—from everyday design elements to advanced technology that connects you to your kitchen no matter where you are.

Moderated by: David Keeps, noted design writer for top national publications
Featuring: Steve Brown, Jenn-Air; Oliver M. Furth, Oliver M. Furth Design and Decoration; and Judy Kameon, Elysian Landscapes


4:00-5:00 PM

Craftsmanship in Design

Independent designers are making a splash in the contemporary design marketplace with a renewed emphasis on fine craftsmanship. Why is the demand for handcrafted design on the rise? How do designers maintain high standards of craftsmanship while creating a financially successful business? What is the relationship between craft and modernism? How are design showrooms responding to this trend? Join design editor Michael Wollaeger and leading artisans to explore this important aspect of today’s design world.

Moderated by: Michael Wollaeger
Featuring: Kevin Kolanowski, Fuse Lighting; Kelly Lamb, Kelly Lamb Studio; Thomas Lavin, Thomas Lavin Showroom; and Judy Smilow, Smilow Design

Friday, October 23

10:00-11:00 AM
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What Color is Your Design Parachute?

Join a conversation which exposes the opportunities and challenges the conventions of what your career can be in the world of design. Join ASID, and four diverse expert panelists, as we explore possibilities that will intrigue you in your design career quest. Panelists will provide privileged insights as well as one-on-one meet and greets after the discussion.

Moderated by: Stephen Viscusi, The Viscusi Group
Featuring: Deborah Davis, Deborah Davis Design, Inc; Laura Schwartz-Muller, Four Point Design + Construction Inc.; Cliff Muller, Four Point Design + Construction, Inc.; and Darrell Schmidt, Darrell Schmidt Design Associates Inc.


11:30 AM-12:30 PM
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Kitchens for Entertaining: Get the Essential Mix for the Consummate Party Experience

Join Southern California’s favorite designer kitchen icon, Russ Diamond, of Snyder Diamond, as he moderates a panel on the very best ways to outfit a contemporary kitchen for chefs, caterers, design stars and the most discerning foodies.

Moderated by: Russ Diamond, Snyder Diamond
Featuring: Della Gosset, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide; Barbara Lazaroff, Imaginings Interior Design, Inc., Spago, Chinois, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide; Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design

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1:00-2:00 PM

The Best of Everything: The New Shingled House

Ike Kligerman Barkley is one the country’s top design firms, with offices in San Francisco and New York and projects from Seattle to Miami to the far eastern end of Long Island, and everywhere in between. The partners have recently compiled 14 residential projects of a myriad styles with one material in common – the shingle- into a glorious new design book. Inspired by the tradition, these are imaginative, innovative houses for today: embracing contemporary modes of living and stocked with advances in technology. Explore the history of Shingle style architecture and how in the minds and hands of these remarkable designers, this idiom has been re interpreted, re -imagined and restored to its proper place as the “best of everything” for beautiful 21st century living.

Moderated by: Joe Lucas , Lucas Studio, Inc. and Harbinger
Featuring: John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman and Joel Barkley, Ike Kligerman Barkley



2:30-3:30 PM

Evolution: Translating Creativity into Form

Industry expert Fu-Tung Cheng of Cheng Design shares three decades of experience, progressing from a small remodeling shop to his present day award-winning residential design firm. Fu-Tung Cheng will share the inside story of that evolution and show examples of how you can play directly with construction materials (including his most recent favorite concrete), have fun with your own hands and discover new ways of channeling that edifying experience– not only to your clients, but also perhaps by bringing products to market. Learn about his experience of both successes and failures, and how you can ensure success throughout your own creative journey.

Featuring: Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design


4:00-5:00 PM
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Buy to Forget: Zombie Urbanism

LA has seen an explosion of overseas buyers – often for cash – spending on second, third and fourth homes. This has implications for our social fabric — and for the choice of fabric! What happens to the role of the interior designer when they are designing without the input of a client? Is it a lonely business – or a huge relief?

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Trip Haenisch, Trip Haenisch & Associates; Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson, Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design zombie_urbanism

5:30-6:30 PM
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The New Dynamic: Design Meets Technology

The tech community and design community are coming together in new ways. The tech world is hiring interior designers, designers are sharing their work online, and new digital tools are emerging to create accessibility to great design products. How are these dynamic communities working together to create great spaces and new business opportunities, and what are the trends in product design that are making an impact? Join Dering Hall for a discussion on the undeniable impact of this brand new world, both from a designer and client perspective.

Moderated by: Peter Sallick, Dering Hall
Featuring: Jamie Bush, Jamie Bush + Co. and Delta Wright, Delta Wright Interior Design

Saturday, October 24

11:30-12:30 PM
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Entertaining with Style

The best parties start with an idea or theme. Join this conversation and hear how leading design luminaries and party planners set the scene to make events unforgettable experiences for guests. From hosting an intimate supper for friends, to a luxurious industry soiree, to preparing for festive holiday entertaining, learn style and staging tips to create the perfect energy and environment for the most memorable moments.

Moderated by: Tracy Seng, Los Angeles magazine
Featuring: Clare Davis, Harper Sloane Productions; Marc Friedland, Couture Communications; Kathryn M. Ireland, Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles; Nichole Wright, Bon Vivant Events; and Eddie Zaratsian, Tic Tock Floral

1:00-2:00 PM

Bringing the Travel Experience Home: Design Inspiration from Around the World

Many of the world’s top designers are fortunate enough to travel the globe for original design inspiration, from the Seychelles Islands to Morocco. Their work reveals striking international influences, and ensures that their product lines and designs are fresh, textural and complex. Meet some of the top design globetrotters, and don’t miss this chance to be the penultimate armchair traveler as we uncover the inspirational vistas of the world, immortalized in contemporary design.

Moderated by: Andrea Stanford, C Magazine
Featuring: Tim Campbell, Studio Tim Campbell;  Sue Firestone, Smith & Firestone Associates; and Nathan Turner, Nathan Turner Inc.


2:30-3:30 PM
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How Technology is Changing the Landscape of Interior Design

From peer-to-peer decor marketplaces, the explosion of home design blogs, the advent of virtual interior design services, all elevated by a vocal design-obsessed social media community, technology is rapidly changing the Interior Design industry. Join this lively discussion on the state of the Interior Design Industry – what’s new and what’s next.

Moderated by: Jennifer Mehditash, California Home + Design
Featuring: Anna Brockway, Chairish; Jaime Derringer, Design Milk; and Mat Sanders, MyDomaine and Consort Design


4:00-5:00 PM
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Tile Makes a Room

From Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, owners of Heath Ceramics—the beloved California home goods company whose down-to-earth appeal spans continents and generations—comes a captivating and unprecedented look at tile. Join Catherine and Robin in this visual journey of exceptional spaces and places—the kind you want to step into and examine every detail of—where tile is the main ingredient, though not the entire meal. Explore the dwellings of notable designers and everyday homeowners; take a look at the making of tile; gain surprising perspectives on color, pattern and texture; and take note of public installations around the world to visit and enjoy.

Moderated by: Barbara Bestor, Bestor Architecture
Featuring: Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, Heath Ceramics


Sunday, October 25

11:30-12:30 PM

Coastal Chic- Creating the Perfect Beach Sanctuary

Join Malibu based architect Doug Burdge, celebrity builder David Charvet, and acclaimed designer Betsy Burnham as they discuss tips of the trade for designing in a coastal climate. These pros will offer their insight and tips on creating stylish spaces along the coast from the best use of natural elements, choosing erosion resistant materials, and interior decor trends for the coastal homeowner.

Moderated by: Susan McFadden, California Homes Magazine
Featuring: Betsy Burnham, Burnham Design; Doug Burdge, Burdge & Associates Architects; and David Charvet, Jones Builders Group



1:00-2:00 PM

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Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator Secrets

Set Decorators Society of America members share the secrets to bringing that touch of Hollywood magic into everyday spaces, making them go from ordinary to extraordinary. Moderator Juan Morales, Editor-in-Chief of Emmy Magazine, leads a discussion with the distinguished, award-winning panel as they share decorator resources and offer an insider perspective on how to present your own persona and style. Learn to think like a set decorator to create memorable and unique living spaces!

Moderated by: Juan Morales, Emmy Magazine
Featuring: Don Diers, Beauchamp Fontaine, Jan Pascale, Halina Siwolop, and Bryan John Venegas, SDSA Members


2:30-3:30 PM

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Modernism in Palm Springs

Christopher Kennedy takes you on a journey through the style and architecture of Palm Springs, and provides an inside look at the 2015 Christopher Kennedy Show House. Join noted L.A.-based interior designers who will each put their unique mark on the house and share tips and tricks to refine your style in your own home decor projects.

Moderated by: Vanessa Kogevinas, Vanessa K. Productions
Featuring: Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis Design; Kelli Ellis, HGTV, Hulu, TLC, Bravo; Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Inc.