So much to see at the May Design Series!

So much to see at the May Design Series!

With the May Design Series only six weeks away and with so much to see, we thought we’d give you a heads up of the highlights within the show. Read on and visit from 19-21 May at ExCeL, London.

Karim Rashid Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid, one of the most prolific designers of his generation, will host a keynote session within the Conversation Series programme. He has celebrated huge successes including over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and many projects undertaken on a global basis.

Conversation Series
The Conversation Series is our high level talks programme featuring sessions for architects, developers, designers and retailers. With specific focuses for all sectors of the event, the programme offers something for everyone. Topics include ‘What Developers Want’ and ‘Design on the Edge.’

DX Freight
May Design Series is at the end of the European show season and in partnership with leading industry brands will showcase the best products from Maison et Object, IMM Cologne, Stockholm Furniture Fair and i Saloni in Milan, offering a global edited representation of the market.

Innovation AwardsInnovation Awards
The Innovation Awards celebrate innovative products within the kitchen and bathroom sector. The judges – Martin Allen Smith, Dan Hopwood and Robert Timmons - will create a shortlist of products that will be showcased at kbb LDN. The final winner of the competition will be announced at the show on Monday 20th May.

Material Xperience on Tour
Debuting in the UK within this setting, Material Xperience on Tour is an edited selection of innovative materials used in architecture and design. Curated by knowledge centre Materia, editors have selected the materials they find innovative or novel in some way. Materials will include ranges from Tactility Factory, Alexandra Devaux, Nya Nordiska, Joel Berman Glass Studios and DendroLight.

Tea with an Architect

Tea with an Architect
Architect and former Apprentice star, Gabrielle Omar will host RIBA supported, Tea with an Architect. Architects can sign up to become a part of this concept which promotes architects and their services within their local areas. Or visitors can pop by and have a chat about their own building project over a brew!


William Warren, Senior Lecturer at the CASS faculty at London Metropolitan University, will bring a range of furniture pieces put together by the students and staff, demonstrating what both modern and traditional technologies can offer. William has worked on a number of fantastic design projects including Bodging Milano.

Out of the Dark
Out of the Dark are a pioneering charity and social enterprise that trains, educates and employs young people by taking old furniture and teaching them how to recycle, restore and revamp them into refreshingly beautiful pieces. Out of the Dark will be using fabric donated by Timorous Beasties to create a new collection of furniture to be showcased at the event.

Royal College of Art Bar Competition Royal College of Art Bar Competition
Masters in Interior Design students from the Royal College of Art were set the challenge of designing two public spaces within the event, the DX Bar and the Champagne Bar. The brief was to create lively hubs, each with a distinct design aesthetic, where visitors to the show can meet up, relax, reflect and re-energise. Temporality, sustainability, clever design and visual impact were just some of the considerations taken by students in creating dynamic spaces for visitors to experience during the May Design Series.

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