The panel was made up of:
- Shaun Clarkson, pioneering designer of extravagant, boutique hospitality spaces
- Dara Huang, founder of award-winning architecture and design practice, DH Liberty.
- Rachel Laxer, luxury interior designer with practices in New York and London.
Layer are great at hosting entertaining events that are rich in insights and insider tips, and last night was no different.
Dara Huang, who beams positivity, talked about the opportunities that have been created for interior designers by the sluggish UK property market. That it's no longer enough for a developer to just build something - new apartments aren't flying off the shelves and developers are looking to interior designers to inject character and personality, make a new development feel like a home.
Rachel Laxer discussed her love of antiques and recycling great design pieces, as well as the importance of maintaining great client relations. Clients now want to collaborate and be part of the experience more than in the past and this has changed the business model and the way they charge.
The panel discussed future trends and a few of the buzz words which came up were distressed metals / dark and moody greens / bedrooms which are as sexy and relaxing as they are functional / clever tech - design to meet the way people live with technology, for example communal charging stations in the home where everyone can leave their devices / dedicated meditation/yoga space in the home.
Rounding it off, Rachel Laxer gave my favourite quote of the evening: "Interior Design is about making the world a little bit more beautiful, a little lighter, a little more happy." I'll take that.