Future of Home, Day 1
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Future of Home, Day 1
Sep 12, 2022 | New York |
Future of Home, Day 1

On September 12 and 13, Business of Home invited more than 500 interior designers and trade professionals to New York’s Chelsea Industrial to discuss one looming, macro question: What is the future of home? Over two days and 23 programming sessions, attendees enjoyed presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats, Q&A’s and small-group workshops with 38 speakers, moderated by BOH’s Kaitlin Petersen, Fred Nicolaus, Dennis Scully and Warren Shoulberg.

Day 1 of the Future of Home conference kicked off with a discussion hosted by Scully and featuring “startup whisperer” Alexa von Tobel on how entrepreneurs should be thinking about the future of their businesses, followed by an interactive talk with Dr. Emily Anhalt on the topic of emotional fitness—the ongoing, proactive practice of improving mental health in the workplace. Next, career experts and partners Billy Clark and Clayton Apgar of Billy Clark Creative Management joined Scully to talk about the future of work in the wake of pandemic phenomena like “The Great Resignation,” after which they held a book signing. Following a short coffee break, Scully sat down with author Pauline Brown to outline the fundamental steps for translating good taste into commercial success, then Shoulberg took the stage with Niki Cordell of Afterpay to get the scoop on the payment solution platform that is changing the retail landscape. To explore digital extensions of the physical world, Nicolaus was joined onstage by journalist and researcher David Truog. Next up, Lee Mayer, co-founder of e-design platform Havenly, and Raad Mobrem, co-founder and CEO of expert consultation platform Intro, joined Nicolaus to discuss how to digitally communicate the value of design.

After lunch, afternoon programming commenced when Well-Designed co-founders Caleb Anderson and DeAndre DeVane joined wellness educator Amanda Hilton for a deep dive into the importance of implementing a healthier framework for the design community. They were followed by Gala Magriñá, who danced up to the stage for a presentation on holistic design. Petersen was joined by interior designer Adair Curtis and carpenter Erik Curtis, stars of Netflix’s Instant Dream Home, for a behind-the-scenes look at how they really complete a surprise full-home renovation in just 12 hours. After a coffee break, the founders of AphroChic magazine, husband-and-wife team Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hays, spoke with Petersen about their second book, which explores the journey of the Black family in America. Petersen then interviewed Arianne Bellizaire, who shared how she retooled her firm’s structure to boost growth and get back to the aspects of the design process that bring her the most joy. Four designers—Tina Ramchandani, Katie Rosenfeld, Mallory Robins and Elizabeth Bennett—described how they are making online design work for their firms, followed by another panel of designer voices—Christi Barbour, Barry Goralnick and Christina Kim—who offered their insights on forming meaningful relationships with vendors, particularly at High Point Market. To close the day, Petersen sat down with Carmeon Hamilton to chat about her secret to success on social media: being authentically herself. 

Beyond the panelists’ stage, attendees mingled and engaged with a number of curated experiences. Universal Furniture and Hunter Douglas collaborated to create a distinct, comforting space that showcased through furnishings and automated window treatments the many nuances a room can reveal in both daylight and darkness. Stepping into Well-Designed’s Wellness Lounge, co-sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Crypton and Kohler, guests got a chance to bask in the peaceful, feel-good vibes that come from thoughtful design, with Benjamin Moore highlighting how the hues that emanate from an individual’s unique energy field can influence a space. 

At the end of Day 1, guests were invited to the EQ3 showroom for a celebratory cocktail reception.

Images by Kevin Lau for Business of Home.

The registration desk greeted guests as they entered the event space.
The registration desk greeted guests as they entered the event space.
The registration desk greeted guests as they entered the event space.
Host Dennis Scully welcomed attendees to kick off programming.
Host Dennis Scully welcomed attendees to kick off programming.
Host Dennis Scully welcomed attendees to kick off programming.
Alexa von Tobel spoke with Dennis Scully about the entrepreneurial mindset.
Alexa von Tobel spoke with Dennis Scully about the entrepreneurial mindset.
Alexa von Tobel spoke with Dennis Scully about the entrepreneurial mindset.
A packed house!
A packed house!
A packed house!
Dr. Emily Anhalt gave a presentation on emotional fitness in leadership.
Dr. Emily Anhalt gave a presentation on emotional fitness in leadership.
Dr. Emily Anhalt gave a presentation on emotional fitness in leadership.
Billy Clark (right) and Clayton Apgar (center) chatted with Dennis Scully about the future of work in a post-pandemic employment landscape.
Billy Clark (right) and Clayton Apgar (center) chatted with Dennis Scully about the future of work in a post-pandemic employment landscape.
Billy Clark (right) and Clayton Apgar (center) chatted with Dennis Scully about the future of work in a post-pandemic employment landscape.
After their session, Clayton Apgar and Billy Clark signed copies of their book “The Little Book to Land Your Dream Job.”
After their session, Clayton Apgar and Billy Clark signed copies of their book “The Little Book to Land Your Dream Job.”
After their session, Clayton Apgar and Billy Clark signed copies of their book “The Little Book to Land Your Dream Job.”
Pauline Brown talked with Dennis Scully about translating good taste into commercial success.
Pauline Brown talked with Dennis Scully about translating good taste into commercial success.
Pauline Brown talked with Dennis Scully about translating good taste into commercial success.
Warren Shoulberg and Afterpay’s Niki Cordell analyzed the future of homeware retailing.
Warren Shoulberg and Afterpay’s Niki Cordell analyzed the future of homeware retailing.
Warren Shoulberg and Afterpay’s Niki Cordell analyzed the future of homeware retailing.
David Troug explained the metaverse to Fred Nicolaus.
David Troug explained the metaverse to Fred Nicolaus.
David Troug explained the metaverse to Fred Nicolaus.
The engaged audience took notes on topics they found important.
The engaged audience took notes on topics they found important.
The engaged audience took notes on topics they found important.
Havenly’s Lee Mayer and Intro’s Raad Mobrem strategized with Fred Nicolaus about scaling virtual and online design services.
Havenly’s Lee Mayer and Intro’s Raad Mobrem strategized with Fred Nicolaus about scaling virtual and online design services.
Havenly’s Lee Mayer and Intro’s Raad Mobrem strategized with Fred Nicolaus about scaling virtual and online design services.
Dennis Scully (right) welcomed Caleb Anderson (left) and DeAndre DeVane (second from right) from Well-Designed to the stage. They were joined by wellness educator Amanda Hilton for a deep dive into the importance of implementing a healthier, holistic framework for the design community.
Dennis Scully (right) welcomed Caleb Anderson (left) and DeAndre DeVane (second from right) from Well-Designed to the stage. They were joined by wellness educator Amanda Hilton for a deep dive into the importance of implementing a healthier, holistic framework for the design community.
Dennis Scully (right) welcomed Caleb Anderson (left) and DeAndre DeVane (second from right) from Well-Designed to the stage. They were joined by wellness educator Amanda Hilton for a deep dive into the importance of implementing a healthier, holistic framework for the design community.
Designer Gala Magriñá gave a presentation on holistic design.
Designer Gala Magriñá gave a presentation on holistic design.
Designer Gala Magriñá gave a presentation on holistic design.
A behind-the-scenes look at designing for TV with Erik Curtis and Adair Curtis from Netflix’s “Instant Dream Home”: The discussion was moderated by Kaitlin Petersen.
A behind-the-scenes look at designing for TV with Erik Curtis and Adair Curtis from Netflix’s “Instant Dream Home”: The discussion was moderated by Kaitlin Petersen.
A behind-the-scenes look at designing for TV with Erik Curtis and Adair Curtis from Netflix’s “Instant Dream Home”: The discussion was moderated by Kaitlin Petersen.
AphroChic’s Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason gave a glimpse of their upcoming book, “AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home.”
AphroChic’s Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason gave a glimpse of their upcoming book, “AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home.”
AphroChic’s Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason gave a glimpse of their upcoming book, “AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home.”
Designer Arianne Bellizaire told Kaitlin Petersen how she cultivated a growth mindset.
Designer Arianne Bellizaire told Kaitlin Petersen how she cultivated a growth mindset.
Designer Arianne Bellizaire told Kaitlin Petersen how she cultivated a growth mindset.
Designers Christina Kim, Barry Goralnick and Christi Barbour told Kaitlin Petersen about how they level up at High Point Market.
Designers Christina Kim, Barry Goralnick and Christi Barbour told Kaitlin Petersen about how they level up at High Point Market.
Designers Christina Kim, Barry Goralnick and Christi Barbour told Kaitlin Petersen about how they level up at High Point Market.
Kaitlin Petersen (right) asked designers Elizabeth Bennett, Mallory Robins, Katie Rosenfeld and Tina Ramchandani about the ways they are making online design work for their firms.
Kaitlin Petersen (right) asked designers Elizabeth Bennett, Mallory Robins, Katie Rosenfeld and Tina Ramchandani about the ways they are making online design work for their firms.
Kaitlin Petersen (right) asked designers Elizabeth Bennett, Mallory Robins, Katie Rosenfeld and Tina Ramchandani about the ways they are making online design work for their firms.
Carmeon Hamilton shared with Kaitiln Petersen how she builds authentic connections via social media.
Carmeon Hamilton shared with Kaitiln Petersen how she builds authentic connections via social media.
Carmeon Hamilton shared with Kaitiln Petersen how she builds authentic connections via social media.
 Back row: Amy Carman, Matthew Bobbins, Max Cheng, Garrett Hattman. Front row: Scarlette Tapp, Andrew Joseph, Tessa Callaghan, Taylor Oryall
Back row: Amy Carman, Matthew Bobbins, Max Cheng, Garrett Hattman. Front row: Scarlette Tapp, Andrew Joseph, Tessa Callaghan, Taylor Oryall
Back row: Amy Carman, Matthew Bobbins, Max Cheng, Garrett Hattman. Front row: Scarlette Tapp, Andrew Joseph, Tessa Callaghan, Taylor Oryall
Erika Ward, Rasheeda Gray, Arianne Bellizaire and Saudah Saleem
Erika Ward, Rasheeda Gray, Arianne Bellizaire and Saudah Saleem
Erika Ward, Rasheeda Gray, Arianne Bellizaire and Saudah Saleem
Universal Furniture and Hunter Douglas collaborated on an activation entitled “A Beautifully Designed Day.”
Universal Furniture and Hunter Douglas collaborated on an activation entitled “A Beautifully Designed Day.”
Universal Furniture and Hunter Douglas collaborated on an activation entitled “A Beautifully Designed Day.”
The activation was outfitted with Hunter Douglas shades engineered with  PowerView Automation technology. Guests could scan a QR code to be entered to win a trip to visit Universal Furniture collaborator Miranda Kerr in Malibu.
The activation was outfitted with Hunter Douglas shades engineered with PowerView Automation technology. Guests could scan a QR code to be entered to win a trip to visit Universal Furniture collaborator Miranda Kerr in Malibu.
The activation was outfitted with Hunter Douglas shades engineered with PowerView Automation technology. Guests could scan a QR code to be entered to win a trip to visit Universal Furniture collaborator Miranda Kerr in Malibu.
Inside the room, guests were invited to explore pieces from Universal Furniture’s collection with Miranda Kerr.
Inside the room, guests were invited to explore pieces from Universal Furniture’s collection with Miranda Kerr.
Inside the room, guests were invited to explore pieces from Universal Furniture’s collection with Miranda Kerr.
In a nod to the activation’s “daytime to nighttime” theme, guests were offered aromatherapy rollers in refreshing citrus or soothing lavender.
In a nod to the activation’s “daytime to nighttime” theme, guests were offered aromatherapy rollers in refreshing citrus or soothing lavender.
In a nod to the activation’s “daytime to nighttime” theme, guests were offered aromatherapy rollers in refreshing citrus or soothing lavender.
The Wellness Lounge by Well-Designed, sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Crypton and Kohler
The Wellness Lounge by Well-Designed, sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Crypton and Kohler
The Wellness Lounge by Well-Designed, sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Crypton and Kohler
Well-Designed co-founder Caleb Anderson outfitted the Wellness Lounge with soft curved furniture, glowing orbs and neutral tones. The reflecting pools included Kohler’s TK faucet, and elements were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Love & Happiness. In a collaboration among Crypton Home, Celliant and Kravet, pillows made from the first bio-responsive woven upholstery fabric provided support and comfort.
Well-Designed co-founder Caleb Anderson outfitted the Wellness Lounge with soft curved furniture, glowing orbs and neutral tones. The reflecting pools included Kohler’s TK faucet, and elements were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Love & Happiness. In a collaboration among Crypton Home, Celliant and Kravet, pillows made from the first bio-responsive woven upholstery fabric provided support and comfort.
Well-Designed co-founder Caleb Anderson outfitted the Wellness Lounge with soft curved furniture, glowing orbs and neutral tones. The reflecting pools included Kohler’s TK faucet, and elements were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Love & Happiness. In a collaboration among Crypton Home, Celliant and Kravet, pillows made from the first bio-responsive woven upholstery fabric provided support and comfort.
 In the Wellness Lounge, guests were invited to create their own aromatherapy blend.
In the Wellness Lounge, guests were invited to create their own aromatherapy blend.
In the Wellness Lounge, guests were invited to create their own aromatherapy blend.
In the Wellness Lounge, attendees were offered a variety of health-forward snacks, including ayurvedic teas.
In the Wellness Lounge, attendees were offered a variety of health-forward snacks, including ayurvedic teas.
In the Wellness Lounge, attendees were offered a variety of health-forward snacks, including ayurvedic teas.
Benjamin Moore showed guests how the hues that emanate from an individual’s unique energy field can influence a space.
Benjamin Moore showed guests how the hues that emanate from an individual’s unique energy field can influence a space.
Benjamin Moore showed guests how the hues that emanate from an individual’s unique energy field can influence a space.
Lunch was sponsored by The Tile Shop.
Lunch was sponsored by The Tile Shop.
Lunch was sponsored by The Tile Shop.