Sep 13, 2021 | New York |
Future of Home, Day 1
Future of Home, Day 1

On September 13 and 14, Business of Home invited more than 450 interior designers and trade professionals to New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion to discuss one looming, macro question: What is the future of home? Over two days and 27 programming sessions, attendees enjoyed presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats and Q&A’s with 42 speakers, moderated by BOH’s Kaitlin Petersen, Fred Nicolaus, Sophie Donelson and Dennis Scully

Day 1 of the Future of Home conference kicked off with a keynote by Adam Davidson, author of The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the 21st Century, who spoke about the power of storytelling, followed by Scully moderating a lively conversation between entrepreneur Leo Seigal and Los Angeles–based designer Jake Arnold, founders of the online design platform The Expert. Next, Nicolaus talked with three industry players who are focused on the state of diversity in the design industry and working toward measurable change: Caroline Baumann, co-leader of the Diversity in Design (DID) collective and former director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; DID co-leader and Work & Co partner Rupal Parekh; and Eddie Opara, partner at DID member organization Pentagram and senior critic at the Yale School of Art. After that, Petersen sat down with three designers—Rajni Alex, Kati Curtis and Eneia White—to discuss leveling up at High Point Market. To close the morning, design visionaries Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler shared their thoughts about the future of life at home. 

After lunch, Scully led a conversation on the nature of design collaborations, with the help of two of the industry’s most seasoned pros: home guru Martha Stewart, founder and CEO of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and Jim Shreve, president and CEO of Baccarat North America. Then, Austin Allison of Pacaso chatted with Nicolaus on the future of residential real estate. Following that, Brian Morrissey, author of the newsletter The Rebooting, sat down with Dwell CEO Zach Klein and Mélanie Berliet, general manager and senior vice president of the Home Group at Dotdash, to discuss what’s ahead for the media industry. Did you know that one in three millennials doesn’t have a credit card? Bree Blazak, vice president of enterprise sales at Afterpay, shared that surprising fact during a conversation with Petersen, after which Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury discussed the future of “work-from-anywhere.”

Following a short coffee break, the programming concluded with three designer case studies. First, Kelly Finley spoke about her plan to become the CEO and creative director of her San Francisco-based firm, Joy Street Design. Next, Marie Flanigan appeared via video to share a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her window-treatment selection process, courtesy of Hunter Douglas. Finally, Cortney Bishop, founder of the full-service interiors firm Cortney Bishop Design, took to the stage to explain why she puts the client experience first—and how she brought her business to that point.

Outside the theater, attendees were able to mingle and interact with four curated brand experiences. In Gallery CB2, products from the company’s forthcoming Spring 2022 collection were displayed in a museum-like setting. Crate & Barrel kept an eye on sustainability in The Green Haus, a lounge space designed with earth-friendly products. Guests were able to calculate their carbon footprint and enjoyed cold-press juices. High Point Market appeared as The Design World’s Destination, an interactive map with QR codes highlighting the city’s various neighborhoods, plus designer testimonials. Nearby, Universal Furniture celebrated being Runway Ready At Home by showcasing pieces from Tranquility, the never-before-seen second collection from Miranda Kerr, which were upholstered in new performance fabric by Crypton Home. The space also featured a pop-up shop of the supermodel and entrepreneur’s organic skin care line, Kora Organics.

With the guests’ comfort and productivity in mind, Crate & Barrel and CB2 outfitted two lounge spaces. Benjamin Moore also offered larger-than-life charging stations to keep attendees going during the two days of programming.

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

Images by Kevin Lau for Business of Home.

EVENT GALLERY
Name badges at the check-in table
Name badges at the check-in table
Name badges at the check-in table
A full theater
A full theater
A full theater
Rupal Parekh, Eddie Opara, Caroline Baumann and Fred Nicolaus
Rupal Parekh, Eddie Opara, Caroline Baumann and Fred Nicolaus
Rupal Parekh, Eddie Opara, Caroline Baumann and Fred Nicolaus
Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler look into their Lucite ball for a conversation on the future of life at home.
Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler look into their Lucite ball for a conversation on the future of life at home.
Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler look into their Lucite ball for a conversation on the future of life at home.
Afterpay’s Bree Blazak (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the changing spending habits of the next generation.
Afterpay’s Bree Blazak (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the changing spending habits of the next generation.
Afterpay’s Bree Blazak (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the changing spending habits of the next generation.
Designer Kelly Finley (right) talks with Kaitlin Petersen about redefining your role as your firm grows.
Designer Kelly Finley (right) talks with Kaitlin Petersen about redefining your role as your firm grows.
Designer Kelly Finley (right) talks with Kaitlin Petersen about redefining your role as your firm grows.
Connie Matisse and Frank Quadflieg of East Fork
Connie Matisse and Frank Quadflieg of East Fork
Connie Matisse and Frank Quadflieg of East Fork
Julia Gillespie, William Storms, Denise Gutierrez and Elise Gabrielson of Crypton
Julia Gillespie, William Storms, Denise Gutierrez and Elise Gabrielson of Crypton
Julia Gillespie, William Storms, Denise Gutierrez and Elise Gabrielson of Crypton
Gallery CB2 offered attendees a sneak peek at the brand’s Spring 2022 collection in a museum-like setting.
Gallery CB2 offered attendees a sneak peek at the brand’s Spring 2022 collection in a museum-like setting.
Gallery CB2 offered attendees a sneak peek at the brand’s Spring 2022 collection in a museum-like setting.
The Green Haus lounge by Crate & Barrel focused on sustainability and featured earth-friendly products, a QR code for guests to calculate their carbon footprint, and cold-pressed juices.
The Green Haus lounge by Crate & Barrel focused on sustainability and featured earth-friendly products, a QR code for guests to calculate their carbon footprint, and cold-pressed juices.
The Green Haus lounge by Crate & Barrel focused on sustainability and featured earth-friendly products, a QR code for guests to calculate their carbon footprint, and cold-pressed juices.
The Design World’s Destination by High Point Market included an interactive map and a feature wall of designer testimonials. Pictured here in the space is Tom Conley, CEO of the High Point Market Authority.
The Design World’s Destination by High Point Market included an interactive map and a feature wall of designer testimonials. Pictured here in the space is Tom Conley, CEO of the High Point Market Authority.
The Design World’s Destination by High Point Market included an interactive map and a feature wall of designer testimonials. Pictured here in the space is Tom Conley, CEO of the High Point Market Authority.
A printed guide informed guests about the day’s speakers, programs and activations.
A printed guide informed guests about the day’s speakers, programs and activations.
A printed guide informed guests about the day’s speakers, programs and activations.
Adam Davidson on how to thrive in the passion economy
Adam Davidson on how to thrive in the passion economy
Adam Davidson on how to thrive in the passion economy
Many programming segments offered the audience the opportunity to ask questions, as Leah Alexander does here.
Many programming segments offered the audience the opportunity to ask questions, as Leah Alexander does here.
Many programming segments offered the audience the opportunity to ask questions, as Leah Alexander does here.
Martha Stewart and Jim Shreve on the future of collaboration, with moderator Dennis Scully (left)
Martha Stewart and Jim Shreve on the future of collaboration, with moderator Dennis Scully (left)
Martha Stewart and Jim Shreve on the future of collaboration, with moderator Dennis Scully (left)
Raj Choudhury (right) talks with Fred Nicolaus about how work-from-anywhere will work.
Raj Choudhury (right) talks with Fred Nicolaus about how work-from-anywhere will work.
Raj Choudhury (right) talks with Fred Nicolaus about how work-from-anywhere will work.
Beth Brenner and Bella Mancini
Beth Brenner and Bella Mancini
Beth Brenner and Bella Mancini
Kara Marmion, Sarah Boyd and Barry Goralnick
Kara Marmion, Sarah Boyd and Barry Goralnick
Kara Marmion, Sarah Boyd and Barry Goralnick
Shehan Ghanchi, Stephanie Gregoire, Erica Mahoney and Sarah Gould from The Tile Shop
Shehan Ghanchi, Stephanie Gregoire, Erica Mahoney and Sarah Gould from The Tile Shop
Shehan Ghanchi, Stephanie Gregoire, Erica Mahoney and Sarah Gould from The Tile Shop
At Gallery CB2, items from the brand’s Spring 2022 collection were displayed in a museum-like setting.
At Gallery CB2, items from the brand’s Spring 2022 collection were displayed in a museum-like setting.
At Gallery CB2, items from the brand’s Spring 2022 collection were displayed in a museum-like setting.
At The Green Haus by Crate & Barrel, attendees enjoyed a selection of cold-pressed juices.
At The Green Haus by Crate & Barrel, attendees enjoyed a selection of cold-pressed juices.
At The Green Haus by Crate & Barrel, attendees enjoyed a selection of cold-pressed juices.
Universal Furniture invited attendees to get runway ready at home. Their space featured never-before-seen pieces from Miranda Kerr’s new collection, Tranquility, which are upholstered in new performance boucle fabric from Crypton Home.
Universal Furniture invited attendees to get runway ready at home. Their space featured never-before-seen pieces from Miranda Kerr’s new collection, Tranquility, which are upholstered in new performance boucle fabric from Crypton Home.
Universal Furniture invited attendees to get runway ready at home. Their space featured never-before-seen pieces from Miranda Kerr’s new collection, Tranquility, which are upholstered in new performance boucle fabric from Crypton Home.
Future of Home 2021’s hosts and MCs, Sophie Donelson and Dennis Scully
Future of Home 2021’s hosts and MCs, Sophie Donelson and Dennis Scully
Future of Home 2021’s hosts and MCs, Sophie Donelson and Dennis Scully
Jake Arnold, Dennis Scully and Leo Seigal
Jake Arnold, Dennis Scully and Leo Seigal
Jake Arnold, Dennis Scully and Leo Seigal
Kati Curtis, Kaitlin Petersen, Rajni Alex and Eneia White
Kati Curtis, Kaitlin Petersen, Rajni Alex and Eneia White
Kati Curtis, Kaitlin Petersen, Rajni Alex and Eneia White
Brian Morrissey, Mélanie Berliet and Zach Klein on the future of media
Brian Morrissey, Mélanie Berliet and Zach Klein on the future of media
Brian Morrissey, Mélanie Berliet and Zach Klein on the future of media
Designer Cortney Bishop (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the importance of putting the client experience first.
Designer Cortney Bishop (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the importance of putting the client experience first.
Designer Cortney Bishop (right) speaks with Kaitlin Petersen about the importance of putting the client experience first.
Michael Erno and Larysa Gruner of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Michael Erno and Larysa Gruner of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Michael Erno and Larysa Gruner of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Missy Fink and Michael Cox from Foley & Cox
Missy Fink and Michael Cox from Foley & Cox
Missy Fink and Michael Cox from Foley & Cox
In the lounge, Benjamin Moore provided larger-than-life charging stations.
In the lounge, Benjamin Moore provided larger-than-life charging stations.
In the lounge, Benjamin Moore provided larger-than-life charging stations.
CB2 outfitted a lounge area for guests to relax and kick back between programming segments.
CB2 outfitted a lounge area for guests to relax and kick back between programming segments.
CB2 outfitted a lounge area for guests to relax and kick back between programming segments.
Crate & Barrel outfitted a lounge area for attendees to enjoy between programming segments.
Crate & Barrel outfitted a lounge area for attendees to enjoy between programming segments.
Crate & Barrel outfitted a lounge area for attendees to enjoy between programming segments.
At Runway Ready At Home by Universal Furniture, guests enjoyed a selection of products from Miranda Kerr’s skin care collection, Kora Organics.
At Runway Ready At Home by Universal Furniture, guests enjoyed a selection of products from Miranda Kerr’s skin care collection, Kora Organics.
At Runway Ready At Home by Universal Furniture, guests enjoyed a selection of products from Miranda Kerr’s skin care collection, Kora Organics.