Future of Home, Day 2
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Future of Home, Day 2
Sep 13, 2022 | New York |
Future of Home, Day 2

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 2 of the Future of Home conference began with a presentation by futurist Tom Goodwin about the complexities of the current technological era. Next, Scully invited Phillip Raub of Model No. and Whitney Frances Falk of ZZ Driggs to discuss sustainable furniture manufacturing, a panel that proved an apt segue to Petersen’s subsequent conversation with Danielle Trofe and Tessa Callaghan on the successes and challenges of developing products from plant-based materials. After a quick coffee break, digital strategy consultant, professor and author Clark Boyd gave a presentation about visual search technology and its implications for the home industry. A conversation on curation commerce with designer and influencer Athena Calderone and stylist Colin King ensued, during which Calderone announced her new collection with Crate & Barrel. Another surprise followed when Mariam Naficy, founder of online art platform Minted, and architect and designer India Mahdavi joined Nicolaus onstage to discuss the fast-rising value of the NFT market and gifted everyone in the audience with an NFT courtesy of their new venture, Tonic. 

After lunch, guests broke off into small-group workshops. Hosted by Well-Designed, a wellness workshop offered attendees the opportunity to investigate common attitudes that shape the design community and apply their creativity to challenge these default behaviors. In two separate business workshops, industry veterans Sean Low and Justine Clay coached designers on how to account and charge for their billable time and  bring clarity and confidence to their firm’s finances, respectively. Finally, literary agent Kim Perel demystified the process of pitching a design book and landing a publishing contract. 

Throughout the two-day affair, visitors were invited to explore the future of the kitchen with Polished and consider the meaning of coziness with Parachute. ZZ Driggs provided vignettes by the front door and theater, chairs for the stage and vintage furnishings for the greenroom.

Images by Kevin Lau for Business of Home.

Futurist Tom Goodwin kicked off Day 2 with a presentation on the digital transformation of home.
Futurist Tom Goodwin kicked off Day 2 with a presentation on the digital transformation of home.
Futurist Tom Goodwin kicked off Day 2 with a presentation on the digital transformation of home.
Phillip Raub from Model No. and Whitney Francis Falk from ZZ Driggs chatted with Dennis Scully about the rewards and challenges of sustainable furniture manufacturing.
Phillip Raub from Model No. and Whitney Francis Falk from ZZ Driggs chatted with Dennis Scully about the rewards and challenges of sustainable furniture manufacturing.
Phillip Raub from Model No. and Whitney Francis Falk from ZZ Driggs chatted with Dennis Scully about the rewards and challenges of sustainable furniture manufacturing.
Tessa Callaghan, whose company AlgiKnit makes textiles from algae, and Danielle Trofe, a product designer who uses mushrooms as her primary material, onstage with Kaitlin Petersen
Tessa Callaghan, whose company AlgiKnit makes textiles from algae, and Danielle Trofe, a product designer who uses mushrooms as her primary material, onstage with Kaitlin Petersen
Tessa Callaghan, whose company AlgiKnit makes textiles from algae, and Danielle Trofe, a product designer who uses mushrooms as her primary material, onstage with Kaitlin Petersen
Clark Boyd gave a presentation on visual search technology.
Clark Boyd gave a presentation on visual search technology.
Clark Boyd gave a presentation on visual search technology.
Stylist Colin King and designer and influencer Athena Calderone talked to Dennis Scully about curation commerce.
Stylist Colin King and designer and influencer Athena Calderone talked to Dennis Scully about curation commerce.
Stylist Colin King and designer and influencer Athena Calderone talked to Dennis Scully about curation commerce.
Mariam Naficy (center) and India Mahdavi (left) announced a new venture, Tonic,  and gifted members of the audience with an NFT.
Mariam Naficy (center) and India Mahdavi (left) announced a new venture, Tonic, and gifted members of the audience with an NFT.
Mariam Naficy (center) and India Mahdavi (left) announced a new venture, Tonic, and gifted members of the audience with an NFT.
A wellness workshop hosted by Well-Designed invited participants to investigate common attitudes that shape the design community and apply their creativity to challenge these default behaviors.
A wellness workshop hosted by Well-Designed invited participants to investigate common attitudes that shape the design community and apply their creativity to challenge these default behaviors.
A wellness workshop hosted by Well-Designed invited participants to investigate common attitudes that shape the design community and apply their creativity to challenge these default behaviors.
On the main stage, business coaches Justine Clay and Sean Low helped designers assess how to account and charge for their billable time and bring clarity and confidence to their firm’s finances.
On the main stage, business coaches Justine Clay and Sean Low helped designers assess how to account and charge for their billable time and bring clarity and confidence to their firm’s finances.
On the main stage, business coaches Justine Clay and Sean Low helped designers assess how to account and charge for their billable time and bring clarity and confidence to their firm’s finances.
Literary agent Kim Perel led a workshop that demystified the process of pitching a design book and getting a publishing contract.
Literary agent Kim Perel led a workshop that demystified the process of pitching a design book and getting a publishing contract.
Literary agent Kim Perel led a workshop that demystified the process of pitching a design book and getting a publishing contract.
Visitors were encouraged to explore the future of the kitchen with Polished.
Visitors were encouraged to explore the future of the kitchen with Polished.
Visitors were encouraged to explore the future of the kitchen with Polished.
Visitors were invited to “come find cozy” with Parachute.
Visitors were invited to “come find cozy” with Parachute.
Visitors were invited to “come find cozy” with Parachute.
ZZ Driggs outfitted a stylish furniture vignette near the front door. A second vignette sat stage right.
ZZ Driggs outfitted a stylish furniture vignette near the front door. A second vignette sat stage right.
ZZ Driggs outfitted a stylish furniture vignette near the front door. A second vignette sat stage right.
ZZ Driggs decorated the speaker greenroom, giving presenters a stylish place to regroup before heading onstage.
ZZ Driggs decorated the speaker greenroom, giving presenters a stylish place to regroup before heading onstage.
ZZ Driggs decorated the speaker greenroom, giving presenters a stylish place to regroup before heading onstage.
High Point Market sponsored the workstations.
High Point Market sponsored the workstations.
High Point Market sponsored the workstations.
Lunch was sponsored by Afterpay.
Lunch was sponsored by Afterpay.
Lunch was sponsored by Afterpay.
Sarah Marcus and Anderson Sommerselle
Sarah Marcus and Anderson Sommerselle
Sarah Marcus and Anderson Sommerselle
Abigail Horace and Eneia White
Abigail Horace and Eneia White
Abigail Horace and Eneia White
John Conrad, Tom Conley and Blaire Rzempoluch
John Conrad, Tom Conley and Blaire Rzempoluch
John Conrad, Tom Conley and Blaire Rzempoluch
Katy Polsby and Sarah Von Dreele
Katy Polsby and Sarah Von Dreele
Katy Polsby and Sarah Von Dreele
Ashley Rose and Amy Flurry
Ashley Rose and Amy Flurry
Ashley Rose and Amy Flurry
Paula McCoy and Marisa Marcantonio
Paula McCoy and Marisa Marcantonio
Paula McCoy and Marisa Marcantonio
Jennifer Levene Bruno and Kelly Sinatra
Jennifer Levene Bruno and Kelly Sinatra
Jennifer Levene Bruno and Kelly Sinatra
Pamela Jaccarino, Noz Nozawa and Mellisa Mittag
Pamela Jaccarino, Noz Nozawa and Mellisa Mittag
Pamela Jaccarino, Noz Nozawa and Mellisa Mittag
Alyssa Abrams, Eric Chang and Stephane Silverman
Alyssa Abrams, Eric Chang and Stephane Silverman
Alyssa Abrams, Eric Chang and Stephane Silverman
Benjamin Reynaert, Jessica Everhart Ludvik and Andrew Joseph
Benjamin Reynaert, Jessica Everhart Ludvik and Andrew Joseph
Benjamin Reynaert, Jessica Everhart Ludvik and Andrew Joseph
Haley Kolbe, John Robshaw and Kathleen Newman
Haley Kolbe, John Robshaw and Kathleen Newman
Haley Kolbe, John Robshaw and Kathleen Newman
Allison Day, Jaime Derringer and Josh Schoenfelder
Allison Day, Jaime Derringer and Josh Schoenfelder
Allison Day, Jaime Derringer and Josh Schoenfelder
Samantha Devine and Allie Saliani
Samantha Devine and Allie Saliani
Samantha Devine and Allie Saliani
Corey Angelo and Stetson Hundgen
Corey Angelo and Stetson Hundgen
Corey Angelo and Stetson Hundgen
Barry Goralnick, Cecil Adams and Keith Gordon
Barry Goralnick, Cecil Adams and Keith Gordon
Barry Goralnick, Cecil Adams and Keith Gordon
Cannon Schaub and Laura Bindloss
Cannon Schaub and Laura Bindloss
Cannon Schaub and Laura Bindloss
Kaitlin Petersen and Nile Johnson
Kaitlin Petersen and Nile Johnson
Kaitlin Petersen and Nile Johnson
Billy Fisher and Megan Hotze
Billy Fisher and Megan Hotze
Billy Fisher and Megan Hotze