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Herman Miller Presents

Herman Miller presents a line up of esteemed guest speakers

  • Studio 7.5 - The Making of Mirra 2
  • Mark Catchlove - Psychology of Collaboration
  • Eames Demetrios - 70 year Flash: lives of the perfect Shell
  • Renee Hytry Derrington – Material and spaces
  • Luc Kamperman - Activity Based Working
  • Amanda Stanaway - Unlocking space and place
  • Gert Urhahn - The Spontaneous City
  • Yann Follain - Exhibition Design
  • Lillian Antonio - Ergonomics and what you need to know
  • Heidi Smith - Tailoring Workplace Scenarios
  • Mary Stevens - Living Office
  • Lori Gee - Landscape and Placemaking

View Venue, Location and Times for full schedule or download the program as a PDF.

Studio  7.5

Studio 7.5
Design Group

There is nothing commonplace about this Berlin design group. They operate without bosses and titles and eat a home-cooked lunch together in the studio everyday. The four designers that make up Studio 7.5—Claudia Plikat, Roland Zwick, Carola Zwick, and Burkhard Schmitz—describe themselves as "partial anthropologists”, relying on the precise observation of the man-made environment. They find designing work chairs to be particularly rewarding—in part because of their experience working with Herman Miller on their award-winning Mirra and Setu chairs.

Mark Catchlove

Mark Catchlove
Director Insight Group, EMEA.

Mark Catchlove has been working in the office interiors industry for over 25 years across a range of industries from finance to publishing, and supermarkets. Mark is responsible for commissioning as well as sharing Insight into the latest thinking in workplace design and issues. This ranges from Social Capital and Generations at Work to Creativity in the Workplace and Agile Working. Mark has delivered more than 200 seminars around the world and for a variety of organisations including: Coca-Cola, Shell, Goldman Sachs, W L Gore, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, BBC, AIG, Shell, and the Ministry of Defence, MacMillan Cancer Support, Roslin Institute and Bank Muscat.

Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios
Principal Eames Office

Eames Demetrios is the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames and as principal of the Eames Office is active in preserving the Eames legacy. Demetrios was instrumental in creating the interactive version of the Eames' groundbreaking film Powers of Ten, is the creator of Kymaerica and the Kcymaerxthaere, an alternate history of the world and curates the online DASFilmFest, showcasing new films on Design, Architecture and Sustainability.

Renee Hytry Derrington

Renee Hytry Derrington
Group VP Design Laminex Group and Formica Group

Renee holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Masters in Industrial Design and has over 20 years experience in designing surfacing products for the Formica brand. As a former Board Director for Colour Marketing Group (international association for colour design professionals), Renee was recognised in 2008 for her role in expanding the organisation’s international activities. Renee gives trend presentations to design groups around the world and most recently has dedicated her time to a collaboration with Pentagram for a historic book on the 100 years of the Formica brand.

Luc Kamperman

Luc Kamperman
Partner Veldhoen + Company

Luc Kamperman is a partner of Veldhoen + Company, a Dutch consultancy firm that originally developed the Activity Based Working (ABW) philosophy in the Netherlands in the early nineties. Luc has worked on the largest ABW implementations globally from the Rabobank Headquarters in the Netherlands to Commonwealth Bank in Sydney. Luc holds a Master in Business Management and focuses on effective transitions to future workstyles, primarily from a change management perspective. He believes that “logic can take you from A to B, but imagination can take you anywhere”.

Amanda Stanaway

Amanda Stanaway
Principal Woods Bagot

Amanda sits at the forefront of workplace design. As a principal of Woods Bagot, Amanda has a role which spans strategy and interior design. This, together with her strong architectural background allows Amanda to work across a broad spectrum of projects - commercial, lifestyle, public buildings. Her experience over two decades and her end-to-end approach of project strategy to delivery makes her a unique professional. Amanda has been instrumental in creating some of the most cutting edge workplaces in Australia and delivering real business advantage and change for the organisations within.

Gert Urhahn

Gert Urhahn
Partner SPcitI (The Spontaneous City International)

Gert Urhahn is an urban designer, lecturer and former Director of Urhahn Urban Design. He founded the Amsterdam based office in 1991 and developed it into an innovative urban design practice with a broad international portfolio of projects in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Antwerp and Oaxaca. Previously, Gert was Senior Urban Designer for the Municipality of Amsterdam, strongly engaged in the redevelopment of the Amsterdam waterfronts. His particular interest is to revitalise the relationship between citizens and their city. He has published extensively on regeneration strategies, urban typologies and principles and recently a book on ‘The Spontaneous City’. Currently Gert is chairman of the IFHP Working Group ‘The Spontaneous City’ and collaborates with Bernardina Borra on SPcitI (The Spontaneous City International).

Yann Follain

Yann Follain
Co-Founder WY-TO

Yann Follain graduated from the Architecture School of Paris-Belleville in 2005. His personal and professional background is rich of multicultural experiences. He went on successively: workshop in Hong Kong about the Metropolises of Asia Pacific where he met Pauline Gaudry; research work in Indonesia, project manager for Colboc-Franzen Architects & Associates in France; then moved to Singapore in 2008 as a project Coordinator and Team leader for The National Art Gallery, Singapore within studioMilou.

In 2010, Yann established WY-TO pte. ltd. in Singapore. In 2012, Pauline Gaudry and Yann Follain opened WY-TO SARL to strengthen their architecture practice in France and Singapore.

Since he is in Singapore, Yann has been the Architectural Associate Partner of ArtStage 2013, Art Director of the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Singapore Architecture Festival, guest lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic School of Design, contributor to EXE magazine in 2011, and now Associate Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).

Gert Urhahn

Lillian Antonio
Ergonomist Herman Miller International

Lillian Antonio qualified with a BSc in Ergonomics from Loughborough University in 2005. Previously having worked as an ergonomic consultant, gaining valuable experience in the field and providing assistance to many global companies including the banking industry, Lillian now applies this knowledge at Herman Miller International. Based in the UK, she provides training, seminars and workshops to a wide range of clients, dealers and staff to promote the importance of ergonomics in the workplace and dispel some of the myths!

Gert Urhahn

Heidi Smith
Partner Gray Puksand

With over 20 years experience in architecture and interior design, Heidi leads the national interior design team at the company and her unique skill set and knowledge ensures a thorough understanding of interior design from a holistic standpoint. As a nine-year member of the Gray Puksand team, Heidi’s projects have included government and corporate organisations, with her work represented in all Capital cities. Specialising in workspace design, Heidi has completed successful and innovative projects with Amcor, Baulderstone, FleetPartners, Middletons, Australian Bureau of Statistics and City West Water. Heidi is a member of the Design Institute of Australia, and a committee member at the Property Council of Victoria. Through actively researching new methods and advancements in workspace design, culture and management styles, Heidi demonstrates a genuine curiosity, and a passion for creativity

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens
Senior Vice President Global Marketing Herman Miller, Inc.

Mary Stevens is senior vice president of Global Marketing at Herman Miller, where she oversees marketing communications, public relations, events, vertical business marketing,, workplace knowledge, competitive intelligence and the company’s showrooms. Ms. Stevens is also accountable for managing and leveraging the Herman Miller brand, and for leading the corporate strategic planning process. Previously, she served as general manager of the workstation business where she over saw all aspects of product management for the company’s work environment designs, as well as leading product development. Earlier she was Vice President of Engineering and Quality, driving dramatic improvements in quality performance throughout the manufacturing processes. Mary joined Herman Miller in 1984. She holds degrees in Physics and Mathematics and graduate degree in Engineering. Ms. Stevens serves on the board of directors of Inforum Center for Leadership and W.O.M.E.N. in America.

Lori Gee

Lori Gee
Vice President Applied Insight Herman Miller, Inc.

Lori Gee leads the efforts to translate the company’s research and theories into meaningfully different workplace solutions. She is a design practitioner with 28 years experience in driving workplace change, helping many organizations and institutions catalyze their work environments to support their vision and strategy.

Lori is a degreed and certified Interior Designer. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association and Corenet. Prior to joining Herman Miller, Inc. in 1990, Lori led workplace strategy efforts for the Kellogg Corporation.