History of the Chair
1 Formal CPD Hour
5:30 pm Registration
The Future of the Chair
In a World when “sitting is the new smoking” what is the future of the humble and not so humble chair? To understand the future sometimes you must look to the past. Join Alex Richie, Creative Director of e-2 and Alan Boyd “chair maven” on a fun, entertaining and educational journey through the history of design and a vision of the future!
Alan originally trained as a cabinet maker in the Shipyards of Scotland. He moved to “down under” and has been involved at a senior level of two of the most famous chair companies and brands in the World; Herman Miller and Thonet. Through his role with Herman Miller, Alan has close connections with the Eames Office in Los Angeles. He has presented to the architect and design community internationally on furniture, sustainability, Eames design philosophy and of course chairs. He has been interviewed by design magazines, newspapers and radio as an expert on chairs. Alan has always been intrigued by chairs, especially those that seem timeless and has a wealth of remarkable stories behind many famous and not so famous chairs.
Alex is the Creative Director and co-founder of award-winning design agency, e2. He brings more than 27 years international experience in Architecture, Experience Design and Branding. He is a highly experienced and respected brand designer who has worked across Europe, America and Australia for over 23 years.
He has designed and managed the development of major retail, environmental, exhibition and brand experience projects, from master planning and concepts through to full completion. Clients include
Luxottica, Lend Lease, Dulux, Qantas, Mirvac. Alex presents regularly at local and international events, these have included the Melbourne’s State of Design Festival, Pecha Kucha and the Experiential Marketing Summit in Sydney.