Speakers and attendees have been giving their feedback on the inaugural Dezeen Day conference in London last week, with BBC radio presenter LionHeart describing it as "the best design conference I've been to".
The sold-out conference took place on 30 October at BFI Southbank in central London. Panelists and speakers praised Dezeen for the quality of the agenda-setting event.
"London needs more days like Dezeen Day!" said industrial designer Benjamin Hubert, who spoke on the panel about entrepreneurialism.
"It was an honour to present our thoughts to a super-engaged audience on a day that offered a forum to discuss and share ideas that can meaningfully improve people's lives and the world around us through the power of creativity."
BBC Radio London presenter and architecture aficionado LionHeart said: "I have to say that was the best design conference I've been to." LionHeart's interviews with Dezeen Day speakers were broadcast on his show last Friday evening.
Each of the keynote speakers was awarded a Changemaker award by Dezeen's editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, to celebrate their positive impact in design and architecture.
The panels led to intriguing discussions and heated debates. On his panel about the circular economy, Morlet clashed with Dutch designer Richard Hutten over the potential for plastic to be recycled and reused.
The circular economy was of one of the key topics discussed during the conference.
"Dezeen Day connected people within the design industry at large around topics that we can no longer ignore or apply indirectly: circular design, life-cycle of materials, ethical entrepreneurship," said Arthur Mamou-Mani, who spoke on a panel about post-plastic materials.
"We challenged each other to look at these issues through many different angles but not superficially as we all understand the complexity of the climate crisis and that it requires boundless curiosity and a holistic approach to design," he continued.
"The first Dezeen Day was a success," said Schumacher. "Great themes, well moderated, cool contributors, stimulating conversations. Tip for next time: even more architecture and design, a bit less art and politics."
"I'm really impressed by the inaugural Dezeen Day event," added Dara Huang, who spoke on a panel about entrepreneurship.
"It's important to host think-tank discussions about what is happening with the design world – I liked that it included fashion, art, technology, transportation, industrial and agricultural," she added.
I also found the unique pairing of the panellists ignited interesting chemistries either completely opposing or completely in unison, both equally entertaining!"
The event, which was sponsored by Grohe, provided an opportunity for architects and designers to meet and consider the topics being discussed throughout the day.
"Dezeen Day was a great opportunity to connect and inspire people towards a more sustainable world," said Hutten. "On top of that it really was fun!"
Dezeen worked hard to minimise the environmental impact of the conference by limiting the use of single-use plastics, having meat-free catering and serving tap water instead of bottled water.
During the day sustainability expert Sophie Thomas was calculating the event's impact, and she presented her initial findings at the end of the day. Her full environmental audit will be published on Dezeen soon.
Following the conference, the Dezeen Awards winners were announced at a party at Ennismore Sessions House in London. The six studio category winners and three overall project winners of this year's Dezeen Awards were announced at the event.
Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.