Talks with 100% Design

Philippe Starck at Talks with 100% Design

100% Design boasts the most well attended and comprehensive seminar programme in UK design, seeing more industry names and issues discussed than any other design event.

The Sensual World

Imagine life in black and white. It might have been Coco Chanel’s vision for the world, but most of us live our lives enriched by colour. Every year there are new colour trends. But what about an understanding of colour that goes beyond this? That examines how colour makes us feel and why, that looks at how colour can be used positively to change how spaces work, and ultimately how we use, and feel, in them. Why do certain colours seem to scare us? What do certain colours mean around the world? And what does a certain colour say about your product, design or brand?

Our talks programme for 2015 will examine the power of colour, and is organised by Claire Barrett in collaboration with leading international colour psychology expert Karen Haller. Alongside the visual we’ll examine the other senses too – how through touch, smell, sound and taste, our lives can be positively influenced by design to create stimulating environments that improve productivity and creativity while supporting us emotionally. 

Talks Organisers:

Claire Barrett

Claire Barrett

Programme director, Talks with 100% Design

As part of Claire’s role as Content director at Caro Communications, Claire curates the talks programme for 100% Design. She has extensive experience as a writer and editor for national and international architecture, design and interiors titles. For five years she was editor of Channel 4’s Grand Designs magazine, before working as Associate editor at Elle Decoration. She was launch programme director for the international interiors event Inside Festival where she organised a high-profile speaker programme held in Barcelona, before she became branding director for housing developer Hab Housing. She joined Caro Communications in 2013.

Claire began curating Talks with 100% Design in 2014, at which Jaime Hayon, Philippe Starck and Daan Roosegarde spoke. 

@Claire BarrettUK


Karen Haller

Karen Haller

Applied Colour Psychology Expert

Karen Haller is an internationally renowned advanced colour theory mentor and trainer, helping industry professionals across the globe transforming their businesses through applying colour psychology in diverse sectors such as interior design and architecture, branding and product development, healthcare and wellbeing. She consults with organisations and individuals on using colour to influence behaviour and opinion.

As the go to Colour Psychology Expert for numerous publishers and PR agencies, she is sought out by the national press and radio to give commentary on breaking colour stories. 



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