Concept North Discuss Gender Equality within the Interiors Design Industry

March 9, 2020

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Having wound down after our first Concept North event of 2020, we are eternally grateful for all the commitment, enthusiasm, support and kind words of encouragement we have received, allowing us to continue these event for another year!


Almost 70 of you lovely people turned up to our February meet up at the Opera Grill, Chester to discuss gender equality within the design industry for the run up to international women's day. Some familiar faces and lots of new ones! We are always amazed by how far our guests travel to our events and again we had guests travel far and wide from London, Manchester, The Lake District, Wales, and Liverpool to name a few! 


This was our second event on the terrace; housed in the beautiful Grade II listed building with neoclassical Greek facade and a cool industrial yet opulent interior. Hosting our events in inspiring, comfortable spaces is always at the top of our list along with some good food too! Yet again, the Opera Grill did not disappoint.



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We welcomed you all to the terrace with a with a choice between a glass of award wining rose wine or a more sensible non-alcoholic fizz, courtesy of our drinks sponsors Mirabaeu and Luscombe (along with a beaming smile of course) before you relaxed into an evening of good food, interacting, relationship building and a live mixed-gender panel chat with four amazing Northern design and property professionals: 


Paulina Olszak from UrbanistasNW


Richard Eastwood from R2 Architecture


Philippa Charrier from FAT Properties


As we approached International Women's Day, we opened up the conversation around Architecture, Interior Design, Construction and Feminism to discuss and debate gender equality within our industry. Our panel members were super and we'd like to say a huge thank you to all three for bring their views, experiences, honesty and humour to an interesting and thought provoking topic that undoubtedly got our guests thinking and talking!



Finally, we would like to say thank you to those involved in our Chester event:


Our amazing sponsors: Casa Ceramica & Tektura Wallcoverings


Our competition contributors: District May, BOBO 1325, The Interiors Shop & Christy Home


Photographer: Robyn Swain


Live music: Josh Jenkinson




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Get ready for more to be revealed about our next event in May on the Lake District. We'll be releasing details very soon! Check out our 2020 event schedule to save the date and join our mailing list for live updates!


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