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Talking Interiors at the RCA

A New Lecture Series Announced

Following on from the huge success of the 2013/14 series, the Interior Design programme at the RCA has confirmed the Talking Interiors public lecture series for 2014/15 with a roll call of extraordinary speakers

Talking Interiors will feature international architects, designers, curators and writers who will discuss their own practice and dissect the role of interior design. Forthcoming speakers include Andrew Stevens from London-based design consultancy Graphic Thought Facility; French industrial designer Matali Crasset; Roberto Feo of post-disciplinary studio El Ultimo Grito; the director of London’s Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic; Alannah Cochrane the Creative Director of Selfridges and Deputy Chairman of Selfridges Group; the leading British interior designer Ben Kelly; the visionary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce; the Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art Paolo Antonelli; Christophe Egret of architecture and urban design practice Studio Egret West; the renowned sculptor Richard Wentworth; and the architect David Chipperfield.

Head of the Interior Design Programme, Ab Rogers says:

”This is our third year of Talking Interiors, and we are excited to invite both highly influential designers and architects to the college, as well as those who are clients of design, curators, and graphic designers who operate in the worlds of retail and culture.’’

Talks take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU at 6.30pm. Places are free but need to be booked in advance by email:  Source:  RCA

Early 2015 Calendar:

21 January 2015:  Christophe Egret

Egret studied at the Architectural Association, London, where he gained his architectural diploma in 1986. He worked in practices which included Foster and Partners, Ian Ritchie, Troughton McAslan, Branson Coates and Ron Arad Architects before joining Alsop and Stormer in 1995, where he worked for 10 years as a director, managing, amongst others, the Peckham Library (winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2000), the Blizzard Building for the Queen Mary Research laboratory in Whitechapel and the Manchester Millennium Village framework plan. In 2004, Christophe established the architectural, landscape and urban design practice, Studio Egret West, with urban designer partner David West to offer an ethos of ‘strategy with architectural specificity; and specificity within an overall strategy’. He frequently lectures at universities both nationally and internationally and sits on member advisory boards including CABE and the RIBA Trust.

28 January 2015:  Alannah Cochrane

Alannah Cochrane has been the creative director of British department store chain Selfridges since 2004 and deputy chairman of Selfridges Group since 2014. She is credited with reinvigorating the store with Selfridges being voted the ‘World’s Best Department Store’ by the International Association of Department stores, twice in the last three years. Her creative directorship has redefined Selfridges’ role in London’s retail landscape, ushering in an increase in sales of over 50 per cent. Entertainment, interaction and spectacle are very much part of her vision. ‘People now have so much choice – sports events, museums, theatres, these are all our competition. They want intellectual, cultural and, yes, spiritual nourishment. They don’t just want to buy things.’


Ben Kelly graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1974. He established Ben Kelly Design (BKD) in 1977, a leading Interior Design practice based in Borough Market, London. BKD’s groundbreaking projects range from exhibitions for the V&A, Design Museum, Crafts Council, Wellcome Trust, British Council, and The Architecture Foundation, to the innovative London-based fitness club chain Gymbox, and Factory Record’s The Hacienda in Manchester, to permanent museum interiors for The Science Museum. In November 2007 Kelly was awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and was on the RDI Executive Committee between 2010 and 2011. He was Creative Director of The Architecture Foundation 2000–1 and was granted an Honorary Doctor of Design from Kingston University in 1998. As an artist he has shown at The Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art (2010), The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston and the Southbank Centre.