British Design Invasion

Thursday, April 15, 2010 • Pacific Design Center • 11 am

Pacific Design Center Logo   8687 Melrose Avenue • West Hollywood, CA 90069 • (310) 289-5223

Join the British Interior Design Group at the Pacific Design Center for British Design Invasion, an important panel discussion focusing on how British designs influence the World market. Britain’s geographical proximity to mainland Europe and diverse population lends British designers a special awareness and unique approach that translates to art, film, food, design, music and fashion.

The panel, moderated by HGTV Producer Laura Patterson, features top British designers James Charles, Simon Hamilton, Arnold Schwartzman and Julia Wong.

Light refreshments will be served. Please note this event is open to the trade only.


Meet the Panel

Laura PattersonLaura Patterson has more than 20 years experience as a television producer and director. For the past eight years, she has produced a variety of shows exclusively for HGTV. Her first show for the network was the popular series Designers’ Challenge and she is currently working on HGTV’s long-running hit series, House Hunters. She also travels worldwide for House Hunters International.

James Charles James Charles found his niche when he joined prestigious interior design firm Roche Bobois in the early 1980’s. After his apprenticeship and subsequent travels to Paris and Milan, his mentor encouraged him to continue exploring and developing his own design style. In the late 1980’s, James moved to Roche Bobois USA to open the Atlanta office. For the next four years he traveled the US, before settling in Los Angeles, where he was a guest lecturer at the Interior Design Institute (IDI) and set up his own design firm James Charles Design, Inc. in 1994. He recently worked with Boeing on 787 Dreamliner and has been featured on HGTV and Fine Living Programs.

Simon HamiltonSimon Hamilton has enjoyed a design career spanning nearly 20 years. After graduating with a B.A. Hons in Interior Design from Nottingham, he returned to his native London in 1988 and established his career, initially working for leading architectural and design practices. As Creative Director of his own London based practice, Simon Hamilton & Associates Ltd., he is responsible for ensuring the clients visions are delivered beyond the standards and quality of their expectations. Simon has a wide variety of expertise in the commercial and residential markets in the UK and Europe, including a Laser Eye Clinic in Harley Street, London, a Holiday House in the South of France and a boutique hotel in the heart of Venice, Italy.

Arnold Schwartzman Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI is a noted graphic designer, an Oscar ® winning documentary film director, and author and photographer of a score of books. He received the 1981 Oscar for his acclaimed feature documentary film Genocide. In 1982, he was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Since 1996, he has designed many of the key elements for the Annual Academy Awards ®, including commemorative posters, billboards, cinema trailers and printed programs for the Awards ceremony and Governors Ball. In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the British Film Industry in the USA, and in 2006 was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts.

Julian Wong Julia Wong is widely recognized by design aficionados and media giants for her captivating residential and commercial interiors, from French Country to East meets West. She has practiced in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Los Angeles, and her contemporary renditions of luxury and elegance have earned her a reputation as one of the West Coast’s top tastemakers. Her effortlessly stylish interiors most recently appeared on E! Entertainment in a feature called “incredible” by the network’s producers. A graduate of Ravensbourne School of Art and Design and the London School of Fashion, Julia was a design assistant to the renowned fashion designer John Galliano before turning her focus from fashion to interiors. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and owns her signature product line Julia Wong Designs.