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US Colour Guru, Leatrice Eiseman, Headline Speaker at Design Dialogue Conference Series

18th July 2012
Johannesburg – One of the world's leading colour gurus as well as a host of South Africa's top décor, trend and design experts are on the line-up for the much-anticipated Decorex Design Dialogue conference series taking place next month. Design Dialogue, sponsored by Plascon, takes place in Durban on 7th August, in Cape Town on 8th August and at Decorex Joburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre on 10th August 2012.

The keynote speaker at each centre will be American colour expert Leatrice Eiseman – executive director of The Pantone Colour Institute and founder of the Eiseman Centre for Color Information and Training. During her presentation, Leatrice will discuss an array of international colour trends as well as the 2013 Plascon Colour Forecast. This will be the first time that decor and design professionals will catch a glimpse of the hot new Plascon colour trends for next year.

She will be joined by a selection of South Africa's leading decorators and designers. Design Dialogue is aimed at connecting the South African design community and stimulating exchange and discussion in all areas, says Decorex SA portfolio director Sherri Chipps.

"In curating a line-up of speakers across all the design disciplines and with a global perspective, we are hoping to encourage a new way of thinking that will see more cross pollination and fresh insights in the worlds of décor and design." From award-winning interior decorator Stephen Falcke to trendsetter extraordinaire Neville Trickett, the presenters at Design Dialogue have been selected not only for their achievements but also for what they can bring to the debate.

Speakers in Durban include Trickett, London, Joburg and Durban-based jeweler Kirsten Goss, celebrated design couple Richard Stretton and Angela Shaw of Koop and the Shaw Sisters as well as eclectic interior designer Ruth Duke.

In Cape Town, award-winning stylist and interior designer Tracy Lynch and lighting designer Heath Nash are on the speakers' bill as well as Mavromac founder Marguerite Mavros MacDonald and Okha creative director Adam Court.

The Johannesburg conference will feature Stephen Falcke, Jozi evangelists Joanne Buitendach and Brian MacKechnie, collector-turned artefacts expert Mark Valentine of Amatuli and Edcon trend forecaster Bianca Tanchel.

Design Dialogue is open to all industry professionals, particularly those involved in the fields of interior design and decor, architecture and design as well as members of the public.

To book for the Design Dialogue conference closest to you, go to or contact Josephine Sekwelenkwe on telephone 011 549 8300 or email

Conference details


Date: Tuesday 7 August 2012
Time: 09h00-13h00 (registration from 08h00)
Venue: The Docklands Hotel
Cost: R600.00 inc Vat (Includes refreshments)
Host: Grant Webster, Interior Designer


Date: Wednesday 8 August 2012
Time: 09h00-13h00 (registration from 08h00)
Venue: Freeworld Design Centre
Cost: R600.00 inc Vat (Includes refreshments)
Host: Lauren Shantall, Social Media and PR Manager - Plascon
Add on: Trend Talk: 14h00 – 16h00
Cost: R20 or more - All proceeds go to the Rock Girl charity
What is it? Trend Talk is a Plascon charity initiative and industry gathering where key presenters share their thoughts on the latest industry trends and ideas on the lifestyle shifts that will touch us in 2012 and beyond. Speakers include: Michael Udell of Punk (on new advertising from Cannes Festival); Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs (on food trends); Dinika Govender of TEDxUCT, SIFE and FutureCapeTown (on youth trends); Ricky Lee Gordon of A Word of Art (on a mural walking tour for Cape Town); Justin Hartman of Social Code (on social media); Source Interior Brand Architects (on the latest interior design directions) and Lauren Shantall (on the Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast).


Date: Friday 10 August 2012
Time: 09h00-13h00 (registration from 08h00)
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre
Cost: R600.00 inc Vat (Includes refreshments)
Cocktail function: @ Plascon Colour Café soon after Design Dialogue
Host: Sarah-Jane Buitendach, Editor of Sunday Times Home Weekly

About our sponsor, Plascon

Plascon has been the show sponsor of Decorex SA since its inception more than 19 years ago and continues to play a pivotal role in the décor and design industry and paint trends. Plascon, who in 1999 launched the very first colour forecast in South Africa, is a founding member of the SA Institute of the Interior Design Professions and publishers of the popular décor magazine Plascon Spaces. For more on Plascon, visit their website or for the latest trends, visit their trends blog

Exhibition details
Decorex Joburg 8‐12 August 2012 – Gallagher Convention Centre
Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Tickets: R75 for adults, R65 for pensioners and students, (FREE exhibition entrance for décor, design and architecture professionals who pre‐register online on 8th and 10th August only).
Visit for trade registration plus regular updates on exciting competitions and speaker line‐ups. Book here for Conversations on Architecture and Design Dialogue
Gautrain: Take the Gautrain to the Midrand station. For your convenience, shuttle buses will be running to and from Gallagher Convention Centre.
Facebook: Decorex SA
Twitter: @decorexSA

Decorex Joburg forms part of the Decorex SA portfolio and is owned by the Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group. For more information visit / t 011 549 8300


1. Leatrice Eiseman, American colour expert and keynote speaker at the Design Dialogue conferences
2. A picture showing some of the colours to be featured in the 2013 Plascon colour palette which will be revealed by Leatrice at the Design Dialogue conference. This is a mock-up by Ink Design studio who are interpreting the palette at Decorex Joburg next month. This is the only image available as the colours are stricly under wraps and will only be revealed at the Design Dialogue.
3. A portrait of Plascon colour manager Anne Roselt (she's the one in black standing next to the coloured swatches)


Contact person:
Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly
Cell: 082 600 7142

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