Upon arrival at the New York School of Interior Design, I could tell right away that this was not the average design conference. The entire weekend was an amazing experience, and I left New York feeling more energized, informed and inspired than before.
On day one, I found the presentation on 3D printing to be fascinating. The fact that these machines can build anything from simple jewelry to flowers and even houses is just astonishing. It was fun to be able to see them work up close. The profound impact these printers will have on the field of design is evident, but what really struck me was the presenters’ notion that 3D printing could eventually evolve into medical printing and create organs using recipients’ own unique DNA.
My personal favorite presentation highlighted pro bono work by designers and the positive effect we can have on those in need. I had the opportunity to meet with speaker Gisela Garret, who is a brand manager for Perkins+Will and a public interest design advocate. She eagerly shared information on public interest design opportunities in my area, including ideas I can implement in my own projects.
My networking experience at GO PRO/NYC was very positive. I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Sarah Marek, a representative of Cosentino and the ASID Texas chapter. We had never met before, but we immediately hit it off and had so much fun exploring the city together. During the conference we introduced our contacts to one another, enabling us to each meet individuals we otherwise may not have among the 80-plus attendees. I was happy to broaden my connections into the Texas design industry and make a new friend in the process.
If someone asked me whether I planned to attend GO PRO/NYC again next year, my answer would be an enthusiastic “yes.” I learned so much about emerging trends in the interior design industry and beyond. The speakers were experts in their fields and eager to answer questions and network with us after their presentations. The social events gave me a chance to get to know fellow emerging professionals, and the food and drinks were excellent. I highly recommend any students or recent graduates consider attending in 2014!
Kristen Filoromo, Allied ASID, is a recent graduate of the interior design masters’ program at Corcoran College of Art + Design. She works as a freelancer for Ellen Farber Interior Design in Penn Valley, Pa. Past projects include the Hilton Garden Inn Airport Albuquerque and Mainstay Suites. She plans to launch her own design blog, “Real Estate Re-Imagined,” in the near future.