Past Episodes

The Connected Series has now become a community shaping the future of design as an all-inclusive network to connect the design community through the power of sharing and insights. We have hosted a series of 12 digital events creating a sense of togetherness and bringing together many different parts of the industry. 


We have now come to an end of our lockdown chapter, but do keep your eyes peeled for more to come from The Connected Series with the aim is to encourage open conversation and sharing of ideas to help move the industry forward.

Episode 12: The Power of New Beginnings

The final, and 12th, installment of the webinar series will see five pioneering thought leaders discuss the outlook for business, and how the world can harness the power of this new beginning and the ‘new normal’.

Host: Sarah Ward, Founder & Creative Director, Interiors by Sarah Ward


Lester Bennett, President, BIID

Sam Fisher, Brand Director, Decorex

Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House

Shayne Brady & Emily Williams, Founders, BradyWilliams Studio

Episode 10: Hotels - Design Matters

The last few months have irrevocably changed the hospitality industry and the anatomy of a post-lockdown hotel stay, from contactless spa treatments to socially distanced swimming. With much of the world still under lockdown and the future of travel uncertain, we turn to some hotel industry design insiders for their post-pandemic predictions on how the design of luxury hotels will adapt. Many luxury hotel brands are already rolling out new design initiatives to increase cleanliness standards including revised well centres, contactless in-room services, guest service apps and new hygiene technology. 

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Rosie Shephard, Founder, Luxury Communications Council & Rosie Shephard Communications

Simon Rawlings, Creative Director, David Collins Studio

Alan O'Dea, Managing Director CampbellGray Hotels

Episode 8: A Balancing Act - Colour

From peacock blues to tender pinks, colour is the foundation for the visual narrative and brings cohesive direction to every project. To achieve balance, there must be a thoughtful mixology of texture, history, pattern and colour. Colour has an ability to singularly and definitively create an experience, making it one of the most important and valuable tools in design. People respond intuitively to the use of strong colours and appreciate the visceral response walking into a colourful room can produce. 

We are now advancing through an empowering year of change that will focus on bringing our best self into the beyond, and spending more and more time in our own spaces paves the way for wellness and self-nurturance. This idea of creating a cocoon of colour can elicit a multitude of emotions from relaxation to passion. Our panel will journey through a discussion and explore the emotive effects of colour; how we contrast the raw with the refined, blending hues, total immersion in a singular pigment, using colour with both sophistication and spontaneity and incorporating diverse periods of furniture.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House

Katharine Pooley, Founder & Creative Director, Katharine Pooley London

Susie Atkinson, Founder & Creative Director, Susie Atkinson Design

Lucy Barlow, Founder & Creative Director, Barlow & Barlow

Patrick O'Donnell, International Brand Ambassador, Farrow & Ball

Episode 11: Living with Art

As we enter into the new normal, we anticipate the art world to continue to be influenced by this new reality – and to adjust and respond accordingly. We’ve seen a huge uptick of creative responses, including galleries permitting their clients to have access to their planned art fair exhibitions via online “virtual” viewing rooms.

When chosen thoughtfully, art has the ability to transform a space and infuse it with personality. From minimalist contemporary pieces to traditional Old Masters, our panellists will also probe the boundary between the fields of art and design, and how artists and designers are challenging the delineation between the two.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Patrick McCrae, Founder, Artiq
Olia Bozhko, Head of Marketing, House of Fine 
Loribelle Spirovski, Artist
Henry Prideaux, Founder & Creative Director, Henry Prideaux Interior Design

Episode 9: Property & The New World

With the dawning realisation that there will be a long-term legacy to the way we live our lives, our panel will be gauging the outlook for the luxury property market. ‘Living’ has changed radically in the last few months and there are likely to be further changes along the way. Will the transformation to embracing the ‘new normal’ be an easy one?


The coronavirus shutdown has forced a reset to consumers’ purchasing behaviour across the globe. At one time, luxury property was defined by added indulgence - think opulent onyx baths and live-in Michelin Starred chefs. But increasingly luxury is now defined by absence. The market for decadent self-indulgence has given way to stress-free, toxin-free minimalism, and virtual reality has revolutionised the selling process for luxury properties, particularly for off-market properties and overseas investors.


From minimal contact and maximum security to technology, innovation and wellbeing, Carole and the panel will explore how the luxury property market has - rapidly - evolved.  

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Stephen O’Kane, Head of Media & Entertainment, Savills

Jane MacDiarmid, Senior Asset Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Kate Bright, CEO, UMBRA International Group

Russell Smithers, Managing Director, REDD Real Estate

Episode 7: Wellness & Wonder

Having featured in more than 35 million Instagram posts (and counting), “wellbeing” and “self-care” have influenced our choice of food, travel, fitness and beauty… and now, increasingly, our interiors, too. Wellness needs to be seamlessly integrated and evolving into our lives and homes, and as ‘makers’ it’s our job to deliver that through design. From inviting and comforting shapes and soft and soothing colours, to materials chosen according to their health-promoting properties; it’s important to create a space in your home that manifests all those good feelings and acts as a destination for healing. Carole will be discussing the ways in which design affects everything from health to mood – and how quickly this space is changing.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Tom Faulkner, Founder & Creative Director, Tom Faulkner

Alistair Hughes, Managing Director, Savoir Beds

Irene Gunter, Founder & Creative Director, Gunter & Co Interiors

Emma Loveheart, Home Healer, Into The Light 

Episode 6: Design Beyond Lockdown

Respond, recover, reimagine. Gazing into a crystal ball is much about seeing the future of design as it is about knowing how to prepare for it. To that end, our panel of design experts will discuss how they think this pandemic will impact key aspects of interior design, from lighting and technology to colour trends and furniture design. In this brave new world, will there be a lot of innovation in our industry as a result?

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Sally Storey, Creative Director, John Cullen Lighting

Sarah Ward, Founder & Creative Director, Interiors by Sarah Ward

Tim Gosling, Founder & Creative Director, Gosling

Matt Tillman, Founder, Tillman Domotics

Episode 4: The Importance of Digital

Being connected, digitally, has never been more imperative. Digital is now inextricably linked to the interior design world; with its immediacy and quick turnover, online content allows us to be much more fluid and reactive.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Sandrine Zhang Ferron, Founder & CEO, Vinterior

Grant Pierrus, Founder, Interior Style Hunter

Charlie Willis, Founder, Charlie Willis London/CEO, The London Broker

Noor Charchafchi, Founder & Creative Director, Celine Interior Design

Episode 2: Reset, Expand & Grow

Producers have a social responsibility to limit their carbon footprint. Will this environment encourage more sustainable action?

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House

Will Fisher, Co-Founder, Jamb

Catherine Lock, Founder & Creative Director, The New Craftsmen
Conor Taylor, Creative Director, Foresso
Felix von Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder, Bechtolsheim Architecture & Design

Episode 5: Better Together - The Power of Community

Never underestimate the power of community. When it functions properly, a community can be a really powerful way for people to feel accepted and validated. As we enter a new era of inclusive exclusivity within the luxury and interiors industry, the experience of being a part of a community is becoming increasingly important.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House


Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole

Claire German, Managing Director, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Andrew Hills, Founder & Creative Director, Porta Romana

Andrew Winch, Founder, Winch Design

Episode 3: Survive & Thrive

A focus on small, perfectly formed, businesses. How can we emerge stronger? The importance of continuing to drive positivity, continuous adaptation, and keep those all-important sales for the future.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House

Nikki Tibbles, Founder & Managing Director, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart

Sarah Ward, Founder & Creative Director, Interiors by Sarah Ward & POSH Trading Company

Lucy Attwood, Co-Founder, Studio Pottery London

Polly Williams, Founder, Camberyard

Episode 1: Positive Thinking

What is the new business as usual? Our panel discusses how they have created a sense of positivity and community.

Host: Carole Annett, Interiors Editor, Country & Town House

Sarah Ward, Founder & CEO, Interiors by Sarah Ward
Bernie de Le Cuona, Founder & CEO, de Le Cuona
Christopher Cox, Founder & Creative Director, Cox London
Dr Lynda Shaw, Founder, Dr Lynda Shaw

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