|Colin Brazier, Television Presenter and Author, 16th November 2008
Excellence in the Home - From House to Home
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre,
November 20th-21st 2008
What makes a house a home? Tasteful décor and soft furnishings or something more?
The Home Renaissance Foundation’s second international conference at the QEII conference centre brings together acknowledged experts in their fields to provide answers to a question of enduring importance.
The former Chairman of Northern Rock, Bryan Sanderson CBE, will open the two-day event, following on from 2006’s successful conference which focused on the importance of food and diet in the creation of an effective home.
This year some of Europe’s most celebrated architects, town planners and interior designers - including Piers Gough and Sebastian Conran - will look at why the home must be somewhere more than a place to recover from work.
Prue Leith, an adviser to the Home Renaissance Foundation, said: “All political parties like the idea of happy families contributing to a stable society. So why don’t we build houses more conducive to that life?”
Delegates will discuss the importance of communal dining and storage spaces, utility areas, gardens and home offices. Broadcaster Charles Handy will assess how the environmental costs of commuting, make working from home more desirable than ever.
Other speakers will investigate the human dimension of home-building, the managerial skills needed in the successful care of children or elderly relatives; the threats posed by family breakdown and professional mobility.
Contributors include Monica Lindstedt, the Swedish founder of a company which provides housekeeping services, which now employs 700 people.
“A home can become a school for life, if well organised,” said Mercedes Jaureguibeitia, Executive Director of the Home Renaissance Foundation. “Families pass on cultural traditions and life skills. A real home has to be more than bricks and mortar, an investment, or a show home.”