The HUI Gigante was an opportunity to gather with our peers to not only learn about all things wakaNINE but to collaborate with a number of other design professionals on current topics and trends in the world of design.
We were treated on the first day with presentations on why beauty matters from New Zealand based artist and fixture designer David Trubridge, a discussion of the intersection of regenerative design and health and wellness from one of key figures in the Well Building movement and Living Building Challenge, Washington based architect and author Jason McLennan, an exploration of sustainable building "misses" from the editorial director of Metropolis magazine Samuel Medina, and a sobering discussion on how the choices of building materials influence and impact our health and well being from Jules Elkins a professor from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas Austin and Laura Britt ASID founder of Laura Britt Design.
Day two was highlighted by presentations on why we should design for health and wellness from the current ISID CEO Randy Fiser and how the use of decorative fixtures can impact the well building standards from wakaNINE founder John Cook and PLN Group CEO Blair McKolskey the creator of HUSH series acoustical fixtures.
Needless to say, between the presentations, round table discussions, and the exploration of our ability (or lack thereof) to two step at the famous Broken Spoke Honky Tonk it was two days full of fun and learning.
Many thanks to John Cook, the wonderful presenters and the entire wakaNINE team for an unforgettable time!