Move over Milan: the Cheltenham Design Festival is here

So it’s Milan Design Week, the time of year when the more fortunate souls in the design industry jet off to sip Prosecco, wear outsize sunglasses and generally lark about in the sunshine (we can only assume).

Those of us left in London are rattling round with faces black as thunder, drenched to our skins, wincing every time we check Twitter. Ho hum. We’ll have a report from the lucky Conranners in Milan next week.

In the meantime, we shouldn’t be too downhearted, for the last laugh is ours: the inaugural Cheltenham Design Festival kicks off tomorrow, promising all the style – if not the weather – of Milan. There will be talks from industry luminaries, from advertising legend Sir John Hegarty to master graphic design Stefan Sagermeister.

Conran has a showing, too: our CEO, Roger Mavity, will be on stage on Saturday with design critic Stephen Bayley, talking about the art of pitching ideas. You can book tickets here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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