23-25 May 2023

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Roddy Clarke

Roddy Clarke

Journalist , Forbes, Financial Times

With a breadth of skills and hands-on industry experience, Roddy works as a journalist, presenter and consultant covering many areas of design while focusing on the positive social, and environmental, impacts it can have. A regular contributor to titles including Forbes, The Financial Times and the London Evening Standard, he is also working on a new online restoration platform, The Restoration Collective. His passion for interiors, antiques and sustainability stems from his childhood, learning directly from his father - a China and Porcelain restorer. Igniting a keen interest for reconditioning and handling luxury items, he moved into the industry where he spent over four years managing multiple restoration projects for private clients, stately homes and larger public spaces. It was here that he gained extensive design knowledge, as well as discovering the limits of working with antiques and vintage items. Upon moving to London some years later, Roddy shifted his energy on to the furniture retail industry. Working as a freelance stylist and offering creative direction for brands led him back to his roots to discover the true purpose of design and its role within a future society; one where a conscious ethos and a beautiful aesthetic can be successfully merged. After witnessing the mass consumerism of the high street first-hand, Roddy embarked on a renewed mission and, after studying at the Cambridge University’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership, he set out to dig deeper into the design world and bring forward a new purpose for those within it. Now, through his work as a writer, speaker and consultant, he helps consumers and brands to navigate their way through a world of greenwashing and discover that, in reconnecting with the beauty and personal narratives of the crafts themselves, a sustainable journey is one of hope, passion and opportunity.

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