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OFS Inspires the Future of Design with Keynote Event Featuring Mark Bryan

by Adriana Morton

Washington D.C., November 15, 2023 – In collaboration between OFS and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), our DC showroom recently played host to a thought-provoking keynote event featuring Mark Bryan, Senior Foresight Manager at the Future Today Institute. The event, attended by students and key leaders in the design industry, showcased Bryan's expertise and explored the impact of emerging technologies on the future of design.

At each IIDA student roundtable, the subject matter and agenda are directly shaped by student feedback. These discussions offer valuable insights into the priorities and concerns of emerging professionals. Having Mark Bryan as the keynote speaker was special - he opened a window into the future of design.
- Doug Shapiro

Mark Bryan: A Visionary in Foresight and Design

Mark Bryan, a Senior Foresight Manager with a specialization in built environment, hospitality, retail, restaurants & CPG, brought his extensive experience in workplace strategy, design, and futurism to the forefront. As a board member of the IIDA Equity Council, Bryan is recognized for his expertise in psychology, culture, and human behavior, emphasizing their role in shaping the future.

Keynote Presentation: How Emerging Technologies are Shaping the Future of the Design Industry

Mark Bryan's presentation delved into the transformative power of emerging technologies, including AI, digital twins, XR technologies, additive manufacturing, and synthetic biology. The audience was taken on a journey through strategic foresight and its application in re-perceiving uncertainties arising from these technologies.

Following the keynote event, attendees had the chance to switch gears and engage in a networking session with students and prominent leaders in the design industry. This provided a platform for meaningful connections, fostering collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

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Listen now to our Imagine a Place episode with Doug Shapiro and Mark Byran. In this episode, Doug and Mark go deep into the metaverse, artificial intelligence, and what the future might hold for work and life.


About OFS:
OFS is a family-owned contract furniture manufacturer dedicated to crafting experiences and products that contribute to places where people want to be. Founded in 1937, OFS provides furniture and logistics solutions for office, healthcare, education, lifestyle, government, and home office markets worldwide, offering seating products, tables, casegoods, and open-plan products. OFS is based in Huntingburg, Indiana.

About Carolina:
For over 75 years, Carolina has designed and manufactured quality furniture for customers around the globe. Founded in 1947, Carolina has constantly evolved their products and expanded their knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow’s challenges, as well as today’s. Carolina is based in High Point, NC and was acquired by OFS Brands in 2007. Due to the unique connection to OFS, Carolina can also draw from their full offering of products designed for administrative working spaces.

About Imagine a Place Productions
Imagine a Place Productions gathers industry-leading voices that can inspire the design community through storytelling and broaden our creative horizons. The goal of Imagine a Place Productions is to further elevate the belief that the places we make and the ways we design them matter in our lives.

OFS Press Contact: Adriana Morton - amorton@ofs.com