Today, neighbourhoods and communities are playing a crucial role in the everyday lives of Australians. Having a home away from home is more important than...

Ikea - Future Design


140 George Street
2000 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Ikea - Future Design An open house in the middle of the forest


Dr Thea Brejzek

Dr Thea Brejzek

Professor for Spatial Theory, UTS

Dr Thea Brejzek is professor for Spatial Theory at the University of Technology Sydney, director of the Interior Architecture Program in the School of Design at UTS, and co-director of the Joint PhD program ‘Critical Spatial Thinking: Performative Practices and Narrative Spaces in Design’ in collaboration with TU Berlin.

Thea will talk to the future of the home from an academic and interior architecture perspective.


Tiffany Buckins

Head of Interior Design, IKEA Australia

Tiffany is a passionate home furnishing enthusiast and creative leader with over 26 years of experience in the visual merchandising and interior design field.

As a child, one of her career aspirations was to “inspire people” and her 15 years at IKEA have helped to turn that dream into reality. As the head of Interior Design for IKEA Australia she establishes the strategic direction to inspire and engage the many people in Australia to truly create a better everyday life at home.

Tiffany will discuss interior design today and into the future including the impact of urbanization and living in smaller / multi-functional spaces.


Paula Joye

Digital Publisher, Today Extra

Paula began her career at Vogue working her way through the ranks before becoming editor of CLEO.  By 2004, Paula had created and launched Madison and Shop Til You Drop publications and was Editorial Director of Cleo and Cosmopolitan. In 2011 she left the magazine world, working as National Fashion Editor for Fairfax newspapers and launching her popular lifestyle website –

She now embraces both old and new media as a columnist, digital publisher and Fashion Reporter for Today Extra.

Event Details

Today, neighbourhoods and communities are playing a crucial role in the everyday lives of Australians. Having a home away from home is more important than ever with over half (51%) of Australians agreeing their home goes beyond their physical house and 46% consider their neighbourhood in which they live a part of their home

How do we rethink design of communities, homes and the things that live within our homes to create a positive future for the collective? One where the world is a better place because of – not despite – how we consume things.

Experts from IKEA and leaders across interior design, sustainability, research and innovation will explore design-led approaches to creating better homes and communities for a better future.

We are at a pivotal moment in time where design can influence and lead change as our homes and community evolve. The panel will discuss how we need to rethink design in response to urbanisation, technology and the evolution of home and community.

The panel will provide examples as to what the future of could look like and how technology will shape what our future home and communities will look like. For example:

- What is the potential of open source architecture?

- How do we create a highly adaptive local community?

- What will the community of the future look like and how can we make resources more available and communities more self-reliant?

- What is the future of the items in our homes?

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.