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  • Writer's pictureDr Sacha DeVelle

Rooftop Design Series

Welcome to our first Rooftop Design event series being held on Thursday 19th October 2023 from 6-8pm in the heart of Claremont. We start with the question 'What makes good design?' and a focus on European and Latin American design across architecture, interiors and fashion. We discuss how and where these influences can fit within the West Australian design landscape and encourage the audience to contribute towards this discussion.

You can read about our three speakers below.

Tickets available via Eventbrite and a glass of Champagne and appetisers on arrival.

You can read about our three speakers below.


Presenter 1: Kai von Ahlefeld

Title: The Freedom of Temporary Design

Kai von Ahlefeld’s early career started as a fashion designer and professor at Parsons School of Design in Paris. In 1999 Kai founded uberraum: an international design and production agency. Uberraum specialises in 3D virtual concepts, installations and filming for high-end fashion, luxury items and interior design. Kai has spent the last 20 years delivering stunning concepts for Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Diane von Furstenburg, Lacoste and other luxury brands.

When not working, he’s cooking at his Paris-based kitchen/apartment, Kai’s Kitchen Paris, that has won international acclaim for its inspirational modern design. In 2019, he founded the Perth branch of uberraum.

Kai will discuss the freedom of temporary design from a luxury brand perspective.

Presenter 2: Dr Sacha DeVelle


Uruguayan Interior Design: The Role of Nature on the Built Environment

Sacha DeVelle is an Interior Designer who studied with the KLC School of Design in London. She has a particular interest in the role of landscape and sea on the residential design process. Her recent return to Uruguay looks at how the more affluent communities of Garzón and José Ignacio continue to develop architectural styles and interiors that merge nature with the built environment.

Uruguay’s historical European influences and contemporary architectural designs show why this small Latin American country of 3.6 million inhabitants is making waves in the design world.

Heavily influenced by the Atlantic coast and the undulating hills of the Uruguayan countryside, the focus is on the natural setting. From an interiors perspective socialising and relaxation are key to the ambience, maximised by the external views and blending of new and old materials. Sacha will discuss some of the key Uruguayan designers and architects working in this space, together with European product and local artist influences. Recent photography and videos will showcase the influence of nature on contemporary Uruguayan architecture and design, and how those influences can transfer to a West Australian environment.

Presenter 3: Dr Annette Condello

Title: TBC

Dr Annette Condello is a Senior Lecturer of Architecture at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Her research examines the architectural transformation of luxury in the ancient world and its impact on the modern and contemporary West. Annette also explores architectural dialogue with cuisine, spoils, landscape and fashion in Europe and Australasia, and Italian modernism in Latin America. Her book The Architecture of Luxury was published by Ashgate in 2014.


Event contact details

Tickets via Eventbrite

Enquiries 048 737 3494 email:

Venue Rooftop Essence Building 5 Shenton Rd, Claremont 6010 Entrance via Lobby C

Thursday 19th October 2023 from 6-8pm

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