Oh boy, do we have big news to share today! We’re thrilled to announce that design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host, Bobby Berk, will be our Closing Keynote speaker (we’ll give you a minute to jump up and down).
As the resident design expert and member of the Fab Five on Netflix’s Emmy-winning series Queer Eye, Bobby Berk brings change to people’s lives by teaching them that a happy home means a happy life. Now in its sixth season, Queer Eye is one of the most popular shows on Netflix and is available in more than 100 countries. Bobby is the leader his eponymous multi-faceted brand, including his bespoke design practice that epitomizes hip, urban luxury and reflects a stylish and youthful spirit, as well as comprehensive lifestyle destination BobbyBerk.com. His design firm has quickly become a leader in the home building industry, and in 2020, Architectural Digest crowned Bobby as one of the “most famous interior designers working today.”
With a “superpower for transforming lives and living spaces” (Los Angeles Times), Bobby illustrates the critical connections between design and life. Additionally, he brings a unique viewpoint to the design industry, with substantial experience across many facets of the trade. With his extensive background, Bobby has given lectures across the globe on topics including retail, manufacturing, interior design and licensing, among many others.
From Missouri to Texas to Denver, Bobby grew up quickly at a young age and faced many challenges before settling in New York in his 20s. Driven to pursue his passion for interior design, he immersed himself in the retail world, working his way up in companies like Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware. Bobby’s determination, specific creative eye, and love for people soon earned him the title of Creative Director for Portico Home + Spa.
In 2006, Bobby started his own company and opened his first showroom in lower Manhattan the following year, eventually expanding the business nationwide. Years later, in 2015, he launched his full-service bespoke interior design practice for residential, commercial, and hospitality clientele.
Next, Bobby is releasing his first book, Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good For The Mind, publishing September 12, 2023. Right at Home demonstrates that good design can aid mental wellness and help achieve a new sense of happiness within the home. With gorgeous photographs of beautifully styled rooms and Bobby’s tried-and-true tips, it is the definitive guide to designing a modern home that will teach readers how to follow their happiness to find their style, optimize the function of every room, organize their space, and so much more.
In addition to his Emmy-nominated work as host on Queer Eye, Bobby served as the host of Netflix’s Blown Away: Christmas and was a semi-finalist on the sixth season of FOX’s The Masked Singer.
When Bobby is not running his design practice or filming, he spends his time in Los Angeles, where he resides with his husband, Dewey, and their dog, Bimini.
Berk will be interviewed on the Alt Keynote Stage on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM. It will be an inspiring end to the day’s content and classes.