In the enchanting world of event and wedding design, where dreams are woven into reality, one name shines as a beacon of inspiration and innovation. Meltem Tepeler, the visionary force behind KM Events and the co-founder of the 'Table Design Exhibition,' is a master dream-weaver. Her journey is a testament to the magic that unfolds when passion, creativity, and relentless determination converge. Through this exclusive interview, we invite you to step into the captivating world of Meltem Tepeler, where dreams take flight and the heart finds its truest desires in the art of design. Prepare to be inspired as we explore the depths of her extraordinary career and the emotions that fuel her boundless creativity.
- As the CEO of KM Events and the project partner and founder of the Table Design Exhibition, could you please share your vision for the exhibition and its impact on the event and wedding industry?
As the CEO of KM Events and the project founder and the partner of 'Table Design Exhibition', our vision for the exhibition is to maximize the potential of creativity and influence many young designers in the event and wedding industry. 'Table Design Exhibition' is ‘One of a Kind’ international event consisting of both exhibition and Conference. We want to show how design and creativity has a great impact in all kind of events in the industry.
- Collaboration is a key aspect of this project. Could you describe the collaboration process between KM Events and Bluechip Events in bringing the exhibition to life?
By bringing together designers and event experts of the luxury event industry, the exhibition aims to inspire the luxury event industry and enriches the industry by introducing different design understandings. This event exhibits the perfect combination of aesthetics and creativity with in theevent itself which consist of two parts, exhibition and the conference. The collaboration process between KM Events and bluechip creative events started when two powerful companies of the event industry with 28 years of experience in different fields of the industry – KM Events in luxury events and weddings and bluechip at corporate events- came together and shared the same vision about introducing the impact of creativity and design in the global event industry. Both companies emphasize the importance of creativity in their events and they decided to come together to organize this exhibition to influence the whole industry. This collaboration enabled the event to take place successfully at the international level.
- If you could choose one word to describe the atmosphere you aim to create at 'The Table Design Exhibition,' what would that word be?
If I had to choose a single word to describe the atmosphere I aim to create at 'Table Design Exhibition', it would be 'magical'. The exhibition aims to offer the audience a truly fascinating experience by combining design, art and aesthetics that come together around table designs.
- The exhibition aims to inspire the luxury event industry. What are some of the standout features or elements that attendees can expect to see, and how do these align with your vision?
Visitors will be able to see exclusive table and booth designs, artworks and aesthetic insights from renowned luxury event and wedding designers around the world at 'Table Design Exhibition'. Features that coincide with the vision of the exhibition include designs that push the boundaries of creativity, aesthetic richness, originality and luxury.
The centerpiece of our event undoubtedly revolves around the creations of nine world-renowned designers. These talented designers will showcase a diverse range of unique table installations, each reflecting their personal interpretation of Türkiye. Get ready to be amazed by their highly distinct and unprecedented designs, promising to surprise and enchant everyone who witnesses them.
Another significant feature of the event is the panel sessions, which offer priceless opportunities for participants to gain insights from leading event and wedding planners and designers and luxury industry experts. These discussions will cover a wide range of topics, from luxury and emerging trends in the wedding and event industry to effective marketing strategies in the event sector.
We also have intriguing workshops that cover essential topics such as table designing tips, gastronomy, and mixology. These workshops provide valuable knowledge and hands-on experience, offering a fresh perspective on traditional Turkish table settings, gastronomy, and mixology.
Of course, entertainment is an integral part of the experience! Our Platinum package holders will enjoy the Opening Ceremony at the prestigious Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, complete with unique performances and entertainment. They will also have the privilege of attending the Gala night at The Peninsula, one of Istanbul's most luxurious hotels. Lastly, a delightful Farewell Party awaits them in a historic cistern, providing a memorable and culturally rich conclusion to the event.
- How do you envision the future of 'The Table Design Exhibition,' and are there any new developments or plans in the pipeline that you'd like to share with our readers?
The future of the 'Table Design Exhibition' looks very bright. I believe it will attract more attention every year and continue to grow. We aim to welcome more international exhibitors, visitors, designers and design enthusiasts in future editions. We are also working on new projects and collaborations to make 'Table Design Exhibition' even more innovative and increase its impact worldwide.
- As an industry leader, you've likely attended many events. Is there a memorable event from your own life that had a profound impact on you and influenced your approach to event planning?
My event planning and design career is filled with many unforgettable moments. The one that I can not forget and has a great impact at my industry carreer is The Nato Summit which I had the honor to organize and design the Gala Dinner of Nato Summit at Topkapi Palace in 2004 and had the privilege to host all the world leaders of the time such as G.W. Bush- The President of USA , Jacque Chirac-The President Of France, Tony Blair -The Prime Minister of UK, Gerhard Schröder- The Prime Minister of Germany, Berlusconi – Te Prime Minister of Italy, İlham Aliyev-The President of Azarbaijan and many other at the same time.
- Outside of the event and wedding industry, what are some personal interests or hobbies that inspire your creativity and approach to your work?
Outside of my job, I love playing piano, writing poetry, travelling, dancing tango, singing opera, exploring different cultures, and following art. These personal interests help me bring new perspectives to my work and support my creativity.