Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is a small but rapidly growing agency.

About Lauren Shantall
Company director Lauren Shantall is the founder and organiser of trendtalk, an industry gathering where key presenters reveal the latest lifestyle trends. She is one of the directors of the design-led charity Rock Girl SA and sits on the advisory committee for the Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership and Art (MODILA).

She currently works as the Strategic Brand Manager for Inhouse Brand Architects and the Social Media and Digital consultant for Plascon. She was previously the PR and Social Media Manager for the Plascon decorative coatings brand, a division of Kansai Plascon. She joined Plascon from Freeworld Coatings Global, having headed up the Freeworld Design Centre, where she started the Designer-Maker market. She was previously the Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration magazine, under editor Karen Roos. The magazine won a PICA for best decor magazine during her tenure.

Lauren is a former curator and manager of the Design Indaba Expo, and editor of Design Indaba Magazine. The Design Indaba won a Gold Loerie for best event of 2007, an EIBTM award for best event in the world, and the magazine was the recipient of a PICA award during her time there. In her role as editor, Lauren was the recipient of a Communication Arts Award (USA).

Prior to joining Design Indaba, she was again the Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration, and was a Mondi Award finalist for journalism for an article on green living. Elle Decoration received a highly commended PICA award during her first stint there. In addition she is a part-time artist and artisan and has held two solo exhibitions to date of her painting and jewellery.