Seminars & Events


SBID CPD Seminar

Designing with sight loss in mind

21st May 2015 6pm-8pm

Presented by Jacqui Smith of HomeSmiths, the talk will cover the key considerations when designing for visually impaired people with a specific focus on care home design, covering:

  • The prevalence of sight loss in the UK
  • Key design principles
  • Lighting
  • Colour and contrast
  • Design considerations for specific areas

YTM Group

YTM Group are an award winning contract furniture manufacturer for the care, hotel and education sectors in the UK. Combining a passion for design and innovation with over 30 years of manufacturing expertise YTM has earned a reputation for forward thinking and imaginative product development, not only providing an extensive portfolio of both cabinet and upholstered furniture products, but also creating design led yet practical bespoke solutions tailor made to their client’s needs.


HomeSmiths is a Sussex based interior design practice specialising residential, show home and healthcare design. Having permanently lost the sight in her left eye in November 2012 Jacqui has firsthand experience of the importance of the challenges faced by people with compromised sight and how good design can help people maintain independence and confidence.

WHEN: Thursday, 21st May, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: YTM Group Innovation House, Willowbridge Way, Castleford, WF10 5NP

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


SBID Member Event

Kohler at West One Bathrooms

19th May 2015  6:30pm-10:00pm

SBID Member West One Bathrooms are delighted to invite you to an exclusive event to launch Taper by Bjarke Ingles Group for Kallista along with other new product collections from Kohler and Kallista.

Join them to celebrate the launch of the new collections with canapés, cocktails and music from SE7EN.

WHEN: Tuesday 19th May, 2015, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

WHERE: West One Bathrooms Showroom, 44-48 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5PS

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


Past Events



SBID Business Breakfast at SoFar/SoNear

21st April, 2015, 08.30am

Next month’s SBID Business Breakfast will be hosted by SoFar/SoNear, the first Italian company to pioneer the design and production of high-end fabrics and carpets with a sustainable and fair trade focus.

WHEN: Tuesday, 21st April, 2015, 08.30am

WHERE: SoFar/SoNear Showroom, 19 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HT

RSVP: To show your interest, email


SBID On Tour – Midlands CPD Seminar

Integrated Aquariums in Architecture & Interiors

12th March, 2015, 6.30pm

This seminar was created for interior designers, architects and property developers who are looking for unique ways to create that wow factor in their designs and projects.

Presented by Aquafront founder Akil Gordon-Beckford, the talk will give a brief overview of aquarium design on the whole, looking at the best ways an aquarium can be designed and built into a building or interior space.

The presentation will feature:
• Current trends and inspirational ideas
• Interior design and lifestyle considerations
• Materials used in aquarium design
• Architectural and structural considerations

The event will be in association with The SBID, sponsored by Poggenpohl UK, and worth 2 SBID accredited CPD Points.

WHEN:Thursday, 12th March, 2015, 6.30pm

WHERE: Poggenpohl Birmingham Kitchen Design Centre, Birmingham, B24 9FD

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


Launch by

SBID Member CD Jones Interior Design

20th March 2015 06.00pm-08.00pm

SBID member Interior Designer Joanne Jones will be re-launching CD Jones Interior Design on the 20th of March 2015. After a series of new developments within the design studio, a new office location and a new website, the practice will be introducing a new design software department as well as their range of bespoke furniture.

Photography from Jason Florio Fine Art Prints​, the multi award-winning, New York City based British photographer, will also be exhibited on the night.

WHEN: Friday 20 March, 2015, 06.00pm-08.00pm

WHERE: Unit 10 White Horse Business Centre, Hopton Road, Devizes, SN10 2HJ

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


SBID Business Breakfast at Oikos

4th March, 2015, 08.30am – 10.00am

Next month’s SBID Business Breakfast will be hosted by international wall covering experts Oikos. Since 1984, the company’s path has been continuous in its evolution resulting in their redefinition of the concept of material; and has allowed for the specialised versatility of its bespoke solutions.

The Oikos colours and materials are dedicated to residential and commercial uses, and ideal for use in the creation of interior and exterior spaces.

WHEN: Wednesday, 4th March, 2015, 08.30am – 10.00am

WHERE: B&B Italia Showroom. 250 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2SA

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


SBID On Tour – North West

23rd February 2015, 6.30pm

In partnership with Poggenpohl, SBID member and world leaders in instant boiling water, ZIP Heaters UK will be supporting the premier kitchen brand while showcasing the new ZIP G4 Hydrotap. The SBID on Tour regional event will welcome esteemed local chef, Aiden Byrne who will create a selection of his signature dishes while SBID members get a chance to network with inspiring designers and developers in the industry.

Marcus Beales, North West Residential Manager and SBID Regional Director will be present to support and demonstrate to guests the value and advantages of the G4 Hydrotap.

WHEN: Monday, 23rd February 2015, 6.30pm

WHERE: Poggenpohl Manchester, 325 – 327 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


SBID Professional Indemnity Insurance

Breakfast at The Ritz

12th February 2015 08.30am-10.30am

SBID are delighted to announce our new insurance partnership with Stackhouse Poland Ltd, one of the leading specialist independent insurance brokers in the UK, to make exclusive insurance policies available to membership through the SBID professional Indemnity Insurance scheme.

The scheme provides many areas of cover that have not previously been available for the design industry including an unlimited collateral warranty checking for all policy holders, a reimbursement of mitigation costs and a free strategic performance review.

WHEN: Thursday 12th February, 08.30am-10.30am

WHERE: The Music Room at The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR

RSVP: To reserve your place, email – Exclusively for SBID members


SBID Panel Discussion

Colour, Trends and Texture in Surface Design

11th February 2015 12.30am-01.30pm

Don’t miss our SBID Panel Discussion on Colour, Trends and Texture in Surface Design at this year’s Surface Design Show, the home of innovative surfaces.

WHEN: Wednesday 11th February, 12.30am-01.30pm

WHERE: Main stage of the Surface Design Show. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH


SBID Business Breakfast at Siematic

4th February 2015 08.30am-10.00am

Siematic will be hosting the February SBID Business Breakfast meeting on Wednesday 4th February 2015.

WHEN: Wednesday 4th February 2015, 08.30am-10.00am

WHERE: Siematic/Nicholas Anthony showroom, 172 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1HW

RSVP: To show your interest, email


Seminar by

SBID member SoFarSoNear

4th February 2015 05.30pm-07.00pm


SBID member SoFarSoNear have developed a program of seminars to enhance the knowledge interior designers and architects have of textiles specifically suited for contract projects, providing not only an insight on the production cycle, but offering practical support in the decision process.

The first seminar on 4th February 2015 is : How does a textile come to life? An insight on yarns that comply to the contract requirements.

WHEN: Wednesday 4th February 2015, 05.30pm-07.00pm

WHERE: SoFarSoNear Showroom, 19 Grosvenor Place London SW1X 7HT

RSVP: To reserve your place, email


Art Exhibition by

SBID Member Niloufar Lamakan

28th January 2015 06.30pm-09.00pm

SBID member Niloufar Lamakan is an artist with an innovative and technical approach to producing her works of art. Already an award winning interior designer, she uses her interior design tools, such as building design software, fabric, and wallpaper, to produce her art. She works mostly in digital art and printmaking.

Her upcoming exhibition ‘Fade’ explores the concepts of beauty and aging in an increasingly youth oriented world, obsessed with perfection in women. Challenging the idea that life starts with youth and vibrancy, and fades into invisible greyness, Niloufar Lamakan is concerned with how people interact with colour at different stages of life.

Sponsored by: Nemetschek Vectorworks

WHEN: Wednesday 28 January, 2015, 06.30am-09.00pm

WHERE: Clerkenwell Gallery, 20 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DP


Vanessa Brady OBE

hosts VIP Panel at Maison&Objet 2015

25th January 2015 04.00pm

Vanessa Brady OBE will once again be chairing a panel discussion at this year’s MAISON&OBJET PARIS show on Sunday 25th January 2015. The topic of discussion will be surrounding “Branding for a local & global market” and will be held at 4pm in the MAISON&OBJET Business Lounge in Hall 5.

If you are attending the show and would like to be a speaker, please email

WHEN: Sunday 25th January, 2015

WHERE: Business Lounge, Maison & Objet, Paris, France

RSVP: SBID are offering free entrance and business lounge tickets for our members.


SBID Business Breakfast at Zip Heaters

21st January 2015 08.30am-10.00am

Zip Heaters, one of the world’s most renowned names for instant hot water heater technology will be hosting the January SBID Business Breakfast meeting on Wednesday 21st January 2015.

This high profile business breakfast meeting is the perfect opportunity to build personal relationships with other leading SBID members as they are carefully tailored to encourage networking and create business opportunities and synergies for our members.

WHEN: Wednesday 21st January 2015, 08.30am-10.00am

WHERE: Central London


Oxshott Open Day

West One Bathrooms

2nd December 9am-5.30pm

As Europe’s most illustrious and innovative supplier of bespoke bathrooms, SBID member West One Bathrooms are delighted to invite you to their Oxshott showroom for a Christmas Open Day. Whilst showcasing a range of luxury products, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea will be served throughout the day.

Please come along to grab a goody bag and have a chat with their team of industry-renowned designers about what it takes to create a dream bathroom.

WHEN: Tuesday, 2nd December, 9am-5.30pm

WHERE: West One Bathrooms, 1 High Street, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0JN


Healthy Spaces – Healthy you

Quantum Feng Shui: the Scientific System that Detects Environmental Effects on Health

27th November 6pm-9pm

Quantum Feng Shui is a revolutionary scientific procedure that helps us to analyse and understand the effect that an environment has on our psycho-emotional state as well as our physical bodies. By highlighting any disharmony in the frequencies of the environment we find ourselves in, we can make subtle shifts to cause a relaxed instead of a stressed state in an individual.

SBID member Ann-Marie Weekes would like to invite you along to come and hear the new revelations in the science of Epigenetics and how our environments affect us at the cellular level and beyond.

We are bringing this new awareness to Interior Designers, Architects and those involved with the built environment to showcase that their designs affect people at a much deeper level than previously known.

WHEN: Thursday, 27th November, 6pm-9pm

WHERE: Orassy Ultimate Health & Research Centre, Unit 5, 3 Birchfield Street, E14 8ED




SBID CPD Seminar 

Homes and Living Spaces for people with sight loss

 29th October 6pm-8pm

SBID is pleased to announce the next CPD on ‘Homes and living spaces for people with sight loss: A guide for interior designers’ in association with the Thomas Pocklington Trust and HomeSmiths Interior Design. SBID President Vanessa Brady OBE will be introducing the launch of this expert guide for interior designers to help them design for people with sight loss. A talk from the Thomas Pocklington Trust will be followed by a CPD on interior design for people with sight loss, presented by Jacqui Smith of HomeSmiths Interior Design.

WHEN: Wednesday, 29 October, 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Material Lab,10 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 8BB


SBID CPD Seminar – Wool for Interiors  – 8th October 6pm-8pm

Wool for for Interiors - Carpets as intelligent interior design elements

SBID are pleased to announce that the next SBID accredited CPD will be hosted by industry experts Wools of New Zealand: ‘Wool for Interiors – Carpets as intelligent interior design elements’.
During this CPD, SBID member, Wools of New Zealand will address the benefits of using wool carpets to create eco-friendly and healthy human habitats, and explain the various machine-made carpet styles.

WHEN: Wednesday, 8th October,

WHERE: The Penthouse, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TQ.


SBID on Tour. Next stop: Yorkshire, 17 July, 6.30pm-9pm

Office design seminar

Castleford has big plans for more retail and residential developments and is in the centre of  one of the busiest areas in the UK; we are very pleased that it will be the next stop for the SBID tour .

Yorkshire is home to some of  the world’s most creative and innovative architects, designers, retailers, manufacturers, developers and construction professionals.

We would like to invite you to represent your profession and take this opportunity to meet with your design industry peers, extend your network and open up new commercial opportunities for your company.

WHEN: Thursday, 17th July, 6.30pm-9pm

WHEREYTM Furniture Innovation House, Willowbridge Way, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NP.

Planning high-end audio for residential interiors

6.30pm-8.30pm, 24 June

AudioLoungeFocusing on the convergence of interior design with home audio, this is an opportunity to explore the impact of planning bespoke audio systems for true music lovers. Recent advances in loudspeaker aesthetics present iconic design statements, which also deliver the highest quality in sound. Considerations include:

  • Space and room planning
  • Acoustic balancing
  • Furniture and equipment storage
  • Selecting appropriate products
  • Loudspeakers – size, style and placement
  • Budget planning


  • Ruth Phypers, Owner at Audio Lounge
  • Kate Burt, Acting Editor at Achica Living
  • Rich Melville, Technology writer for Sunday Times, GQ, Mail on Sunday

Audio Lounge offer SBID members a fast track to understanding the world of high-end audio in the home, with a carefully curated selection of the best looking, stylish and iconic systems on the market. Join Audio Lounge for champagne and music in the company of experts at their luxury store.

WHEN: Tuesday, 24th June, 6.30pm-8pm

WHERE: Audiolounge showroom, 138 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 3SG

Don’t miss the SBID seminar “Playful Office design”

17 June at Interface showroom, London

Office design seminarHow can designers create successful workspaces that increase the productivity and creativity of employers? What do workers actually want from office design? What can we learn from Google HQ and how can we reproduce this on a smaller budget? Join our seminar to learn more about office design optimization and its latest developments.

WHEN: Tuesday, 17th June, 6.30pm-8pm

WHERE: Interface showroom, 1 Northburgh St, London, EC1V 0AL

TICKETS: £12.50 + VAT (£2.50) for non members / FREE for SBID members

Cook with Rosemary Shrager and Mark Wilkinson

12 June, Tunbridge Wells

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SBID members are invited to experience a complimentary VIP cookery day at Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School designed by Mark Wilkinson OBE.

Highlights of the day include:

- A cookery demonstration of signature dishes by Rosemary

- Your chance to impress the hosts with your cooking skills by recreating some of Rosemary’s dishes

- Best of all, enjoy the food you have cooked with your fellow guests, along with a glass of wine!

WHEN: Thursday, 12th June, 11am-3pm

WHERE: Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School, Tunbridge Wells

SBID on Tour. Second stop: Manchester, 29 May, 6pm-9pm

ManchesterThe Society of British and International Design is on tour across the UK. Our next stop is Manchester! Take this opportunity to meet with your design industry peers, extend your network and open up more commercial opportunities for your business.

WHEN: Thursday, 29th May, 6pm-9pm

WHERE: Natuzzi showroom, Unit 5a Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, Lancashire, M17 8AS

The SBID Healthcare Design Advisory Council Seminar

May Design Series, Monday, 19 May, 10.15am

Churchill-HospitalThe Science of a Healthcare Design. Planned and properly executed well informed design can ease distress, aid recuperation , provide independence and reduce the risks of accidents and infection. Seemingly simple design choices, such as lighting and colour scheme, can have a positive impact on well being and aid health and recovery.

The SBID Healthcare Design Advisory Council was formed to promote the healthcare benefits of good interior design, bringing together a talented and diverse group of specialist experts, interior design professionals and other industry related sectors to examine the impact of design and how it can be used to improve Healthcare Facilities.


Diana Celella – Chairman SBID Healthcare Design Advisory Council – Director at The Drawing Room Interiors
Carmel Satterthwaite – Sales Director at Panaz - expert in fabrics & finishes for healthcare
Ben Mills – Director at Sound Solutions
Bob Wills – Director at Medical Architecture – expert in acoustics
Peter Molyneux - Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling University – expert in Dementia-friendly design

WHEN: Monday, 19th May, 10.15am

WHERE: May Design Series, Excel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London

Don’t Miss West One Bathrooms Networking Event

20 May, 6.30pm, Clerkenwell, London

design week 2014.indd Over Clerkenwell Design Week, our partners at West One Bathrooms will be hosting a fabulous event to showcase their refurbished showroom. The party will begin at 6:30pm, with a presentation by Mark Bickerstaff at 6:00pm beforehand to discuss Kohler’s work worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to network with the industry’s various press and like- minded professionals.

WHEN: Tuesday, 20th May 2014, 6.30pm-9pm

WHERE: 44-48 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PS

“Love doing Nothing”: Natuzzi’s Launch Event

28 April, 6pm

NatuzziOur partners at Natuzzi are pleased to introduce Re-Vive, the world’s first performance recliner that will change the way you experience comfort forever. Mr Pasquale Natuzzi, with the support of Vanessa Brady, President of the Society of British & International Design (SBID) requests the pleasure of your company at the launch event.

WHEN: Monday, 28th April, 6.30pm-9.30pm

WHERE: The Magazine Restaurant, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR