30th March 2020 | IN EXPERT INSIGHT | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Episode One SpeakEasy with Vanessa Brady OBE The SBID teamed up with Pierrus Agency to launch the new ‘SpeakEasy’ podcast series. Hosted by founder, Grant Pierrus, we’ll be sitting down for insightful and thought-provoking conversations with leading design professionals across the field of interior design, from international interior designers to innovative product suppliers to uncover their unique perspectives on the industry, the key factors driving industry change, and what they intend to do about it! Grant gets candid over a coffee with some of the biggest names in the interior design industry. The first episode in the new ‘SpeakEasy‘ series will feature a conversation with award-winning interior designer and founder of SBID, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, where she sheds light on how climate change is effecting the interior design and construction industries. Vanessa comments on how she can see the design sector unfolding in the next decade; driven by the newly emerging consumer attitudes which weren’t so prominent in the 90’s, where people were more concerned with showing off their wealth. “For very first time designers, and people in general, have a conscience … and that conscience says people are interested in how things are made. Obviously if you’re in business you have to be looking at the bottom line – but it’s not the only driver. It’s a social conscience on the things that are involved in making a business tick – giving back, looking after other people, being decent again, and I think that did get lost a little bit in the past.” Armed with over 30 years expertise in the design industry, she continues to share her thoughts on the broad topic sustainability, how integral this will become for the future of design and what role technology, innovation and manufacturing will need to play in this process. Highlighting important considerations for designers, whether of interiors or of products, she adds “Sustainability is something that effects everything, from the beginning of the idea to the end user, so it is a sort of cradle to grave process. And I think it’s not just during the use of a product … it’s when its use is over. What happens then?” Tune in to the whole conversation to discover more. Listen on Spotify Upcoming episodes will feature the talented founders of Hill House Interiors, Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, as well as director of Life Kitchens, Oliver Stephenson. Stay up to date with the latest episodes and click here to find out more.