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Founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt kicks off the SBID SpeakEasy series of digital discussions with an m+ consulting team video conference; bringing his team of professionals across the design industry together to address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.

SpeakEasy with marquardt+

Episode Four |  Adapting Our Designs |  View all

Having addressed the issue of Adapting Our Practice and Adapting Our Industry in previous episodes, this episode will discuss how the industry will be adapting designs. More specifically, what our homes and workplaces ten years from now may look like – and what types of rooms society will put more emphasis on.

Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies comments on how we may find interior design principles ‘going back to 90s’ with a drive for clear and minimalist interiors as we seek to create the perception that public spaces are clean and healthy; placing importance on how healthcare design will impact on corporate design, and the key considerations which will start to filter across the sectors.

Discover expert views on how coronavirus is imposing on the design industry with Reva Revis, architecture & design industry publicist, Reva Revis Consulting; Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies; Vince Gammino, design and project management director, Vince Gammino Design; Jennifer J. Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready; Kaitlyn Daniluk, interior design student, Columbia College of Chicago and James Wild, principal & founder, Gridwerk Architecture.

SBID launched the new SpeakEasy series of online tools and communications to help keep our community connected; inviting the industry to join live talks, tune in to our digital discussions about the design industry or discover professional insights with a new series of podcast episodes.

If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events and digital discussions, or would like to get involved with SBID in another way – we’d love to hear from you.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Episode Two

SpeakEasy with Hill House Interiors

In collaboration with SBID, Grant Pierrus, founder of Pierrus Agency interviews some of the biggest names in the interior design industry for the new SpeakEasy podcast series. The latest episode will feature a conversation with the extraordinary design-duo and SBID Accredited Designers; Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss.

Launching their multi-award-winning design practice almost 20 years ago, Jenny and Helen are the founders of Hill House Interiors. Today, with a team of over 20 designers, architects and craftspeople, their enthusiasm for high-end couture interiors and positive energy bring their diverse projects to life.

Bringing us up to date with how they have adapted to the new norm of working from home, and how their extensive brand building and social media presence has helped provide a strong foundation to win business and continue work as usual during these challenging times, Hill House share their perspectives on the deeper implications of Covid-19.

Jenny and Helen comment on how they can see this dramatic shift in daily lifestyles influencing interior design in the longer term, and what clients may want or need from their homes in the future. “On a smaller level, we’re finding that people are wanting to utilise under-used rooms in their house … We’ve also seen quite a big move from people living in central London wanting to get more space out of London as well – I think that is because they get that variety of rooms in their own home and grounds … Gardens and outside space is becoming hugely important.”

Tune in to the whole conversation to discover more.

Jenny - Hill House Headshot

Jenny Weiss

Jenny’s illustrious design philosophy was born from a fascination with nature, culture, fashion and colour that was first cultivated over the years she spent undertaking refurbishments on the interiors of her properties in her early twenties. Her noticeably unique creative flair resulted in a number of requests for private commissions that lead to formal training at Chelsea School of Art.

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Helen Bygraves

With her unique experience and arts background, Helen’s passion for quality and drive to always improve is matched by her love of contemporary, high impact interiors.Known for her personable nature, Helen has helped to nurture the skills of the 20+ strong Hill House team, ensuring their talent and imagination is captured and celebrated through the brand’s recognisable designs.

Stay up to date with the latest episodes and click here to find out more.

Founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt kicks off the SBID SpeakEasy series of digital discussions with an m+ consulting team video conference; bringing his team of professionals across the design industry together to address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.

SpeakEasy with marquardt+

Episode Three |  Adapting Our Industry |  View all

Featuring expert perspectives from professionals on the m+ consulting team, Reva Revis, architecture & design industry publicist, Reva Revis Consulting; Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies; Vince Gammino, design and project management director, Vince Gammino Design; Jennifer J. Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready; Kaitlyn Daniluk, interior design student, Columbia College of Chicago and James Wild, principal & founder, Gridwerk Architecture.

From talking Humans and Business to Adapting Our Practice, this episode in the 4-part Zoomtable series continues the discussion about the design community during Covid-19 and how the interior design industry, as a social and multi-disciplinary profession, will be impacted.

Reva Revis, architecture & design industry publicist, Reva Revis Consulting comments on the important role international events play each year in helping design professionals connect when it comes to networking, building new industry connections and moving forward as an industry. How is this driving new and existing digital alternatives in efforts to maintain that crucial dimension of connectivity within the industry?

SBID launched the new SpeakEasy series of online conversations to help keep our community connected; inviting the industry to join in live online talks, tune in to our digital discussions about the design industry or discover professional insights with a new series of podcast episodes.

If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events and digital discussions, or would like to get involved with SBID in another way – we’d love to hear from you.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt kicks off the SBID SpeakEasy series of digital discussions with an m+ consulting team video conference; bringing his team of professionals across the design industry together to address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.

SpeakEasy with marquardt+

Episode Two  |  Adapting Our Practice  |  View all

The m+ consulting team of experts features Reva Revis, architecture & design industry publicist, Reva Revis Consulting; Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies; Vince Gammino, design and project management director, Vince Gammino Design; Jennifer J. Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready; Kaitlyn Daniluk, interior design student, Columbia College of Chicago and James Wild, principal & founder, Gridwerk Architecture.

This episode continues the conversation about how the ongoing pandemic is imposing on the design industry and how we should be adapting our business communications to the current condition that is affecting the world.

Tom Marquardt shares some of the ways his practice has been exploring collaborative video communications to best capture the essence of face to face for project development in a new, social distancing society. With this increased reliance on the digital environment and emphasis on the need for technology to innovate and evolve, Jennifer Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready comments on the importance of actually being face to face and the need for us to realise the benefits so we can “recreate that as much as possible in order to get the feedback and dialogue we need to make something better.”

SBID launched the new SpeakEasy series of online conversations to help keep our community connected; inviting the industry to join in live online talks, tune in to our digital discussions about the design industry or discover professional insights with a series of podcast episodes.

If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events and digital discussions, or would like to get involved with SBID in another way – we’d love to hear from you.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

SBID launches the new SpeakEasy series of online conversations to help keep our community connected; inviting the industry to join in live online talks, tune in to our digital discussions about the design industry or discover professional insights with a new series of podcast episodes.

SpeakEasy with marquardt+

Episode One  |  Humans and Business  |  View all

President of SBID and founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt kicks off the SpeakEasy series of digital discussions with an m+ consulting team video conference; bringing his team of professionals across the design industry together to address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.

Discussing how the ongoing pandemic is imposing on the design industry, some of the immediate implications of this and how that starts to impact on the human value of companies, the m+ consulting team Zoomtable discussion features expert views from Reva Revis, architecture & design industry publicist, Reva Revis Consulting; Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies; Vince Gammino, design and project management director, Vince Gammino Design; Jennifer J. Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready; Kaitlyn Daniluk, interior design student, Columbia College of Chicago and James Wild, principal & founder, Gridwerk Architecture.

Jennifer Fondrevay, founder & chief humanity officer, Day1 Ready comments on the importance of empathy and compassion and understanding what people bring to a business, “What my hope is that will happen in the future, is the human piece of business will come to the forefront … In many industries, we’re just so driven by the revenue and the growth aspect that the people pieces have been forgotten.” From seeing a more human-centric approach to business in the future to how this will this drive our need for social connectivity.

Mark Nestler, president, Nestler Strategies shares his views on remote working as “Those trends of remote, hotelling, hot-desking are going to accelerate – people are going to see that remote working is working very nicely and is very efficient – but I’m not going to say by any suggestion that it’s eliminating the need for personal one on one or group conferences”. He explains his thoughts on how these trends, alongside the wide-ranging implications of Covid-19, may impact on commercial space and real estate.

Click here to discover more about SBID’s SpeakEasy digital discussions.

If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events and digital discussions, or would like to get involved with SBID in another way – we’d love to hear from you.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Each year designers, architects and specifiers across the world flock to international trade shows as key industry events for fuelling the creative fire of the design community at large, establishing networks and setting the direction of interior design for the year ahead. While the world comes to an unprecedented standstill in response to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, design events for 2020 continue to cancel or postpone operations while we adjust to a new lifestyle of social distancing, working from home and restricted outdoor access. It’s more important than ever for the industry to stay connected, up to date and inspired throughout these challenging times.

This month’s Industry & Events blog will outline key design event announcements and highlight some of the ways SBID will be responding to facilitate engagement and provide resources to help you keep learning, finding new inspirations, networking with other industry professionals and sourcing products for potential projects in the pipeline.

Key Design Event Updates for 2020:

Design Shanghai  |  12-15 March: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 26-29 May 2020.

Berlin Design Week  |  30 April-10 May: This event has been cancelled.

NYCxDESIGN  |  12-20 April: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for October 2020.

Clerkenwell Design Week  |  19-21 May: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 14-16 July 2020.

Copenhagen Architecture Festival  |  23 April-3 May: This event has been postponed. Rescheduled dates are yet to be announced.

London Design Fair  |  17-20 September: This event has been postponed to 2021. Rescheduled dates are yet to be announced.

London Festival of Architecture  |  1-30 June: The public event has been postponed, with the launch of a new digital version, LFA Digital 2020 to take place online this June.

Salone del Mobile  | 21-24 April: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 13-18 April 2021.

NeoCon  |  8-10 June: This event has been cancelled. The next edition will run as planned for 14-16 June 2021.

SBID Resources:

Join SBID online from video conferences to webinars!

President of SBID and founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt will be leading a m+ consulting team Zoomtable discussion where professionals across the design industry address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.

In the coming months, SBID will continue to shift it’s focus to driving communications online and keeping our community as connected as possible; inviting members to join in live talks and panel discussions, attend online networking events and gain knowledge through helpful webinars.

If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events or would like to get involved with SBID in another way, get in touch!

Tune in to SBID’s new podcast series ‘SpeakEasy’

In partnership with Pierrus Agency, SBID launched the new SpeakEasy podcast series. Hosted by Grant Pierrus, we’ll be sharing insightful and thought-provoking conversations with leading design professionals across the field of interior design to uncover their unique perspectives on the industry, the key factors driving industry change, and what they intend to do about it!

The first episode in the series features a conversation with Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, founder of SBID, where she sheds light on how climate change impacts interior design.

An Accredited Product Directory with SBIDPro Access

The exclusive SBIDPro platform is a dedicated members area specifically for SBID design and trade professionals. Aimed specifically at bringing the industry together in a professional-only environment, the platform includes an extensive directory of the latest and most innovative products from our network of trusted Industry Partners – so you can explore the range of product categories from SBID Accredited suppliers and send enquiries all in one place. If you are an SBID Accedited Designer, you will be sent your secure login detail to access.

If you would like to become Accredited or find out more about membership, get in touch

To stay up to date with SBID’s latest news, tools, exclusive SBIDPro content, podcast episodes and upcoming webinars make sure you click here to subscribe for updates!

Cover Image: Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano. Credits: Diego Ravier

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.

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.

We got in touch with the President of SBID, designer and founder of marquardt+, Tom Marquardt to share his perspective on how the design industry has been and will be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, providing his unique insight into how businesses are being forced to adapt to continue to support employees, customers and clients by providing flexible and innovative solutions in response to the challenging social climate created by the spread of COVID-19.

Today’s Chicago weather looked more like early spring in London, with a beautiful mist fog coming off the lake, and a crisp spring air that I love when I am here, or there. After our gyms were closed in Chicago, we decided to get on nature’s treadmill with proper social distancing, and power walk along Lake Michigan, before more restrictive shelter-in-place measures are imposed and we then have to start to do daily runs on our back stairs and exercise in place.

Vanessa Brady reached out to me to ask about my perspective on the pandemic impact on the industry here in the US. I can only assume it is the same here as everywhere, with practices working digitally and remote, winding down work put on hold, and strategising how to support our clients with a new long term view, as well as for ongoing projects.

For example, m+ just created and designed a major interiors product manufacturer’s brand including the brand launch originally to be live at their national sales meeting. Once it became apparent due to travel restrictions that they had to cancel, we quickly re-planned the entire experience with their team to be digital, online and live in 4 days. We still dressed up and I for one wore a suit and tie in the client’s new brand colours while on screen presenting from my desk in the m+ garden studio space, in our home. It went off without a hitch and everyone was reinvigorated by this positive and unique experience, receiving the right tools for their sales team to move forward with and solve more challenges.

And honestly, that is the point. We are all in interior design and many related design fields because we are creative problem solvers. We have the advantage of being predisposed to proactively thinking outside the box, utilising our skillsets to solve our client’s problems with finesse and completion to make their lives easier, more beautiful, functional and comfortable. That is what we do.

So, what is happening in the US and the design industry? Creative people are adapting and planning and innovating, looking towards what could be versus just what might be, and turning a bad situation into a learning point and a challenge to make things better, even if that means doing it differently. I for one would like to challenge you to find it in yourselves to do the same. So that’s what is going on, at least in our world over here on the other side of the pond.

My most cherished best to you, those you work with, and those you love, as we move onwards and upwards towards a new beginning, together on the other side.

– Tom

Tom Marquardt  | SBID | IIDA | AMA-EC

President, Society of British and International Interior Design

President & Founder, marquardt+

Following on from my last comment on challenges designers face, in these critical times where projects may have stopped midway – or not begun at all, it is critical that both designer and client are in agreement on amendments to the contract.

SBID’s role is to guide designers to deliver on their remit and where necessary, when things go wrong to guide and direct them back on track, but also on occasion when designers are having unscrupulous clients, to assist and support them in recovery.

By collating the statistics we can share the data with the government and together, if necessary, amend the law so that it would become unlawful once signing a contract, to withhold payment. We accept that there is a lot of work required to reach that stage – so let’s continue. The campaign was launched in 2017 and has grown momentum. We are successfully resolving disputes for the public and their designers who have to date each been non-members of SBID and are grateful for the guidance. When matters are more involved, with a government partnered Mediation through the Intellectual Property Office, the SBID have provided a speedy route in a binding and confidential agreement to review the dispute and reach a binding agreement. This is and has proved to be a welcome and immediate solution for most situations but it doesn’t address all issues, it’s theses items that SBID in association with government want to create a resolve binding by law, only in this way will we put a permanent stop to it for the industry.

Getting paid by a client at the end of a project can be a thorny issue for interior designers; it is still one of the biggest challenges designers face. We are the first in and the last out of every project, which leaves us vulnerable and exposed to any faults generated during procurement by any other trade involved that creates ‘the dominoe effect’ This can leave designers susceptible to criticism or unnecessary conflict as pressures mount to complete projects on time. Blame is sometimes directed at the last trade on site, i.e the designer and, in some cases, the contractor too. What we need to avoid is a constant in-house ‘blame game’. We need a structure, a process an accountable audit trail to pick up changes during procurement of works to prevent issues arising and we need enforcement when clients simply choose to withhold funds. Working with a pro-active government is essential, and in this government, we finally have that much needed willingness to listen and act with speed. 

When money runs out due to procurement overspend, clients look to save from alternative destinations. With construction professionals and designers the most unregulated, they are vulnerable to client abuse. Notably when the sums are substantial, some clients believe it’s worth chancing non-payment. Building contractors and designers are two trades where all-encompassing skills are required therefore withholding payment puts the designer or contractor under financial burden, making them more willing to settle for a lower sum than the due amount.  The costs and delays incurred by court proceedings often outweigh the sums in question, a factor that is heavily leaned on as negotiations between client, contractor or designer begin.

This unfair and very common industry injustice is a challenge I am addressing. Along with industry recognition, the issue of non-payment is something I have raised regularly at cross-party government meetings in Parliament as the representative for Interior Design; and is one of the many reasons that ten years ago I set up the Society of British and International Design (SBID).

This year the SBID is celebrating ten years in business. It is the largest interior design organisation across Europe and the British representative of the European Council of Interior Architects. I am now on the second phase of this journey. It’s unacceptable in 2019 for a recognised business, industry or individual to be prevented from achieving a fair legal conclusion to an injustice, based solely upon financial restriction – whether that restriction is the cost of appealing the injustice or client knowledge that financially withholding payment is a negotiating tool for discount or sometimes worse.

The skills and responsibilities involved in interior design is misunderstood by most of the public. The perception is an interior designer is, for many, based upon years of television shows that incorrectly label the protagonists as interior designers when they are often, in fact, interior decorators. Challenging the misconceptions surrounding the role of a professional designer is something I have spent many years addressing at cross-party government meetings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

I don’t like to lose so I won’t fight unless I can win, even when it has taken years to achieve a successful outcome as in a recent case you can read more about here. When a win is achieved it’s proof that the determination not to fold and the effort invested to fight an injustice is worth it.

Written by Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

Award-winning Interior Designer, CEO & Founder of the Society of British and International Design

 

Already preparing for the month ahead? March may be the month for you. Discover the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean, learn about the link between nature, interiors and human wellbeing, or look to the future of design with international trade shows as Munich Design Week draws the focus on how good design drives sustainability: ecological, economical and social.

Upcoming Events:

Innovation Design

3rd March

Innovation & Design in the Built Environment – London, United Kingdom

Discover how Innovation and Design reshape the Apulian Built Environment. The Italian Chamber of Commerce will present 10 cutting edge companies from Puglia. Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot, is a land where tradition, history and culture mingles with knowledge, a crossroads for business trade between Europe and the Orient, at the heart of the Mediterranean. With its roots steeped in ancient Mycenaean Greeks, Apulia is a region that has always been capable of transforming the challenges of sustainability into opportunities for innovation, whilst maintaining its heritage. The event offers a dynamic and lucrative business environment designed carefully to develop, promote and facilitate synergies that establish key relationships.

Click here for details

Malaysian Int

6th – 9th March

Malaysian International Furniture Fair – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The biggest furniture trade show in Southeast Asia, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) introduced a fresher perspective on design with a brand new look and concept called ‘Design Connects People’ since 2018 for greater business opportunities, renewed locational advantage, and innovative solutions in furniture and creative spaces. Every March, quality exhibitors and buyers from all over the world converge on this global stage. MIFF’s commitment to professionalism, innovation and dynamism is backed by a dedicated team of bright individuals; it is no wonder MIFF is always a sought-after destination and the ideal business platform for trade professionals.

Munich Creative Business Week

7th – 15th March

Munich Creative Business Week – Munich, Germany

Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) 2020 co-operates for the first time with the INTERNET WORLD EXPO (10-11 March) with a focus on the connection of design and digital commerce. The Munich Design Week underlines its conceptual and content orientation with changing thematic focal points along the major social trends with debates on climate change and the energy transition under the theme “Sustain by Design”, because good design drives sustainability: ecological, economical and social. A particular focus is on the topics of the future of innovation, cities, fashion, work, communication and digitisation.

Videre Aqauriums

9th – 14th March

LiFE Gallery by ViDERE Aquariums – Birmingham, United Kingdom

The LiFE Gallery by ViDERE Aquariums is a one-week exhibition showcasing an art gallery of nature aquariums and natural art, all curated to inspire ideas about how we can incorporate nature into our business and commercial spaces. The official opening of the gallery at 6pm on the 9 March will include a tour by ViDERE Founder, Akil Gordon-Beckford followed by a CPD Table Talk “Brand from Biophilia”. This will be a presentation covering the link between nature, interiors, and human wellbeing as well as an overview of theWorkplace Stress Study’ he and his team carried out in 2019. Throughout the week there will be workshops, events, and talks as well as live stream interviews introducing you to the amazing world of Aquariums, Human-Centred Design and BIOPHILIA.

Click here for details

DIT

9th – 13th March

Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow 2020 – United Kingdom

Want to get the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LatAC)? Are you an experienced exporter thinking of expanding to a region full of vibrant and lucrative markets? The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join the 2020 edition of our LatAC Roadshow. Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for LatAC Jo Crellin and eight DIT country directors will be updating UK companies on the latest opportunities in these exciting markets. The Roadshow will be visiting Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast.

Click here to register your interest

Bringing Outdoors

26th March

SBID Regional Event: Bringing the Outdoors In – Scotland, United Kingdom

Garden Designer, Lynn Hill calls for joined up thinking, blending indoor and outdoor spaces to create a seamless transition between the two. With an opportunity to gain insight and inspiration, interior designers are invited to join for an interactive evening, enjoy a cocktail or two and get creative with some paint techniques whilst Lynn shares her practical ideas to bring unity in the design of home and garden.

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