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Designing for Sustainable Interiors: How Can Interior Design Industry Address Climate Change?

The latest panel discussion in collaboration with Grohe, hosted by SBID CEO Vanessa Brady, addressed key considerations for effectively designing interiors with sustainability and climate change in mind.

The built environment accounts for 40 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions in 2019, according to the UK Green Building Council. Awareness over the environmental impacts of the construction, architecture and interior design industries is growing, as concerns over climate change and the sustainability of our cities, societies and lifestyles continue to rise. As a result, more clients and interior designers are seeking to incorporate sustainable principles into the design of their interiors.

The panel discussion explored the role interior designers and product manufacturers play in improving the impact of the industry and driving sustainable developments. From material selections and FF&E specification, to carbon neutral manufacturing, minimising waste and optimising energy efficiency.

Key discussion points:
  • What role do interior designers and product manufacturers play in tackling environmental impacts of the interior design industry?
  • What factors are contributing to climate change within the industry and how can interior designers reduce these impacts through their design decisions?
  • What are the key considerations for specifying sustainable design solutions in homes and businesses from the mass market through to the luxury sectors?
    Speakers:
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    Karl Lennon | Leader for Projects at Grohe

    Karl has over 15 years of experience in the specification of architectural products in the international arena, acting as a project consultant on projects worldwide. Working with Architects and Interior Designers, Karl supports projects in all sectors with a strong consideration of the sustainable impact of the products supplied. Now working for GROHE for 5 years, he offers support to leading A&D firms working on many award-winning projects. He is also the author of GROHE’s RIBA Approved CPDs on Water Saving, Hygiene, and 3D Printing.

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    Pia Pelkonen | Creative Director at Pia Design

    Following a degree in interior architecture Pia gained experience across a variety of projects as a designer and project manager at leading design studios in London before establishing Pia Design. Everything that Pia Design does has the future of our home planet at its heart and Pia and her team actively champion more sustainable ways to remodel. They reuse, repurpose and refurbish before replacing, working with the belief that longevity is the best form of sustainability and that by taking inspiration from nature, they are able to create spaces that improve with age – interiors with a green soul.

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    Cecilia Halling | Creative Director at Elicyon

    Cecilia Halling is the Creative Director of Elicyon, with over 10 years’ experience in luxury interior design. Originally from Sweden, Cecilia specialises in highly bespoke residential interiors that are tailored to ensure each project is innovative and unique. She leads the vision for a 30 strong team, delivering projects all over the world.

    Cover image credits: Interior design by LIA Design.

    From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!

    How can the interior design industry address climate change?

    Dr Vanessa Brady leads a live panel discussion with Karl Lennon – Leader for Projects, Grohe; Pia Pelkonen – Creative Director, Pia Design; Cecilia Halling – Creative Director, Elicyon to address key considerations for effectively designing interiors with sustainability and climate change in mind.

    The built environment accounts for 40 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions in 2019, according to the UK Green Building Council. Awareness over the environmental impacts of the construction, architecture and interior design industries is growing, as concerns over climate change and the sustainability of our cities, societies and lifestyles continue to rise. As a result, more clients and interior designers are seeking to incorporate sustainable principles into the design of their interiors.

    The upcoming panel discussion hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady explores the role interior designers and product manufacturers play in improving the impact of the industry and driving sustainable developments. From material selections and FF&E specification, to carbon neutral manufacturing, minimising waste and optimising energy efficiency.

    Speakers include:

    Event details:

    Topic: Designing for Sustainable Interiors: Addressing Climate Change

    Date: Tuesday 9 November

    Time: 12.00pm (BST)

    Duration: 1 hour

    Key discussion points:

    Click here to register now

     

    Cover image credits: Interior design by LIA Design

    EPISODE THREE: The Future of Retail Design

    With previous episodes addressing workplaces and the hospitality industry, the upcoming panel discussion with Zaha Hadid Architects will explore the evolution of retail design. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the series examines new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

    One of the fall-outs of the pandemic is undoubtedly the retail sector. The lack of access to physical spaces forced the retail industry to find new and inventive ways to communicate and distribute their goods and services in the digital landscape. Guest speakers Sylvie Freund Pickavance, strategy and business development director at Valueretail; David McNulty, head of architecture at ICICLE Fashion Group and Kar Hwa Ho, head of interior architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects will discuss how evolving consumer attitudes and behaviours impact the design, use and significance of retail environments.

    Key discussion points:
    • With online platforms burgeoning and physical stores shuttering, has the pandemic hastened the demise of physical retail or will we see a return to its pre-covid status?
    • Can bricks and mortar stores be supplanted by virtual platforms or can they co-exist?
    • Are certain types of retail more resilient to the pandemic fallout?
    • How has the way we approach retail design changed in a post-covid world?
    • How will this shape expectations for creating meaningful retail experiences in the future?
      Speakers:
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      Kar-Hwa Ho | Head of Interior Architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects

      Kar first worked with Zaha Hadid in the 1980s before he spent eleven years with Kohn Pedersen Fox and further eight with Louis Vuitton Malletier in Paris. Kar re-joined ZHA in 2014 to set up and lead the new ZHA Interior Architecture cluster. His expertise in retail, commercial, and residential interiors has significantly strengthened ZHA’s architectural offer that includes bespoke interiors, furniture and product design for both private and public projects.

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      David McNulty | Head of Architecture at ICILE Fashion Group

      David McNulty graduated from University College Dublin, School of Architecture in 1985. He moved directly to Paris and started work at the office of Marcel Breuer Architects. After 20 years managing the Architecture department at Louis Vuitton David joined the Chinese fashion company ICICLE in 2017 to head the Architecture studio for store projects in China and overseas. In 2012 he was given the UCD faculty award for achievements in his career.

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      Sylvie Freund Pickavance | Strategy & Business Development Director at Value Retail

      Sylvie is a graduate of ESCP Business School in Paris, Shenzhen University in China and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership. She is a member of the jury for The World Retail Congress Awards and gives her time to mentoring young designers and charities in the UK, Italy and the Middle East. She also sits on the Court of the Glasgow Caledonian University and Chairs GCNYC  and the Luxury Club of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

      Image project credits: Zaha Hadid Architects©

      From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!

      How has the pandemic impacted the interior design industry: where we were, where we are and where we will be

      With previous episodes addressing workplaces and the hospitality industry, the upcoming panel discussion with Zaha Hadid Architects will explore the evolution of retail design. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the series examines new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

      One of the fall-outs of the pandemic is undoubtedly the retail sector. The lack of access to physical spaces forced the retail industry to find new and inventive ways to communicate and distribute their goods and services in the digital landscape. Guest speakers will discuss how evolving consumer attitudes and behaviours impact the design, use and significance of retail environments.

      Speakers include:

      Event Details:

      Topic: Interior Architecture Reconsidered (5-4-3): The future of retail

      Date: Thursday 14th October

      Time: 12.00pm (BST)

      Duration: 1 hour

      Key discussion points:

      Click here to register now

      EPISODE TWO: The Future of Workplace

      Following on from the last episode on the hospitality industry, this online panel in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects explored the future of the workplace. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the series intends to examine the new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

      With the two areas most affected by the pandemic being ‘work’ and ‘home’, and as their traditionally segregated contexts were challenged while the demand for a hybrid work/live space evolved, the guest speakers addressed how their boundaries have blurred and what the future might hold for these fast-changing environments.

      Key discussion points:
      • How has the pandemic affected the way we view, design and use a living / working space?
      • For many industries what was missing during the pandemic, apart from the physical divisions between work and home, were the serendipitous encounters that contribute to the sociability and richness of the work environment. Can these encounters be designed and planned?
      • Has the pandemic accelerated the natural evolution of the workplace? Were there already existing fault lines that it exploited and exacerbated?
      • With the hopeful return to pre-pandemic normality, do you envisage ways of working returning to pre-pandemic status quo, or is there a paradigm shift in how we approach work / live lifestyles?
        Speakers:
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        Arjun Kaicker | Co-Head of Zaha Hadid Architects Analytics & Insights

        Arjun has worked with ZHA since 2015. He co-leads ZHA’s Analytics & Insights (A&I) in-house research and development team, which applies algorithmic modelling and ‘big data’ analytics to optimise workplace architectural designs, including for wellbeing and operational efficiency. Arjun previously founded and led the Foster+Partners Workplace and Strategic Consultancy division (for 14 years), where he developed strategy and design for 200+ design projects in 50+ countries. Arjun also previously worked as a workplace consultant and designer at Morgan Lovell and at the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange.

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        Juergen Junker | Head of A&D Development for Vitra

        Juergen has been with Vitra for almost 15 years in various roles. Over time he specialised in collaboration with the architectural and design partners, the associated design of work spaces, their dynamics and continuous development. Over the last 20 months, as the world switched to remote, Juergen started focusing on lectures, digital format conversations and discussions, while working on the outreach to bring people back together in the analog realm.

        Bidisha Sinha

        Bidisha Sinha | Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects

        Bidisha finished her first degree in New Delhi before moving to London for her Masters at the Architectural Association. She has had an architectural career spanning over 18 years, delivering projects in India, UK and Hong Kong. In her role within Zaha Hadid Architects, over the last 15 years she has personally delivered projects which have made a positive difference to the revitalization agenda of the programs that were associated with them.

        Cover image credits: Project by Zaha Hadid Architects

        From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!

        How has the pandemic impacted the interior design industry: where we were, where we are and where we will be

        Following on from the last episode on the hospitality industry, the next online panel in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects will explore the future of the workplace. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the series intends will continue to examine the new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

        With the two areas most affected by the pandemic being ‘work’ and ‘home’, and as their traditionally segregated contexts were challenged while the demand for a hybrid work/live space evolved, the guest speakers will address how their boundaries have blurred and what the future might hold for these fast-changing environments.

        Speakers include:

        Event Details:

        Topic: Interior Architecture Reconsidered (5-4-3): The future of the workplace

        Date: Tuesday 14th September

        Time: 12.00pm (BST)

        Duration: 1 hour

        Key discussion points:

        Click here to register now

        The post-pandemic environment has forced us to reconsider our understanding of the traditional definitions of living, working and leisure. Particularly for the Interior design industry, these questions necessitate an investigation into the pre-established typologies in both the private and public realms. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the webinar series intends to examine specific typologies, the conflation of their boundaries, the emergence of new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

        EPISODE ONE: The Future of Hospitality Design

        For episode one, the focus is on the hospitality and travel industries which have faced considerable challenges during the pandemic. The limited mobility and opportunities for interaction between people during this period have meant that demand has waned. On the other hand, continual restrictions has created a pent-up need to escape and to bolster one’s well-being. Guest speakers, Kar-Hwa Ho, Head of Interior Architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects; Douglas Grieco, Senior Director of Architecture and Design at Hilton Hotels; and Mari Balestrazzi, Director of Operations for Environments at Airbnb address how hospitality as an industry foresees a fundamental change in the services that it is expected to provide, and how design can evolve to navigate these restrictions, while satisfying the needs of current lifestyles.

        Key discussion points:
        • One key thing that the pandemic has underscored is the need for adaptability. While the focus has been on the immediate need to adapt to rules that keep changing constantly, how do the effects impact the way hospitality services are programmed and physically designed?
        • For many, what was missing during this period of enforced isolation, was the sense of community and connection. While we have experienced the advantages of virtual connection, how do we design or program experiences in a meaningful and global way?
        • With leisure/personal time being monetized and commodified with a decline in business travel, has the design of experiences become the starting point of a design brief as opposed to the physical accommodation of its functions? Would we envisage the involvement of interior architects at an early brief development stage to allow for pro-active engagement rather than a reactive response to a pre-determined program?
        • With the hindsight of the last year and a half behind us, would you approach your current role any differently? What are the key changes?
          Speakers:
          Kar-Hwa Ho

          Kar-Hwa Ho | Head of Interior Architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects

          Kar first worked with Zaha Hadid in the 1980s on a number of competitions and architectural projects. For eleven years he worked with Kohn Pedersen Fox as the Senior Associate Principal responsible for the design and implementation of mixed use, commercial and retail projects across the USA, Asia and UK. He ten spent eight years with Louis Vuitton Malletier in Paris, as the Design Director in charge of the establishment and development of LV stores across the Asia-Pacific Region. Kar re-joined ZHA in 2014 to set up and lead the new ZHA Interior Architecture cluster that strengthened ZHA’s architectural offer to include bespoke interiors, furniture and product design for both private and public projects.

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          Douglas Grieco | Senior Director of Architecture and Design at Hilton Hotels

          Douglas is a brand and innovation leader with a strong entrepreneurial background. He has worked for 2 Pritzker prize winning architects, holds 2 Masters Degrees and led Design for W Hotels. With Hilton Hotels, as Senior Director of Architecture and Design for Latin America, he is on the team responsible for growing the LATAM region through hotel projects and brand extensions. Specifically, Douglas is leading Design for Collection, Full serve and Lifestyle brands in Central America and South America. He also teaches Hotel Design and Brand Development at Yale, Columbia, and Parsons New School for Design.

          Mari Balestrazzi - Airbnb

          Mari Balestrazzi | Director of Operations for Environments at Airbnb

          As Director of Operations for Environments, Mari oversees the team that designs Airbnb’s offices worldwide, and collaborates with real estate developers to create new models of housing that support Airbnb’s goal for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way. Before assuming her role at Airbnb, Mari held numerous positions within the hospitality design industry; most recently she was Vice President of Design Services for Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, where she oversaw design for Hyatt’s portfolio of full-service hotel brands throughout the Americas region.

          Cover image credits: Project by Zaha Hadid Architects

          From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!

          5 Slides, 4 Questions, 3 Panellists, 2 address 1 Topic: How has the pandemic impacted the interior design industry: where were we, where are we and where will we be?

          The upcoming webinar series in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects explores how the post-pandemic environment has forced us to reconsider our understanding of the traditional definitions of living, working and leisure. Particularly for the Interior design industry, these questions necessitate an investigation into the pre-established typologies in both the private and public realms. Hosted by SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady, the series intends to examine specific typologies, the conflation of their boundaries, the emergence of new definitions of interior space and the consequential impact on the people who commission, design and use them.

          For PART 1 of the series, the focus is on the hospitality and travel industries which have faced considerable challenges during the pandemic. The limited mobility and opportunities for interaction between people during this period have meant that demand has waned. On the other hand, continual restrictions has created a pent-up need to escape and to bolster one’s well-being. The panel discussion will address how hospitality as an industry foresees a fundamental change in the services that it is expected to provide, and how design can navigate these restrictions while satisfying the needs of current lifestyles.

          Speakers include:

          Event Details:

          Topic: Interior Architecture Reconsidered (5-4-3): The future of the hospitality industry

          Date: Thursday 22nd July

          Time: 4.00pm (BST)

          Duration: 1 hour

          Key discussion points:

          Click here to register now

          One of the biggest concerns for interior designers is often about securing clients for their next project. In the context of high-end luxury design, the burning questions turn to how design practices go about reaching the lucrative market of ultra-high-net-worth (U/HNW) individuals.

          SBID organised an insightful panel discussion with SBID founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady as she explores the professional approaches and business strategies of leading international practices when it comes to building relationships with U/HNW clients in the UK and abroad.

          Sharing valuable perspectives across the global design industry, the panel boasts an extraordinary wealth of expertise and experience working and engaging with clients on high-value projects around the world. Speakers include Chris Godfrey, Global Principle of HBA Residential; Firas Alsahin, Co-founder and Design Director of 4SPACE Design; and Andrew Linwood, Head of Business Development at Areen Design.

          Key discussion points:
          • How do you meet and engage with U/HNW clients?
          • What do U/HNW clients value the most when choosing a design firm?
          • Do you see any changes for them regarding the requirements for interior design after the pandemic?
          • What are the key practical tips on how to gain and build trust with U/HNW clients in the UK/Europe/Asia/Middle East?

          We discover that obtaining connections with those desirable U/HNW clients is much more than presenting a design proposal with pretty pictures. The panel sheds light on key sources for reaching this elite clientelle, how they go about nuturing those relationships, managing client expectations, and ultimately, providing the level of trust, confidentially, and skills that U/HNW clients value when it comes to commissioning an interior designer for their exclusive design projects.

          The panellists also highlight their strategies for digital marketing, gaining press coverage, and achieving third-party endorsements through awards and accreditations (like those that SBID provide) as key to enhancing reputation among UHNW individuals.

          Speakers:
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          Chris Godfrey  |  Global Principle of HBA Residential

          Chris has over 23 years experience creating highly considered and finely crafted interiors for the residences of the most discerning clients. Chris cultivated his holistic design approach; combining Architecture and Interior Design to create beautifully conceived and exquisitely delivered residences for clients who appreciate the value of design excellence. In 2018 he received the coveted Master of Design Award from SBID and is also an award-winning Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Architect.

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          Firas Alsahin | Co-founder & Design Director of 4SPACE

          Firas is the Co-founder and Design Director of 4SPACE Design – a dynamic, multi-talented, and multi-awarded design studio delivering quality architectural and interior design services. He is a fully accredited SBID Professional and was chosen as one of the 20 most influential interior designers in the Middle East 2020 for Commercial Interior Design Magazine.

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          Andrew Linwood | Head of Business Development

          As Head of Business Development at Areen Design, Andrew has over 30 years of experience in delivering a range of projects for Hospitality, Residential and Commercial. He has designed insightful interiors for many of the world’s leading hotel operators including Hilton, Marriott, Radisson, Accor, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group as well as HNWIs and sector specialist developers. He is involved in all aspects of a project: from initial client contact, brief and concept development through to documentation and site installation.

          Cover image credits: Project by HBA Residential

          From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!

          Discover how leading international practices engage with ultra-high-net-worth (U/HNW) clients globally

          Join us for the upcoming panel discussion as SBID’s founder & CEO, Vanessa Brady explores the professional approaches and business strategies of leading international practices when it comes to securing and building relationships with U/HNW (ultra-high-net-worth) clients in the UK and abroad.

          Sharing valuable perspectives across the global design industry, the panel boasts an extraordinary wealth of expertise and experience working and engaging with clients on high-value projects around the world. Speakers include Chris Godfrey, Global Principle of HBA Residential; Firas Alsahin, Co-founder and Design Director of 4SPACE Design; and Andrew Linwood, Head of Business Development at Areen Design.

          Event Details

          Topic: How to gain and build trust with U/HNW (ultra-high-net-worth) clients globally

          Date: Tuesday 6th July

          Time: 10.00am (BST)

          Duration: 1 hour

          Key discussion points:

          Click here to register now

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