Sustainability, Designing To Contain The Chaos and Best interior designers are some of the major keywords of the busy calendar of the first day of Decorex. The exhibition for interior design professionals, now called Decorex Virtual has a platform that encourages the participants to engage with each other. CovetED is here to let you know all about this year’s exceptional content, creative minds and interesting guests of the Decorex Virtual Fair, enjoy!
The World Is a Chaos At the moment, and Decorex Sleep And Eat focused on that theme. What can be done? Where are we going? Is Chaos Future?
Weaving Sustainability Into Design & Craft: How Can We Do Better?
We all know the term and we all know it’s important, but just how deep does our influence on sustainability impact design and craft? From sourcing eco-friendly materials to creating lasting pieces, so many of us strive to be environmentally responsible; however, the journey is only just beginning. Join us for this roundtable, hosted by Nulty Bespoke and Decorex, where experts and leaders from the interior design industry will discuss the ways in which we can work together towards a better sustainable future.
This incredible talk with different perspectives on sustainability impact was Moderated By Dan Blaker Creative Director, Nulty and had the participation of Alison Smith, Creative Manager at Nulty Bespoke, Georgia-Rose Ford, Senior Designer at Accouter, Anna Geldart, Senior FF&E Designer at Goddard Littlefair and Michael Ruh, Founder of Michael Ruh Studio.
Whatever industry you are in nowadays sustainability is the buzzword, and rightfully so. We keep discovering the numerous benefits of eco-friendly alternatives for the environment as well as for our daily life, professional, and personal well-being. In interior design, in fact, Sustainable design is not just about finding natural and recyclable materials to decor space. There is so much more. Consumer demand for sustainable products, packaging and buildings has only been growing over the last decade, with many of us now interested in purchasing from companies that can demonstrate their responsibility to the environment. The interior design world is no different, and current trends for more climate-conscious business practices are likely to continue into the future. Here are a few key developments to keep an eye out for as we move into the second half of 2020.
Reusing materials isn’t limited to upcycling mason jars; enterprising factories all over the world are finding innovative ways to reclaim and recycle tons of material like carpets or furniture from landfills. Some companies are realizing that the building itself can be reclaimed from elsewhere; for example, some businesses have been refitting old shipping containers to make modular buildings, pop-up testing sites, additional classrooms and recycled, bespoke workspaces of all kinds.
Reducing, reusing and recycling is an old mantra that still applies. The very design of new products can reflect this long-term attitude. For example, tables can be manufactured that allow for only their top layer to be removed and discarded when worn, instead of throwing away the entire table. The result is a solution that is environmentally sound, cost-effective and practical.
Aiming for climate-positive design
As the climate emergency rages on, business leaders in every industry and sector are committing not just to carbon-neutral or net-zero plans but aiming a little higher. Carbon positive design actively removes more carbon from the environment than was created in the process. Products are now being created that positively improve the world, whether it’s via supporting water conservation, reducing waste or carbon emissions, or ensuring energy efficiency.
“Green” space can literally be green, with the rising popularity of indoor gardens, roof gardens, green walls and the like. These not only create more organic, relaxing environments for the people using the space, but they actively improve air quality and sequester carbon into its most beautiful form – green plants and flowers. Consider planting a bee garden to encourage the local wild bee population, or plant edible herbs and vegetables that lower the need to ship imported produce in non-recyclable packaging.
Lighter colours have dominated interior trends for the last few years and communicate an appealing sense of clarity and minimalism. Sustainable materials like bamboo or reclaimed wood are now common in furniture design, and the emphasis is on soft furnishings that are humble and extremely durable. Window treatments, carpeting and clever use of storage space speak to retaining heat and energy, as well as maximizing the use of square footage.
Recycled rugs, wildflowers in jars and materials like banana fibre are as much about comfort and sustainability as they are about cultivating wellness – which has been another major design trend across the board. Energy-efficient appliances are a must, and, thankfully, there are many elegant and chic new models now available that are as attractive as they are practical. Many products now emphasize their core brand philosophy; for example, the business donates something for every product bought, or the manufacturing process employs vulnerable people in disadvantaged countries.
“Natural light, natural materials and natural colors all create honest, conscious interiors that speak to the need for humanity to dial back flashy consumerism and get back to what matters.”
“Sustainable design is not a branch of design, but rather the framework in which all design should be practiced.”
“In 100 Years sustainability will not be a choice”, said Michael Ruh, Founder of Michael Ruh Studio.
Designing To Contain The Chaos
Before creativity becomes cohesive, it must first have free-reign. Before a team can harmonize, its members must dive into the asynchronous rhythm of their own expertise. Before an interior becomes iconic, its designers will have pulled from endless inspiration sought across time and space. At this year’s Sleep & Eat Virtual, Tony Chi and Alison Chi of tonychi studio took the audience through some of the studio’s most acclaimed projects, which encapsulate the notion of “designing to contain the chaos.”
Moderated By Heleri Rande of Sleep & Eat Conference Curator & Host, Alison Chi, Managing Director & Co-Creative Director at tonychi studio; Tony Chi, Founder of tonychi studio and last, but not least William Paley, Associate at tonychi studio.
How To Make The Most Of Space Within The Home
Our lives now centre around our homes – it has become the place for work, play, exercise, entertainment, meeting friends and much else. Now that Autumn has arrived, we will be spending more time inside than ever before. This talk with panellists Fiona Barratt Campbell of Fiona Barratt Interiors, Alison Henry of Alison Henry Design Studio, Kate Aslangul of Oakley Moore Interior Design and Rodrigo Moreno Masey of Moreno Masey will focus on how to make the most of a variety of spaces whatever the structure.
The panellists guided us through some examples of the way they have identified and created adaptable spaces so that clients can live their best lives at home. At the moment with the pandemic, we had to spend more time enjoying the comfort of our houses. How do we make the house more comfortable?
The lighting is very important. They create a mood and a differential with the mood during the day. Is what helps us enlarge the space, and to create a difference between the work space area and the living room area. , Fiona Barrat.
Sustainable Sourcing For Interior Designers
As awareness of the crisis facing our planet grows, more and more interior suppliers are making environmentally friendly claims for their products; but working out who to believe can be a minefield for designers. In this panel hosted by The Interior Design Business Podcast, our experts have carried out the interrogations and are now putting their eco-findings at the forefront of design schemes. Join us to find out precisely the questions that all designers need to be asking themselves and their supply chains to get to the truth about sustainable sourcing.
An incredible panel of talkers. Susie Rumbold, Creative Director of Tessuto Interiors; Stefan Dodds, Co-Founder of Dodds & Schute. Stefan was one of the most important presences in this conference. From production carbon-free to carbon footprints explain in each product they distribute to helping the reforestation in Perú, the discussion was incredible and important.
In this keynote, Lauren explored how to create now for the future. Our industry is at an unprecedented point where no one has the answers but everyone wants to move forward. In the next reality, we can speak about different levels of clean – clean, really clean and the perception of clean. How these different levels manifest themselves in guest behaviour and choices and what does that mean for hotel design of the future – Lauren dug deep into her understanding of the craft to try to answer these questions.
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