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The Interior Design Business

"The Interior Design Business" is a monthly podcast for professional interior designers working in the UK. We hear from practitioners, educators and influencers who appreciate the day-to-day and longer-term challenges that designers face and offer...more

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Episode 1

January 26, 2023

Travel As Design Inspiration

Most people walk through the world with their eyes closed, not seeing the beauty or noticing the details that surround them, but this is certainly not true of interior designers. But how can they ensure their work never gets stale? Where should they go to look for fresh inspiration and how do they recognise it when they see it? For this episode, we are lucky enough to be joined by internationally acclaimed designer, Katharine Pooley, to find out how she uses travel as an inspiration and how it translates into her work. The Interior Design Business is supported by Havwoods, the prevailing name in beautiful wood flooring.  We are a Wildwood production.  ...



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Episode 12

December 22, 2022

Mind The Gap: Where Architecture Meets Interior Design

Today architects and interior designers work closely together to deliver highly intricate building projects for their clients. How can these design professionals ensure their clients appoint the right people at the right time during their project? And, what steps do architects and designers need to take to achieve a continuity of service to ensure the project runs smoothly? Max de Rosee and Claire Sa, founding partners of international architecture and interior design studio, De Rosee Sa join Susie and Jeff to answer these questions and more in this latest show. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood production. ...



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Episode 11

November 24, 2022

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Showroom Part Two

The working life of an interior designer is rarely, if ever, entirely plain sailing. As we strive to deliver projects on time, that meet our client’s brief as well as their budget, there are frequently bumps on the road to navigate, pitfalls to avoid and unforeseen difficulties that arise which challenge the most resourceful and most creative-thinking designers. So, quite how do interior designers manage to deal with what’s thrown at them to make sure they solve the seemingly insoluble and emerge triumphant, against all odds, to the delight of all parties, especially their clients!  Let’s find out in the company of Philip Vergeylen and Heather Lindahl from the internationally renowned design firm, Paolo Moschino. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Decorex Talks programme.  ...



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Episode 11

October 20, 2022

Is TV Good For Interior Design?

We all know those crazy interior design TV shows where wannabe amateur designers try to cover themselves sometimes in glory but more often than not cover themselves in paint. Love them or hate them they make weirdly compelling viewing for practicing designers and the public alike. But do these reality TV shows bear any resemblance to what real designers do? How do they impact the public’s perception of the interior design profession? What is it really like to be a contestant, and do the winners go on to become renowned designers in their own right?  We asked Verity Coleman from Rascal & Roses, Siobhan Murphy from Interior Curve and Peter Grech from The SpaceMaker Interiors the question, ‘Is TV Good For Interior Design?’ in this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at DesignCentral North West.  Find out what they have to say in a fascinating and hugely entertaining hour of conversation with Susie Rumbold and Jeff Hayward.   ...



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Episode 10

September 22, 2022

Sustainability: Your Questions Answered

There are many ways in which products can be unsustainable. Some are flown halfway round the world, some are produced using unacceptable quantities of water and other natural materials, some produce dangerously polluting substances as bi-products and others exploit and dehumanize the people that produce them. And then there is the problem of what happens to the product when it is no longer required. But in a world of competing sustainability claims, how can designers find out the truth about the products they specify and steer a confident path between the many hazards? We're joined by three designers in the vanguard of the interior design sustainability movement to answer the questions at the forefront of designer minds: Alexandra Jurkiewicz, Creative Lead at Helen Green Design, Chloe Bullock, founder of Materialise Interiors and David Chenery, founder and director of Object Space Place.  This episode was recorded in front of a live audience of designers gathered at the newly renovated showroom of sofa.com in Chelsea.  ...



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Episode 9

September 14, 2022

Previewing Decorex 2022

In this show, we’re looking forward to Decorex 2022, Europe’s leading event for interior design professionals, which opens its doors at Olympia London on Sunday 9th October running until Wednesday 12th October.   So, what can we expect from this year's event?   We talk to Bethan Laura Wood, Carden Cunietti, Natascha Dartnall, Alidad, De Rosee Sa and Rita Konig to find out. ...