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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April 30, 2020 00:27:45
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COVID-19 Interior Design Perspectives

In this second COVID-19 special episode, we look at how interior designers from around the country are surviving the present storm and looking to thrive in a post-pandemic future. We’ve interviewed nine designers, running both large and small practices, for insights into their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We find out the positives that they're taking from the current situation and the advice they have for other interior designers in the community. Our thanks to Aflux Designs, Ashton House Design, Henry Prideaux Interior Design, Julia Alexander Interiors, Louise Bramhill Interiors, MF Design Studio, Smartstyle Interiors, Studio Suss and Taylor Howes. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood production. We support Design Havens For Heroes. ...

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April 08, 2020 00:25:00
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COVID-19 Advice For Business Survival

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has resulted in closed building sites, current projects on pause and a vanishing pipeline of work. Many viable and profitable interior design businesses are facing extinction. Meanwhile, a sometimes-confusing deluge of information on funding and financial support has emerged intended to provide help for small businesses on how they can remain functioning entities until the situation eases. Luke Desmond, CEO of Crisp Accountancy, is our special guest on this episode. Crisp Accountancy specialise in the provision of business advice to SMEs in the construction sector. He talks with us about business survival strategies, giving us some clear direction on the packages of financial support available from the UK Government and advice on how to access them. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood production. ...

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February 28, 2020 00:49:01
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Interior Design For Historic Buildings

Jeff and Susie are joined by Jane Landino and Helena Lowry from Taylor Howes to discuss interior design for historic buildings. In the UK, we are blessed with a huge stock of incredible old buildings. In fact, around 30% of all our homes were constructed before the year 1910. Many of these properties are quite rightly protected by strict laws designed to preserve their historic features and, at the same time, maintain our lovely streetscapes. But wonderful as these buildings are, they were designed for the way people in previous generations lived and worked, which is a far cry from the way we live and work today. Plus, many of them are fragile and in need of repair. Is it possible to sensitively re-purpose these outmoded historic structures and make them relevant for modern use, and what is the role of the interior designer as protector and custodian of our national heritage? This episode is recorded at Taylor Howes in Knightsbridge. ...

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January 31, 2020 00:44:16
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The Interior Designer As Brand

For this show, we’re joined by a very special guest, Sophie Paterson, to dissect the interior designer as brand in front of a select gathering of VIP designers. Interior designers tend to fall into two camps. Those who deliberately avoid having a house style and always try to subjugate their own taste to that of their client’s preferences. And others whose names become firmly associated with a particular interior style, and eventually become a brand in their own right. But does this approach make the successful delivery of projects harder or easier for interior designers and their clients? Recorded at the wonderful Andrew Martin showroom in South Kensington. ...

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December 16, 2019 00:56:21
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All About Colour

We celebrate our first anniversary with a live audience special where we talk all about colour and interior design. In the company of colour and design consultant, Karen Haller, the author of 'The Little Book of Colour' and Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux, Jeff, Susie and our audience of designers learn about colour psychology and its impact on interior design. We ask how colour works and learn about its innate power to change human behaviour, happiness and well-being. We then discover how interior designers can harness the positive virtues of colour in their work. Karen and Marianne also answer questions as part of a lively discussion that's packed with insight and intelligence. Recorded at the fabulous Roca London Gallery in Chelsea Harbour. ...

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December 09, 2019 00:22:42
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Kick Out The Kick-Backs

In this special episode, we look at the unethical practice of kick-backs in interior design on the day that the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) launches its Kick Out the Kick-Backs campaign. Susie and Jeff are joined by Katherine Elworthy, COO of the BIID, to find out more about the potential issues that can arise for interior designers and how the Kick Out The Kick-Backs campaign can help. Recorded in the Experience Centre of BIID Industry Partner, Lutron, this episode is released to coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day 2019. ...

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