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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May 24, 2019 00:39:26
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Ironclad Fee Proposals

Susie and Jeff are joined by Charles Leon of Leon Black, a Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design, to examine the fee proposal. As a designer, your fee proposal should speak volumes about you, your approach to design and your practice. Typically, it’s the first piece of written information that your client will ever receive from you. It should showcase your professionalism and present you as the safe pair of hands who they can trust to complete their project. Most importantly of all, it should clearly set out the design services that are included for the stated fee. But how should you put a fee proposal together? What assumptions and exclusions should you consider? How can you make sure it’s as ironclad as possible? We also hear Charles’s take on the strangest request that he’s ever received from a client. This episode is recorded in the Bulthaup Holland Park showroom. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...

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April 25, 2019 01:03:10
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Succeed With Social Media

In our first ever show recorded in front of a live audience, we examine social media for professional interior designers. Interior designer, Simone Suss, founder and CEO of London-based practice, Studio Suss (17.8K followers on Instagram), together with well-known interiors influencer and the uncontested queen of colour, Sophie Robinson (78.4K followers on Instagram), join us to share their secrets in this specially extended edition. How can social media help you build your brand and your business profile? Is it all about Instagram and, if so, why so? How should you use social platforms to grow your business? What content works best and where and when should you use it? Simone and Sophie also take questions from designers in our audience as part of a lively discussion that's choc-full of great advice. Recorded at the Roca London Gallery in Chelsea Harbour. ...

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March 22, 2019 00:36:50
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Building Private Client Relationships

We're in Manchester to explore the chemistry between interior designers and private residential clients. It can be hugely satisfying and fun to work on private residential projects. Indeed, interior designers can have a massively positive impact on the lives of clients and their families. All designers dream of working for delighted, grateful, non-quibbling, fee-paying, private clients, but, in reality, how easy is this to achieve? And, what can you do to avoid some of the possible pitfalls? Fiona Watkins of Fiona Watkins Design joins co-host Susie Rumbold, Head of Tessuto Interiors and a Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design, to share their experiences and offer practical advice. We also take the temperature of business in the North with the help of Natalie Holden from NH Interiors and Melinda Kiss of Keyhole Interiors. Natalie and Melinda are the founders of Concept North, the region's fast-growing community for designers. We find out what Concept North is all about and the type of events, activities and support that they offer to help interior designers in the North. This episode is recorded in the Havwoods Manchester Showroom, located in Deansgate, the Design Quarter of the city. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...

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February 19, 2019 00:27:12
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The State Of Design Education

In this episode we take a look at the state of design education with expert help and insight from the Principal of the KLC School of Design, Jenny Gibbs, and co-presenter, Susie Rumbold, Head of London-based design practice, Tessuto. We ask if design education is preparing graduates successfully for real-world employment. We also consider other important questions. How is interior design education changing to meet the needs of the construction industry? What are the key skills that interior design practices look for in graduates? And, what can be done to ease that, sometimes, painful transition from education into professional practice? Susie reveals how, even when qualified, the learning process never stops and Jenny takes us right back to the beginning of her career in design education to explain the origins of KLC. This episode is recorded in the offices of KLC. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...

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February 01, 2019 00:40:48
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Hard Hats And Hard Knocks

The latest episode is all about hard hats and hard knocks. Kia Stanford of London-based practice, Kia Designs, joins co-presenter Susie Rumbold, Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design and Principal of Tessuto to look at how designers can successfully manage contractors. What constitutes a good contractor, how do you find one and how do you keep them on the straight and narrow to deliver great projects and good profit? We also examine the problem situations that can arise with contractors and hear from Kia and Susie on ways that they’ve dealt with real issues on site. In a wide-ranging conversation, we also find out about Kia’s pathway into the profession and how she’s able to keep her sanity, reduce stress levels and switch off from interior design in her spare time. This episode is recorded in the luxury cinema beneath the Experience Centre of Ideaworks. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...

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December 04, 2018 00:37:25
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Designer Fees And Getting Paid

In this episode, we get our teeth into one of the most talked about topics for professional interior designers: fees. How do you go about pricing a project? What value should you place on design? How should you deal with FF&E? How does pricing affect the perception of interior design as a profession? And, ultimately, we also look at the steps you can take to ensure your client pays for the service you provide. Listen in for insights and practical advice provided by two Past Presidents of the British Institute of Interior Design, co-presenter Susie Rumbold of Tessuto and Lori Pinkerton-Rolet of Park Grove Design. Finally, we discover the life-changing experience that has made Lori the designer she is today. Recorded in the offices of Tessuto, this epsiode is sponsored by Crestron. The Interior Design Business is a Wildwood and Alfi Media production. ...

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