July 21, 2022
In this episode, we’re exploring healthy spaces, happy places and how to integrate wellness into the design process. Wellness is defined as ‘the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal’. Interior designers have always understood that well-ordered, functional spaces can relieve anxiety and bring relaxation and peace, but today’s well-informed clients are now demanding enhanced wellness as requisite for their interior spaces. So, what exactly constitutes wellbeing? How can we achieve this elusive goal?And, what should interior designers do to keep pace with the latest thinking on wellness and apply that theory in their work? We're joined by Karen Stonely and Peter Pelsinki, co-founders and the creative force behind SPAN Architecture LLC, the internationally renowned, New York-based, architecture and design studio, to find out how they embed design for wellness at the core of their spectacular projects. ...
July 29, 2019
In the latest episode, we’re looking at the relationship between architects and interior designers. Do architects and interior designers get on? And, if not, why not? Some architects are known to dismiss interior designers as mere cushion fluffers whilst interior designers can see architects as patronising at best and bullying at worst. Do these views still hold sway today? Have designers and architects learned to collaborate effectively? And, is there room in today’s challenging construction industry for them both? Susie and Jeff are joined in this frank disussion by John Tehan, Director at the renowned London practice, Smallwood Architects. Founded by Christopher Smallwood in 1976, Smallwood Architects was set up to provide a very personal service to clients, delivering beautiful buildings of the highest quality. This episode is recorded in the Farringdon showroom of modular furniture specialist, USM. ...
May 15, 2020
We talk to interior designer, Francesca Rowan Plowden who, in trying to find a way to show her appreciation for NHS workers, alighted on a brilliant but simple idea. What if she could bring the interior design and construction communities together to give our NHS heroes the sort of beautiful rooms that would become havens for them from the stresses and fatigue of their daily working lives? The result was new charity Design Havens for Heroes. In this episode, Francesca tells us about the charity and how designers, brands and others can get involved to support this fantastic initiative. ...