Kia Oval – Box Designs & Members' Area

We have been asked to design a prototype for the corporate boxes at the Kia Oval, which are in need of a refresh. We are excited to be turning these currently drab and tired spaces into a much more comfortable and luxurious experience for the box holders.

On the back of designing the prototype corporate boxes, we were also asked to develop a design concept for the lobby of the members' area at the Oval. This area is currently being extended and renovated, but there is a keen interest in acknowledging the history of the existing building whilst introducing contemporary fixtures and furnishings.

Student Mentoring Event - The British Institute of Interior Design

I was pleased to have been invited to join the panel of experienced interior designers at the Student Mentoring event hosted by the British Institute of Interior Design. Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2102 Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm Venue: Charles Darwin House,12 Roger St, London, WC1N 2JU Admits: BIID Student members only - Free of Charge

Interior design student mentoring: Life after graduation

Find out more about the event on the British Institute of Interior Design Website.

BIID Collaboration with the AIA on this year’s Charrette

I had the pleasure of taking part in the very first collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK Chapter, as part of my committee responsibilities as Head of the Student & Associate Committee for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) A Charrette is a one day competition for 3rd year or post graduate students, and this year the AIA invited the BIID to take part. The BIID invited universities with Interior Design degree courses to bring teams of students to take part in the competition.

Recently held at the Architectural Association in Bedford Square, London, Charrette ‘11 challenged students to explore how architectural form can create both expressive and rich interior spaces to enhance the visitor experience. With the BIID’s support, this intensive, one-day design exercise saw interior design students from British universities taking part alongside architecture students for the first time to compete in designing a new wing to the British Museum.

I also mentored a team for the day, which was a mixed group of Architecture and Interior Design students – which was great fun for me! It was also challenging, keeping a group of people on track and making sure to get the best out of everyone was tricky some of the time. But to work with creative and enthusiastic people is partly why I enjoy my job so much.

At the end of the afternoon each team presented their designs to an expert jury, chaired by Paul Finch OBE, the renowned architectural journalist and critic and Chair of Design Council CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). The judging panel also included Graeme Brooker, co-founder of Interior Educators and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and architect Stephan Reinke, the first President of the AIA’s UK chapter.

The day was fun and energetic and although there could only be one winner, it was the process which was the most important part of the day. Collaboration and the ability to get your ideas across and understood is key in my job as an Interior Designer, and this is what I hope these students took away from the day.

Looking forward to next year already!

Pictures from the day:

The inside of the British Museum - London

The inside of the British Museum - London

Charrette Architecture and Interior Design Competition - London 2011

Charrette Architecture and Interior Design Competition - London 2011

Charrette Architecture and Interior Design Competition - London 2011

Charrette Architecture and Interior Design Competition - London 2011

Interior Design in Austere Times

These are difficult times for families and businesses alike, and you would think that would mean that the time for design has been put on hold. But design hasn’t stopped; it has adjusted with the times. Simplicity, well crafted, understated, elegant and timeless, all are words being used to describe the latest furniture, fashion and interior design. Gone are the flashy, over indulgent, attention seeking designs and instead we have shifted to quality over quantity. I’ve heard the term “slow design” being used quite a lot recently, just like we had the “slow food” movement, design is following this lead. It’s not about cheap furniture or using cheap materials, it’s about purchasing things that you really love and that will last you throughout your lifetime (and possibly your children’s lifetime). It’s a sensible way to look at design, recession or no recession.

Being passionate about design means that I’ve always felt that good design improves and enriches our lives, whether it’s in our homes, businesses or recreation. I have a growing feeling that this recession has meant we designers have had to be cleverer and more thoughtful about the designs we produce, and that can’t be a bad thing!

Some of my favourite Austerity Inspired Designs:

SCP Compass Table by Matthew Hilton

SCP Compass Table by Matthew Hilton

Oak Day Bed by Another Day

Oak Day Bed by Another Day

Time Shelves by Scene

Time Shelves by Scene

Tom Dixon’s Fan Chair with Leather Seat

Tom Dixon’s Fan Chair with Leather Seat