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A conversation between: Jim Biddulph & Daniel Webb

Back in June we launched our documentary Materials: Living with plastic, in which we spoke to Daniel Webb, founder of Everyday Plastic. At that stage, the research-led initiative was 18-months in, with Daniel having collected every piece of plastic he used throughout 2017; a decision he made following a litter strewn jog on the beach… Read More >

7 December 2018

It’s all about ‘Habitats’

As we accelerate towards healthier and more flexible workplace environments where workers can fulfill all their daily tasks, Andy Tatton, Sales Director at Boss Design, explains why ‘Habitats’ are key to successful workplace design.  Traditional closed office layouts are being replaced by open plan, informal and flexible layouts that are conducive to the wellbeing of… Read More >

27 June 2018

Evoking Memory – Teal Living

A memory can be evoked from a smell, a piece of music, a colour or a piece of furniture, which is exactly what Craig Ferguson, design and development manager at Teal Living had in mind for the latest seating range from Teal Living. Craig imagined a new range of residential care home seating and created… Read More >

11 June 2018

Q&A: Martin Quirke, Architect and PhD Researcher Dementia Services Development Centre

Our focus this month is Emotion and with that in mind, we have looked at how design can effect emotions in a healthcare environment, where emotions can be exaggerated and fragile.  Martin Quirke, joined the University of Stirling design team in 2016. Having worked across a broad spectrum of project types, from housing to public buildings, Martin’s… Read More >

30 May 2018

Colours: Provoking Emotion

A thrilling book can excite you, a scary movie can shock you, but a less obvious way of getting you to feel something is through colour. Colour is powerful tool that any Interior Designer must understand and consider for any project. It is a communication tool that can influence mood, signal action and can even… Read More >

10 May 2018

10 years of Airbnb!

What has been its impact on the industry? It’s 10 years since Airbnb began, and whilst they weren’t the first company to promote private accommodation, they were the first to harness online technology and create a brand. With a brand value of $5.5b which matches Marriot, and only second to the Hilton valued at $6.3b,… Read More >

18 April 2018

Roman Refresh: Project Specification Guide

Leading international shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has launched an updated new Project Specification Guide, which is the award winning essential showering guide for architects, designers and developers. Roman has developed and updated this guide specifically for architects, designers and specifiers working on significant projects such as Hotel and Major Housing developments and Condominiums. Uniquely… Read More >

27 March 2018

Dip your toe in the Russian Market

The BCFA held a free seminar last week at Milliken’s Clerkenwell showroom focusing on the topic of exporting to Russia… Guest speaker Natasha Kimberley, Director of Kimberley Expertise covered topics including general information about the Russian market and the best ways for businesses to approach the Russian market as well as some top tips.Russia facts &… Read More >

12 March 2018

Turning the page on paper

Some 2000 years ago a material discovery was made. Paper was invented in China, with the earliest examples dating back as far as circa 180BC. Perhaps inspired by a similar material that was derived from the pressed and dried pith of papyrus plants, where its name actually stems from, paper is in fact made of… Read More >

1 March 2018

3 Artists & their paper creations

This month we are focusing on the material of Paper. Paper is a material that has been used for centuries and we all often use it every day. From large Paper sculptures to delicate paper cut-outs, we take a look at the different ways it is being used in Art by chatting with 3 different… Read More >

28 February 2018

Retirement Living in the 21st Century

The number of over 65s in the UK is forecasted to rise by 22% by 2025 to 14.3 million people. This translates into one in five of the total population being over 65, which will become one in four by 2050. We caught up with JLL, a financial and professional services provider specialising in commercial… Read More >

6 December 2017

Hospitality on the move…

The definition of hospitality is a warm, generous treatment of visitors, guests or strangers. So, when specifying or buying with transport environments in mind we shouldn’t forget what we set out to do with any interior space – Make the person using the area feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome. Global textile innovator, Camira has recently… Read More >

30 November 2017