BIID enjoys a successful London Design Festival

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) hosted a series of popular talks, conversations and debates across the main events that took place during this year’s London Design Festival.

On Friday 20th September, the Institute supported this year’s 100% Design with a thought-provoking panel discussion, chaired by interiors journalist Kate Burnett. Sue Timney, BIID President, was joined by Giles Miller, Linda Morey-Smith and BIID member, Mary Fox Linton. The discussion, entitled ‘Innovation – the Lifeblood of Design’, allowed the panel to share their own creative influences, along with their thoughts on creativity and what it means to be truly innovative in design.

The following day Sue Timney was at designjunction as part of another eminent panel including Rodney Fitch, Charles Leon and David Trubridge in a discussion chaired by Aidan Walker which explored the term luxury and its value in today’s world. Deeply contrasting views proved the order of the day with opinion divided on the responsibility of the designer in delivering luxury and its impact on people and the environment at large.

On the opening day of Decorex, a BIID members’ breakfast on the Textiles Scotland stand was followed by the keynote talk of the show, entitled ‘The Light Box’, hosted again by Sue Timney. Sue invited the distinguished photographer Andreas von Einsiedel to join her in conversation for an inspirational session which showcased Andreas’s career through the lens of the amazing interiors he has photographed. The full house was captivated by his story as it touched on themes of creativity, light and the home, the relationship between photographer and designer, and the affinity that exists between fashion and interiors photography.

Later that day, the Design Club in Chelsea Harbour played host to the seminar “Luxury Meets Modernism” where BIID member Mary Fox Linton enthralled the audience with insights on her life, style and design inspiration as part of the Focus/13 exhibition. In conversation with deputy editor of Homes & Gardens, Giles Kime, she brought to life the influences which have defined her pioneering style.

“As BIID President, it has been a privilege and an honour for the Institute to take such a prominent role at the signature LDF events,” comments Sue Timney “We’d like to provide our sincere thanks to all the contributors who played their part in our stimulating series of BIID talks. The week itself has been a huge success enjoyed by thousands and thousands of designers. Our congratulations go to the LDF, and the individual event organisers, for putting on such a great show in the capital. I know that I, and many other designers, are already looking forward to what next year has in store!”

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