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Vegan interior design

BIID-registered Chloe Bullock was the UK’s fi rst interior designer to be certifi ed. Her company, Materialise Interiors, focuses on cruelty-free, sustainable and locally sourced fabrics, fi nishes and products.

Events: May 40

24 November 2018 – 30 June 2019 A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing

The display of six projects explore the challenges of providing housing for all.

Gallery 128a at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

04 - 12 May Grand Designs Live

Every aspect of the home is included here within six project zones, including Kevin’s Green Heroes. ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

08 May - 12 May London Craft Week The fi ve-day event includes workshops, demonstrations, talks, studio tours and exhibitions across the city.

Various locations across London 16 May

RIBA Cambridge CPD Roadshow RIBA CPD Providers Network and RIBA East are providing a full day of free CPD for construction and design professionals. cambridge-cpd-roadshow-2019 Hallmark Hotel Cambridge, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EU

21 - 23 May

Clerkenwell Design Week For three days, British and international design companies celebrate design and architecture in one of London’s most creative quarters. Locations around London EC1

26 – 29 June and 03 - 06 July New Designers 2019

This is the UK’s leading showcase of design graduates from art and design courses across the UK.

Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH 01 - 30 June

London Festival of Architecture With a diverse programme of over 500 events, the annual festival takes places across the city addressing the theme ‘Boundaries’. Various locations, London

07 - 09 June Craft Festival The Craft Festival is one of the south- west’s leading craft events with a wide range of makers and products. Mill Marsh Park, off St John’s Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AL

21 June – 08 July

Free Range Art & Design Show Art and design graduates from over 100 university courses from across the UK. See website for list of exhibiting colleges.

The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

23 May

BIID Lecture Evening: Historic Textiles

The evening features textile experts who discuss the importance of fabric and it’s uses in historic and modern homes. historic-textiles

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

YOU MAY HAVE noticed a fl urry of interest around vegan interior design recently, so I was delighted when Studio asked me to discuss my experience. Conscious design has played a role throughout my career, as I was lucky to be a retail designer for The Body Shop at the start of my career – under Anita Roddick, they pioneered carefully specifi ed interiors (and still do, despite the different owners). When I heard about the course, I leapt on it. My clients are increasingly concerned about

what they buy, how furnishings and fi nishes are produced, health impacts and what happens at the end of a product’s life. Reasons to explore alternatives vary, whether it is because of the animals, people, health, or the environment. Since founding Materialise Interiors, I’ve used alternatives because they are simply the right specifi cation for my client’s needs - they are long-lasting, durable and don’t harbour dust. Technology is moving at a rapid rate and, dare I say it, ‘natural’ is not necessarily what you hope (most likely, it is heavily chemical laden). Many exciting developments in the fashion industry are fl owing into interiors and automotive design – such as leather grown in a lab or derived from food waste (pineapple leaf fi bre, mushrooms, apple fi bres and coconuts). There are many ways animals are used in interiors - leather, suede, skins, wool, silk, down, feathers, fur, paint, adhesives. Backed with facts from PETA, the course highlighted cruelty in the wool industry, the fact that leather is not a by-product (meat is), Chinese and Indian leather is not only bovine, the horror of live-plucked down, the appalling conditions tanners work in and the devastating effect chemicals have on their health. Add to that chemically polluted rivers in Bangladesh and what that means to the communities living next to them and, closer to home, the fact that some paints are still tested on animals. I don’t think these are concerns only for vegans – just as people in general don’t want cruelty in their cosmetics, toiletry or cleaning product choices. Conscious consumption is the future for our industry. As designers, we need to know what we are putting in clients’ homes and businesses and guide them through the process.

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