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28th June ’18

VEGANDESIGN.ORG guest blog


https://vegandesign.org/blog/future-trends-vegan-alternatives-in-commercial-interiors

 

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Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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18th May ’18

SLEEP

Lack of sleep has been proven in many studies to have negative affects on us – our moods, hormone and stress levels . This week for Mental Heath Awareness Week, Mental Health UK and Eve Sleep have published their findings from a sleep study of 2000 people *.
83% of people surveyed say it was stress that prevented them from sleeping.
We are learning that sleep is so important.  After the results of this survey you’ll be glad to know it’s now being recognised as important in the workplace.  So much so that the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have policies as part of their WELL Building Standard to encourage employers to implement**.  These policies include offering employees subsidised sleep related monitors, limits on expectations for the amount of work performed at night, start times at schools ….and even provision for employees to take naps at work!  Yes… short naps are recognised as improving mental and physical sharpness and therefore helping productivity***. They also help to lower stress and improve our mood.  This is bound to have a trickle-down effect and influence employers generally as the standard rolls out. Let’s hope so.
We need to protect our body’s circadian rhythm, which is the internal clock that keeps our hormones and processes in a healthy cycle.  We need to have good ‘sleep hygiene’ – a routine of habits and practices to optimise our sleep quality. Obvious good habits are to keep to the same time for going to bed, not eating too late and avoiding caffeine (and that includes many fizzy drinks too). We should also have a cut off time at night for using screens, using their night-time setting so we aren’t exposed to high levels of light into the evening.
Looking at the bedroom space. Using lower levels of lighting generally in our homes at night also helps us to sleep better – so use those dimmer switches and low level lighting.   At this time of year – your circadian rhythm can be disrupted by the early morning light – especially if your bedroom window faces East.  A good blackout blind or lining will help this.  As you wake – and try and keep that time the similar each day – get as much natural light as you can in the room or consider investing in a wake up light if you particularly struggle to wake in the dark winter mornings.
How ventilated is your bedroom?  Is it easy to ventilate naturally or is the air quality poor where you live?  Could you benefit from using an air purifier?  Philips and Muji both make ones that rate well in trials.  Plants can be used in bedrooms for their air purifying abilities (aloe vera, snake plant and spider plant).  Some even aid sleep such as lavender, jasmine and gardenia according to a study by NASA ****.  There’s even paint you can use that absorbs air pollution *****.
As we look at making our bedrooms a sanctuary, we should also look at our beds and bedding to ensure they aid sleep too.  How long have you had that duvet and pillows?  ‘Natural’ feather pillows and duvets attract dust….as much as a third of the weight of them could be dust mite and bug droppings ******.  Bad news for allergy sufferers.  Lots of chemicals are used to process these ‘natural’ fillings – making them not natural at all.  Sadly ‘natural’ means abuse of animals as well.  The gruesome and cruel method of ‘live plucking’ is how down is harvested.  There’s no reliable chain of custody – so there’s no such thing as ‘ethical down’.  A pillow contains the down from 12 geese to fill and a single duvet is filled with the down of 32 geese.  I strongly feel that ‘natural’ is no longer the best.  Feathers and wool play a part in this ‘quality’ myth and the animal welfare standards are grim for them as well.  Best avoided.  The first thing I did after qualifying as VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™ was to research and replace all our bedding.  Luxury is now all about innovative materials and natural is not luxurious at all.   Fogarty do ‘Just Like Down’ pillows and there’s lots of high quality choices at retailers like TK Maxx. You need to go to the store and feel them and check out the plumpness for yourself. Debenham’s ‘Feels Like Down’ duvet won a PETA Vegan Homeware Award last year. When I replace ours again in future I’ll be buying a breathable 100% cotton duvet as I find I get hot in the night.  The general advice is to replace pillows every three years and duvets every five years*******. A good mattress lasts 9 to 10 years, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but consider replacing yours every 5 to 7 years if  you don’t sleep well as it could be the reason.  Mattresses can be recycled into new mattresses – John Lewis make them.  So you can sleep on an ethical mattress too.
If we spend a third of our lifetime in bed – then let’s get the best quality sleep we can to protect our mental health and wellness.

 

References:

* source:        https://d1wk4hs734fd0n.cloudfront.net/assets/genesis/landing_pages/MHAW/eve_    mattress_infographic_final.png

**source: The WELL Building Standard    http://standard.wellcertified.com/mind/healthy-sleep-policy

***source: The WELL Building Standard  http://standard.wellcertified.com/mind/adaptable-spaces

**** source: https://archive.org/details/nasa_techdoc_19930072988

***** source: http://www.airlite.com

******source: Dr. Mercola’s Natural Health Newsletter  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/04/12/mites-flame-retardant-chemicals-in-pillows.aspx

*******source: The Good Housekeeping Institute  https://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/institute/household-advice/cleaning-tips/3-reasons-you-should-change-your-duvet

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer®    
VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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1st May ’18

THE GREEN REGISTER

I’m really happy to now be part of The Green Register – a community of construction professionals.  The not-for-profit organisation educates us in sustainable building practices.

I recently attended a one day course on updating traditional and historic buildings were we learnt about the options to improve energy efficiency whilst using sustainable solutions.  The construction of a building has so much affect on the health and wellbeing of those people who use and visit it.  I found there were many overlaps with my WELL AP study from The International WELL Building Institute.  I found the course really interesting and valuable, and it was great to meet the other participants.

Did you know a ‘historic building’ is any building from 1919 or before?  That’s 20-25% of the UK’s housing stock!  Worth learning about…

www.greenregister.org.uk

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer®    
VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sustainabledesign 
#buildingbiology
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
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1st February ’18

I’M VEGAN DESIGNER OF THE MONTH!

I’m very proud to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™.  This is a pretty big deal for me. It’s really exciting to be recognised as ‘Designer of the Month’ especially as it’s based in the US with a network globally.

Read about it here: https://vegandesign.org/…/designer-of-the-month-chloe-bullo…

If anyone is interested in doing the course I’d really encourage you to do it. We need to know more and question where things we specify for our homes and business interiors come from so we can make informed choices.  You can use this discount code to get a 10% discount: CBULLOCK10

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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22nd January ’18

VEGAN INTERIOR DESIGN

It’s been Veganuary and veganism is the hot topic.  It’s so good we are really thinking about what we consume or buy.  You don’t have to be vegan to make your home or business cruelty free. There’s such easy choices you can make that don’t involve animal suffering.

I’m one of the first interior designers in the UK to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™

I thought I had a good understanding of what went on as we had to scrutinise every material used in the store design when I was a designer for The Body Shop International.  Sadly there was lots I didn’t know.  I was horrified to learn about live plucking, the cruelty of the wool industry and the horror of the leather industry for the tannery workers as well as the animals (notice I’m not saying cows) that are skinned.

I’ve been an interior designer for over 20 years and am constantly researching and sourcing better choices for my clients. They are usually better performing too.  I’m been subconsciously delivering vegan interiors for years but I’m really wanting to seek out more for clients and include as many ethically sourced and eco-friendly elements as I can.  It’s a passion.  I really love to research and learn.

After I completed the course I made some changes at home.  There’s things I learnt that might help you – so I promise to write a later blog about it.

 

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
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8th December ’17

NEW WEBSITE AND BRANDING LAUNCH

Well you’ve obviously already have seen it because you’re here – but I’ve just updated the website after some terrific advice from my friend and mentor LuAnn Nigara.

Although I love all sectors of interior design, my The Body Shop background naturally led me to the commercial interior design sector which I really enjoy.  I think I find it more challenging – having the extra layer of safety in the specifications used and I really do like to design a shopfront and work with a graphic designer on it’s signage (Dan Hinde, Stoats & Weasels, Star Deluxe to name but a few!).  I’ve recently been working with the very talented Alex Borg on a (secret) project and I thought as I’ve been in business for 12 years it’d be good to mark it with a lovely new logo designed by him.  I hope you like it!

LuAnn encouraged me to show large photos of projects instantly, as soon as someone reaches the site – and she said to show the project type I love the most. Which I have to say are ‘eateries’.  Not just restaurants but cafes, refectories, lounges and pubs as well.  One day I’d really love to combine my two favourites: ethical sourcing and an eatery project.  You never know – it might happen!

Thank yous to: LuAnn Nigara, Nancy Ganzekaufer, Murray Dolan, Alex Borg, Teri Vincent, Wayne Matthews-Stroud, Paul Curtiss, Sue and Ian Bullock

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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31st October ’17

ANNEXE BUILDING HANDED OVER – COMPLETING THE ‘KINGS BRIGHTON’ PROJECT

The small but so, so useful annexe building in Oxford Place, opposite Kings Brighton has been handed over to Clients Kings Colleges today.

It provides classrooms, laboratories and a large bright art room at the top.  This is the final stage of the project which I’ve been working on over the last three years.

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
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13th July ’17

THE BEACH BUS IN MINIATURE!

Fans of the ‘Beach bus’ designed for Brighton & Hove Buses by Harrison Agency and Materialise Interiors can now buy their very own 1:76 scale model from Corgi.

What a huge compliment that they chose that one to miniaturise!

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BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
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23rd June ’17

‘KINGS BRIGHTON’ MAIN BUILDING HANDS OVER, GAINING ‘VERY GOOD’ BREEAM RATING

We’ve just completed a brand new building next to The Level in Brighton for my regular and lovely client – Kings Colleges. It’s a large building and has been quite a project. A team of us have been working on this project over two and a half years. I worked closely with the client and wider team on the design, specification, implementation and installation. We are all so happy with the result.

It sits on the site of the former Buxton’s furniture store. The 5 storey building is comprised of a cafeteria, reception, outside areas, offices, resource centre, 17 classrooms, accommodation (62 bedrooms!) and student common rooms.

Kings Brighton website

Instagram Kings Brighton building
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BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
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#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
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16th June ’17

A REFIT PLUS A NEW LOCATION FOR REAL PATISSERIE

Lots has been going on for Real Patisserie recently.

Look out for their spacious new shop at 147 Church Road, Hove and the newly updated small but perfectly formed original first shop at 43 Trafalgar Street, Brighton. Both with fantastic in-house bakeries and such lovely staff.

It’s been great to be part of the team again….wishing you all the very best!

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Real Patisserie Trafalgar Street

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
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18th March ’16

BIID NEWS – NEW Registered Interior Designer® TITLE

The industry’s professional body – the BIID – announces the new ‘Registered Interior Designer®’ title….
http://biid.org.uk/news/biid-announces-launch-of-new-biid-registered-interior-designer-title

Materialise Interiors has been a member since 2013.
https://biid.org.uk/about/registered

British Institute of Interior Design registered interior designer collective mark

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
#interiordesignsussex 
#interiordesignforbusinesses 
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#collaborate

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22nd December ’15

TWENTYONEDENTAL WINS BEST NEW PRACTICE AT THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY AWARDS

My clients Adyl Asani and Mark Rayner won ‘Best New Practice’ at the Private Dentistry Awards 2015 held this month for their clinic TwentyOneDental.
Read about it here….
The Argus 22 Dec 15

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
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27th November ’15

SBID INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

It was a great award ceremony at The Dorchester hotel. With award entries from 41 countries, I was very flattered to be a finalist there.

There were two very worthy winners in my category as one was awarded overall winner 2015.  Both Dutch companies. You really can’t beat Dutch design – well done winners!
Tinker Imagineers SBID Awards

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
#interiordesignsussex 
#interiordesignforbusinesses 
#interiordesignforhomes
#collaborate

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23rd November ’15

MATERIALISE INTERIORS IS 10!

Well, this is a wonderfully exciting week for Materialise Interiors!

It’s the 10th birthday of starting the business, after leaving the security of 10 years as a designer at The Body Shop’s head office.

On top of that great anniversary, this week is a bonkers one. The awards ceremony for the SBID International Design Awards at the Dorchester Hotel is later this week ….and because of the award nomination, I’m invited to the House Of Lords today for afternoon tea!

I will let you know how the week goes!
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BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
#interiordesignsussex 
#interiordesignforbusinesses 
#interiordesignforhomes
#collaborate

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15th October ’15

SCIENCE BUS PROJECT FOR MILE OAK SCHOOL

Work is underway on the ‘Science Bus’ for Mile Oak Primary School. I’m working on the design with the talented Adam Collier-Woods who’s ‘Big Green Bus’ conversion was featured in detail on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces’. We are converting the bus into a science discovery centre which will be permanently housed in the grounds of the school.

Samantha Heselden and the team at Brighton & Hove Buses have been pivotal in making this project happen for the school. There’s been lots of other generous benefactors including Martyn Industrials, Thermoserv, Shoreham Port Authority and Sunbury Fabrics. There’s more to come too including wonderful artwork by Jason McQuillen of ‘iownthisart’ and the kind help offered by parents of children at the school.

It’s such a brilliant project to be involved in and I’m proud to be part of the team!
Science Bus day 3

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
#interiordesignsussex 
#interiordesignforbusinesses 
#interiordesignforhomes
#collaborate

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8th September ’15

TWENTYONEDENTAL IS A FINALIST FOR BEST NEW PRACTICE AT THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY AWARDS

I’m very happy to tell you that my project for TwentyOneDental</a href> in Hove, Sussex
is a finalist in this year’s SBID’s Design Excellence Award – Healthcare Design category.

It’s up for public vote now until Friday 18th September at 5.30pm.

If you’d like to vote then here’s the link…
http://internationaldesignexcellenceawards.com/finalist/submission-1/

Finalist Logo 2015

 

BIID Registered Interior Designer® Vegan design specialist.
Commercial & residential.
South East. Call 01273 699922.
#ethicaldesign 
#sociallyconsciousinteriordesign 
#crueltyfreeinteriordesign​ ​
#crueltyfreedesign
#vegandesign​ ​
#restaurantdesign
#interiordesignerbrighton 
#interiordesignbrighton 
#interiordesignersussex 
#interiordesignsussex 
#interiordesignforbusinesses 
#interiordesignforhomes
#collaborate

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