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  • Modern Sustainability: What’s New in Green Architecture?

    The adverse effects of climate change and global warming, destruction of habitats, endangered species, and unbalanced ecosystems are all caused by the negative impacts of human activities on the environment. Because of this, different sectors are now innovating ways to be more eco-friendly. The field of architecture’s response to this dilemma is the growth and development of green architecture.

    What is “Green Architecture”?

    Green architecture is a movement to counteract the environmental impact of humankind. This is a shared philosophy of architects worldwide to be more mindful of nature when working on a project. However, green architecture doesn’t mean humans need to sacrifice their lifestyle for the environment. On the contrary, this type of architecture uses technology to restore the harmonious relationship between humankind and nature without compromising the comfort and convenience that humans enjoy now.

    What are the famous green architecture techniques?

    There are many ways to apply green architecture, like using renewable and sustainable energy sources, designing calamity-proof buildings, and upgrading old facilities with new technology. Below is a list of the most used techniques in green architecture.

    Green roofs and roof gardens

    This architectural style utilises the space on the roof of homes and buildings. For example, green roofs use a waterproof membrane so you can plant herbs and flowers directly on the roof, while a roof garden follows the same concept but uses pots and containers. Both techniques can cover a roof fully or partially. You can even put a recreational spot or a rooftop cafe alongside your plants. In addition, green roofs and gardens produce local food and spices, lessen air pollution, and make the buildings more beautiful.

    Eco-friendly walls

    There are different techniques to make walls eco-friendly. One example is a green wall with soil and water delivery mechanisms inside to cater to vegetation growth. Green walls can reduce urban heat, improve building insulation, absorb stormwater, and give a stunning indoor or outdoor view. Another architectural and engineering technique is the retaining wall system which uses eco-friendly and durable materials. Retaining wall systems are also designed to prevent soil erosion and soil pollution.

    Rain gardens

    A rain garden is a fantastic rain catcher. It features a water drainage system that collects rainwater and directs it to a garden. The garden will then soak and purify the water. As a result, the clean water will flow to rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, and other bodies of water with fewer pollutants. This technique helps lessen water pollution and decrease urban heat.

    Light shelves

    A light shelf is placed near windows to reduce flares and allows more natural light to enter the room. It also makes the room warmer, which is energy-efficient for cold places. A light shelf is often partnered with blinds, smart windows, or other control mechanisms for warmer areas.

    Final thoughts

    The field of green architecture keeps on growing as companies and business owners can see its benefits. The possibilities of a greener and more sustainable future are endless; these green architecture techniques are just a few examples.

  • The SBID International Design Awards Is Open for 2022 Entries!

    The Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID) is back with its industry-acclaimed interior design awards for 2022.

    Entries opened for 2022 with Early Bird rates, inviting designers to submit before 14 March to take advantage of exclusive entry pricing.

    Set to champion the world’s most skilled and accomplished creative professionals as the UK’s home for interior design excellence, the SBID will celebrate another year of outstanding interior design solutions with the 13th annual edition of the esteemed SBID International Design Awards.

    Equipped with an assembly of expert judges, the judging panel features a host of revered industry figures from some of the most exciting companies at the forefront of design, media and business. With Global Digital Director of Architectural Digest, David Kaufman; Executive Editor for ELLE DÉCOR (US), Ingrid Abramovitch; Dean and Professor of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Sarah Whiting; and CEO of Rigby & Rigby, Iain Johnson (to name a few), entrants have a unique opportunity to showcase their work on the SBID Awards’ global stage and exhibit designs directly to an audience of distinguished professional peers, press and potential clients.

    With award categories spanning both the commercial and residential sectors across Interior Design, Product Design and Fit Out, SBID welcomes entries from all corners of the professional design community, who work together to drive industry standards and produce the exceptional interior environments that shape the way we live, work and play.

    Entries will close for 2022 at 5pm (BST) on 23 May 2022.

    Visit sbidawards.com to find out more!

  • Entertain in style with dwell

    From a comforting and cosy family meal to a Friday night dinner party with friends, the winter and festive months are all about entertaining. Starting with the dining table, it’s the foundation of any well-designed dining room. It’s functional but it also provides an attractive focal point and helps to ground the room. You can either create impact and make a bold statement by choosing a more contemporary design or go more luxurious with a marble-top option – either option will add a superior and welcoming finish to any interior.

    For those who love entertaining, an extendable dining table makes for a versatile option as it will allow you to easily seat more guests without compromising on style. This can then be complemented by introducing a lovely table bench or plush seating. It’s important to make sure your dining chairs not only look the part but feel comfortable too. For spaces that require kitchen-diner configurations, select a bar stool that will perfectly offset your cabinetry – this is a great opportunity to create visual contrast whilst adding an insta-worthy finishing touch to the space.

    You can also take your dining room to the next level with a coloured chair design  – this will add a hint of playfulness and will help to inject personality into the space. Choose from bold pink colours to rich blues in either a faux leather or velvet fabric, the design possibilities are truly endless. To finalise your dining room for winter entertaining, you can add in hints of luxury by accessorising the space with rugs, ambient lighting or high-quality dinnerware for the ultimate in modern living. You can also make mealtimes more memorable with unique glassware or pretty champagne, tumbler and wine glasses. Across the dwell range we have a superior choice of dining room furniture designs that will add the perfect finishing touch to any space.



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  • 3 Excellent Reasons to Renovate your Bedroom

    3 Excellent Reasons to Renovate your Bedroom

    No matter how much you love going out to socialize or spending time working at the office, there will always be that one place you can’t wait to get home to – your bedroom.  This is the room in your house that you can call your personal space, a place to relax, forget about the daily stressors around you, and rest. Time spent alone is precious as we are constantly around people anywhere we go. While that may be enjoyable, you will want to have privacy in a comfortable and conducive place for unwinding and recharging.

    Although the bedroom may very well be the essential room of the house, we typically take it for granted when we start making renovations at home. Instead, we focus on the living room, kitchen, or bathroom when it comes to redecorating. While these rooms are essential, your bedroom requires as much attention as it is where you get the respite and the much-needed sleep you need to have the energy to perform your best daily. Thus, you should treat your bedroom to a facelift and even invest in fitted bedrooms and wardrobes from www.myfittedbedroom.com and give it that stylish look and make your bedroom neat and organised.

    Here are some excellent reasons to renovate your bedroom.

    1. You sleep better

    Doctors recommend that we sleep 7-8 hours a day to stay healthy. Sleep is essential to build up energy, heal cells, and recharge after work and other activities you do each day. Your bedroom is where you spend your sleeping hours, so it must provide you with the comfort you need to have a restful sleep. If you are uncomfortable, you will find it challenging to get your much-needed rest, making you feel too tired to carry out your daily activities. Additionally, your health suffers when you lack sleep.

    • It is your haven

    Your daily life can be pretty active, from your job to your family responsibilities and chores. You know that everything needs to be done, so you do your best to accomplish what you need to for the day. It is no surprise that you feel exhausted and would want to have the time and place to rest without disruptions from the outside world. Your bedroom is that private place. If you are not happy with the way it looks and not comfortable within its confines, it defeats its purpose of performing its function. Remodelling your bedroom will transform it into a pleasant room where you can leave your cares behind and enjoy your privacy in an ideal environment.

    • It makes you happy

    After completing the renovations, you will find yourself feeling happy about the result. Your bedroom is how you imagined it to be, and you will love every minute you spend there. You will also find yourself in a more positive state of mind, from entering your bedroom and being greeted by a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere to leaving it feeling energetic and ready to start your day.

    There is a sense of satisfaction from renovating your bedroom, and you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t get it done sooner. Therefore, if you feel that you enjoy spending more time inside your bedroom, you may want to start getting your renovations on the way.

  • Momentum is building ahead of Surface Design Show 2022 Over 100 exhibitors already participating

    After a year of virtual events, Surface Design Show is getting ready to host the design industry again enabling people to meet, be updated on the latest surface materials and designs, be enthused by its unique content and educated by a range of talented speakers who have come to tell their inspiring design stories.

    The dates to remember are 8-10 February 2022, and the show will take place at the Business Design Centre, London.

    With 100 exhibitors already signed up to participate, including over 25 New Talents, the UK’s leading event for architects and designers to explore the best in surface material innovation is getting ready to make up for lost time and is back with some much-loved areas as well as some new ones for visitors to discover.

    Many of the exhibitors will bring to the show an abundance of new product launches, inspired by the theme ‘Sense of Place,’ with the goal of putting humanity and the planet’s wellbeing at the heart of all decision making.

    In the realm of new product launches, Armourcoat, a decorative surface finishes specialist, has just announced the launch of its new natural clay lime plaster ‘Clime,’ adding to their ever-growing sustainable product range.

    Surface Matter will also be displaying its sweet materials pop-up shop stand. The stand is inspired by Surface Matter’s material studio in London Fields which is described by architects and designers as a ‘sweet shop for materials.’ Visitors to the stand will find anything from LED lights sprinkled like 100s and 1000s, to chocolate bars made of compressed paper composite Richlite and circular Plasticiet lollipops.

    There will be a comprehensive talks programme with over 50 speakers from diverse design backgrounds. New for this year are the ‘Legends Live’ sessions, taking place on the Main Stage and involving industry leaders interviewing someone in or connected to the industry who is their ‘Legend’.

    Highlighting again at Surface Design Show will be Light School and its content partner, Light Talks, together they are the home of architectural lighting. Surfaces and lighting are natural friends – to bring out the best in surfaces they need good lighting. For architectural lighting suppliers this is the opportunity to influence architects and interior designers in the role lighting can play in their future projects. This year’s Light Talks theatre will be organised in partnership with the Institution of Lighting Professionals and iGuzzini.

    Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Stone Gallery, which in partnership with Stone Federation GB, brings to Surface Design Show an exclusive preview of natural stone. The Stone Tapestry, curated by Squire & Partners, is a bespoke installation piece exploring innovative textures, light, colour and pattern to create a tapestry of inspiring materials from around the world.

    Italy’s Confindustria Marmomacchine will, for the first time, be bringing a pavilion of 10 natural stone companies to exhibit in Stone Gallery.

    One of the highly anticipated and unique parts of the show is the New Talent section. Supporting new talent is a key focus for Surface Design Show. This year over 30 participants, will display a range of sophisticated and innovative designs, from textile designs featuring augmented reality to 3d tiles of eco resin and waste materials. Many of the participants this year also show a recurring focus of using natural materials and dyes.

    New Talent is curated by Trendease International and held in Partnership with Canon UK.

    Each year visitors also look forward to Surface Spotlight Live, a focal point of inspiration for designers to touch and compare the very latest material prototypes. Sustainability is the key for SSL as developers look to bring to market an extraordinary range of materials.

    Surface Spotlight Live will highlight the Show’s ‘Sense of Place’ theme and will be curated again by trend and colour expert Sally Angharad and held in Partnership with CD (UK).

    The Show will also host the presentation of the prestigious Surface Design Awards, recognising and rewarding the most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects worldwide. Judged by some of the leading names in the industry, the 2021 edition had 107 entries spanning 15 different countries. There are 12 Awards divided into 8 different categories with an interior and exterior surface for the majority, with each project being judged on a variety of criteria including materials used, type of surface, sustainability, and aesthetic design.

    New for 2022 is the Architectural Photography category which will recognise the most outstanding photography achievements in architecture and interior design. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter this Award.

    Partners for the 2022 Surface Design Awards include Armourcoat, Business Design Centre and Mass Concrete.

    To stay informed and receive an email notification when visitor registration opens, sign up for show updates here: www.surfacedesignshow.com/contact/keep-me-posted

  • Design London to make its London Design Festival debut in creative Greenwich, 22-25 September 2021

    Excitement is building around the reopening of events and Design London is gearing up to welcome the architecture and design community to London’s new favourite neighbourhood, North Greenwich, for its inaugural event. Taking place from 22-25 September, Design London, will be the largest official trade destination at this year’s London Design Festival marking a new phase for what was formerly known as 100% Design, the U.K.’s longest running trade show dedicated to design.

    The dynamic and propelling show will be housed in Magazine London, a brand new, state-of-the-art venue on the Greenwich Peninsula overlooking Canary Wharf and just a short walk from North Greenwich Station and the shiny new Design District Continue Reading

  • Hospitality Design Show is back!

    Big announcement: the Hospitality Design Show is back and taking place at the ExCeL, London on the 28th & 29th of September! The following expo is the UK’s leading hospitality event for the design trends, ideas and innovations that are inspiring the industry’s creatives. The Hospitality Design Show promises a surplus of design innovations, insights and educational content, ensuring hospitality businesses effortlessly sync functionality and style. Continue Reading

  • Clerkenwell OPEN – 9th and 10th September 2021 – Organised by BCFA and WOD

    The time has come to mingle with like-minded people and network in real time again.

    This new two day ‘OPEN’ showroom trail event, running on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th September aims to provide a focus and a clear statement that Clerkenwell is “alive” again, and will provide a combined opportunity for architects, designers, specifiers , dealers and end users to network in person and exchange views. Continue Reading