UKAA Roundtable – Manchester & London

‘The Impact of Interior Design on wellbeing’

Meet the Speakers –

Havwoods – Rachel Cunliffe (BDM) – A talk on wood and wellbeing

LOFT – Lauren Maylor (Head of Design) ‘The Impact of Interior Design on wellbeing’

The Artful Project – ‘The Impact of Art in Interiors’ – Kirstin Knell & Rachel Hotchkiss (London Event)

Manchester Location – Squire Patton Boggs – inspirationally designed offices – followed by the UKAA Xmas Drinks

London Location – LOFT Design Studio, Fitzrovia – followed by lunch and networking

The UKAA alongside LOFT will be hosted roundtable events in both London and Manchester.

We spend an average of 90% of our lives indoors and the design of our living spaces affects our emotional state of mind in both a positive and negative way. Design should be responsive to resident’s needs, behaviours and requirements, offering users freedom of choice and control over their environment.

Our first speaker, Rachel Cunliffe from Havwoods provided a RIBA accredited CPD on ‘Wood and wellbeing’ in interiors.  She covered various aspect of the meaning of ‘wellbeing’ and why it matters.  Providing insight into ‘Healthy Buildings’ and ‘Healthy Materials’.  She was able to provide insight into the connection between wood and wellbeing and futureproofing the use of wood in interiors.

Many aspects of Rachels presentation dove-tailed nicely into Lauren’s talk on ‘The Impact of Interior Design on wellbeing’ – Lauren referenced the ‘Health and Wellbeing Report’ by the UK Green Building Council.  Lauren emphasised on the aesthetic and physical issues affecting wellbeing in interiors – from colour, lighting, balance and symmetry through to space planning and furniture.  By delving deeper into the importance of social interaction in co-living and BTR schemes, Lauren was able to provide insight into the importance of flexible and well-designed amenity spaces.  A main feature in Lauren’s presentation, was the importance of engaging Interior Designers and operators early on enough in the process when designing these spaces with the occupant in mind, to not only increase tenant retention rates, but to also dramatically enhance the lives of the people we design for.

Rachel and Kirsten from The Artful Project took to the stand to discuss the importance of Art within interiors, and the science behind art.  They looked at the introduction of different colours, tones, hues, and balance within interiors.  They also emphasised the changing requirements of the end user – and touch on the fact Millennials are more interested in art than ever before.  There is no place for bad art!

The Q & A part of the events provided some interesting debate – are clients really understanding the importance of the wellbeing of their tenants? Is there enough research and data to warrant spending more on internal finishes? What will the sector look like in 5 years’ time? How can we influence clients to take steps to focus on health and wellbeing without impacting the cost of the project?

Both events were well attended by Developers, suppliers, agents, operators and designers and were followed by refreshments and networking to further discuss the topic, and the discussion points raised after the presentation.

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