May 25th is a special day in my calendar as it is World Interiors Day and it is not only about celebrating interiors but bringing awareness to design in all forms from your house, the surfaces you have and the furniture you sit on. And it is even more special this year as it is the 50th anniversary of celebrating interiors worldwide.
The International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers (IFI) this year focuses on “Design around the globe” and how communication has created accessible design around the world. Events are held by individual companies and designers and allows them to choose how they want to celebrate.
As a professional in the industry of course it is exciting for me to explore new ways of looking at interiors and architecture as cities around the world put on exhibitions that are not only for the industry but for students and the general public. When I first started design, ‘googling’ a fabric, a design or looking up a contact wasn’t an option. It was the yellow pages, library reference books, buying the latest interior magazine and book and relying on printed pamphlets from companies.
Today searching for new and exciting designs is incredibly easy and virtual travel has made the industry very accessible to gaining new designs, materials and this is incredibly valuable when you are always trying to stay one step ahead and create new and unique interiors.
This year I am celebrating by actually traveling physically instead of virtually to one of my favourite places, New York. My favourite? Well it will be my first time but I feel I almost know the city from pouring through design manuals, listening to designers when they come to Melbourne and of course devouring the sets from Sex and the City and peeking inside the exquisite real estate show of Selling New York.
I imagine you will see me on the streets of New York with my jaw on the pavement as it will become a reality instead of a fantasy.
What excites me about the architecture and interiors of New York is its mix of period detail and breaking modern design. When extreme design styles sit with each other in harmony it becomes the perfect platform to create a truly unique interior while still having a sense of home.
So how can you celebrate World Interiors Day? Why not take those magazines you have been collecting and set some time aside and create your own awareness. Think of an item you are really wanting to include in your home it could be a chair, a lamp or a couch then find at least three that you love. It could be the colour, the shape or the fabric you love but select it because you just love it and have to have. Then research it, find out who the designer is and what their story is, what materials it is made of and what country/city it is made in.
Each piece in your home holds a story whether you have an emotional attachment to it or the journey it made to get to its final destination. Finding the story of this piece may help you decide which out of the three is more suited to who you are, rather than just focusing on the look of it. I love it when you walk into someone’s home and you admire a certain piece and then the owner tells ‘its’ story. So why not this World Interiors Day, find an piece that will add a new story to your home.
Find out more at www.ifiworld.org