Being able to take a good photograph is an important part of an interior designer’s daily life, from capturing ideas that inspire you, to documenting your project work for clients. Here are some great tips from world renowned documentary photographer Steve McCurry, famous for his “Afghan Girl” image, on how to improve your photographs.
Set to run from January 22nd – 25th 2015
Now in its 17th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers and leading products.
Many times at Rhodec International we’re asked to recommend Interior Design reference books, below are a few that anyone interested in design, decoration or architecture should read.
A HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN by John Pile. Comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated, right up to date with modern trends. Not cheap, but quite possibly the only History reference book you’ll need. 400 illustrations including 200 in colour (ISBN: 9781856695961)
THAMES & HUDSON WORLD OF ART PAPERBACKS Invaluable guides to historical periods, each approx. 200 pages, fully illustrated in colour and black and white. Roman Art and Architecture; The Classical Language of Architecture; The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance; Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance; Palladio and Palladianism; Baroque and Rococo; The Architecture of the 18th Century; Victorian Architecture; The Arts and Crafts Movement; Art Deco; De Stijl; Bauhaus; Design Since 1945; Interior Design of the 20th Century; Furniture: A Concise History; The Sources of Modern Architecture and Design; Industrial Design; American Architecture; Western Architecture – A Survey; Modern Architecture: A Critical History; Cathedrals of England.
REEKIE’S ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING Fraser Reekie, considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject. Mr. Reekie lectured alongside the founder of Rhodec and was awarded both the RIBA Bossam and RIBA Grissell Gold Medals. Here he brings his vast experience to bear on what is for many the most esoteric of subjects. Nearly 300 pages of authoritative, easy-to-read text and many straightforward plans and illustrations. Fully updated and now includes a chapter on CAD (ISBN: 9780340573242)
DRAW INTERIORS Mary Seymour Visual and practical approach to the subject, with dozens of samples.ISBN: (9780713683059)
Building Construction ‘Construction for Interior Designers’ -Longman Art & Design- Paperback by Roland Ashcroft
Interior Design Illustrated’ (Paperback) by Francis D. K. Ching (Author), Corky Binggeli (Author) The Interior Design Course Thames & Hudson by Tomaz Tangaz ISBN (978-0500-28598-5)
Building Construction Illustrated – Wiley, by Frank Ching, Cassandra Adams
2001 ISBN: 0471358983, 9780471358985
The series recently returned to BBC2 after a nine month break. The shows format tasks three amateur interior designers to each decorate a room to a brief by a client and the winner goes through to the next round.
Each Interior Designer is given a budget of £1,000 and an upcycled project to help the judges Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and interior stylist – decide who goes through.
The first heat saw oil-rig draughtsman Scott, college lecturer Fiona and young mother Francesca each take on a living room in a trio of neighbouring 17th-century Cotswolds cottages
Episode two saw actor Michael, school teacher Anne and antiques restorer Sandy each face the task of renovating a 1920s beach hut in Canford Cliffs Dorset.
Episode three saw another set of new amateur designers head to Lavenham in Suffolk. Presenter Tom Dyckhoff tasks mother-of-two Leila, tea shop owner Kate and furniture restorer Scott (above) with transforming crooked bedrooms in three grand medieval homes.
So far, not all the designers ideas have received admiration from the judges. Could you do better? Who will win?
The Great Interior Design Challenge is on BBC Two at 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Situated just around the corner from the Rhodec International office is the “Brighton Waste House”, which investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy, permanent building using over 85% waste material from household and construction sites.
Now completed, the building is Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building.
The project proves a low energy building can be constructed almost entirely by young people studying construction trades, architecture & design. Over 300 students worked on the project which was initially fabricated in the City College of Brighton and Hove workshops, and then assembled and completed by students and apprentices between May 2013 and April 2014.
Materials used within the construction include, unused bricks, ply sheets and leftover timber cut offs from construction projects. Denim jeans, video cassettes, DVD’s and even old plastic razors have been used to fill the wall cavities for insulation. How effective these materials will turn out to be is being monitored by a Phd student from the Faculty of Science 7 Engineering