sustainable design

HeiQ expands application of HeiQ Allergen Tech to upholstery fabric through collaboration with Culp

The collaboration aims to extend the proven benefits enjoyed by thousands of end-users in their bedrooms to all living spaces, as the two companies extend the use of HeiQ Allergen Tech beyond sleeping products. 

Mercury Mosaics elevates subway tile with a geometric edge 

Mercury Mosaics is the premiere maker of bespoke, handcrafted ceramic tiles, where the beauty of art and tile precision coalesce. Offering a diverse portfolio of hand-cut and hand-glazed products, the team of artisans demonstrate a steadfast commitment to creating unique, beautiful offerings while prioritizing environmental sustainability. With an array of ready-to-ship classics and blends, as well as the ability to undertake custom projects, Mercury Mosaics has positioned itself as a trusted partner in the realm of architecture and design. For more information, visit www.mercurymosaics.com.

The story of Home Front Build is one of roots and revivals

There is sometimes a perception about the history of Los Angeles that would have us believe that native Angelenos – as in, families with well-established roots in the city – are few and far between. While it may be true that the City of Angels endlessly attracts new and diverse citizens, it’s not so difficult to find families with a deep generational heritage.  Case in point: our Fuller Resident clients. 

Gush is a sustainable paint brand that colours and cleans the world one wall at a time

Meet Gush, a Singaporean advanced materials brand on a mission to create innovative products at the intersection of sustainability and wellness. From air-purifying paints to solar window films, Gush products are designed to improve indoor air quality and reduce energy consumption, while adding a splash of colour to homes.

Interior designer Lucy Penfield assumes ASID MN presidency with sustainability top of mind

Lucy Penfield, a Minneapolis-based interior and product designer known for imaginative and colorful decor, has assumed the presidency of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota chapter, effective October 1. With more than 30 years of experience in the design industry, Penfield brings her passion for color, mentoring, and sustainability to lead the chapter during her one-year term.

Polywood’s Sustainable Buddy Bench brings one young woman’s inclusive vision to wider market

Teen entrepreneur Sammie Vance dreamt of getting her Buddy Benches out to schools and community groups nationwide; now a socially-conscious furniture brand is helping.

Introducing: Design Maestro with Scott Harris

Whether you’re a seasoned designer, architectural aficionado, or someone taking their first steps into this captivating realm, I invite you to join me on this monthly journey. Expect insights, stories, and perspectives that will inspire, challenge, and spark conversations.

CarbonShack collaborates with ByFusion on upcycled furniture line Bright Seas  

CarbonShack’s interior design products are made locally or within an environmentally-conscious distance (300-400 miles); made by local workers, including individual artisans; and employ manufacturing processes that minimize environmental impacts. 

“Bright Seas” will formally debut at WestEdge Design Fair in November, and was previewed at the La Cienega Design Quarter LEGENDS event in Los Angeles, as part of CarbonShack’s window design.

Jessica Bantom on design for diversity, inclusivity and your bottom line

Jessica Bantom, known as, The Design DEIB Consultant, is the industry’s leading figure in the field of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). Her overarching mission revolves around empowering design industry professionals to enhance their cultural competence, enabling them to create in a manner that respects and celebrates humanity. These shifts are also reflected in their bottom lines. Click play on the video below to watch Jessica Bantom in conversation with DNN Editor in Chief Courtney Porter:
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Jessica Bantom to give keynote at Fall High Point Market 2023
Why has the inclusion of identity in design become increasingly crucial today? How can designers proactively adapt to stay ahead of the cultural and demographic transformations influencing our customer base and the talent available to us?
Discover insights to these inquiries and more at our Keynote Series featuring Jessica Bantom, the author of “Design for Identity: How to Design Authentically for a Diverse World.” This event is presented by the High Point Market Authority in collaboration with the Diversity Advocacy Alliance. Visit here to learn more about the keynote.
About Design for Identity
Design encompasses not just expression, but also serves as a creative act and a vital service. However, despite the profession’s mission to design for everyone, diversity within the field remains startlingly limited. In her upcoming book, Jessica Bantom delves into the profound implications of design in our daily lives, spanning environments, products, imagery, and the fashion industry. Frequently, design concepts rest upon assumptions and stereotypes that fail to resonate with the diverse lives and values of customers. Some company symbols and brands, such as Aunt Jemima, have long ignited controversy, but it’s only recently that a corporate social awakening has taken hold. As our society undergoes demographic shifts and becomes increasingly diverse, varied perspectives are too often disregarded unless compelled by public outcry.
Bantom explores the concept of human-centered design, which delves into the complexities of identity: how people live, their values, and the factors that shape their perspectives and experiences. The foundation of human-centered design lies in direct engagement with customers, identifying their challenges, and collaborating to test ideas and solutions. It is imperative for businesses to embrace this paradigm shift and shed outdated mindsets if they aspire to thrive. Bantom elucidates the six habits of culturally competent designers that can drive this transformation, yielding design solutions that resonate with individuals from diverse backgrounds. She presents a Design for Identity Blueprint that pays homage to humanity, celebrates diversity, fosters equity and inclusion, and ensures that the design profession mirrors the evolving realities of our world. This enlightening book is slated for release in the spring of 2023.
More about Jessica Bantom
Jessica Bantom is a combines the practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), with interior design consultation. She passionately believes that immediate action can be taken by all to generate positive outcomes for those who have historically faced exclusion. In addition to her role as a leadership coach and consultant, she is dedicated to empowering aspiring allies to take actions that result in meaningful change for historically marginalized communities.
Throughout her distinctive career, Jessica’s consistent theme has been a deep concern for people’s well-being. She approaches her work, whether it involves designing systems, strategies, experiences, or spaces, with a fundamental question: “How will this project or initiative impact everyone involved?” Hailing from Philadelphia and based in Washington, DC, with a global outlook, Jessica’s appreciation for cultural diversity stems from her early education in desegregated schools and diverse public classrooms. Her unique talent lies in making challenging topics approachable and authentic, a skill appreciated by her clients and audiences. Jessica’s aim is to normalize conversations about identity and inspire meaningful actions, both large and small, to benefit historically excluded individuals.
With a background spanning marketing, IT and management consulting, and startup leadership, Jessica is a versatile and business-oriented creative. Boasting more than two decades of consulting experience, she has worked with prestigious institutions such as renowned universities, global professional associations, and government agencies. Jessica’s educational journey includes graduating from the University of Virginia and Marymount University and earning a Master’s in interior design, alongside a collection of certifications in DEI, change management, design thinking, coaching, and facilitation.

Luxury off-grid living with Living Vehicle

At its core, Living Vehicle seeks to recreate the comforts of home within a mobile milieu. The interior of LV serves as a testament to the utilization of natural and robust materials, akin to an empty canvas for personal expression. Each LV is an individual masterpiece, meticulously tailored to the unique preferences and lifestyle of its owner. The Luxury Finishes package elevates this experience with premium materials, including exquisite black walnut wood treatments, luminous white surfaces that invite natural light, abundant windows that seamlessly connect the interior with the outdoors, and the extensive use of mill finish aluminum, an eco-conscious choice.