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Inside Stories: Designer Case Studies

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BIID Members
are exclusively invited to the second of our free lecture series ‘Inside

These seminars
have been designed for interior designers to gain insight from fellow designers
about their real-life projects through four fascinating case studies.

Join the BIID
at the Arper showroom in Clerkenwell as we delve behind the scenes with our speakers
as they divulge the highs and lows, risks and challenges, before and afters of
the makings of their unique and interesting interiors.


Frank narratives with project imagery from a varied set of designers
working across interior design sectors in the UK.

Angela Bardino,

Angela BardinoGrimshaw

Project: Yoox
Net-a-Porter Technology Hub, West London

Grimshaw were
tasked with creating a flexible, employee focused 70,000 square foot office
space for the ever-growing global fashion retailer’s Yoox Net-a-Porter, housing
650 members of staff. With great attention
to material choices the offices evolved from their past life as the BBC Media
Works building into an innovative working office, integrating technology to
reflect the company’s dynamic outlook. Angela will detail will how this project
was brought to fruition taking you on a visual expedition through the design
process to handover that was delivered over an intense 9-month programme.

Hospitality and Leisure: Bess
Sturman, Sturman & Co. Interior Design Studio

Bess Sturman Sturman  Co Interior Design Studio

Project: Ilkley Cinema, Yorkshire, UK

Ilkley Cinema opened in November 2015 as Europe’s smallest 4K commercial
cinema, with just 57 seats. It came to life from the dream of a local
businessman who visited Wanaka, New Zealand in 2014 and found a small, creative
and cosy cinema that he loved. From seeking key funding from supportive locals,
to taking on an historic site that came with significant structural and spatial
challenges, nothing about the evolution of this concept into a reality was
conventional. Ilkley is a Victorian spa town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, home
to a discerning and relatively cosmopolitan community. From the outset, the key
was to create the right feel and to create a destination venue that offered
something different from the average multiplex. Founders John Tate and John
Hewitt entrusted care of this most precious aspect to Sturman & Co in late
2014 after Bess pitched her concept and approach to them. Her brief was to
bring originality, quirkiness and luxury to a derelict Victorian building that
had formerly housed a nightclub.

Residential – Oz
Lancaster, OS Designs

OzLancaster OS Designs

Project: Platinum

With 360-degree views across London,
the Platinum Penthouse challenged OS Designs to create an interior with the
ambiance of a 7* Luxury Hotel at home. Fully utilising the extensive outdoor
space, they were able to bring the indoors out. By designing a chef’s barbecue,
an outdoor dining room, Jacuzzi and integrating marble flooring throughout the
entire property, they created the contemporary atmosphere of a super luxury
hotel. OS Designs were highly involved with the initial planning, layout and
room configuration which allowed the result to be a seamless flow between the
indoor and outdoor spaces.

Residential Restoration - Lisa
Orrick, Bernard Interiors

LisaOrrick Bernard Interiors

Project Title:
Park Terrace, Glasgow.

imposing listed five storey sandstone townhouse overlooks the stunning
Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow. With inherent beauty and detail the once
derelict office building has been transformed into a sophisticated and
luxurious home with a sumptuous palette of materials, rich in bespoke detail,
colour and texture. Combing influences from Art Deco to 1970s glamour the
design team created a unique and distinct home with a selection of vibrant
artwork, elegant objet d’art, furniture, lighting and fabrics.


1.30 pm           Registration
with welcome tea, coffee and biscuits
1.50 pm           Welcome
from Arper
1.55 pm           Introduction
from BIID President Gilly Craft

2.00 pm           Inside
Story 1

2.30 pm           Inside
Story 2
3.00 pm           Refreshment
break and an Italian toast with prosecco and panettone
3.15 pm           Inside
Story 3

3.45 pm           Inside
Story 4

4.15 pm           Closing
remarks, more prosecco!
4.30 pm           End


An insight into
the inspirations and complications of delivering successful projects.

Testimonials from attendees of last years' Inside Stories:

"All four speakers were great and presented very different projects."

"Absolutely amazing selection of projects!"

"Very helpful how the speakers shared suppliers’ details."

"Really super! Best part was the ‘challenges’ element for each
speaker. Also, [the] broad range of projects."


BIID Registered Interior Designers, BIID
Associate members and BIID Student members.

As this is an exclusive event for BIID members
only, we regret that your registration will be cancelled if you are not a
designer member, please note this to avoid disappointment.

Additional information

is a free event for BIID members in the categories: Registered Interior
Designer, Associate, Provisional Associate, Retired and Student.

the venue

Arper is an Italian company that manufactures
and distributes chairs, sofas and tables for contract and residential
worldwide. Arper is renowned for its colourful and versatile collections which
adapt and blend into the layout of each project, offering innovative solutions
to specific requirements of flexibility and customization. The London showroom
in Clerkenwell is the company’s brand ambassador in the UK: a flagship space in
the heart of the architecture and design district, where you can experience
first-hand the company’s design vision – the pursuit of the essential.

you have any queries, please email the office at or call 020
7628 0255.

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