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Sustainable sourcing seminar at Surface Design Show

Design Guild Mark - January 10, 2020 - 0 comments

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2019 was a year consumed by global climate change protests, with people of all ages moved by the fierce rallying cries of generation z, who directed their ire at world leaders in the hope that they’d take drastic action for the preservation of our planet.

There is no going back on the issue of climate change, only forwards. And it’s up to all of us to do what we can – large and small – to fight climate change.

So what can design practices and business in the interiors sector do? Well, next month Design Guild Mark judge Natasha Marshall will present a seminar focused on sustainability and sourcing and recycling materials close to home at the 2020 Surface Design Show (11-13 February).

Chaired by Design Guild Mark chairman Rodney McMahon, the seminar is titled ‘Close to home – Locally sourced, sustainable and recyclable talk’.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 12 February (5.30pm – 6.00pm) at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

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Commenting on the seminar: Natasha said: “As a designer I have always focused on using the best manufacturers close to home within the UK. My own brand of fabrics and wallpapers have always all been manufactured in the UK, since I first set up in business in 1997. This for me has always been important to me for sustainability reasons and a way of highlighting the quality manufacturing industry we have within the UK. As a small brand it allows us to work closely with our manufacturing base, so we can ensure they are consistently high quality, are being created ethically and produced with good environmental methods.

“As a designer, I love looking at new ways to locally source, create more sustainable products, plus ways to recycle or re-use. This is an ongoing mission and a way of life for me personally, within my interiors and design work.”

Rodney McMahon

Rodney has a degree in Economics from Exeter University and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His passion for manufacturing in the UK and his interest in interior design led to the acquisition of Morgan in 1992, which Rodney has developed and revitalised in the last 25 years as a design leader in the contract furniture market. He takes an active interest in the furniture industry as a whole and is keen to contribute to shaping its vision for the future. Rodney is finance director and past chairman of the BCFA, sits on the Council of the Furniture Industry Research Association and of the Advisory Council of Anti Copying in Design and is chairman of the Design Guild Mark. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and chairman of the trustees of the Edward Barnsley Educational Trust.

Natasha Marshall

Natasha is an award-winning textile designer and property developer. She has undertaken an array of full interior projects for her clients who have followed her creative handwriting. Her use of pattern and colour is renowned worldwide with over 22 years creating beautiful fabric and wallpaper collections.  Natasha’s projects include hotels, serviced apartments, restaurants, nightclubs, care homes and house builders through to bespoke interiors for award winning architectural homes. She enjoys an extensive network with many leading International interior designers, architects and suppliers with whom she has partnered in the design and sourcing of custom interior furnishings for her projects.

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