Podcast Recommendations

Now that we have settled into lockdown, we wanted to share with you our favourite design based podcasts as recommended by our members.  Hopefully you will find them a useful distraction from the constant cycle of news plus a good opportunity to catch up on some podcasts that we might have missed.

We have been given some great recommendations which we have been sharing each week on our social media.  You can find the full round up below – we hope you enjoy listening to them and look forward to a day when some of the live recordings will be able to take place again!

The House Guest by Carole Annett for Country & Town House

The series, hosted by Interiors Editor Carole Annett, includes a stellar list of experts from the world of interior design – from household names to the people behind well known hotels and restaurants.  Each episode is around 20-30 minutes which we find a perfect length for listening to when you are working on specific tasks!

Tom Faulkner and Carole Annett recording in the Tom Faulkner showroom.

We have particularly highlighted episodes that include Tom Faulkner talking about how he set up his business and the inspiration behind some of his collections and signature designs. Marc Weaver from Guinevere on the history of their iconic showroom and Interior Designer Henry Prideaux talking about his unusual (for the industry) background, and his career path to date.

The Interior Design Business Podcast

This monthly podcast is hosted by Jeff Hayward and Susie Rumbold.   Both have excellent  credentials within the interior design world – Jeff is a co-owner of digital marketing and communications company, Wildwood, agency for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and Susie is Founder and Creative Director of Tessuto Interiors plus a Past President of the BIID.

'All About Colour' being recorded at Roca London Gallery

They often record their podcasts in a live setting and we have recommended two that have taken place at Roca London Gallery.  The first ‘Succeeding with Social Media’ included ⁠Interior Designers, Sophie Robinson and Simone Suss to discuss the positive impact social media has on their businesses.⁠  The second, ‘All About Colour’, focused on how colours impact upon interior design, the science behind colour psychology and how can designers best use colours & colour combinations to change how people feel about interior spaces. It featured  renowned colour expert, Karen Haller, and Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at AkzoNobel Dulux UK & Ireland.

They also recorded ‘Building Private Client Relationships’ at Havwoods Manchester showroom.  Featuring designers Fiona Watkins, Natalie Holden & Melinda Kiss.  The later two also  talk about their venture, Concept North, a fast growing community for designers based in the North.

The Great Indoors

This popular podcast is hosted by TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smythe.  The hosts boast a huge social media following and have a lot to say about design.  They also attract a very high quality of interesting guests.  One of their most recent guests was Sally Storey of John Cullen Lighting who talks about layered lighting and reveals how to harness the secret power of lighting.  All episodes recommended.

Kate Watson-Smythe and Sophie Robinson of The Great Indoors

On Design with Justyna Green

Justyna Green hosts On Design which includes a wide range of guests with expertise in all aspects of art & design.  Recent guests include Alex Breuer the Creative Director of The Guardian News & Media, Riya Patel of the Aram Gallery, Robert Storey of Storey Studio – specialists in spatial and set design and interior designers Jordan Cluroe & Ruseell Whitehead of 2LG Studio who talk about their mission to “Make Living Lovely”.

Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whithead of 2LG Studio

The KBB Review Podcast

KBB Review has a podcast which, unsurprisingly, covers all things kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.  They have a wide range of contributors including some of the best known supplier to the trade, one of whom is John Cullen Lighting.  We recommended the episode ‘Light Up, Light Up’ which featured Luke Thomas of John Cullen Lighting and Helen Fewster of Suna Interiors who covered key things such as where lighting should fit into the design process, the biggest mistakes made in kitchen and bathroom lighting and how lighting can affect the colours and finishes you choose. ⁠

DnA of Home Interiors Podcast

We discovered this podcast when friend of CDQ Jules Haines of The Haines Collection appeared on the second episode of Season 2.  Hosted by Irish business women Deirdre McGettrick and Audrey Whelan the podcast focusses on demystifying interior design decisions for the home and to empower listeners to make confident home interior and furnishing decisions.

We will update this entry with any new recommendations.  Feel free to contact us and tell us about your favourite podcasts here.

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