The Design Business Association has given its support to a newly formed body which aims to support and draw attention to the interior design sector.
The Interiors Forum is a joint initiative between the DBA and Callum Lumsden, managing director of Lumsden Design Partnership, who feels the sector has insufficient official representation. “The Interiors Forum has been established to raise the profile of the interior design profession and help the public and client body to understand the range of skills that is necessary to produce a creative and efficient interior environment,” he says.
Lumsden arranged a preliminary meeting of like-minded designers in October last year, which was followed up last week. More than two dozen people attended, from groups including Din Associates, BDG McColl, Dalziel & Pow, Redjacket and John Herbert Partnership.
The forum will, it is planned, be as inclusive as possible. “We don’t just want people who are running consultancies to attend,” says Lumsden. “We want designers from all stages of their careers.”
A number of events are now likely to result from the formation of the forum, which is seeking sponsors to enable it to begin work in earnest. Exhibitions and a selection of other initiatives are being discussed. The sponsorship search is being carried out in conjunction with the DBA, which the forum will be affiliated to.