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The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast
25 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
4 - Do designers sometimes play it too safe?
Do kitchen and bathroom designers sometimes play it too safe when it comes to the architecture of the space?Is putting a farmhouse-style kitchen in a quaint cottage - or indeed an ultra-contemporary kitchen in a brand new apartment - the path of least resistance?Is it a designer’s job to challenge these kind of conventions and produce the project that will come up with something that meets the client’s brief but also surprises them, in the best possible way, with something unexpected?This all came out of a blog written by designer Keith Myers, from The Myers Touch in Winchester. In it he challenges this idea of ‘Safe Design’ and, put simply, asks whether or not your kitchen should match your house. So we sat down with Keith to find out more about what he feels ‘safe design’ is, and I roped in another great designer Graham Robinson from Halcyon Interiors based in Wigmore Street in London to get his perspective.You can get in touch with host Andy Davies via email firstname.lastname@example.org
32 minutes | May 13, 2020
3 - Designing showrooms that sell
Welcome to Episode 3 or Season 2 of the Kitchen & Bathrooms Design Podcast from Taylist Media. The ease of the lockdown is turning many people in the kitchen and bathroom retail sector towards reopening their showrooms and, with that in mind, we thought it was a great time to put out this episode all about showroom design. Specifically, we’re looking at showroom design that really works not just as a fantastic gallery for products and design, but also as means to pulls in the customer and inspire them to seriously talk about getting you to do their project.We’ve got some great guests together to talk about this…Angus Kerr, sales director of The Bathroom Company in Scotland, Jim Gibson, the managing director of Stone & Chrome in Surrey and all the way from Auckland, New Zealand, Xanthe Whiteley, retail experience designer for Fisher & Paykel
26 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
2 - Blurred spaces
Changes in society are blurring the lines between how we live, work and enjoy leisure time and this will become a major driver of kitchen and bathroom design trends.The ‘Blurred Spaces’ concept says that technology and changing habits mean that design must accommodate all aspects of our lives as they merge into one. Other drivers such as an ageing population, concern for the environment and technology are all playing a big part in this blurring and it is affecting the traditional lines many manufacturers have between residential and commercial product development.In this episode we talk to Nina Bailey, the UK design manager for Formica about this ‘Blurred Spaces’ concept and what it might mean for design going forward.LINKSTense by Panter Tourronhttps://pantertourron.com/work/tense/Hampshire House by Niall McLaughlinhttp://www.niallmclaughlin.com/projects/hampshire-house/Formica Blurred Spaces webinarhttps://www.formica.com/en-gb/articles/trends/blurred-spaces-webinarThe kbbreview Podcasthttps://kbbrpod.kbbreview.com/
38 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
1 - Adam Thomas interview…
Welcome to the start of season 2 of the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast and we’re kicking off with a fantastic interview with Adam Thomas.He’s the UK’s leading expert in what has traditionally always been called accessible design but, as you’ll hear, he is also at the forefront of the drive to redefine that as multi-generational design.At our kbbreview Retail & Design Awards back at the start of March he received the prestigious Special Achievement Award so he’s the perfect candidate to start our new season.He’s a fascinating guy and his dedication to his craft comes through very clearly in this conversation but its driven by such a sense of injustice and frustration at the level of design understanding that is available to disabled people.You can find out more about him at www.adamthomasconsultancy.comPlease don’t forget to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss any episodes, and remember we’ve got over 20 episodes in season one to binge on if you haven’t heard them before.
18 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
The best of season one
It's the end of the first season of the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast! But don't panic, we'll be back at the start of April for season two.In the meantime, here's our pick of some choice bits from season one looking at an underlying theme of all of our episodes - how top designers get to know their clients.Talking to such experts across 20-odd episodes has really brought home how much they are teasing, cajoling and managing their clients, and how often they have to be therapists, mind readers and often marriage counsellors to get to the true heart of what they want and need.So, while we have a couple of weeks off to let everyone catch up, make sure you rate, review and subscribe to ensure you don't miss the start of season two.
28 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
22 - Managing the client's expecatations
Do the best designs come when there’s full collaboration between designer and client? How do you manage that relationship to everyone’s advantage and make sure that expectations are met and exceeded? And when do you say ‘no’ to clients who think they’re an expert in interior design thanks to Pinterest and Instagram?It's the last of our special live recordings of the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast at kbb 2020.Rebecca Nottingham, editor of kbbreview, is in the host's chair with guests Tom Setchell, MD of Rugby Fitted Kitchens; Tom Plant, showroom manager of Porcelanosa Solihull; and Lindsay Blair, editor of Kitchens Bedrooms & BathroomsDon't forget to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
21 - What does the smart home mean for designers?
We're taking a little dip into the world of the Smart Home in this, our third special live episode of the podcast from kbb 2020.In particular, does it give designers new options for creativity and design or is it about using the functionality to help your clients improve the way they use the projects you have designed?This one is hosted by Andy Davies with Stephen Dick from Residence Interior Design, Rob Mascari from Mascari Kitchens and James Kington - group manager for connected home and digital operations at BSH.We'll be back tomorrow with our final live episode from kbb 2020 so please rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
21 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
20 - Should you charge design fees?
Why don’t more kitchen and bathroom retailers charge design fees? Are they undervaluing their own skills? Or is it simply too much of a barrier to purchase?Here’s the second of our special episodes recorded live at kbb 2020 look at this very thorny subject. Elspeth Pridham, editor of Studio, is the host and she’s in discussion with Hayley Robson from DayTrue, Richard Hibbert from KSL Sudbury and Diane Berry from Diane Berry Kitchens.If you haven’t visited kbb 2020 yet, you’ve got two whole days left so find out everything you need to know at kbb.co.uk.Please rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
29 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
19 - What is the 'Wow Factor'?
We're LIVE at kbb 2020 in Birmingham with the first of our four daily podcasts from the show.Our four editors are up first - Andrew Davies, Elspeth Pridham, Lindsay Blair and Rebecca Nottingham - and we're discussing something that seems to be a key request from virtually every kitchen and bathroom client - they want the 'Wow Factor'.So if everyone wants it, is it possible to define it? Can you measure it? Or is the whole point of it that it's in the eye of the beholder?We also run through our favourite stuff that we've seen so far at the show.If you haven't registered your place yet go to kbb.co.uk.Please rate and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and we'll be back tomorrow!
30 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
18 - How to get your projects in magazines
Ever wanted to know how to get your projects featured in top magazines? Well look, or listen, no further as we have the editors of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Studio and kbbreview to reveal all.(SPOILER: It’s not as difficult as you might think)On top of all that, we give all the details on the live episodes we’ll be recording at the kbb show next week!The exhibition runs from March 1-4 at the NEC – and we’ll be there at 2pm in the main bar everyday so come along and see us!To find out more about kbb 2020 go to kbb.co.ukDon’t forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don’t miss an episode and leave us a very nice rating and review too.
28 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
The importance of product innovation
This is officially a special bonus episode! We’re looking at the role product innovation plays in advancing the art of kitchen and bathroom design and what exactly constitutes innovation in the first place.We are, as you know, supported in this season of the podcast by kbb 2020 - the biggest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom trade show in the UK - and a big part of that show is the Innovation Awards.These are product awards that look at new developments and creative ideas in the sector and our very own managing editor Andy Davies was part of the judging panel that came up with the shortlist. At the show, which runs from March 1-4 at the NEC, the shortlist will be on display and visitors will vote on their favourites.So the judging day seemed like a good excuse to have a chat about product innovation in general and its importance to kitchen and bathroom designers.Along with Andy there are kitchen and bathroom designers Richard Hibbert (kslsudbury.co.uk ) and Colin Wong (developmentdirect.co.uk), as well as Amanda Hughes from Blum (https://www.blum.com/gb/en/)Don’t forget to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you never miss an episode and we’ll see you next time for the last episode before the kbb show!Quick confession - one of the reasons why this a bonus is because the sound quality is not as good as our usual episodes. We had some technical gremlins and so this is actually our back-up recording rather than the main recording. But there’s a lot of really good stuff in here so we thought it would be a real shame not to put it up so bear with the sound, it's worth it!
32 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
17 Designing a spa-like bathroom
This week we’re looking at how to design spa-like bathrooms.Bathrooms are so often described as being a sanctuary, a haven and a place to relax, and this catch-all phrase of ‘spa-like’ seems to come up all the time in client briefs.But what does it really mean? How do you as designers give the client what they want? And how do you transform a day-to-day family bathroom into this spa-like experience and back again?And what is a ‘Netflix Shelf’?We met up with a couple of fantastic designers recently to talk all this through – Kia Stanford (kiadesigns.co.uk) and Sam Watkins McRae (samwatkinsmcrae.co.uk), who both have eponymous design studios here in London.Don’t forget, we’re now just over a week away from kbb Birmingham – which runs from March 1-4 at the NEC – and we’re recording LIVE episodes of this podcast every day at 2pm in the main bar so come along and see us!To find out more about kbb 200 go to kbb.co.ukDon’t forget to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss new episodes and feel free to rate and review us too.
27 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
16 Designing kitchens for entertaining
This week as we look at designing kitchens for entertaining. The open plan nature of modern kitchens means that having guests, family and friends round for get togethers has become a prime function of the space and is top of the list of requirements in most briefs.But how do you balance what the client wants with what they need? What are the essential elements that make it work and how can you balance the desire to entertain with the day-to-day needs of a family kitchen?We met up recently with a couple of excellent designers to discuss these very questions - Daniele Brutto from Onesta in Battersea (we actually met in their very nice showroom) and Katie Malik, who is a very accomplished interior designer based in Cambridge.But before we get stuck into that, we are just a couple of weeks away from kbb Birmingham 2020, they’re our very kind supporters in this podcast, and it is, of course, the biggest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom show in the UK.It runs from Sunday March 1st to Wednesday March 4th and we’ll be recording LIVE episodes of the podcast everyday at 2pm in The Bar – there’s only one bar so you can’t miss us.If you haven’t registered your place yet go to kbb.co.ukDon’t forget to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss any future episodes – including the ones we’re recording at kbb – and please rate and review us as it really helps others find us.See you next time!
37 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
15 Meet the bathroom design award finalists
It’s the turn of bathroom design as we continue our look at the finalists in the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020. All the finalists came to present their projects to the panel of judges at the amazing Fulham showroom of our Bathroom Design Judging Partner Roca, and we were there to chat with them and find out more about their shortlisted designs.To see them simply go to kbbreview.com/podcast and click on this episode.Don’t forget, we’re just a few weeks away now from kbb Birmingham, the biggest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom show in the UK. They’re supporting us in this podcast and we’ll be there recording episodes everyday at 2pm in the Central Bar. Find out more about the show at kbb.co.uk.
38 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
14 Meet the kitchen design awards finalists…
A very special episode this week as we meet the kitchen design finalists in the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020.The Awards are the biggest kitchen and bathroom competition in the U.K. & Ireland.All the finalists came to London to present their projects to the panel of judges in person so we caught up with them as they came out to find out more about their shortlisted designs.To see the designs go to kbbreview.com/podcast and click on this episode.A huge thanks to Smeg, our Kitchen Judging Partner, for hosting us at their flagship showroom in Regent Street.And, as always, thanks to kbb Birmingham for supporting us. It’s the biggest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom show in the UK and it’s taking place March 1-4 at the NEC in Birmingham. Find out more at kbb.co.uk
28 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
13 How people really use their kitchens and bathrooms
The editors of kbbreview, Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms and Studio are back and we're looking at what we really know about how people use their kitchens and bathrooms in the real world and what that means for the pre-conceptions of designers and, we admit it, journalists.And because it's his default position for tackling most subjects, Andy does it all in the form of a quiz. For example....What's the average cost of a kitchen?How often do people clean their bathrooms?What's the most popular shape of kitchen?How many new projects include a bath?How many kitchens have a warming drawer?How often do we flush the toilet?And much, much more.The quiz questions are courtesy of market researchers Trend Monitor and you can find out more about them at www.trend-monitor.co.ukThe Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast is brought to you with the help of kbb Birmingham and we'll be doing LIVE versions of this podcast at the show that runs from March 1-4. Find out more about the event, including who's exhibiting, at www.kbb.co.uk
31 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
12 Marcel Wanders interview...
We’re back! It’s a new year and new decade so we’re kicking off the 2020 run of episodes with an exclusive interview with proper design royalty - product and interiors superstar Marcel Wanders.His studio has worked with the likes of Alessi, Baccarat, KLM, Hyatt Hotels, Louis Vuitton, Puma, Swarovski and many other design-lead brands. But in the KBB world he’s done fantastic work with the likes of Boffi, Bisazza and Laufen.His New Classic Collection for is available now and Studio magazine editor Elspeth Pridham caught up with him on recent visit to London.They talk about the new collection as well as the relationship between brands and design studios, his design philosophy and process, how he approaches bathroom projects and whether he is or isn’t - as the New York Times described him - ‘The Lady Gaga of Design’.Find out more about Marcel at www.marcelwanders.comThe Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast is brought to you with the help of our very good friends at kbb Birmingham 2020. It’s on from March 2-4 2020, find out more about the show at www.kbb.co.ukDon’t forget to subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts.
33 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
11 Charlie Luxton interview...
This is our last episode before Christmas, so we’ve decided to see out 2019 with a very special interview with architectural designer and TV presenter Charlie Luxton.You may know Charlie from his TV presenting shows Modern British Architects, Build a New Life In The Country, Homes by the Sea, and Building the Dream. But he is also a very accomplished designer and his company specialises predominantly in sustainable living projects around the UK.As you’ll hear, he’s a fascinating guy, very knowledgeable, very good company and absolutely passionate about the part the design industry can and must play in tackling climate change.We talk about:How he first discovered a love for designWhere kitchens and bathrooms fit into his design processHow his designs fit and blend into their environmentHow sustainability needs to be the single biggest driver in design projectsHow he designed his own home – including the kitchen and bathroomsWe also talk about Kitchen George and his tractor collection, his love of imported Japanese pencils, and how no client would want monkey death on their conscience…Go and check out his website – charlieluxtondesign.com - to see some of the projects he’s been involved with including, of course, the kitchens and bathrooms they contain.That’s it for 2019 though, I hope you’ve enjoyed this first run of the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast, we’ll be back in January 2020. Please subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don’t miss that first episode of 2020 when it comes out.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Taylist Media, see you in 2020.The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast is brought to you with the help of our very good friends at kbb Birmingham 2020. It’s on from March 2-4 2020, find out more about the show at www.kbb.co.uk
35 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
10 Getting kitchen and bathroom lighting right
In this episode we’re looking at a vital area of kitchen and bathroom design that perhaps doesn’t get discussed as much as it should - lighting.Get it right and it can lift your designs up, get it wrong and it can flatten them like a pancake.We went over to the John Cullen Lighting showroom on the Kings Road in Chelsea to meet up with their design director Luke Thomas and Helen Fewster from Suna Interior Design.We talk about:Where lighting should fit in your design processWhat the biggest mistakes are in kitchen and bathroom lightingHow lighting can affect the colours and finishes you useHow lighting needs to change through the dayWhat the best tips are for understanding technical developmentsHow to persuade clients not to cut lighting to save costsIf you want to let me know what you thing about lighting design, or indeed anything else you hear on any of these podcasts, you can email us directly on email@example.com – I’d love to hear from you.Equally please don’t forget to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts as it means you won’t miss any episodes and please rate and review us too.The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast is brought to you with the help of our very good friends at kbb Birmingham 2020. It’s on from March 2-4 2020, find out more about the show at www.kbb.co.uk
33 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
09 What trends are leading commercial washroom design?
We’re going all out bathrooms in today’s episode and in particular we’re looking at the wider trends that are influencing design in the commercial washroom sector.Even you’re a residential designer this is really worth looking into as there’s no doubt that commercial bathroom design – offices, hotels, gyms etc – is heavily influencing residential design.Ideal Standard has commissioned a really interesting report on this looking at how social-life work patterns, demographics, sustainability and technology are influencing the way we look at bathrooms and how they fit into our lives.In particular, it looks at how the needs – and therefore designs - of domestic and commercial bathrooms are merging. In fact, this report says 70% of people want the same quality and experience from their workplace washroom as from their bathroom at home.So even if you’re primarily a residential designer, you need to be very aware of the influence commercial bathrooms are going to have on your work.Ideal Standard launched this report – called Creating Better Commercial Washrooms – at a recent event at their new showroom in Clerkenwell in London. They gathered together a very illustrious panel of experts for the event and we managed to sit down with them before they started.Dr. Saul Golden – architect, academic and author of the reportLibby Sellers – design historian, consultant, curator and writerRobin Levien – Legendary Ideal Standard designerHsi Sung Thomas – architect and designerHere’s a link to the full Ideal Standard ‘Creating Better Commercial Washrooms’ report:https://www.kbbreview.com/downloads/Armitage_Print_Ready_Whitepaper_221019.pdfDon’t forget to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts and a huge thank to Ideal Standard for hosting us this week.The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast is brought to you with the help of our very good friends at kbb Birmingham 2020. It’s on from March 2-4 2020, find out more about the show at www.kbb.co.uk
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