REFLECTIONS ON DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY- A VIEW FROM A DISTINCT POINT AND THE ROLE OF INTERIOR DESIGNER
DS 68-5: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 5: Design for X / Design to X, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Malmqvist, J.
Author: Kazamia, Kika Ioannou; Gwilliam, Julie
Section: Design for X, Design to X
This paper explores the term “Interior Design” and in particular the relationship of the interior design profession with its direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Through a brief analysis, we explore this close relationship, establishing opportunities designers have to promote environmental sustainability. This work goes on to elucidate the role of the interior designer in the delivery of sustainability, providing examples from literature. Further, the process of design, within a context of sustainability is examined, from the design purpose, source of inspiration and subject through to the selection of materials, method of construction and finally, the realization of the idea. Finally, the paper expands the relationship of the interior design profession to the wider scope of social and economic sustainability and suggests a strategy which leads to the involvement of community to promote the uptake of sustainability. In summary, this paper presents an example of an innovative approach to interior design practice, working towards the promotion of holistic sustainable practice
Keywords: SUSTAINABLE INTERIORS; PRODUCT DESIGN; INTERIOR DESIGN; DESIGN SUSTAINABILITY; DESIGN PROCESS