Organisers provide Sustainable Design Summit update


The Sustainable Design Summit (SDS) will bring together brand owners, designers and trusted suppliers from across cruise, hotel and aircraft interiors to cross-pollinate ideas alongside leading sustainability experts.

Taking place on 29 November 2022 at The Brewery London, UK, SDS is the first event of its kind to unite these three sectors to discuss sustainability as it dominates conversations and market drivers.

At the one-day event, delegates will gain actionable insights from the panels of experienced practitioners, discover a showcase of intrinsically green products, and come away with a framework for tangible steps to take into their next interior design project.

The SDS tackles the biggest challenges of designing sustainably head on; speakers from the biggest stakeholders in aviation will meet and discuss the realities of sustainability in the aircraft interiors sector, including Ben Orson of Orson Associates, and FlyZero cabin lead; Peter Cooke, design lead at British Airways; and Tasha Jackson, sustainability director at Boeing.

Chatham House Rules will be in place for sector-specific breakout sessions, where each sector can frankly and openly discuss the unique challenges of designing sustainably for that sector; the niche governance informing sustainability progress in that sector; and what the delegates as brand owners require from certification societies and the supply chain. The full agenda is available here.

The on-site product showcase will display the most forward-thinking sustainable products across the aviation, cruise and hotel interiors industries. The products were selected with a keen eye on energy efficiency, weight saving, recycling and reusing, and reducing carbon footprint.

Aviation specialist Anker will showcase its AIRlight Eco surface material made with 100% recycled yarn, while Volume Creative will give a glimpse into Spared, a creative service that turns waste destined for landfill into beautiful objects. Thought-provoking products include lighting company Cristallux’s zero-waste, 100% recyclable alternative material Alamar, and Continental’s breathable upholstery material, including the VyP Coffee range created using spent coffee grounds.

Ahead of the SDS, speakers revealed what they were most interested in learning and sharing with the delegates. Matt Round, chief creative director at Tangerine, highlighted his desire for the industry to implement the metrics that matter surrounding sustainability. “At the moment the biggest headache in sustainable design is that there’s actually a gap between rhetoric and reality,” said Round. “We need to be closing that gap. That’s actually quite a big challenge. Part of closing that gap is about measuring how we have a sustainable impact. That measurement is different for every company, and it’s also fluid. We’ve really got to drill to the metrics that matter.”

Speaker Luke Pearson, co-founder and director of PearsonLloyd, said of seeking cross-disciplinary solutions to sustainable design questions: “Working in a multidisciplinary studio, across lots of different fields, we regularly find that we’re able to take good ideas from one area and apply them to another. Ultimately, that approach is the one we’re going to have to take if we’re really going to solve this problem, because we have very little time to solve it.”

Book your pass today to collaborate with leaders of the cruise, hotel and aircraft interiors sectors on shaping the future of sustainable interior design.

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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