The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has confirmed the full programme of high profile speakers for its exciting one day conference event, entitled “Celebrating British Design” (To be held at RIBA 66 Portland Place, London Thursday 21st June 2012).

In exploring the global impact of British design success, “Celebrating British Design” will feature fashion designer Sir Paul Smith in conversation with journalist Rosie Millard, and contributions from Deyan Sudjic, Design Director of the Design Museum, Katy Lithgow, Head Conservator at the National Trust and Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at the V&A.

“The eyes of the world will be firmly focused on Britain in 2012 thanks to the Olympics, Paralympics and the Golden Jubilee,” says BIID President, Diana Yakeley. “In this year of celebration, the BIID believes it is entirely appropriate that we honour this country’s excellence in the field of design. “Celebrating British Design” will provide us with just that platform and recognise the varied and enduring contribution to the spatial designs that we create for our clients in residential, commercial, public and hospitality projects.”

In conversation with Rosie Millard, Sir Paul Smith, one of the world’s most successful and important fashion designers, will take a look back at his career as a British design icon. Sir Paul will share his insights with the audience on the role and influence of design in UK culture and interiors.

Katy Lithgow will be exploring how the conservation of historic buildings and their interiors has enriched cultural influences on which modern designers can draw. She will take the audience on a historical journey into the past of interiors, discussing its ability to show constant reinvention of the even more ancient past, before concluding with a sustainable future.

Glenn Adamson is Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), where he leads the Research Department’s activities, working within the museum and in collaboration with scholars and institutions worldwide. Glenn, a captivating speaker, will be discussing modern British design, especially in connection with recent landmark V&A exhibitions.

Closing the event is Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum and prolific author of design related books. Deyan became Director in 2006, whose stimulating and varied exhibition programme has placed design at the forefront of the cultural and learning agenda. In 2014 the Design Museum will relocate to new premises at the former Commonwealth Institute in West London.  This new Design Museum, with interiors designed by John Pawson, will be three times the size of its current home and will create a showcase for its world-class collection, and greatly expand its education and public events programme.

Another conference highlight will be a special panel session, ‘What makes British design worth celebrating?’ Chairing the discussion will be Paul Finch OBE, Deputy Chair, Design Council. Joining Paul for the panel will be; Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art, Sue Timney, Designer and Vice President of the BIID, and Christine Losecaat, Creative Industries Adviser to UK Trade & Investment.

The BIID 2012 Honorary Fellowships, recognising outstanding contributions to the industry, will be presented at the conference to; Sir Paul Smith, the iconic fashion designer, Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art, Andreas von Einsiedel, the renowned interiors and lifestyle photographer, and Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council, of which BIID are full members.

Tickets for are selling fast for the event. They can now be purchased online at where members and non-members can find out more about the event. Tickets for BIID Members cost £110, BIID Student Members: £60 and Non-members: £140. Join the conversation on twitter for up-to-date news @BIIDtalk and follow the conversation with #CBDconference.


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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1966, the BIID is the professional Institute for interior designers in theUK.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.

The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers; the global voice and authority for professional interior architects and designers. More details at