Georgy Olivieri

New Interior Designers Speak

I have occasion to meet and know many fledgling interior designers and I’m convinced that the talent and drive they bring to the profession will raise the bar for the practice of design as well as the design business. Seeing so much promise and opportunity, I’m curious to know what the profession is doing to nurture this new talent. How…

Call to Action

Recently, a friend sent me the link to the winning entry of the student video competition, “Why Interior Design Matters,” sponsored by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and Interiors & Sources magazine. I give frequent presentations on the value of design and found the…

Interior Design Films

Last month, attendees at the annual Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) conference, were shown the best films chosen from this year’s Interior Design Education Video Competition. Aiming to change the public perception of the profession, the competition asked students to demonstrate the quality of interior design education and industry standards. This year’s theme:  “How is the public’s health, safety and…

Q&A: Denise Guerin

Denise Guerin at the IDEC’s annual conference, photo: Sarah R. Donahue. I recently sat down with Denise Guerin, 2010-2011 president of the Interior Design Education Council (IDEC), after the organization’s annual meeting. She shared her concerns and optimism for the education of young designers, the need for more qualified instructors, and how practitioners can make the transition into teaching. While…

Q&A: The Future of Design

IFI DFIE Declaration Signing, February 19, 2011. Photo Courtesy of IFI, Credit: Dennis Rainaldi Photography. The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) met in February, in New York City, to assess the results of the Design Frontiers: The Interiors Entity (DFIE) Global Survey. Respondents from 75 countries gave the assembled much to talk about. In the end, the group came…

Q&A: Emerging Talent

In today’s cloudy economic market, there is a silver lining. In the midst of the downturn, a remarkably bright and capable crop of new design talent has emerged. These young designers have proven to be willing and able to assume the responsibilities handed to them by senior designers. As a result, the young guns are deeply involved in a broad…