Thursday, 8 January 2015

visioning workshops - latest dates.

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures's popular free Visioning workshops for creative and small West Midland businesses begin again in 2015. So, if you want to give your thinking and/or your business strategy a good spring cleaning, the next available dates are:

Workshop 18 Birmingham Day 1 Tuesday 24 February and Day 2 Tuesday 3 March
Workshop 19 Wolverhampton Day 1 Tuesday 17 March and Day 2 Tuesday 24 March

Visioning workshop Worcester Oct 2014
If you'd like to attend either workshop 18 or 19 please contact Ruth Edwards:

T: 0121 331 7922

About our workshops
If you are a creative West Midlands based small business or sole trader  wanting to take a fresh look at your future business direction, then this will be two days well spent.The workshop is free thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

You'll need to working broadly within the interiors and lifestyle sectors (furniture, furnishings, textiles,  interiors, ceramics, glass, jewellery, art or services that support these areas).

The two-day Visioning workshop  helps you
  • identify strengths, gaps and opportunities through our unique network wheel
  • take a look at your existing business and/or explore new ideas 
  • map your current business network, identifying positive and negative aspects
  • create an action timeline for implementing changes
  • discuss issues with and learn from other businesses

Monday, 5 January 2015

Exhibition showcases the 'Polyprop' chair - last chance to see.

The latest exhibition at Birmingham City University's Parkside Building celebrates the landmark Polypropylene side chair.

Professor Richard Snell charts the development of this 20th century classic by furniture company Hille and designer Robin Day. Richard's exhibition demonstrates the evolution of the chair, still sold worldwide, in the context of 19th and 20th century chair design and takes account of the creative and commercial possibilities offered by new materials and processes.

Professor Richard Snell
Private view  Day and Hille exhibition 

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Cherrill Scheer , youngest daughter of Ray Hille who led the company from 1932 - complimented Richard on the elegance of the exhibition. Cherrill also shared some vivid memories of life at the company in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cherrill Scheer (r) and daughter Danielle Benson
If you are visiting Birmingham this is informative exhibition well worth visiting.

Exhibition opening times
The exhibition is open 9am to 7pm (closed Sundays). It will close for the holiday period from 20 December and reopen on Monday 5 January. Last day Friday 9 January 2015.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas and happy new year

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures send their best wishes to to all our West Midlands companies, partners, colleagues and participants on the ILF Venture and Visioning programmes. Have a very Happy New Year. Our office reopens on Monday 5 January 2015.

Unlikely, we know!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Venture's Rosemarie Va Va vooms with her creations in London

Rosemarie James, who took part in our Venture start up programme last year, had her designer dresses wowing people on the catwalk in London.

The Fashion Designers and Craft Makers Young Designer Awards took place in November. VV by Rose's  designer outfits for larger busted women were showcased in the Emerging designer category.

"It was wonderful to see my designs on the catwalk at such a prestigious event," says Rosemarie. "I networked a lot and met many great designers including some from the USA."

Monday, 10 November 2014

Stax of ideas, Stax of effort

Stax Creations, alumni of our 2013-14 ILF Venture start up programme, go from strength to strength.

Most recently, the young team, which specialises in the design and build of large installations for retail, office and event spaces, achieved a major profile boost with their work for the Birmingham wing of TED the global ideas phenomenon.

Part of Stax Creations work for TEDxBrum

The theme at TEDxBrum event on November 8 was DIY and Stax whose own company ethos of 'do it yourself' dovetails so well with the TED philosophy, quickly created a distinctly visual stage set.

"We really wanted to do it," adds Nathaniel Hanna, Stax Creations managing director. "I'm a fan of the brand and it was a great opportunity to showcase what we can do."

The TEDxBrum project followed a busy summer and autumn for Stax, which included major builds for two festivals.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Sara Page - making a splash.

Surface designer Sara Page is a stalwart part of the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures community. She has recently teamed up with fellow ILF member GlassDomain to produce a kitchen glass splash back. The work will feature in online kitchen design magazine Utopia in January.

Sara with one of  her wild wine glass splash back designs
GlassDomain's visualisation of the wild wine kitchen splash back

And, if you are visiting Birmingham city centre, you will also notice that Sara features on posters as part of this year's Birmingham Made Me campaign, which runs on 19 November.

One of this year's Birmingham Made Me Expo posters 

If you cannot catch Sara at the Expo, make sure you check out her online website

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Venture workshop - David Clarke Critique

This week the ILF Venture workshop welcomed innovative  silversmith David Clarke.

David is also much in demand around the world as a teacher of design and creativity - in fact he had just returned from a three week stint in China.

He provided each of our Venture participant with a thorough critique of their business ideas (yes there were some tears!) and invaluable suggestions for improvements and opportunities.

"David gave me constructive criticism, showing me how and where I need to improve, " said clothing entrepreneur Lloyd Taylor.

David Clarke gets to the point
Around the table group discussion
(L-R) James Harris, Dawn-Marie Denton and Karim Kahn-Ali
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