Recent Podcasts

Lighting Control Trends and Industry Outlook for 2022

The pandemic has changed the way designers approach just about everything—and lighting design is no exception. In this episode produced in partnership with Leviton, we discuss the way designers need to consider lighting control specifications, the trends in controls we'll see in 2022, as well as what some of the crucial lighting and control needs are for commercial applications and the benefits they offer occupants.

Trends in Hospitality Design and Resilient Flooring

The hospitality industry came to a grinding halt during the pandemic. How is the industry faring now and what trends are emerging? In this episode, AVA flooring's vice president of Commercial Business Development Jeremy Whipple sat down with Robert Nieminen to discuss design trends emerging in hospitality, the return of trade shows and in-person events, and how the resilient flooring industry is faring, specifically.

Trend Forecasting: What's Next for Design in 2022-23?

The pandemic may have turned the world upside-down but it didn't disrupt design trends—it strengthened long-term movements like biophilia that have been evolving for years. In this insightful conversation, trend forecaster and design entrepreneur Stacy Garcia shares her expertise on how to spot trends over fads and what the design industry can expect in the coming years in terms of colors, materials, patterns and technology. She also talks about her new wallcovering collection with Koroseal. 

Pruning the Tree: Where Design Solutions Arise

Where do our ideas come from? What motivates us to innovate? Listen in as Eric MacDonald, OM Seating product design manger, and furniture designer and engineer Francisco Romero chat about the design process where ideas come from, and the stories we tell along the way. The insight they bring forth will resonate with any of us interested in developing an enduring design process, whether as an independent designer or part of an in-house team.

Designing Women: Two Female Executives Share Their Views on Life, Leadership and Equity

More than 60% of interior designers are women, yet only 11% occupy leadership roles in the industry. Why is that, and how do we ensure there are more seats at the leadership table for women and people from diverse backgrounds? Join this lively discussion i+s recently had with Shannon Cochran, VP of Marketing + Design for Patcraft, and Susan Pilato, CEO of Mantra Inspired Furniture, as they share their perspectives on the role of female executives in the interior design industry and how we can make it more equitable for everyone.

Students Create Award-winning Designs With Laminate

In this episode, the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Formica FORM Student Innovation Competition sat down with Chief Content Director Robert Nieminen to talk about what inspired their winning designs and using laminate as a medium. Formica's Group VP of Design, Renee Hytry Derrington, also shares the company's passion for supporting design education and how the competition has evolved over the years.

How to Specify Lighting and Controls for Healthcare

Healthcare and senior living facilities can be challenging when it comes to lighting. Designers must make sure there is adequate light for a wide spectrum of people, from young CNAs to senior residents, all of whom have very different needs. Learn more about specifying lighting and controls for healthcare.

NeoCon Sneak Peek: AVA

NeoCon 2021 is just around the corner! In this preview episode, get a sneak peek of what you'll find in the space of commercial flooring manufacturer AVA.

Benefitting Benefield: Tretford Americas Cares for a Community Through Carpet

Many generous sponsors are helping make the Benefield Project a reality, including Tretford Americas. Designed with the highest grade Cashmere goat hairs from natural, sustainable resources, Tretford Americas' carpets are produced free from chemicals and toxins, making them an ideal match for the Benefield site. Courtney White, sales representative for Tretford Americas, dives into this patented manufacturing process and how it helps provide a healthier environment.