Wednesday 29 January 2020
17:30 - 18:30
seminar room level T1
Most of us spend the majority of our time inside buildings, whether it’s for work, entertainment or home life. Proximity to plants and natural materials have proven benefits for health and happiness so why are many interior environments cold and impersonal? The fetish for empty, white spaces is dated and it’s high time that our internal landscapes were populated with as much nature as possible. Developers, designers, suppliers and researchers will gather for this talk and reveal that the future’s bright, the future’s green!
Clare has been writing about the business of design and architecture for 20 years. As well as a staff writer for Wallpaper and Design Week magazine, she had a regular column in the Financial Times for two and a half years. Clare currently works as a freelancer for titles including Monocle, The Guardian and Wired, and has written two books on design. She also organises and chairs industry events at London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week.
David Mahyari, SOLIDNATURE
SolidNature was founded in Amsterdam in 2011, and in 2014 entrepreneur David Mahyari joined the company, after which it expanded rapidly to become one of the premium natural stone suppliers in the world. David became CEO in 2018.
The in-house team of design managers are masters at book-matching (two slabs with mirrored veins and patterns) and butterfly-matching (four mirrored slabs) and can offer a range of finishes from highly polished to honed, sand-blasted or bush-hammered. The company employs 40 marble experts, stone workers and project managers in Amsterdam, London and Dubai.
When sourcing its stones, SolidNature insists the owners, directors and managers of its quarries adhere to standard health and safety, environmental and human rights policies for their workers. Regular unannounced visits are undertaken to ensure these standards are enforced, and the procurement team also visits local villages and communities to monitor housing, sanitation and education for the workforce.
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