age of 6. 9 percent. Equally as many students study abroad and eventually work in
Being globally responsive—and responsible—is incumbent upon us. We
can learn more about what is happening internationally at events such as World
Interiors Day which takes place this year on May 28. World Interiors Day is spearheaded by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to
spotlight interior architecture and design. The annual event is designed to engage
professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts, and consumers in exploring creativity, imagination, vision, and passion in relation to the role of interiors in
society, culture, and future environments.
As the IFI Interiors Declaration states, “In the spaces that are important to us, we
experience not only a sense of place, but a sense of who we are, and of what we can
be. Thoughtfully designed spaces help us learn, reflect, imagine, discover, and create.”
While the challenges faced by people around the world may differ, the basic human
desire for comfort, security, and a sense of personal space are often the same.
This year’s theme at IFI’s event “Interiors Intelligence” seeks to foster a greater
appreciation for, and connection between, the built environment and its occupants,
whether residential or commercial.
You can be part of this event on a local level in many ways. Consider working with your local government to proclaim May 28 as World Interiors Day in your
community or city. Offer to speak or start a dialogue in your schools or civic groups
about the impact of design. Or create your own activities that will help increase
awareness. Every outreach effort helps us all.
At the ASID, we value being a vital partner in such efforts as World Interiors
Day. Since 2014, we have taken a leadership position about the impact of design
through our workforce and industry development program, called the ASID
Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design. First announced at the Clinton Global
Initiative, this exclusive education and technology program helps all design professionals make smarter decisions about products, materials, and building components that prioritize clients’ health and wellness in their interior spaces.
We continue to build on relationships and involvement around some of the largest
and most respected international interior design gatherings. ASID participated in
HOST, the international Exhibition for the Hospitality Industry, in Milan. It was a
great opportunity to speak about design, construction, and interiors with some of
the most influential figures in the North American interiors community.
We also attended Marmomacc in Italy and the International Design Congress
held in South Korea. And later this year, we will again be hosting the annual Impact
Summit in partnership with the Interior Designers of Canada. This event, which
takes place in Toronto, will convene a community of leaders from the business,
government, and nonprofit sectors to forge innovative design solutions for North
America’s most pressing health and wellness challenges in the built environment.
Being a part of these international conversations helps keep us both relevant
and challenged. Are we ahead on issues within the built environment? What more
can and should we be doing? Looking within and, at the same time, far beyond
our own world is critical, life-changing, and absolutely necessary.
Sandy Gordon is the chair of ASID’s Board of Directors and principal of SGI
Interiors in Madison, Wisc. Learn more at www.asid.org.