The theme of this year’s British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) Conference is ‘Interior Identities’ and director of Living Architecture Mark Robinson will be giving a talk called ‘Wonder and Delight: The Interiors of Living Architecture‘.
Established in 2007 by Alain de Botton, Living Architecture is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to revolutionise architecture and UK holiday rentals by offering the chance to rent houses designed by some of the most talented architects at work today. Living Architecture endeavours to shift perceptions of modern architecture by enabling people to experience what it is like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by an outstanding architectural practice. Projects include A House for Essex by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture, The Balancing Barn by MVRDV, The Long House by Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins, The Shingle House by NORD, The Dune House by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, A Room For London by David Kohn Architects and Life House by John Pawson, due to open this year. In this talk, Mark Robinson, Director of Living Architecture will discuss the interiors of the Living Architecture houses. He will explore the challenges of creating interiors in buildings that are designed to shift the mind-set of those who stay in them, how to approach a project when there is no client in the traditional sense, and how to create a space that can balance relaxation and education.
Mark Robinson was appointed as director of Living Architecture in 2007, following ten years at the Serpentine Gallery, the last seven being project manager of the highly influential pavilion projects. Having worked with a number of influential architects, artists and designers, the founding of Living Architecture was the natural progression for Mark. He is responsible for delivering each of the individual houses, from site finding, appointing the architects , planning, through to furnishing and completing, before they are launched as part of the Living Architecture portfolio. In the last nine years he has worked with some of the leading professionals in Architecture and the Arts. Mark is currently planning the next phase of the company, whilst completing houses in Wales and Devon.
The full conference programme can be viewed here.