A bit about me...


Hello,  I'm Chloe Bullock, a Brighton-based interior designer - running Materialise Interiors since 2005 - designing  spaces for clients with both commercial and residential projects.​  I have been working in design since 1994.  

Interior Design Declares
I'm proud to be one of the nine Founding Signatories of Interior Design Declares, launched in March 2021 for those working in the interior design industry and supply chains to commit to strengthen our working practices to design spaces with a more positive impact on the world around us.

I'm a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design and the first interior designer in the UK to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™ (IDCEC accredited).  I'm also a FitWel® Ambassador - meaning I can guide clients on optimising  wellness within their spaces using healthy, human-centric principles used by the WELL Building Standard and Fitwel®.  

I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The organisation encourages industry to work together on challenges that society faces.

CHLOE BULLOCK    BA (hons) | FRSA | BIID RegID | VeganDesign.org certified™ | Fitwel® Amb
CHLOE BULLOCK    BA (hons) | FRSA | BIID RegID | VeganDesign.org certified™ | Fitwel® Amb
Business Womens Excellence Awards

'Woman in Property' award - Business Women Excellence Awards 2018,  WINNER

SBID Awards finalist 2015

SBID International Design Excellence Award 2015,  FINALIST

New Designers winnder Consumer Product Design 1993

Consumer Product Design award - New Designers 1993 WINNER

10 years of Sustainable & Vegan design education.... thanks to The Body Shop International

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

I have pursued my huge love of design and history of design throughout my studies.  After A levels  I did an Art Foundation course and  went on to gain an honours degree in Furniture & Product Design from Nottingham Trent University.  During this sandwich degree course I spent six months with fine furniture designer maker Charles Thomson, assisting with making and marketing of his high end bespoke work.

 I have 27 years 3D design experience.  I have  freelanced, worked in design offices (both drawing board draughting and CAD), and the in-house retail design team for The Body Shop International for their Global store concept roll-out.   

I spent 10 very happy and educational years working for The Body Shop during Anita Roddick's time.  It provided the most fantastic grounding in sustainable and cruelty free specifications - designing store fixtures and interior concepts - trialling and rolling them out Globally - working with manufacturers and implementation teams across the World. 

 

I started Materialise Interiors in 2006.  I'm proud that the ethics & values of The Body Shop have continued into my own company.  As the years have passed I have shouted about them more in the hope I can influence other companies and designers too.

My learning is ongoing - thanks to being a long term member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) I have a yearly commitment to continuing my professional development for both my own and my clients' benefit.   

 

Further courses:

  • VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™ (IDCEC accredited)
  • FitWel® Ambassador
  • Healthy Materials and Sustainable Building certificate at Parsons New School, New York   in progress
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PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

I'm very proud to have been a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) since 2013.   This is the only professional institute for interior designers in the UK recognised by the British Government.

The BIID  has a reassuringly challenging joining process to ensure professionalism, ability and qualifications.   I became a full member from outset to both assure clients of my abilities but also because I want to keep up my learning and network with my industry.⠀

Our membership ensures proper practice, qualifications, knowledge, insurances & professional development.   

Volunteering for the BIID:

  • Judge for  BIID  Student Challenge 2021
  • Part of the new Sustainability Committee to encourage Sustainability throughout the organisation and our members.  I have helped to write a Sustainable Specification Guide to share knowledge with our members
  • Professional Practice Committee
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Panel 

Useful RESOURCES for designers, students and design enthusiasts....

The Great Indoors podcast

It was a HUGE pleasure to be interviewed by a favourite podcast of mine - THE GREAT INDOORS PODCAST - by design and interior stylist Sophie Robinson and journalist and author Kate Watson Smyth.  

In the podcast we talk about sustainable and ethical design with some insights and tips to help listeners.  I very much enjoyed doing it and I hope you enjoy it. 

LISTEN HERE

Book a free Discovery Call here…

Why animal-friendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly design?

I’m lucky to have an ETHICAL SOURCING AND DESIGN education from the forerunner in ethical business.

Prior to setting up my business 15 years ago, I worked in ethical design and sourcing for 10 years for cruelty free and ethical British skin care and cosmetics company The Body Shop International as part of the retail design team designing and specifying for their stores globally.  I was lucky to work in both UK offices (Littlehampton and London) as well as the Australia/ New Zealand office - where I worked in the design team there for 9 months while a store concept was evaluated.. 

As a furniture design graduate I loved the concept development of new store types we were trialling.  The piloted store design concepts had to work globally both in terms of marketing and actual production.  Everything used in the store fit was scrutinised by the in-house Business Ethics team.  I learnt a great deal whilst working there and the interest has stayed with me ever since.  

I love to research and source low environmental impact finishes and materials.  It's very much part of how I work still - playing my part in working with the relevant  Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 set by the United Nations by guiding clients' projects. 

I’ll be happy to show you options for sustainable, healthy and cruelty free alternatives as part of the design process and you can decide for yourself!

This week we are talking about LIVING WITH LESS.  Watch to find out more about minimalism, decluttering, Chloe's involuntary decluttering,  Angela's voluntary decluttering,  the health & wellbeing benefits for us both, design for longevity and buying better

I've also written a BLOG about it

This week we are talking about CONTINUED LEARNING.  Watch to hear us discuss biophilia some more - what that encompasses and what we think about continued learning generally.

This week we are talking about NICHING YOUR BUSINESS. Watch to hear us discuss niching our businesses, being designers and plans for next year.

Listen in to our discussion on research on new materials, lockdown number 3, our projects and plans for the New Year

This week we discuss our career paths and share useful information to help aspiring designers.

I've written a summary to go with the conversation complete with useful links - LINK 

 

Lots of study chat and exchanging of learnings.  We also talk about how we begin projects and how we get our inspiration.

 

We look at how we are trying to live more sustainably - and things you can do to your own home.

 

We talk about interiors as Material Banks and retrofitting, Angela's Madeira Terraces project at Brighton University, me being a judge for the British Institute of Interior Design's Student Challenge 2021 and Angela work with students at Brighton's MET college.

 

We talk about International Womens Day and being a woman in our industry, the perception of our industry - and of course - sharing our learnings on how our industry can be more sustainable.

 

This week we geek out on design related books!

Books we discuss...

ANGELA'S BOOKS:

  1. Gardening by the Sea - J.R.B. Evison
  2. Forgotten Household Crafts - John Seymour 
  3. Silo, The Zero Waste Blueprint - Douglas Mc Master 
  4. (fourth Edition) Architectural Graphics - Francis D.K. Ching 
  5. (second edition) Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data - David Adler 
  6. Planting the Natural Garden - Piet Ouldolf & Henk Gerritsen 
  7. Walters Way & Segal Close - Alice Graham, Taran Wilkhu 
  8. Cradle to Cradle, Re-Making The Way We Make Things - Michael Braungart, William Mc Donough

 

CHLOE'S BOOKS:

  1. Observers Book of Architecture. John Penoyre 
  2. Making Kind Choices. Ingrid Newkirk. 
  3. Integrated craft and design. Colin Caborn and Ian Mould. 
  4. The Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th Century Architecture. VM Lampunani. 
  5. Furniture. Edward Lucie-Smith. 
  6. Metric Handbook Planning and Design Data - David Littlefield 
  7. Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home 
  8. Vegan Interior Design. Aline Durr.
  9. Cradle to Cradle, Re-Making The Way We Make Things - Michael Braungart, William Mc Donough

 

It's an easing of Lockdown edition and we meet for the first time and  Angela gives me a tour of the Biophilic Home Office she's been working on for some long term clients, close to the South Downs  in Sussex.

It was fantastic to be interviewed for this wonderful platform .

Here's some quick tips on specifying animal, human and planet friendly interiors....

This video gives some tips for creating more positive spaces with lower impact.

You can also read this blog.

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