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.  

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

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 over 25 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 followed one concept trial to their  Australia / New Zealand office and was lucky to work with the design team there for 9 months while the store concept was evaluated.

My learning is ongoing - thanks to 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.   I volunteer on the BIID professional body's CPD Panel and their Professional Practice Committee.

AWARDS: 

  • PEA award finalist, 2019
  • 'Woman in Property' award - Business Women Excellence Awards, 2018
  • SBID International Design Excellence Award finalist, 2015
  • Consumer Product Design award - New Designers, 1993

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL BODY:

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

It 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.⠀Membership ensures proper practice, qualifications, knowledge, insurances & professional development.   

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Why animal, human and planet friendly design?

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My clients are increasingly concerned about what they buy, how interior furnishings and finishes are produced and what happens to them at the end of their life.   

I can assist clients with an animal product-free specification for their business or home interior projects.  It’s very easily and effectively done without comprising the specification or budget.  Advancements in technology mean that ‘traditional’ animal-based furnishings we’ve used are no longer necessarily the best, healthiest or most kind.

I’m a firm believer that HEALTHY SPACES MAKE HAPPY PEOPLE.

I have studied to become a FitWel® Ambassador – promoting human-centric design.  FitWel® and WELL are part of the healthy building movement and are building standards which advance human health and wellness in buildings and communities.  In other words – it’s a new approach to healthy building design which makes the building work for it’s users rather than the other way around. Both standards cover air and water quality, nourishment, healthy lighting and daylight, fitness, mind and comfort.  The standards are science-based and evidence-based and have proven to greatly improve the user experience, resulting in happier, more engaged and productive people.

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

Prior to setting up my business 14 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 and New Zealand regional office. 

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!

Quick tips on specifying animal, human and planet friendly interiors....

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I'm part of a growing community of vegan interior designers and here I am sharing tips with Claire of Claire Davies Interiors.  

If you are interested in learning more about Vegan Design yourself, I would recommend the online IDCEC accredited course to you.  It's applicable to both the interiors and fashion industries and backed with research from PETA.  Use code CBULLOCK10 for a discount.


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