With an emphasis on the business and market contributions of design, in partnership with Design Diffusion News Magazine (DDN), IFI Voices showcases examples of the best designed places and products. With DDN’s nine (9) editions per year, we plan for a monthly focus on a different nation, world region or issue.
Banner project image: Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center by Scenic Architecture Office; Photo: Shengliang Su
(featured in DDN 265 | Featuring China)
DDN 267 | FEATURING THE UK
Learning From Each Other
Speaking to the diversity of voices from the United Kingdom’s architecture and design community. Having asked the question about the best business intelligence they gleaned during the pandemic, we shared their advice to inspire us all in the transition to a progressive return to “normal” activities. They also shared topical areas of locus that are becoming professionally ever relevant within the UK as we head toward an optimistic period of renewal.
DDN 266 | FEATURING THE U.S.
Work & Life – Making Appropriate Space
Spotlighting insights from representatives of the North American design community on the ongoing changes to the traditional workplace. We heard their views on adapting to remote work scenarios and the role of the design in ensuring spatial flexibility for business success.
DDN 265 | FEATURING CHINA
Design as a Global Conversation
Hearing from representatives of the Chinese design community their views on the value of communication in their business practices. We explored the various aspects of the creative dialogue in the context of IFI World Interiors Day (IFI WID), IFI’s annual event which this year celebrated the theme of “Design as a Global Conversation”. IFI WID is globally celebrated throughout the entire month of May each year.
DDN 264 | FEATURING JAPAN, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA
Collaboration & Competition
Engaging with the world design community to explore the duality of collaboration and competition. In the context of community and best business practice, we heard from architects and designers from Australia, Japan and Singapore on how they nurture creative excellence while building a strong support community within the industry.
DDN 263 | FEATURING EUROPEAN REGION
At IFI we started 2021 with great enthusiasm and optimism. With 2020 firmly in the past, we paused to reflect on the positives and innovation from last year – even as it will remain one of humanity’s darkest in recent history.
DDN 262 | FEATURING AFRICA REGION
How is the way of living and designing interiors changing? What is the current state of the interior design market in Africa, the ‘new frontier’ to which the core of this issue of DDN is dedicated? We asked TiTi Ogufere, CEO of Essential Interiors Consultancy, publisher of Essential Media Group, founder of the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) and Design Week Lagos (DWI), and IFI President 2020-21.
DDN 261 | FEATURING MENA REGION
Investing in Creative Capital
As the world adjusts to new all-encompassing circumstances, Design remains pivotal to the search for new creative solutions required to support and restrengthen all civic activities across the world. After all, a new normal is afoot and design can lead by example. The IFI creative community of responsible place makers is ever more convinced of the need to harness the extraordinary power of Design for fresh advancements. As we focus on considering renewed commercial and business endeavors, IFI realizes that the post-COVID world is increasingly flattened, with percolation of creative leadership stemming from all parts of the globe. Working with DDN, in this issue IFI showcased a cross-section of design voices from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Whether native to the region, or international participants helping to shape the local context, all contributed to both its short- and long-term economic development.