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This is a podcast about people, places, and design that will help you learn and grow. Our guests share insight, stories, and big ideas that inspire courage and curiosity. Whether it's our workplace, our home, or all the places in between, interior design is shaping the human experience every day.

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 119 Ratings

This is a podcast about people, places, and design that will help you learn and grow. Our guests share insight, stories, and big ideas that inspire courage and curiosity. Whether it's our workplace, our home, or all the places in between, interior design is shaping the human experience every day.

    The future of design and work.

    The future of design and work.

    Mark Bryan is the Director of Innovation and Research at M+A architects… He’s also a certified futurist. He leads M+A’s Futurism services, using innovation and research to create personalized data-driven solutions and future-driven forecasts to solve now for what is to come next. Mark uses his work to predict, and protect, what inevitable change means for the future.

    In today's episode, we go deep into the metaverse, artificial intelligence, and what the future might hold for work and life.

    • 39 min
    From ER Nurse to Interior Designer.

    From ER Nurse to Interior Designer.

    Lakiesha Stanley spent 7 years as an ER Nurse… and now she’s designing hospital interiors.

    As Lakiesha moves about her career as a healthcare interior designer, she brings so much more than empathy from her time as a nurse… She brings over a mindset on how to prioritize and deal with tough situations. In today's episode, she lets us in on how we can "triage" any situation.

    The second half of the conversation today really captures advice she has for others and there are some ways in which she understands herself and her journey that connects to so much of what many of us might have felt at some point.

    • 34 min
    Is your information diet holding you back?

    Is your information diet holding you back?

    Mario Vasilescu is the CEO and Co-Founder of Readocracy and this episode just might revolutionize how you feed your brain. Over the past 5 years, greater awareness and data have helped us understand the layers of our health and wellbeing in ways that we’ve never considered before. And there’s one very important layer, that is too often left out of the conversation - information.

    This episode centers around the importance of your information diet and new technology that is basically, the Fitbit of reading.

    • 41 min
    How to put a city in a building.

    How to put a city in a building.

    Adam Stover is a Senior Principal at Kansas City’s Populous and has led the design for some of the most significant sports stadium renovations and new builds of the last decade:

    These include Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, and Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Fever….. which is exactly where we met adam for this interview, smack dab on center court.— And, as you might have expected, we brought the crew and filmed it – If you want to watch this interview, we’ll drop a link in the show notes where you see the center court action for yourself.

    Today, we’ll go deep on designing for the human experience and Adam will share his advice on how we as individuals and teams can grow in our pursuit of excellence.

    • 43 min
    Designing through story.

    Designing through story.

    A well-designed hospitality experience transports you… and so does a great conversation. But when you have a great conversation about well-designed hospitality experiences… well, that’s just going to a whole nother level.

    Today, we bring on Valentina Castellon, DLR’s Principal and Sr. Interior Designer out of Minneapolis. She’s a leader in the hospitality space, and her love of story and experience is felt through this entire conversation.

    • 21 min
    Earth Day in a new way.

    Earth Day in a new way.

    Earth Day is a time to celebrate, learn, and maybe try something new, so we’ve got a great conversation today and a couple of questions for you too. Today, we brought back two of our favorite podcast pals, The hosts of Break Some Dishes, to boost your Earth Day morale. And what do we cover in this conversation, today? We’ll help you get your mind and your spirit prepped for Earth Day.

    About Break Some Dishes:
    Hosted by Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner, Break Some Dishes is a podcast that covers the environmental crises through the lens of creativity and design. They believe that bad design is bad for the planet. Verda is an artist and designer and Jon is a talker, and together they find those unique people who have found amazing ways to make a difference in saving our planet. On their podcast, they talk about ghost fishing, ocean plastic pollution, and the work being done to remove poisonous ingredients from products. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg, so join the discussion, start breaking some dishes, and get going on fixing things!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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119 Ratings

119 Ratings

BoomerSooner91 ,

Furniture is not a four letter word

I loved listening to Dianne and Doug interact. I think Furgatory is one of the best words ever created! We need to put that on a t-shirt 🔥
I look forward to hearing LOTS more conversations about decommissioning furniture. It’s a massive global issue and is going to take everyone working together to try and solve the problem.
Thank you for talking about designing your life. It’s something I am also super passionate about. Design your life; you only have one.
Thanks for what you do, Doug, and your positive influence on the world!

Cherylb470 ,

Furniture is not a four letter word

Dianne Kimiko Murata of Kimiko Designs is spot on with the complexities to a job going all the way from when we are brought on to a project to it being installed right when the puzzle is complete.
Furniture doesn’t have to be a four letter word and Dianne gives great insight into this all the way from programming thru to post documents. I love the new word made up about the gap that sometimes happens between the design firm and the dealer, Furgatory!!! She touches very well on sustainability and re-using or re-purposing product so it doesn’t go into a landfill. Well done!!

SheilaRogers ,

Furniture is Not a Four Letter Word

The podcast episode with Dianne Murata of Kimiko Designs was SO GOOD. I took fast and furious notes on three intertwined topics: Kimiko’s two decades of working virtually and building community within that workplace model, the need to solve the puzzle of decommissioned furniture and the environment, and her encouragement to “live by design”. Thank you, Doug, for this informative and fun segment.

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