20 episodes

As interior designers, we’re accustomed to celebrating the end of a project. But what about the people and process behind those designs? Once Upon a Project delves into the stories of creating the spaces that we inhabit with the designers who dreamed them up. Join AJ Paron, EVP and Design Futurist of SANDOW Design Group, in unraveling what it takes to bring interior design projects to fruition—from the designer’s inspiration to the setbacks, surprises, and serendipitous events along the way.

Once Upon a Project is part of the SURROUND Podcast Network by SANDOW Design Group—the home of design brands you know and love like Interior Design magazine, Metropolis magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design, Thinklab and more.

See our show notes, and discover more design podcasts at surroundpodcasts.com

Once Upon a Project SANDOW Design Group and SURROUND

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    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

As interior designers, we’re accustomed to celebrating the end of a project. But what about the people and process behind those designs? Once Upon a Project delves into the stories of creating the spaces that we inhabit with the designers who dreamed them up. Join AJ Paron, EVP and Design Futurist of SANDOW Design Group, in unraveling what it takes to bring interior design projects to fruition—from the designer’s inspiration to the setbacks, surprises, and serendipitous events along the way.

Once Upon a Project is part of the SURROUND Podcast Network by SANDOW Design Group—the home of design brands you know and love like Interior Design magazine, Metropolis magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design, Thinklab and more.

See our show notes, and discover more design podcasts at surroundpodcasts.com

    Yinka Ilori: Designing for Joy at NeoCon 2024

    Yinka Ilori: Designing for Joy at NeoCon 2024

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    • 25 min
    Wood for Good: The Case for Sustainable Furniture

    Wood for Good: The Case for Sustainable Furniture

    In this special edition episode, we are joined by Gene Wilson, Vice President of Merchandising and Vendor Management at Room & Board. Explore a groundbreaking initiative in sustainable design as we learn how Room & Board, a pioneering American furniture company, is transforming discarded wood into stunning heirloom furniture through their Urban Wood Project.

    Discover how this line of products not only prevents waste but also creates jobs and supports local communities across the country. We’ll hear from Emily McGarvey, Director of Sustainability at Room & Board, who shares insights into their sustainability strategy and the positive impact of their urban wood products. Plus, listen to personal stories and experiences that highlight the importance of preserving our natural resources for future generations.

    Tune in for an inspiring conversation about the future of sustainable design and the remarkable journey of turning urban wood into beautiful, meaningful furniture.
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    • 56 min
    Design Déjà vu

    Design Déjà vu

    David Shove-Brown, co-founder of //3877, a D.C.-based architecture and design firm specializing in hospitality shares the story of one of their most challenging projects—a historic building turned restaurant that they redesigned not once, but twice! Learn how //3877 balanced the unique challenges of working within a historic structure while creating a vibrant dining experience, and how unexpected events like an earthquake can impact a project.
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    • 49 min
    6 Million Square Feet

    6 Million Square Feet

    Join host AJ Paron in an enlightening conversation with Jennifer Kolstad, the Global Design and Brand Director at Ford Motor Company, as they delve into the fascinating world of design and its profound impact. Despite her limited background in healthcare design, Jennifer took on the monumental task of spearheading the six-million-square-foot Kuwait Children’s Hospital project with HKS. Together, they explore the intricacies of this ambitious endeavor and touch on themes of innovation, empathy, and the lasting influence of design on our world.
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    • 47 min
    "Cut a Hole in Where?” Bold moves for Back to Work Design

    "Cut a Hole in Where?” Bold moves for Back to Work Design

    Big business means a big office. For Boston Consulting Group’s Canadian HQ in Toronto, HOK Canada was the architecture, planning, and engineering firm for the job. Regional winner for the Best of Canada Design Awards for Shaw Contract 2023, Caitlin Turner, project lead and Director of Interiors at HOK Canada, discusses how the project became such a success with host AJ Paron. From tenant-improvement fit-ups, and championing Toronto’s mighty emerging design scene to planning for serendipitous bump-ins, this episode covers the social, financial, and design aspects of return to work so many of us are figuring out. 

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    • 46 min
    Design Goes to Court

    Design Goes to Court

    If you ever find yourself in court, you’re going to hope it’s this family circuit in Orlando, Florida. Designed by Jose Jordan who comes from an architectural family and is a current Principal at DLR Group, his scientific approach to architecture with a focus on tactile materials has led him to this niche of civic architecture. Host A.J. Paron shares a personal story that helps hammer home the importance of Jordan’s design ideas like planning for privacy, ensuring views of nature, and the inclusion of lively colors. “Safe and secure” is the guiding ethos for the project, which makes sense when you listen to how Jordan talks about his approach to designing for positive change.

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    • 44 min

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