Plants in Design

Welcome back to Every Day Design for our second instalment.

This month I:

Abigail read an Architectural Digest article about the importance of considering architecture and design when choosing a wedding venue.


She also mentioned doing design work for the lovely Wedding Club.

Rachel has also been doing a bit of reading, this time an article from Curbed, about the importance of moving into a home that suits your lifestyle 364 days a year, rather than the one day a year when you may need a 16 seat dining table

Good design bad design. 

It’s been a scorcher of a summer, and Abigail’s thoughts have turned to water bottles.

Bad design was a bottle like this with a teat…

Photo by: Abigail Hall 

Good design was the Camelback large plastic, the lanyard is an extra but it has a hard loop ready for it.

Great design was the Memo bottle.

Rachel’s been doing quite a lot of walking and has a few opinions about cobbles (hint, she is not a fan of the granite set).

Good design, Green Dragon Yard in Stockton-on-Tees. Smooth paving, and trees, what more could you want?

Big topic: Plants in Design  

The long hot summer has parched our normally green and pleasant land. Plants are important in design, both inside and out!

The RHS has a very well researched article on the impact of house plants .


Some good recommendations of faux flowers but remember to change them as you would real flowers.


For outside green spaces check out this report on the interaction between good quality green spaces and health inequality.

Rachel also references running (hobbling?) the Royal Parks Half Marathon last October.

As well as Lordship Rec and Parkland Walk.

Designing Together

Rachel and Abigail delve into the BBC archives to watch Building Sights, specifically Series 4, Episode 6 on the Alton Estate in Roehampton.

Presented by starchitect Lord Richard Rodgers, who gave us Towards and Urban Renaissance  which led to the seminal (in Rachel’s career anyway) 2000 Urban White Paper

Next month I will…

Both Abigail and Rachel are embroiled in domestic refurbishment projects – follow @EDDPodcast on twitter and instragram to follow the process. Will it be good design or bad design???




In our first ever episode Abigail and Rachel talk about the touchstone of Every Day Design, Ikea.



This month I:

In which Abigail reads about Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Architectural Digest and Rachel thinks about how the rise of the robots will influence urban designers.

Good Design / Bad Design:

Music venues are the name of the game in good design, whereas parking permit renewal and swimming bath changing rooms fall short of the mark.

Hammersmith Apollo

Sixty Six Sounds – Denmark Street

Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band

The Big Topic:

Ikea – force for good or force for evil? You be the judge…

The Billy Bookcase

Ikea collects old furniture

House Beautiful’s 21 Best Ikea Hacks

Designing together:

Netflix documentary on Minimalism made us question our approach to ‘stuff’, but can Abi be convinced that it’s time to part with some of her precious shoes?

Next month I will:

Abigail heads to Focus 18 at the Design Centre Chelsea, and Rachel moves (briefly) to Ealing.


Presenters: Abigail Hall and Rachel Fisher
Produced by: Rachel Fisher
Music: The Duelist

Coming soon…

Do you like design? Have an opinion about what’s good and what’s not? So have we!

Every Day Design is a podcast that explores the impact of design on your everyday life; from the chair you’re sitting on to the skyscraper you’re working in – and everything in between.

Presented and produced by Urbanist Rachel Fisher and Designer Abigail Hall.