September 4, 2020

DesignTV by SANDOW Showcases Importance of Human-Centered Design

This week, DesignTV by SANDOW spotlighted the people-first thought that inspires countless places. From residential oases to commercial hubs, each interview underscores how much consideration is paid to the lived experience of design when creating spaces, and products, that ignite the senses. 


Interior Design Managing Director, Helene Oberman, kicked off the week with a 1on1 interview with Mindy O’Gara, director of product and learning experience at Interface, and Amber Brown, director of the Interface design studio. Discussing their company’s community-centered ethos, and how it has taken on new meaning during a pandemic, Brown notes: “There’s really a tradeoff between what we need today, and what we need long term,” but what’s clear is that timeless design is here to stay. 

Watch the full 1on1 interview with Mindy O’Gara and Amber Brown here: 

In her next interview of the day, Oberman sat down with Coalesse‘s John Hamilton, global director of design at Coalesse, and his colleague Lew Epstein, general manager at Coalesse and Turnston, to discuss the third and final essay in their Point of View discourse series, “Relate.” Elaborating on the value of ergonomic design inspired by the human form, Hamilton assures viewers that when it comes to a product’s physicality, “We’ll always find a way to make you fit.” 

Watch the full 1on1 interview with John Hamilton and Lew Epstein here: 


Hall-of-Fame architect Clive Wilkinson treats Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen to an exclusive tour of his recently completed L.A. home, a project he designed himself to ensure each room perfectly suited his family. With a starkly modern aesthetic, materials such as sand-glassed wood, concrete, and black zinc add unique character to the cohesive design. 

Watch the full At Home segment with Clive Wilkinson here:


Closing off the week, Allen resumed her hosting duties, interviewing John Stephens, VP of marketing at Shaw Contract—now celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Design Awards—and Ken Wilson, principal at Perkins and Willwho has been a competition judge and a winner in the past. The trio discussed the evolution of the awards program, which attracts designers and firms, large and small, from all over the world, giving the judges a rich pool of applicants. “

Watch the full 1on1 interview with Ken Wilson and John Stephens here: 

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