Suppliers need to provide more product information

Increase in product materials makes it difficult for interior designers to keep up to date.

Products are increasingly having a range of compositions.
Products are increasingly having a range of compositions.

Suppliers in the walls and flooring industry need to provide more information on their products according to a panel of interior designers at this year's APID Walls and Floors Forum. Speaking under the topic of Education and Training in Interior Design, the panel, made up of four interior designers, said the amount of new materials being used made it difficult for interior designers to know how to use them.

"We need suppliers to give more information on new products and materials, especially with relation to special requirements for installation, regulations they adhere to and how sustainable they are," said Stephanie Backhouse, senior interior designer KCA International.

The panellists also agreed that the sustainability of products should be something interior designers look at when choosing materials. "Sustainability is very important today. We as interior designers must all be aware of such things as the composition of materials, the type of glue that is used and how environmentally friendly they are. If we all looked at this and chose accordingly it would make a big difference," added Backhouse.

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