Series 3 of DESIGN POD to land this month

Series three of DESIGN POD – the podcast for all architecture and design enthusiasts – will land this August, with eight engaging episodes ready to drop weekly. Editor Hamish Kilburn, host of DESIGN POD, explains what to look forward to…


It’s official, series three of DESIGN POD, sponsored by Minotti London, will land this August. The podcast for all design and architecture enthusiasts aims to create conversations unlike any other, and provides a unique platform to amplify leading designers, architects and creative experts.

The series, which will contain eight curated episodes, will kickstart with episode 19; an exclusive interview with Nils Sveje and Kyoko Inoda, Co-Founders of INODA+SVEJE, which was one of few protagonist studios behind the 2022 collection by Minotti. The pair joined me on the podcast sofa just one week after Milan Design Week to record the episode where we discussed how their latest products – Yoko, Lars and Sendai – went down with the design and architecture community when they launched during the show as well as exploring the design duo’s unique approach to product design.

Up next, episode 20 will explore a hotel concept that Hotel Designs has been interested in since its early conception. Hot off delivering a Ted talk about creating the world’s first energy-positive hotel, developer and former designer and architect Ivaylo Lefterov, while on a whistle-stop tour, joined me live in the Minotti London showroom to discuss how SVART will break down boundaries when it comes to net-zero architecture, sustainable hospitality and luxury travel.

Episode 21 will feature Holly Hallam, Managing Director of Design LSM, who arrived on the podcast sofa full of energy to explore the topic of ‘a new era of lifestyle’. At the time of recording, Design LSM had completed several lifestyle hospitality projects, including Kiss the Hippo, Jiji in London, and were in the process of working to revamp the iconic Heythrop Park.

In Episode 22, DESIGN POD will be taken over by a legend on the interior design scene. British designer Sue Timney, who recently became a judge for The Brit List Awards 2022, joined me to discuss some of her statement projects and partnerships, including an appearance on Grand Designs as well as working on several high-profile residential projects.

Approaching the podcast from a slightly different angle – catching up with a designer working for a brand instead of a design studio – episode 23 will welcome Matthew Balon, Head of Design at Ruby Hotels, to discover the theme of ‘lean luxury’ in today’s competitive hospitality scene when lifestyle hotels need to not only be all singing and all dancing in terms of offerings but also accessible and affordable.

Spreading our wings outside of the UK, episode 24 will capture a theme that’s relevant outside parameters of design and architecture. ‘Sliding doors’ will be the topic, inspired by the 1998 rom-com featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. The episode will welcome Brian Messana, Co-Founder of Messana O’roke, and will celebrate the upcoming release of the studio’s first monograph, Messana O’Rorke: Building Blocks, with text by Mayer Rus and a foreword by Thomas Phifer, to be published by Rizzoli this October. The episode will highlight moments in Messana’s career and life that pivoted into new chapters of design and architecture.

Continuing in New York City, episode 25 of DESIGN POD will welcome Karen Stonely, Co-Founder of SPAN NY onto the podcast to explore wellness in design. In this episode, Stonely, focusing on case studies that are both loud and quiet, will touch on how each of the studio’s projects sensitively inject meaningful senses of place. In addition, the episode will explore the architect’s definition of wellness in 2022.

Concluding the series in style as well as speed, episode 26 will welcome architect Lorraine Stoutt Griffith, Director, Twelve Architects, to explore the theme of engineering meets design. The episode will put one of Griffith’s current projects called Escapade Silverstone under the spotlight, a space that will, when built, seamlessly merge hospitality and motorsport in an original way – right on the edge of the iconic Silverstone race track, home of the UK Grand Prix.

DESIGN POD, Sponsored by Minotti London, is available to listen to on all major platforms, including (but not limited to) Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Spotify. Look out over on Instagram for the official teaser to drop, which will contain the exact launch date of series three.

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