Thrive In Design

Thrive In Design

If you are a leader in architectural and design sales who wants to be an innovator in the future of the interior design industry then the Thrive In Design Podcast is for you! Join your host, Nicole Lashae Ben, a Design Strategist and Innovation Enthusiast, as she shares her expertise, as well as interview experts who will provide insight on dominating the market through shifting demands and creating digital experiences that keep designers engaged with your brand. Each week, she’ll share inspirational content that will guide you to exceed revenue goals for your interior product company while also creating a lasting impact on the built environment.

S2, E3: How Relationships Play A Role In The Design Process
Jul 21 2022
S2, E3: How Relationships Play A Role In The Design Process
In this episode, Nicole Lashae Ben, CEO of Thrive In Design, and Bob Habian, Co-founder and CEO of Tect App, Inc., chat about how relationships play a significant role in the design process. Architects and interior designers have complex design processes, which require specifying hundreds of materials. Those materials have technical information and nuances that, typically, only the product manufacturer and its sales reps are well versed in. When there is a solid and fruitful relationship between the architect/designer and manufacturer, commuication is essential and leads to great product decisions. Bob Habian, AIA, today's guest, is an architect and entrepreneur, who is often referred to as a "licensed puzzle builder and problem solver." He has dedicated the majority of his career to solving one of the most important challenges facing the building industry, and that is, communication between product manufacturers and design professionals, particularly at the earliest stages of a project, when important product decisions are being made. Listen in for some great insights on how Bob approaches this problem with Tect App, Inc. and how product manufacturers can position themselves to be a resource rather than just aiming to make a sale.   Guest: Bob Habian Email: bob@tect.com | LinkedIn:  more about Thrive In Design: Contact: thriveindesign.co/contact | Instagram: @thriveindesign | Facebook: @thriveindesign  >>> Register for the next Thrive In Design live training here.
S2, E2: #DESIGNCHAT Integrating Tech Into Interior Design & The Client Experience
Jul 14 2022
S2, E2: #DESIGNCHAT Integrating Tech Into Interior Design & The Client Experience
In this episode, Nicole Lashae Ben, CEO of Thrive In Design, and Jessica Mann-Amato, Design Principal and Co-Owner of Mancini Duffy, chat about integrating tech into the interior design process and client experience. Jessica leads Mancini Duffy through transparency emphasizing company culture and technology. Mancini is a 100+-year-old tech-driven design firm in NYC whose clients include Peloton, Soho House, Boqueria, American Airlines, Brooklyn Nets, and NBC Sports. Mancini’s co-owners run the firm like a start-up with technology as the key driver of all initiatives. Mancini is a diverse firm — 51% of the firm is female — nearly twice the industry norm. In 2020, Mancini’s designers revolutionized the design process by inventing the patent-pending The Toolbelt, a software that allows Mancini’s clients to explore and manipulate the 3D models of their spaces using Virtual Reality to explore and make adjustments to the designs in real-time. Utilizing The Toolbelt, Mancini’s designers can do in 3 hours what it takes most architects 3 weeks to do. Jessica has layered technology into every facet of Mancini’s design process. She utilizes The Toolbelt to lead clients through proprietary 360 Design Sessions, immersing them in their spaces and allowing for a truly collaborative, interactive design process. Listen in for some amazing insight on technology, innovation, and how interior product companies can integrate into the emerging design process. Guest: Jessica Mann-Amato Company: Mancini Duffy Email: jmannamato@manciniduffy.com | Instagram: @mancini_duffy | Facebook: @ManciniDuffy  Learn more about Thrive In Design: Contact: thriveindesign.co/contact | Instagram: @thriveindesign | Facebook: @thriveindesign >>> Register for the next Thrive In Design live training here.
S1,E8: Using Design Thinking To Yield Innovation
Feb 24 2022
S1,E8: Using Design Thinking To Yield Innovation
On today's episode, Nicole Lashae Ben and Chris Stulpin dive into the topic of design thinking and how interior product companies can use it to yield innovative products, services, and strategies. Chris Stulpin is the former Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America, a division of Tarkett. In this role, Chris led the design, product management, marketing and project management teams, driving the company’s innovation roadmap and customer experience journey. Currently, Chris works closely with the architecture and design community, IIDA and consults to many leading manufacturers. As a leader of Design Thinking initiatives, Chris completed studies at the Paris School of Architecture’s D School. He also completed studies in innovation at the London Business School. His education has been the foundation of leading executive leadership teams in Design Thinking fundamentals.  Chris is a member of thought-leadership communities including the Design Futures Council, IIDA Industry Roundtable and Trend Union. Chiris has even had the pleasure of designing ad campaigns for Barney’s NY and Giorgio Armani. Hear Nicole and Chris discuss: The fundamentals of design thinking How services can help interior product companies differentiate themselves from competitors Why circular design is something to think about in the near future *** Connect with Chris Stulpin Email: cdstulpin@icloud.com  | Instagram: @cdstulpin | LinkedIn: @christopherstulpin   Learn more about Thrive In Design Contact: thriveindesign.co/contact | Instagram: @thriveindesign | Facebook: @thriveindesign Register for the next Thrive In Design live training here.
S1,E4: Developing Interior Products In A Shifting Market
Jan 27 2022
S1,E4: Developing Interior Products In A Shifting Market
On today's episode, Nicole chats with Traci Kloos, the Vice President of Design and Development* for Koroseal Interior Products, about innovation and developing products in a shifting market. Traci has more than 25 years of design experience spanning both residential and commercial applications.   With a background in architecture and interior design, Traci began her career in residential design in the St. Louis, Missouri market. She joined Masco Corporation, on the KraftMaid Cabinetry brand team in 2000, as a member of their design services group. In her 14 tenure, Traci held positions as a Senior Designer, Design Manager and Senior Design Manager, where she and her team were responsible for all photography, PR, and trade show booth designs for the brand.    In 2009, she accepted a role as Senior Product Designer on the Masco Cabinetry team where she focused on color development, trend analysis and all new product design introductions for the KraftMaid brand. She went on to join Tarkett North America as a Senior Design Manager before expanding into the Director of Design Marketing role in 2017.   In her 7+ years at Tarkett, Traci, and her team, led initiatives that connected design to the sales organization and customers through visual storytelling. She also tracked market shifts that drove color and style direction for the brand.   Traci joined the Koroseal Interior Products team in June of 2021, where she leads design and development for all manufactured wallcovering.   *NOTE: This episode mentions that Traci is the General Manager of Design and Development at Koroseal. She was recently promoted to Vice President. *** Follow Koroseal:  Instagram: @koroseal LinkedIn: Koroseal Interior Products Facebook: Koroseal Interior Products Twitter: @koroseal Learn more about Thrive In Design Contact: thriveindesign.co/contact | Instagram: @thriveindesign | Facebook: @thriveindesign Register for the next Thrive In Design live training here.