Suzanne Tick Inc.
Suzanne Tick is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., specializing in materials brand strategy, product design, development, and direction for commercial interiors. Suzanne is currently partnering with Tarkett on Brand Strategy and Product Development, Creative Director for LUUM textiles, and Design Consultant for Tandus Centiva. She has maintained a distinguished career as a textile designer and studio Principal in New York City.
At LUUM, Suzanne is developing a new textile business model, being responsible for the development and direction of textiles for seating and vertical applications. This year Suzanne will debut her third glass collection with Skyline Design, where she has been a design partner since 2008. Suzanne is known for her intelligent and enthusiastic approach to design in evolving markets, along with conviction to provide innovative solutions.
In addition to her work in commercial Interiors, Suzanne maintains a hand weaving practice and creates woven sculptures from repurposed materials. Her work is exhibited worldwide, including MoMA and Art Basel, as well as collected by private and corporate clients. Recently two of her upholstery fabrics, Line Language and Bonded, both for Teknion Textiles were officially acquired for the permanent collection of the Copper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her recent awards include a 2016 NeoCon Best of Year Gold Award and Interior Design's Hip Award for Tarkett’s Collections Infinies. Her debut collection for LUUM: Starting Point also picked up a 2016 Metropolis Likes at this year’s NeoCon.
Suzanne was also honored in 2013 with the IIDA Titan Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the Interior Design profession. Suzanne also had the honor of speaking at last year's TEDxNavesink "Makers" conference at Monmouth University where she gave her talk, "Weaving Trash Into Treasure".
The Measure of a Space
Historically, there have been various ways to measure how well the design of an interior space “works.” In a volatile economy, the metric may be the ability to fit as many people and desks into as little real estate as possible. Humanizing or stylish touches may have to go. Such determinants have a rightful place among the tenets of design, but it is certainly possible to reconcile economic necessities, with design that’s intelligent, interesting and human-centered. Every element of interior design—the shape of the space, the colour of walls, the arrangement of furniture—is laden with messages. Each speaks to certain values. Each gives cues for behaviour. Taken together, they suggest and invite a way of working, learning or socializing. The visual language of the space communicates and informs, often evoking an emotional response and potentially leading us to pass a verdict on the nature of the enterprise that shaped it.
This session will focus on the elements of interior design and how they may be put to use to create a more positive experience, to create more happiness at work. Our discussion will range across types of spaces one encounters in the modern office over the course of a work day, and proposes that feeling welcome, empowered, connected, calm and comfortable helps people to do their best work. Equally, companies that seek to become skilled in leveraging the power of design, that use design to engage and inspire, often find workers a great deal more likely to exhibit creativity, commitment, and a spirit of community. Whatever the prevailing aesthetic model of design, and however complex the concerns and constraints that designers must address, we have a great opportunity to put beauty and meaning into the everyday work environment. We have a chance, and even a mandate, to improve people’s lives. That, in essence, is the story of design.
Suzanne Tick, Owner, Suzanne Tick Inc.
Michael Vanderbyl, Principal, Vanderbyl Design
"The Kids are Alright"
Jennifer Busch, Vice President A&D, Teknion