PSFK Conference Speaker Interview: Duncan Jackson

Duncan Jackson of Billings Jackson Design speaks on his current work, in anticipation of the upcoming PSFK Conference 2011.

Duncan Jackson will be one of the speakers at our upcoming PSFK CONFERENCE NY 2011. A founding partner of Billings Jackson Design, Duncan is a furniture designer by training and has been running his own company since 1989. He also worked within Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s practice for several years,  which is where he met Eoin Billings. They co-founded Billings Jackson Design in 1992. In 2005 Duncan was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. In anticipation of the conference, we bring you a few thoughts from Duncan:

Tell us about the personal experience or moment that inspired you to pursue design and focus on the built environment:

Having enjoyed and completed my degree in Civil Engineering, I felt the scale was not right for me, so while looking for my path I became an upholsterer in the Cotswolds of England. The moment I walked into the workshops of the London College of Furniture and Music Instrument Manufacture, I knew I was in the right place. On January 2nd 1990, I started to work with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw on the design of a new office furniture system, needless to say this transformed my view of the built environment.

What is the most exciting challenge that Billings Jackson Design is addressing right now?

The development of new lighting modalities for the energy efficient technology of organic light emitting diodes.

What other projects are currently inspiring your work?

Seth Priebatsch’s declared aim is to “build a game layer on top of the world” vanishing the distinction between the online and off worlds. This is how the built environment will truly be made intelligent. Or as Tim O’Reilly says regarding Web 3.0, “You’re still creating the web, but without the conscious need to do so.”

Where do you find inspiration outside of your industry?

Nature and in particular evolution, understanding how these processes work can give you an insight into how a manufactured environment or process will behave, develop, evolve, and naturally become extinct.

What emerging trend, idea, or technology are your excited to see develop in the future?

Energy efficiency technology and the commercial and political drivers that are allowing them to become adopted.

Thanks, Duncan!

Duncan will be speaking at PSFK CONFERENCE NY 2011. Come listen to like minds as they share their ideas to make things better on stage and off.

Find out more about the full lineup of speakers at the PSFK CONFERENCE NY 2011 here.

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