Honorary Fellowship is awarded to distinguished persons whom the National Council wishes to honour and so elect because of their significant impact on or contribution to the Institute and/or the Interior Design profession.
Having run away from school more than twelve times, it should come as no surprise that Alan Fennell is not your regular academic scholar.
Completely self-taught in the ways of the world and other facts of life, he has never stopped acquiring incidental knowledge about this, that and anything else under the sun that happened to grab his interest.
For twenty-five years Alan practiced as an interior decorator before becoming the founder/publisher/editor of Designing Ways magazine wherein he attempts to impart this knowledge on unsuspecting readers
Nicola Hadfield is one of South Africa’s most respected décor personalities who now spends a great deal of her time living between France and South Africa. Nicola single-handedly pioneered Africa’s first multinational interior design showcase, Decorex SA in 1994, which she later expanded to Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. In 1998 she sold Decorex SA and after completing her directorship, moved to Cape Town.
Today, sought after as a décor trend commentator and guest speaker, Nicola also consults on key blue-chip design and marketing projects such as the design retail shopping precinct – Design Quarter in Fourways, Sandton. During her consultancy with Zenprop (Design Quarter Property Developers) she successfully negotiated a complimentary five year rental lease agreement for the IID at Design Quarter.
Amongst other prestigious awards; Nicola received an award in 2003 as one of 15 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World from the US-based Star Group. Nicola Hadfield Enterprises also produces a small signature brand range of semi-precious jewellery, produced a visually inspiring decor coffee table book ‘Beautiful Homes of SA’ (which was elected Publisher’s Choice) and is now working on her second book due for release towards the end of 2009. Nicola recently presented a 13 part television series on interior decor entitled “Design Inspiration”. on the Home Channel.
Born in South Africa, and growing up in Johannesburg, the talented Sharon was taught and trained by the renowned designer of the time Monica Bosch. After spending four years with Monica, Sharon uprooted herself and moved to Cape Town, where she gained experience in an architectural firm. Sharon then moved to Innovation to become the in-house designer and manager of their domestic division.
After a successful tenure at Innovation, Sharon opened her own design consultancy, where she designed and decorated many of Cape Town’s prominent homes.
The ascendancy of Sharon’s career followed her return to Johannesburg where she joined Spegash Interiors as an associate designer, later to acquire the studio, where Sharon’s singular aesthetic firmly took root and flourished.
In addition to designing innumerable cover page interiors, has made frequent guest appearances on life style related television programs, all the while working her magic on the homes of the Fortune 500 clients.