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The Bermudian

Phone: 292-6041
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Website: www.bsid.bm
Mailing Address: Suite 160, 48 Par-La-Ville Road, Hamilton, HM 11
Services: Professional Organization
Executive Committee: Jill Henneberger, President; Vanessa Bean, Vice President; Michele Smith, Secretary; Sue Bendell, Treasurer; Emily Hopkin & Lauran Aitken, Council Members
Year Founded: 1979




Whenever a prospective client seeks a Professional Interior Designer in Bermuda, their first step should be to ask if the designer is a member of the Bermuda Society of Interior Designers (BSID). Membership in the Society is the hallmark of quality, reliability and ethical conduct in the industry. 


The BSID was established in 1979 when a group of practising interior designers formed a network and began promoting the profession within Bermuda’s growing economy. From that point, the Society grew into a body that sets professional standards and connects a network of designers and related service providers. 


BSID’s main membership is made up of Interior Designers from all specialties, such as corporate, residential, retail and hospitality. Members fall into three groups: Professionals, who are all NCIDQ Certified; Associates, who have a degree in interior design from an accredited institution; and students, who are enrolled in good standing at an accredited institution. There is also an industry alliance membership for partners from the construction, furnishing and finishes sectors who work with interior designers.


The Society’s Code of Ethics governs the professional behaviour of all members in areas such as client relations, collaboration with service providers and contribution to the profession. Representatives from the Society have also participated in regulatory initiatives such as setting standards for the profession through the National Training Board and reviewing Bermuda’s building codes.


A key function of the BSID is to support individual and commercial clients in their search for a professional designer. This service is particularly important given the degree to which television design shows have created an inaccurate perception of the interior design industry, which makes it hard for prospective clients to know what to look for. 


Ensuring that clients understand the value of hiring an interior designer is important for their project success. For example, designers must have a knowledge base ranging from how to plan a space, to building, to health and fire code compliance. Professional designers can advise a client about how to assess a designer’s portfolio, ask questions about workflow and fees, or determine a designer’s ability to cope with special requirements such as ADA design.


The BSID is committed to ensuring sustainable practices in the profession and advocates the use of renewable and energy-efficient products and safe furnishings. It also promotes an overall commitment to protecting the natural environment by using products that lessen the negative impact on our ecosystem.



Pictured (l-r): Emily Hopkin, Jill Henneberger, Lauran Aitken, Sue Bendell, Michele Smith, Vanessa Bean



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