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Interior Design Students Win Stage Design Competition

Not all interior design students are destined for homes, kitchens, and bathrooms-related design careers. Many students are interested in (and excel at) interior design concepts appropriate for screen and stage productions. Interior design students in Borneo showed their skills in this genre by taking the top spots in a stage design competition:

(Borneo Post Online) Four Limkokwing Borneo students emerged victors at a recent design competition organised by KTS in conjunction with their 50th anniversary for impressing the judges with their talents for the built environment.

The open competition comprising a sculpture design competition, a stage design competition and a billboard with a guardhouse design competition was an effort made by KTS to encourage youths to participate in enhancing the environment of the new KTS Anniversary Park, guided by the slogan, ‘We Care, We Grow’.

The creative artworks displayed by the students impressed the judges as they awarded the top three prizes in the stage design category to Diploma in Interior Design students, Chin Siew Lun, Tang Chung Lee and Jenny Kong Ling Li.

Two of the main aspects that the students considered when designing the stage for the competition was its mobility and versatility as well as the aesthetic value that it had to maintain to complement the function hall in the KTS Anniversary Park.

Coming in first place was Chin Siew Lun, who had the strongest visual impact in his design, which was inspired by the concept of connections.

His focus was to create a connection between three groups, which were the users, the viewers and the surrounding nature.

Using these three points, he was inspired to create a stage using purely triangles as the base of his design.

“People tend to forget how a stage can affect the environment of an event. The…

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Interior Design Student among Six Scholarship Winners

An interior design student specializing in home furnishing is one of only six students in the nation to win a full scholarship to a college to further his studies on interior design. The Celia Moh Scholarship will pay college tuition for Bill Lyon – currently a student at High Point University, a school offering a special interior design major to talented students.

(High Point University) Bill Lyon, a senior at High Point University, was recently selected as the recipient of the Celia Moh Scholarship, which was established to provide full tuition scholarships for students whose academic endeavors would logically lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.

Lyon, who is majoring in interior design major with a minor in home furnishings, was selected along with five other students across the country attending universities with home furnishings programs. The extensive scholarship will cover the cost of full tuition, room and board, books and fees.

The Celia Moh Scholarship was established in October 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh to honor his wife, Celia. It was funded by Moh’s initial gift of $3 million.

The application process for the scholarship includes an extensive questionnaire, a personal essay, instructor’s recommendations, and a college transcript illustrating exceptional academic achievement. Candidates are chosen by a scholarship committee comprised of notable home furnishings industry executives.

“This award will continue to open doors in my career for job opportunities, networking, and help me reach my goal of becoming an outstanding designer,” Lyon says. “Having been selected from such a great number of students with interest in the same field is an honor.”

Lyon, a native of Creedmoor, N.C., is a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

In its 11-year existence, a total of 73 home furnishing students have been awarded full scholarships from the Celia Moh…

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Interior Design Students Win at IIDA Awards

The International Interior Design Association recently announced the winners of its annual student design awards. On the association’s list of big winners are interior design students from the San Jose’ State University School of Art & Design with 3d designs that garnered a slew of awards.

(PRWeb) When words fall short, interior designers turn to 3D visualization. It’s a keen bit of advice and something that the faculty at San José State University School of Art & Design makes sure every student knows before they graduate. Recently this strategy of imparting insight and teaching students 3D tools resulted in a near sweep of the International Interior Design Association of Northern California’s (IIDA) Student Design Awards. It appears all that time learning Luxology®’s modo®, the school’s 3D package of choice, paid off.

What began as a research project designed to teach students about a specific architect quickly blossomed into full-fledged exploration of the modeling, sculpting and rendering techniques the students had been gaining from continuous modo use. One project (a second place finisher) played with the ideas of vegetarianism and photosynthesis in order to produce a restaurant design that mimicked the internal structure of a vegetable. As an avid sculptor, student artist Chase Lunt found that modo’s sculpting features gave him the 3D equivalent of what he had become used to fashioning with his hands.

“When ideas meet modo, the creative possibilities are almost limitless,” said Lunt. “modo brings my mind beyond the pencil and paper into a world of deformers, falloffs, shaders and effects that can quickly and accurately bring what I see in my head out into the real world.”

As ideas were moved from concept to competitive, the students found an edge in modo’s world-famous rendering capabilities. “modo renders beautifully,” noted…

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Students to Offer Free Interior Design Services

When it comes to college, interior design students have their hands full with learning to please potential clients of the future. One college is taking that lesson a step further and allowing students to provide interior design services, free of charge, to local businesses. The program was a success last year and the college decided to keep the ball rolling in 2012.

(Marshall Tribune) A small, Franklin, Tenn.-based private college that specializes in interior architectural and graphic design, merchandizing, advertising and fashion is teaching class on Lewisburg’s public square again this summer.

It’s in conjunction with the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance of merchants and property owners around the Marshall County Courthouse. Students enrolled in O’More College of Design’s “Studio on the Square” will work on designs for merchants and property owners from July 29 through Aug. 3.

O’More’s “Studio on the Square” program has been offered to local communities in the Middle Tennessee area for a number of years, but this is the first time the “Studio” has returned to the same community.

Due to the tremendous reception received by the school and its students, as well as the success of last year’s program, Associate Professor David Koellein, chairman of O’More’s Interior Design Department, has decided to offer the program for business and property owners in Lewisburg again this summer.

“The O’More College faculty and staff are quite interested in assisting local communities with revitalization efforts,” Koellein said.

Founded as O’More School of Interior Architecture and Design in 1970 has an enrollment of about 200, with a male to female ratio of one to nine. The job placement rate for students is very favorable for graduates.

“Similar to last summer, over the course of a week the school will essentially offer free interior (and some exterior) design services (though not…

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Interior Design Student Competition Hosts Special Judges

Jersey interior design students were afforded the unique opportunity to participate in an interior design competition judged by some of the brightest interior designers in the business. According to, the students hailed from interior design programs at eleven area high schools.

The North Jersey report says that the student’s interior design competition was “a free, full-day program, is a partnership between the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University. It was begun in 2011 during the museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Log House at Craftsman Farms, a National Historic Landmark, Gustav Stickley masterpiece, and one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts movement.”

The judges worked with students and helped them with advice on their projects. Judges included “Traci Feldman, CID, Managing Assistant Director at Kean University and in-house interior designer; Don Hafner, principal of H AI Architecture of Northampton, Mass.; Ed Heinle, licensed LEED accredited architect and principal in his own firm; Damon LaCapra, NCIDQ certified, and Assistant Professor at the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University; and Pete Mars, furniture and home product designer and former Homekeeping Editor of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and designer of the Martha Stewart Everyday Garden Furniture Collection.”

A very important part of any competition for interior design students is the end of the project, when the critiques are given before a winner is announced. It allows students to hear a third-party review of their work and offers areas of improvement. This competition was no different and the awards went to two students. “granting first place to Mike Fogarty, a junior from West Essex High School in North Caldwell, and second place to Jack Campbell, a junior from Westfield High School.”

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Job Office Reaches Out to Interior Design Students for Help

Nothing gives interior design students the opportunity to truly practice what they’ve learned like a real-world project. Students need to understand that size, scope, and budget truly matter when pitching the best laid interior design plans to a potential client. While colleges actively seek these types of engagements for their students, it is not often that the opportunity presents itself. But this is what occurred at one college, as a local job resource office contact the interior design department for a little help.

(New Have Independent) May 23rd, 2012 – Sometimes the best way to reach out is to do exactly that. This winter Joe Riccio, director of administration at the New Haven Job Corps Center, emailed Pierre Strauch, chair of the interior design department at Paier College of Art, asking if his students might assist a neighbor. The New Haven Job Corps cafeteria and food service environment was in need of improvement.

Professor Strauch thought this was a perfect opportunity to involve the third-year interior design students in a “real life” project. Instructor Jenna McClure, architect, lead the way with an initial site visit and meeting with Mr. Riccio. Photos of the space were taken and the program was decided.

Instructor Denis Ouimette, architect, took the class on a field trip to the Job Corps campus on Wintergreen Avenue in New Haven. Paier students had the opportunity not only to meet with Mr. Riccio, but to engage in a dialogue with the students at Job Corps. The Job Corps students liked the bright colors of the existing facility. Everyone agreed one of the main problems was noise. The high ceilings…

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Interior Design Students Spend Time with Pros

Prior to most interior design exhibitions, students are very busy putting the final touches on their latest and greatest design concepts. The students at one college were treated to an enriching opportunity before their own showcase, however. Delta College students spent some time before their upcoming show with the professionals who might offer the most insight. – The San Joaquin County Home and Garden Show opens today, but for one group of designers, the best day of the event might have been Thursday.

That’s when the artists, students in Delta College’s interior design program, rubbed elbows with professionals as they set up the living room they designed for the show that runs through Sunday at the Janssen-Lagoria Pavilion, near Spanos Center, on the University of the Pacific campus.

“Thursday is a great day, when designers have more time to talk to the students,” said their teacher, Carie Lokers. “Once the show begins, that’s their time to sell their services, to make connections with potential customers. Last year we had plenty of students setting up our room, and one of them didn’t have anything to do. She started helping a designer as she laid out her room. She was able to ask why she’d done what she’d done, how she’d done it, what her mindset was, her thought pattern. It was an invaluable lesson. And, she’d made a possible connection with someone who may be able to help her in the future.”

Showing what they’ve learned, working together to create a room – thanks to the generous loan of furniture from Lodi’s Thornton House Furnishings – and meeting professionals who hold jobs they aspire to have makes the home and garden show an invaluable teaching tool for the Delta students.

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Interior Design Student’s Final Project a Hit

Businesses save thousands of dollars on concept designs each year by allowing interior design students the opportunity to develop a professional interior design for their physical establishments, but to the design students it’s one more chance to show that they have what it takes to succeed in their chosen profession.

It can feel like a make-it-or-break-it project, but at the end of the project the rewards can be enormous. Big interior design projects like this one (reported in the Chicago Tribune yesterday) are typically reserved for fourth year interior design students, but provide a lot of insight into the stress and rewards of finishing up a degree at an interior design school:

(Chicago Tribune) May 3rd, 2012 – Carly Branch’s first interior design project for a real client may involve creating a new look to an extension at Little India Restaurant & Lounge on Charleston’s East End.

For her senior capstone project, the University of Charleston interior design major created a professional-level interior design plan for the Indian restaurant.

To decorate the 3,000-square-foot space that co-owner Harish Anada purchased, Branch, 22, said she wanted to stick to a cheap budget while maintaining a sophisticated feel.

Anada might use the extra space to accommodate larger parties and a younger crowd, according to Branch.

Branch’s design included enough seating for 100 people, a 25-foot bar, a stage and black ceilings with the walls painted in red, orange and yellow accents.

Branch wanted to preserve the Indian culture in the design but also incorporate a firehouse atmosphere because the building that houses the current restaurant is an old firehouse.

When Anada said he wanted a game room with a pool table, Branch convinced him that having three additional seats at the bar would be a better design choice, she … read the full story.

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Interior designers are more than home decorators. In fact, they are more like architects and engineers that the general lay person might assume. Students from one interior design program challenged this common misconception by designing concepts and models for a project meant to provide temporary and inexpensive homes for those displaced by natural disasters and other temporary homelessness.

As reported by a local newspaper, when the students in this class displayed their work it became apparent that interior design is about solving problems – no matter the complexity:

(Isthmus) May 4th, 2012 A little house made almost entirely out of corrugated cardboard sheets and tubing is currently on display in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s lobby as a part of the museum’s bi-annual Design MMOCA contest, in which artists of various fields are asked to use a piece in the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration for an original work of art.

Using the painting Abstraction, Belief, Desire by Pat Steir as creative catalyst, the structure was designed in five weeks by UW-Madison’s Interior Design I students. Entitled “Disaster Relief Shelter Project,” the work is both an art installation as well as a prototype living space for people affected and dislocated by natural disasters.

The project was conceived by UW-Madison faculty associate Lesley Sager and her interest in the works of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, as well as the concept of “Design Thinking” in which designers investigate problems and devise solutions by working creatively within the context of a particular field. Requiring the acquisition of knowledge as well as the ability to creatively posit solutions for real-world dilemmas, Sager thought the endeavor would be a challenging and meaningful collaborative experience for her beginning interior design students.

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How Interior Design Schools are changing the Working World

Going to an interior design school might be a personal goal for students, but when it comes to world’s workforce – such a decision can lead to an unintended consequence: participating in positive projects that change the world for the better. Interior designers are among the world’s most influential people, impacting employee performance, patient wellness, and economy.

In a recent study by the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID), the industry association spells out the influence of interior design on the working world and gives a sneak peek into the role of future interior designers on society as whole.

In the report, ASID president Kathy Montgomery notes that efficient interior designs are an important part of workplace productivity. She wrote:

“This paper demonstrates that interior designers can help companies improve employee productivity and overall corporate efficiency by developing office spaces that work. Interior designers also can help companies integrate interior design into their strategic plan. Interior designers are the experts who can develop “productive solutions” that help companies boost their bottom line.”

Read the full report from the American Society of Interior Designers here.

Hospitals have long understood the benefit of hiring interior designers that graduated from an accredited interior design school. Not only can an appropriate interior design change the mood and productivity of employees, it can change the behavior and psychological stress experienced by patients, too.

A report by the College of Architecture at the University of Texas A & M summarizes a study conducted on the implications that interior designs can have in a hospital environment. They wrote:

“To promote wellness, healthcare facilities should be designed to support patients in coping with stress. As general compass points for designers, scientific research suggests that healthcare environments will support coping with stress and promote wellness if they are designed to foster: 1. Sense of control; 2. Access to social support; 3. Access to positive distractions, and lack of exposure to negative distractions; A growing amount of scientific evidence suggests that nature elements or views can be effective as stress-reducing, positive distractions that promote wellness in healthcare environments.

In considering the needs of different types of users of healthcare facilities–patients, visitors, staff–it should be kept in mind that these groups sometimes have conflicting needs or orientations with respect to control, social support, and positive distractions. It is important for designers to recognize such differing orientations as potential sources of conflict and stress in health facilities… “

Read the report abstract or purchase it from the National Library of Health.

Many other organizations have conducted research into the ways that interior design schools are influencing the world through the skills they are teaching to student designers.  But breaking it down to economic value can be tough. Interior design students learn to solve problems and stimulate the economy surrounding their industry. When more students graduate with an education that involves solving consumer and company problems, more economic stimulation occurs for the industry and for the client being served.

In their interior design school brochure, the University of Kentucky presents some of the residual effects of productive interior design:

“In addition to interior design services positively impacting the client’s bottom line, the economic impact of these services can also be viewed from the perspective of how the practice of interior design stimulates associated industries such as, furnishings, fixtures and equipment. In 2008 the top 100 firms were responsible for 750,308,533 square feet and $58,375,277,937 in furnishings, fixtures, and construction (Interior Design Magazine, January 2010).” (See the brochure.)