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At this year’s IIDA STITCH event, Harrington College’s concept ‘Big Spender’ hit the runway in a big way! Modeled by Emily Wiegel from Harrington’s Interior Design Masters program, the dress was inspired by Chicago’s historic Carson Pirie Scott building (read more about the concept in yesterday’s post). See the dress on the runway below!

 

Big kudos go out to the designers on the Harrington College team: Elizabeth Campbell, Lauren Handman, Natalie Malik, Jaclyn Moser, Timothy Naus and Shauna Sherman, as well as to the faculty mentors who helped with the project, Interior Design instructors Elizabeth Wersells and Demetra Vartzikos.

Photos by Rob Hart Photography


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What greater inspiration than the very city that surrounds you? Over the past several years, Harrington College of Design has enjoyed participating in IIDA’s annual STITCH event. This year, Harrington design students were sponsored by Interface FLOR and came up with their theme “Big Spender” inspired by Louis Sullivan’s Schlesinger & Mayer building in Chicago constructed in 1898-1904 (shown below – and located only a few blocks away from Harrington!).

 

Team members for the concept included Elizabeth Campbell, Lauren Handman, Natalie Malik, Jaclyn Moser, Timothy Naus and Shauna Sherman led by the Harrington faculty mentors Elizabeth Wersells and Demetra Vartzikos.

See an exclusive shot of the concept below:

 

On their concept, the team shared “Our three-piece ensemble combines flourishing architectural enrichment with powerful geometric masses and pays homage to the upscale shopping Mecca that is State Street.

The retail heritage of the building, from its years as Carson Pirie Scott, provides a natural cohesion between fashion and architecture. ‘Big Spender’ reflects the meticulous ornamentation and mimics the organic color palette of beige, charcoal and deep green. Gold represents the shimmering sun across the building and reminds consumers to keep their pocket books open!”

Visit tomorrow to see the Harrington concept turn into reality and hit the runway as well as some of the other runway designs!

Building photo by Beyond My Ken on Wiki

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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

“After Beijing, we travelled to Xi’an, located in central-northwest China, and were able to view the world famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses: truly a sensational archeological find!

Shanghai was our final stop in China. With a population of more than 23 million people, Shanghai is the second largest and most developed city in China.

The British opened a concession in Shanghai after the first Opium War and ignited Shanghai’s evolution. Once a small fishing village on the edge of the muddy Huang Pu River, it has become one of the world’s most modern and sophisticated cities.

We went to the Shanghai World Financial Center where we went all the way to the top and stepped out on a glass floor that looked down 101 floors… scary… but we enjoyed the view!

Finally, our Harrington group had the opportunity to visit a Buddhist temple.”

This trip to China is an example of what future students can experience at the Harrington College of Design through our International Study opportunities! Many thanks to Demetra for sharing highlights from your trip!

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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

“The day after Kung Fu, we got up early to exercise at the park and took a tai chi lesson…

Okay it was our first time!

Later we visited the Temple of Heaven which was built in 1420. The architecture of the temple represented two themes: in the heaven and on the earth:

Then it was time to check out the modern architecture in Beijing!

We saw the Headquarters for the China Central Television by Rem Koolhaas

The “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium and the “Water Cube” National Swimming Centre built for the 2008 Olympics.”

Early next week, Demetra wraps up the trip with their final days in Xi’an and Shanghai!

 

Hope everyone has a very Happy 4th of JulyWeekend!

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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

“For the next part of our trip we visited a jade factory in Beijing and also learned about tea in a tea ceremony.

We then journeyed out into a hutong, which is a type of street and neighborhood in Beijing. Hutongs consist of narrow alleys and single story homes protected by high walls and with tiled roofs that face an interior central courtyard.  These types of houses have been the traditional houses of Beijing for over 700 years.

Near the end of the day we visited a local household where a family cooked dinner for us and allowed us a glimpse of the daily life of a typical Chinese family.

We also saw a Kung Fu show complete with kung fu, dance and acrobatics as well as some ornate traditional costumes.”

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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

“Next we visited the New Summer Palace! In the 1880’s Empress Dowager Cixi or “Dragon Lady, a dynamic figure who started as a concubine, built the Summer Palace by Kunming Lake and ruled from there for the last 20 years of her life.  There are covered walkways and galleries which linked the buildings, among them the long corridor that was 728 meters long.

We went on to visit the Great Wall of China. Construction of the wall began in the 5th century B.C. as a defense against the Mongols. Construction of the wall spanned several centuries. It stretches for more than 3,000 miles (which is estimated by some to be only a tenth of its original length!) and is mostly made of brick and stone. Not an easy climb…”

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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…
“On the next day of the trip we visited Tiananmen Square (the Gate of Heavenly Peace) in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

The Forbidden City (Gugong) is the largest palace in the world and was built from 1403-1424. Serving as the nucleus of the Chinese empire for nearly 5 centuries and as the home of the “Son of Heaven” the emperor, we found that all of buildings are aligned on north-south lines with the most important of them orientated to face south towards the sun.

The buildings were mostly ornamented wooden structures which burned down and rebuilt many of times. The Forbidden City was forbidden to visitors until the 1920’s! The emperors who once resided here often spent their entire lives within the complex, and the Imperial Garden was the only chance for the people who lived in the palace to see nature.”

Panoramic photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons

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