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For a college steeped in a strong tradition of superior interior design, it takes an outstanding individual to lead the Interior Design department as Chair. Dr John Martin-Rutherford is just such an individual. When we recently found out that Dr. Martin-Rutherford was selected as President-Elect of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) we couldn’t be more proud! IDEC is an internationally recognized interior design organization whose mission is the advance interior design education, scholarship and service.

Within his candidate statement for the position, Dr. Martin-Rutherford stated, “I believe that we become stronger as a profession when we increase the professional practice skills of our graduates, giving them the lead in attaining those positions in firms where they can rise to their greatest potential. Strengthening our educational requirements and expanding students’ views of the profession and what that brings to more successful architecture and urban environments is one means of giving us greater clout in the tough economic situation of the 21st Century. Interior Designers deserve positions of power based on education and experience. If we must battle against incursions from stronger professional groups, let us do it from strength that comes from great educational environments and professional programs.”

The Harrington College of Design is proud to have our instructors affiliated with IDEC and honored to have hosted the Mid-West IDEC Conference at our College for the past few years (organized in great part with the help of Elizabeth Wersells, a Harrington Interior Design instructor and IDEC Member).

You can learn more about Harrington College’s Interior Design College program in this great short film Dr. John Martin-Rutherford was recently featured in:

About Dr. John Martin-Rutherford:John Martin-Rutherford is Harrington College of Design’s Interior Design Department Chair and newly selected President-Elect of IDEC. With an extensive design background, John began his education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Art from The Centre College of Kentucky. From there, he continued his educational journey with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s of Interior Design from University of Kentucky in Louisville where he also taught and worked at an architecture firm for several years. Soon after, he relocated to Austin, TX where he had the opportunity to work with the renowned Dr. Charles Moore at the University of Texas, where he also attained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. After working with Dr. Moore on several projects, John moved to San Francisco where he worked as the Director of Interior Design and architectural project manager for Leo A. Daly Co. He also pursued a PhD from Berkeley in Architecture, but returned to his home state of Kentucky to attend University of Louisville and obtain the last of his six degrees–a PhD in Urban Design.

From urban think tanks to running his own practice, the JM-R Studio, to teaching, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford has led a vibrant role in the interior design industry and is also a huge promoter of the arts in all areas of his life.

 

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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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Yesterday, you saw the concept design for the Harrington College of Design student STITCH submission.  See the final write-up below that was submitted to IIDA-Illinois as the official Harrington student garment concept EVOLVE:

EVOLVE Concept
In association with InterfaceFLOR and Antron Fibers, Harrington College of Design presents the future of the human race. It is the year 3,000,000. The world is not as we know it. The impeding threat of new and dangerous predators has caused epic evolutionary advancements across all species. The human race, exposed to natural selection, selective breeding and genetic modification has developed several new and dominant characteristics.

Iridescent scales sporadically cover the body. Dazzling and confusing potential predators, this superficial beauty enhances protection while swimming at shallow depths. Coupled with vibrant striking gills, these characteristics reveal the morphing of a land and water-dwelling creature. A prominent elongated left arm allows for greater defense, added strength, and tree swinging. Venomous spikes protrude from the neckline and arm, protecting the head and vital organs from predatory attacks. Finally, inconspicuous camouflaged wing-like webbing under the arms allows for the entrapment of insects and small animals.

With the concept finalized, Harrington students Elizabeth Campbell, Antonia Davies, Ann Erskine, Natalie Malik, Brian Naglich, Alyssa Fabrizio, Emily Wiegel and Joyanna Peterson then began carefully crafting their complex garment…

 

… attended the event…

… and watched as fellow team member, Emily Wiegel, modeled their garment down the runway!

However, their garment was not the only Harrington garment to walk down the runway… tomorrow, see the Harrington Alumni Association’s STITCH design!

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STITCH is IIDA-Illinois’ biggest event that pairs Chicago’s most talented Designers with industry manufacturers to create one-of a kind, wearable garments for the runway show of the year. The theme for this year’s show was “A STITCH in Time: Design for a Decade.”

Represented at the 6th anniversary of STITCH in Chicago were two creative entrants by the Harrington College of Design: one by current students, and the other by the Harrington Alumni Association.

EVOLVE: Harrington Student Group
Harrington students Elizabeth Campbell, Antonia Davies, Ann Erskine, Natalie Malik, Brian Naglich, Alyssa Fabrizio, Emily Wiegel and Joyanna Peterson worked hard alongside Harrington Faculty Advisors Elizabeth Wersells and Demetra Vartzikos to come up with their concept. Their thoughts turned to how humans might evolve and adapt to their environment in the year 3 million.

The Harrington College of Design students, sponsored by InterfaceFLOR and Antron Carpet fiber, decided to present the future and evolution of the human race: check out the concept sketch above and thought process below!

The year is 3 million.
A new age has begun.
The world is not as it was:
EARTH
DESTRUCTION
CHAOS
RE-EMERGENCE
RESISTANCE
SURVIVAL
ENDURANCE
EVOLVE

They then met with Antron Carpet Fiber (who has sponsored the use of their product to the Harrington STITCH group for the 6th year in a row) to start checking out materials…

Watch as the concept and garment hit the runway tomorrow!

 

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A while back I had the honor of doing a feature on Majed Ihsan, a talented Photography major here at Harrington College of Design. Sure you’ve probably read all about what some Interior Design alumni are up to, but I thought it was about time to do a feature on a current ID student.

Brian was brought to my attention by his Interior Design instructor, Elizabeth Wersells, who was impressed by a recent project he did in her ID1 class. As Elizabeth stated, “Brian definitely brings some key attributes of being a great designer to the table: he’s curious, active within the industry and consistently goes beyond the requirements of the assignment.” I followed up with Brian, and here is his feature…

Me: Can you share a little bit about yourself?

Brian:  Hi!  I’m Brian Naglich a current Interior Design Student at Harrington. After starting my program in July 2009, I have already been able to achieve sophomore status within the short time that I have graced these halls.  In July, I was a participant in Harrington’s HIP program,  which prepared me for the rigorous and challenging interior design program Harrington offers.  Currently, I intern at the Holly Hunt’s showroom in the Merchandise Mart, working in their textile library.  This experience, along with all of the volunteer/industry events that I participate in, including DIFFA Chicago’s Dining by Design, DIFFA’s Grant Presentation, USGBC event, Start at the Top Wine Tasting, NeoCon 2009, and a Timeless Design Seminar by Luxe Magazine, have given me an inside look into the industry that I aspire to be a part of. This year, I look forward to continuing my pursuit for education in this field by attending Harrington classes full time in the summer.

M:  What brought you to the Harrington College of Design?

B:  When I attended Central High School in Burlington, Illinois, I debated and contemplated what school and what field I wanted to pursue.  As Student Body President, and a very involved member in many other organizations and groups, I knew that I wanted both an industry and college that offered me the opportunity to make a difference and a career that would be challenging while providing me with a lifetime of happiness.  This is what brought me to Harrington.  I had heard of the school from my high school councilor, and even though he is not in the industry and had never had a student from his school go off to Harrington, the fact that he had heard of the school’s reputation of excellence spoke volumes.  Now that I have experienced what Harrington has to offer for almost a year, I am confident that I have made the right decision.

Keep reading tomorrow to see Brian’s project that caught the attention of his ID instructor!

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