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The holidays are a time to sip warm hot chocolate, watch snowflakes spiral from the sky, decorate Christmas trees, and for some, also a time to give back through donations and actions. Every year Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) and Bentley Forbes work together with businesses and professionals in Chicago to create a unique Fundraising event and Design competition that lights up the Prudential Plaza lobby with festive trees. These trees go beyond just celebrating the holiday spirit – they are created to benefit the at-risk youth of CYP.

Season of Hope gives its participants an opportunity to relive the magic and fun of the holiday season by sponsoring a tree or joining a design team. All proceeds from the Tree Sponsorship go towards providing life changing programming to Chicago Youth.

At the Season of Hope Gala Reception on December 8th, Harrington Student Government’s candy-themed tree, called “Hopeful for a Sweet Holiday” was picked as the best by the children from CYP! See the kids with the tree below:

Next time you walk by Prudential Plaza, take a minute to come in and see all of the trees – they will be up until December 31st!

Photos courtesy Harrington Photography student Katrina Davis

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We can’t get enough of great design at Harrington: our faculty, students and alumni are frequently involved in the vibrant design world of Chicago. Recently, about 50 interior design graduate students, alumni, Harrington Advisory Board members, faculty and guests were invited to the renowned Luminaire showroom for an evening of beautiful contemporary design, exciting furniture, great food and stimulating conversation.

A great thank you to the staff of Luminaire for organizing this and having us as their guests!

Also, Attention Harrington Alumni: You are invited to attend the Harrington Alumni Holiday Event!

Thursday, December 15th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
G-Cue – 157 N Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60607

Join the Harrington Alumni Association for a fun filled Holiday Event! Come meet and connect with fellow Harrington alumni while playing pool on one of our reserved tables. We will be collecting and donating toys for Toys for Tots. We will raffle off an iPod Shuffle to all party goers! Light appetizers will be served. Drinks will be available for purchase. A toy or a $10 donation to Toys for Tots serves as the entry fee for all Harrington Alumni

 

Toy Donations should be new and unwrapped, appropriate for ages 1-13 years and should cost $10 or more. Please, no food or candy of any sort. Please keep child safety in mind when you make your selection.

Must be 21 or over to attend. RSVP as soon as possible to Camille Harris at charris@harringtoncollege.com

 

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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In Interior Design, the issues you are forced to design around often become the very inspiration for the ultimate design. In Harrington Interior Design instructor James Smith’s class, students were awarded the opportunity to put their design skills to the test in downtown Chicago for a real client when Management from the 215 West Washington Apartment building requested that Harrington students provide a creative design solution to solve the following two goals:

  1. Increase Awareness of the Apartment
  2. Increase Foot traffic into the building

Students visited the site for field investigation, and then looked at similar entry conditions in nearby areas. They then split off into teams of two and were invited to provide the design solution in an 11” by 17” book and present it to the apartment owner for consideration. The designs included the students’ field research, proposal, etchings and cost analysis.

The results were creative indeed! Check out a few concepts below; one features blue globes created by team members Frank Botello and Isabel Wolf while another showcases a gorgeous re-imagined metallic entrance by Sanja Kerr and Ashley Beaumier:

The winning concept came from design students Erin Costello and Justin Junsuk Ko, who were awarded a $500 cash prize! Their design called for the installation of bright exterior banners showcasing the apartment name and a dynamic giant gobo light “welcome mat” shining across the ground near the entrance of the apartment:

Many thanks to 215 West Washington Apartments for the opportunity and big congrats to Erin and Justin! The entire class of student designers that participated are shown below.

Photos courtesy Peter Klick, all designs courtesy student teams indicated above in feature.

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In the Spring of 2012, we have a class at Harrington College which is bound to stand out from your typical college courses: DSN 426 Experimental Design/Furniture Design.

First, we teach you all the basics – tools, joinery, material, finishes and upholstery are taught along with practical exercises with hand tools. Students will learn how to build small furniture by actually building their own – such as the 2×2 chair, a chair made out of only 2’ x 2’ lumber plus one material of choice.

Students are then taught about business within the furniture industry all the way from manufacturer production to showrooms and the ultimate end user. Once you learn all the big names in furniture design, you’ll begin to research the furniture market, learn about ergonomics, and understand how furniture can transcend the ordinary.

And best of all, it is an experimental design class: you are encouraged to break the rules and design the furniture from your wildest dreams! From pricing to marketing, you’ll even create a sales catalogue for it. And along the way, you’ll also be visiting leading Chicago furniture dealers on field trips, allowing you to network with the very people you may one day be buying from or designing for.

Definitely not your typical College class – but just one example of the types of courses we have at the Harrington College of Design! I would love to hear what your dream design course would be – share it in the comments section below!

 

Epoxy chair “La Meduse”  by Christian Oleksiak

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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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The interior design Competition Studio at Harrington College of Design began this year with a challenging problem of large interior proportions: how to design a 14,000 square feet residence penthouse for the Trump tower in Chicago. The competition quickly began to create a buzz in the corridors of the school as teams of students and individual competitors tackled the problem and submitted their designs on Monday November 28th. Since 2002, the Harrington Studio under the direction of Constantine D. Vasilios AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ has tackled real problems throughout the Chicago that range from band headquarters at the Metro, to housing developments and this year’s Trump tower competition.

The sponsor for the competition this year is award-winning designer John Robert Wiltgen, a 30-year veteran of the design industry who currently practices in the US and internationally. Mr. Wiltgen leads a highly acclaimed design team that has created extraordinary homes for clients in locales ranging from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to LA’s fashionable Wilshire Drive as well as Acapulco, Toronto, the south of France and Africa’s Ivory Coast. Wiltgen embraced the idea of offering the Trump Tower penthouse project to Harrington College’s Competition Studio because it is an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in an absolutely surreal space. While the level of living in the Trump penthouse space is beyond the realm of many, it is for some a very real world. This project created an opportunity for design students to see and work in that other world.

Wiltgen chose to sponsor this year’s competition class because he is a staunch advocate of education and believes that exposure to this type of experience is critical for those interested and involved in interior design. Also involved in the student competition is Sara Martens, Executive Director of the Trump Organization, who will be serving as the client. Together they visited the site and the classroom to provide students the reality necessary for the project.

This is the second project Wiltgen has offered Harrington’s Competition Studio, having previously presented an opportunity to design a penthouse at Emerald, a West Loop condominium where a green lifestyle is encouraged. Winners of the competition will be announced soon on December 13th at the Trump Tower, followed by their respective cash prizes being awarded, interviews and publication opportunities for all of those involved.

Photo courtesy SolarWind

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Are you or someone you know interested in finding out more about Harrington College of Design and our undergraduate programs? Next Tuesday we’re hosting an Open House where you can learn more about all three of our design disciplines: Interior Design, Communication Design and Photography! Enjoy a warm Harrington Welcome and campus tour followed by dinner. Program specific information, scheduling, tuition and scholarship information will all be shared.

Harrington College Information Session
Harrington College of Design, 200 West Madison Street, Chicago IL
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

To find out more or to RSVP, please call 888-406-4777.  We hope to see you there!

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