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In anticipation of tonight’s Senior Show, catch a glimpse of the outstanding thesis work by Harrington College of Design, Interior Design student Joyana Peterson.

Joyana’s thesis design centers on the Chatsworth School of the Arts. In her project, Joyana shares, “William Chatsworth presses his philosophies on the school. One of which is learning to walk before knowing to run. He designed the curriculum to lay the foundation for creativity through traditional methods of instruction. The design for the new addition should reflect the school’s deeply rooted ideologies.”

Her design of the Chatsworth School of the Arts worked to “underline the unique function of each space using the classical language of design”: check out some gorgeous examples of her design sketches and renderings from her thesis project below!

All work courtesy Joyana Peterson

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Yesterday, Karen shared some differences between the construction of older furniture vs. new. Keep reading below to see if reupholstering your furniture this summer is worth your time!

Article written by Harrington Interior Design Alumna Karen Carpino, as featured in Chicago Now’s TCW

Upholstered furniture is made of three components: the frame, support system and fabric cover. Here’s a good tip to determine if a furniture piece is worth the cost of recovering. Set the piece down, and then pick it up. If you can pick up the piece with one hand, it is not made of a quality worth redoing. Also, check out the frame. If it is not made well and of quality materials, don’t invest in recovering that piece of furniture.

What about cost and value? In my experience, professional reupholstery of a good quality sofa or lounge chair, including the price of the fabric required to cover the piece, will cost about 50 percent to 65 percent less than the price for a comparable quality new piece of furniture. The price varies according to the fabric you select. A new, standard grade sofa in a basic fabric costs a small amount more than a professionally reupholstered excellent quality sofa covered in a superior grade fabric.

Slipcovers are an option to recover your furnishings. The price for labor is about the same to slipcover or reupholster but slipcovers require more fabric. The big difference is in the look. The slipcover style is less tailored, more relaxed and casual chic.

To select a professional upholsterer, I recommend that you use a source whose work you have seen. I even suggest visiting the upholstery shop to see work in-progress and completed furniture pieces. Reupholstering is a great way to keep the furniture pieces that still look wonderful in your home, while updating your decor with the new, luxurious fabrics and colors you love.
About Karen Carpino:
Karen Carpino is a professional interior designer with more than 25 years of practice in the Chicago area and is an alumna of the Harrington College of Design. Karen’s extensive design experience includes creating interiors for both residential and commercial clients. Karen Carpino creatively designs interiors with careful attention to your specific requirements, budget and dreams. Visit her site at www.carpinodesign.com.

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Article written by Harrington Interior Design Alumna Karen Carpino, as featured in Chicago Now’s TCW

Are you in a decorating dilemma deciding to either recover your present sofa or lounge chair versus to buy new furniture pieces? This can be a difficult choice.

I suggest you start by answering the following questions.  Do you still like the style? Does the size compliment your furniture plan? Does it accommodate your seating needs? Is it comfortable? Does it support your back? Is it structurally sound? If you answer yes to these questions your furniture piece is salvageable.

The following information can also help you to answer some of these questions. I also asked for an expert’s opinion. Vince Chiavetta of Vito’s Upholstery in Chicago said if your sofa or chair was built at least 10 years ago, you will find the quality of the structure is better than the way most newer upholstered furniture is made. Most older furniture was made with hardwood frames, free of knots; glued and dowelled joints; eight-way hand-tied coil springs or heavy gauge sinuous springs spaced close together; cotton or horsehair padding or superior high density foam.  However, newer furniture is typically made with inferior knotty woods, plywood or particle board; joints stapled and sometimes fast-drying epoxy is used; light-weight sinuous springs and less of them per seat; low density foam which looks nice at first but breaks down after little use.

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Near the end of last year, students and alumni from the Harrington College of Design teamed up with the Chicago Dramatists for a unique competition: an opportunity to redesign the lobby and exterior space for a historic downtown theater!

On December 1st, a panel of professionals made up by members of Chicago Dramatists, Harrington College of Design and the West Town Chamber of Commerce selected the winning design based on its adherence to the Chicago Dramatists’ brand identity, use of finishes, fixtures and displays, and other considerations. The design competition was made possible through a grant from Chicago Community Trust, as a part of the Arts Engagement Exchange.

The winners of the competition were:

First place: Sarah Kuchar and Matt McGrane

Second place: Kristin Over, Arthur Garcia-Clemente, and Sheryl Schulze

Third place: Jennifer Lea and Momi Jahn

As winners of the competition, Harrington student Matthew McGrane and Harrington alumna Sarah Kuchar were honored with a cash prize of $750 and a plaque in the theatre lobby, along with the construction of their winning design.

Currently, the estimated date of completion for the interior construction will be ready for the Chicago Dramatists’ premiere production, BORDELLO, on February 4, 2011. The second phase of exterior renovation should wrap up in time for the opening of the final 2010-2011 production of HICKORYDICKORY in May. The construction budget for both interior and exterior improvements is approximately $13,500. 

Read tomorrow to see the 1st Place design work! Also, be sure to keep following the blog to see the renovation in-progress and final construction.

See all photos from the Jury event here!

Jury photos courtesy Peter Klick.

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