Posts Tagged ‘interior design competition’

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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National Competition Call for Entries for the 2012 Raymond Waites Design Competition

The Educational Foundation of IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association) is inviting currently enrolled full time undergraduate interior design students to enter an exciting national competition. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize plus a trip to the April, 2012 High Point International Home Furnishings Market where they will see new furniture and accessory introductions, the latest decorating trends, attend designer seminars, and be guest of honor at a special event hosted by Raymond Waites.

Raymond Waites is internationally known and recognized as the originator of the American Country trend in the 1980s and the Vintage movement of the 1990s. He commented,

“The principles of the Raymond Waites Design Competition are to foster creative spirit, visual inspiration, and rooms that have an emotional warmth, rooms that are comfortable, functional, friendly…and display an ageless mix of design influences reflecting various cultures.”

The winning entry and entries from 10 Finalists will be on display throughout Market week at Market Square & Suites.

The challenge for students is to design a master bedroom (with closet) and bath that reflects a traditional/eclectic mix of furnishings, products and decoration in tune with today’s residential environments.

The deadline for entries is February 1, 2012. Find detailed competition criteria and the application at http://www.ifdaef.org/design_competition.php. IFDA also offers 7 other annual student scholarships, so be sure to check them out!

Graphic courtesy IFDA

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All American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Illinois student members: don’t miss out on the 2012 ASID Richard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship!  Details are below:

Eligibility: Applicant must be an ASID Illinois Student Member in good standing. Projects must have been completed while enrolled in an Interior Design Program. Only one project per student member can be entered.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be received by 4:30pm, Wednesday January 11, 2012 at the Illinois Chapter of ASID office. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Judging & Awards: Projects will be judged by a panel of ASID Professional and Allied members from the Illinois Chapter of ASID. The Chapter will award one (1) Winner the prize of $1000, and two (2) Honorable Mentions an award of $100 each. The finalists will be notified prior to the 2012 Design Summit and will be granted no-charge admittance to the 2012 Design Summit, held on Thursday, February 23, 2012. Winners will be announced during Design Summit 2012 and will also be honored at the 2012 Celebration of Design Awards Event. The winning project will also be featured in the electronic Chapter newsletter. Projects cannot have been entered in a previous year. The ASID Illinois Chapter reserves the right not to award in every category.

How to Enter: Any project (residential or commercial) that fits the criteria and has been completed by the student member while in an Interior Design Program can be entered (i.e. an existing project). Each entry must include the following:

  • Up to three boards, but not less than two boards, not exceeding 24” x 36” in size.
  • Floor plan with appropriate labeling to show design intent in either 1/8” or ¼” scale.
  • Two of the following: an axonometric, perspective, reflected ceiling plan, elevations in either ¼” or ½” scale with appropriate labeling and/or rendering to convey design intent.
  • Finish samples, Materials, and/or Furniture specifications appropriately labeled that convey design intent.
  • Entry Form(s) attached to the back of all boards submitted.
  • Digital copy of entire project electronically submitted with project on a disc.



  • Entrant names can, but do not have to, appear on the front of the Boards.
  • Drawings can be hand-drafted or computer drafted.
  • Entries can be picked up in the ASID Office after February 27, 2012; projects not picked up by June 1, 2012 will be disposed of.


Questions should be submitted to Jean Charlton, Allied Member ASID at jean.charlton@yahoo.com.

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Yesterday I shared some background on how Nancy Walsh and Hannah Moore formed the concept for their award winning Mallinckrodt Condo interior design. Today, they share the main challenges they faced for the chapel turned condo…

“The challenges within the space became another driving force for the interior design. We needed to create a space that didn’t distract from or disappear behind the original architecture. Lighting was an interesting challenge because we wanted to light the ceiling, and light the space from the ceiling without creating any eyesores with junction boxes, etc.  Storage was another challenge that really allowed us to customize the space and integrate functional elements into the new architecture we were creating. Honestly, challenges can be so much fun and really force one to creatively problem-solve, so that the challenges really become the benefits to the project.

This was the first time we collaborated together, and it was so much fun and quite rewarding. We worked really diligently on this project, and it was definitely worth it. We made a great team. We accomplished creating a truly unique, functional, beautiful, and livable space that hopefully people in real life will get to experience.”

If the new condo owners decide to execute their design, I’ll be sure to follow up with the final condo! Congrats again to Nancy and Hannah, and thanks for sharing your insight on your concept!


Nancy Walsh graduated from the Harrington College of Design in 2008 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Hannah Moore graduated from the Harrington College of Design in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design and on the Dean’s List. Check out more of her work on her site at http://www.coroflot.com/sided!

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Mallinckrodt Unit 313: Rejuvenation – Sunrise – Sunset. Designed by Harrington College of Design BFA Interior Design Alumni Hannah Moore and Nancy T Walsh
Last week we featured the winners of the dynamic Mallinckrodt Condo interior design compepition. I doubled back with the first place winners Nancy Walsh and Hannah Moore to gain some more insight on the inspiration and concept of their design. This is what I found out…

“Our first thought of the space was that it was very beautiful and had great potential. The ceiling is amazing: massive and delicate at the same time. The space deserved an owner and a good design. The architecture itself is inspiring, exciting, and it is quite unique for a living space. To have that sort of inspiration and an opportunity to work on something that is out of the ordinary right from the start is great.

Since we felt it would be clear to anyone entering the property that the space was formerly a chapel, we didn’t really feel that we needed to emphasize or hide those qualities. We came to the conclusion that we were rejuvenating the space rather than altering it completely. Then we began to think about what was symbolic of rejuvenation, and felt that the cycle of a day was a perfect example: every day is renewed with each sunrise. The sunrise and sunset idea also became the inspiration for our color pallet which we felt it would be an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable pallet to use within a home. Nancy was going to Rome this September, so her upcoming trip became an additional inspiration for the project and how old and new can be integrated together to create a beautiful place (like Rome).”

Keep reading tomorrow to find out what the main challenges of the space were!  Also, Harrington students – don’t miss the popular “Food for Thought” event tonight at Harrington from 5 – 7 pm in room 421: stop by and sample savory and sweet dishes all made from healthy, cheap and simple recipes! You can also pick up information on simple recipes, inexpensive and good restaurants in Chicago and specialty food stores in the city!


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