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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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We’re proud to announce the grand prize winner of the Mallinckrodt / Harrington Residential Interior Design Competition! In addition to bragging rights to this fierce and highly competitive competition, the first place winners won $1,000!

Congratulations to Harrington College of Design Interior Design Alumni Hannah Moore and Nancy Walsh on their 1st place entry above and below:

You can view all of the final entries here.  This was an exciting competition that provided some great experience to our interior design students. Great job all of you, and congratulations to the winners!

Also MANY thanks to Reuben Warshawsky and David Rosen of CLG Realty for the competition opportunity!

About CLG Realty:
CLG Realty Partners buys, stabilizes and sells or manages financially distressed properties. Through their longstanding relationships with lenders, property owners and real estate professionals, they have established a strong pipeline of potential transactions.

When CLG Realty discovers an investment opportunity, they quickly and effectively complete an underwriting analysis, based on efficient and detailed due diligence, a strong understanding of the local market and comparative values, a realistic assessment of cash flows and the creation of an effective strategy to stabilize the asset. Once they have selected a potential investment, their expertise allows them to quickly underwrite, structure, negotiate and close each transaction. To find out more, visit their site at http://www.clgrealty.com/.

Design courtesy Hannah Moore and Nancy Walsh 

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Yesterday we shared Ann Kendall and Momi Jahn’s gorgeous design entry that featured clean lines and a sophisticated grey and gold color palette. Today, check out the second place winner of the Mallinckrodt / Harrington Residential Design Competition!

Second place went to Harrington College of Design Master of Interior Design Alum David Thompson (pictured above):


Check out the exclusive short movie and photos from the judging event below: you can watch as our Harrington Interior Design college alumni present their designs, receive feedback and find out who won!

Interior Design courtesy David Thompson, event photos courtesy Peter Klick

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When Reuben Warshawsky and David Rosen, co-founders of CLG Realty and co-managers of Mallinckrodt Renaissance LLC approached Peter Klick, Program Coordinator of Interior Design at the Harrington College of Design with their dynamic rehabbed church turned condo, an exciting competition for Harrington interior design program students and alumni was born!

The Challenge: Design the interior of a gorgeous condo in a building that was previously a church at the Mallinckrodt in the Park in Wilmette, IL. Provide floor plans of the lower floor and the Mezzanine including at least two renderings (computer, hand rendering or mixed technique): one view from the large space and one view from the master bedroom area. Be creative.

The competition garnered some great press as the Harrington alumni and student teams quickly went to work to design the space. The Mallinckrodt / Harrington Residential Design Competition judging event was held last Wednesday September 21st within the very unit in Wilmette, IL that the students had just designed.

We’re excited to share the top three winning designs produced by our exceptional interior design college team winners!

Today, check out Third Place winners, Harrington Interior Design alumni Ann Kendall and Momi Jahn’s gorgeous design entry above and below…

Tomorrow, don’t miss the Second Place winning design!

Interior Designs courtesy Ann Kendall and Momi Jahn

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This Urban Ocean Thesis created by Hayley Multer, a student at the Harrington College of Design Interior Design program is breathtaking: from her careful design to the stunning presentation Hayley crafted to showcase her work, it’s truly a work of art.  Urban Ocean Concept: Flowing organic shapes resembling water restrained by strict lines of the architecture. An Ocean trapped in the middle of the city.

Urban Ocean Thesis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efr8hXyyGRw&feature=related

My favorite part? The irony of the dining room, where you can dine on sea creatures while being surrounded by live ones that encircle you in the room’s giant aquarium. Also the gorgeous classroom areas – beautifully executed!

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Article and photo courtesy Harrington College of Design Alumni Newsletter, Winter 2010 Issue

Sara Sacra (AST ID1987), a Harrington College of Design Interior Design program alumna, is a talented interior design leader with over 20 years experience. Having worked for both architecture and interior design firms, Sara has built an extensive portfolio featuring a wide range of project types. As a young designer, her early positions with prominent firms like ISD were demanding and competitive workplaces where she received great exposure working alongside talented, creative and technical professionals like Gary Lee. Sara credits her Harrington instructor, Barbara Marks for demanding excellence by providing tough lessons that prepared her for the real world of presenting design to clients and thinking on her feet.

After 16 years in corporate/commercial design, Sara fell into the practice area of healthcare upon assignment of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Sara’s project research began by studying “evidence based design” which was proving that the environment where healthcare is given can profoundly affect the care giver, the patient family, and of course the patient’s outcome. Sara embraced the opportunity to employ these new design concepts into the cancer center project.

“Because of a variety of code restrictions and other health related requirements, innovation can be very challenging for the designer, who is sometimes exposed to very sobering realities that he/she might not otherwise face,” Sara shared. On the cancer center project, Sara worked with a focus group of patients who offered a solid understanding of their experiences with cancer treatment. This enabled the design team to make more informed decisions, which were essential in making the project personal and successful.

“Healthcare Design has changed dramatically in the past decade. Today healthcare is a competitive business and hospitals are vying for patients/customers. People are more selective today regarding where they want to deliver a baby, receive diagnostic tests, or undergo outpatient procedures. As more hospitals renovate or replace aging structures with new state of the art facilities, the healthcare design industry grows. Healthcare design combines all types of disciplines including food service, retail stores, public spaces, administrative offices and board rooms, as well as patient rooms, and requires designers who have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience,” Sara said.

Currently, Sara Sacra (AST ID 1987) is a Partner with Auer Design Associates, designing for commercial, corporate, healthcare, senior living and residential markets.

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Check out a great Interior Design presentation created by Harrington College of Design Interior Design student Sara Koepnick below!

Working on a concept of a destination spa that is serene, tranquil, mysterious and surreal, Sara places the ultimate emphasis on relaxation. Her concept fuses earth and water into a naturalistic setting with elegant and simple details throughout.

Always exciting to check out the hard work and creativity that Harrington interior design program students put into their thesis projects!

Video not showing up? See it here at:  http://www.youtube.com/klickonit#p/a/u/2/_DKLxVjez5o

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