Posts Tagged ‘Interior Design’

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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At the 2011 Chairs for Charity Event hosted by Chicago Home & Garden magazine on November 2nd, 2011, attendees took a seat and took a stand to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Vintage chairs that were given new life by some of Chicago’s top designers were offered in an exciting live auction that took place at the event’s venue, Chicago Art Source.

See some great chairs that were at the auction below!  Included in the mix was Harrington College of Design’s own Interior Design student Bridgette Nyman’s “Conversation over Coffee”…


Bridgette Nyman, Conversation over Coffee

Greg Jagmin, The Barbara

Morlen Sinoway, It’s a Pill, Too?

Suzanne Cahill, Imelda

Cody Hudson, C&R Hood Slab

Karen Klamek, Barrow

Annika Christensen, Sour, said the Fox…

Summer Thornton, Pump Room Redux

Gary Lee, Amancalama


See more exclusive photos from the event here!

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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

You don’t need an unlimited budget to have a luxurious looking room. The economic times are tough, but that does not mean you have to compromise on style in your home. There are many simple ways to glam up your space without breaking the bank. Here are 10 tips from designers for creating luxurious home decor without spending a lot of money.

1. Invest in a few exceptional furniture pieces. Spend a bit extra on one or two items in a room. Find a sofa with a great fabric, piece of artwork or a table with an exotic wood. They will make an impression and everything else can be worked around and decorated for less.

2. Choose one fabulous fabric to establish your scheme. Use this fabric on a key piece or pieces of furniture to set the tone of the room. You can then coordinate furnishings with less expensive fabrics.

3. Change the lighting. Make sure the lighting is soft. Harsh lighting takes away from the feeling of luxury. Place all the lighting in a room on dimmers.

4. Get organized. The most inexpensive thing you can do to a room is to get rid of the clutter. No matter what luxurious furnishings you place in a room, clutter will dampen the effect.

5. Repaint. A new coat of paint freshens up a room. Never use cheap paint. For a luxurious effect use a matte finish or eggshell finish on the walls, a satin finish on the trim and doors, and flat finish on the ceiling.

6. Attention to scale is important. Make certain the size of your furnishings work well together. For example, make certain that chairs are not too large in relation to the sofa or that a dining table top is not too thick compared to the chairs.

7. Interesting accessories. Accessories do not have to be expensive to be interesting and luxurious looking. Think of accessories that add glamour to a room like grouping large beautiful candles in varying heights, glass bowls filled with silver balls or throw pillows in a variety of colors, sizes and fabrics.

8. Makeover a favorite piece of furniture. Take a look at the pieces you love. Is there a way to give them a fresh look? Change the fabric on a sofa or change the arm detail? Change the hardware and stain color of a breakfront? Change the wood legs on a table to new modern metal ones?

9. Select deeper colors. Deep, jewel-tone colors are luxurious and elegant. If you are not daring enough to paint the walls of a room in a deep color, than think of using dramatic color fabrics on furniture or pillows, a cashmere throw or area rug.

10. Hire a designer for an hour or two. An interior designer will come to your home at an hourly fee and be able to give you ideas for updating your decor. A new trend in decorating is a professional home makeover by a designer to rearrange the furniture you currently have for an instant new look. A professional interior designer can keep you from making design mistakes.

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.

Photo courtesy Karen Carpino

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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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At the recent Fall Semester Professionals night, approximately 16 outstanding Harrington
Interior Design
undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to present their work-in-progress to eight highly experienced Interior Design professionals. Students received creative input and constructive critique on their projects while networking and connecting with prominent Chicago industry contacts.

Check out all photos here or see a few highlights above and below!


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Harrington Alumni: Join the Harrington College of Design Advisory Board along with Harrington Interior Design Alumni for an evening of stimulating conversation at renowned contemporary design showroom at Luminaire tomorrow evening!

Luminaire Showroom
Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8pm
301 West Superior, Chicago IL

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview neighborhood, the four year project recently completed by Harrington College of Design’s own faculty member Constantine Vasilios is truly an Architecture and Interior Design innovation in experience, quality of detail and refinement. Drawing from his extensive thirty plus years of industry experience, Constantine and his team from CVADesign created a house that breathed life into the clients’ dreams and excitement in the stage set of everyday life that a house provides. Constantine takes us on an exclusive tour of the exterior and interior of the house below!

Exterior:  The entry sequence provides materials of wrought iron, copper, and exterior lighting to showcase the house in the evening.

Living Area:  The first level fireplace and surroundings are a testimony of precise design requirements executed in fine craftsmanship.  The interior celebrates a flow of space with various leaks to light.

Water Wall:  Upon entering the house, the verticality is expressed in a glass window, flanked by the lazy rolling water falling from the top of the house to the lower level.

First Level:  The interior is planned about an axis that penetrates the house.  Cross axes provide focus to fireplaces, stairways, and the kitchen.  Through arches interpreted with thousands of spheres pinned to trim the sides.  On top of the columns are blown glass capitals.

Portion of the Kitchen:  The kitchen is compact, efficient, and celebrates client requested warmth.

Guest Suite:  This second level fireplace is surrounded by art and cabinetry, housing the owner’s glass.  The double door French balcony opens to the quiet murmur of water.

Master Bathroom:  The Master Bathroom concept is furniture placed among reclaimed alabaster for a tranquil environment.  The skylight is positioned on top of the Jacuzzi for gazing at the sky and passing of clouds.

Master Bedroom

About Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ:

Constantine D. Vasilios received his Bachelor of Architecture in Design degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied with Peter Pran and Richard Whitaker. He attended a year abroad in the overseas program at Versailles, France combining studio with travel to several countries. He received his Master of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied, traveled, and completed his thesis with the late Charles W. Moore. He also participated in the overseas program at Oxford, England. Prior to leaving Austin, he served as a teaching assistant for Charles Moore and lectured to graduate students in History of Architecture and Art.

He has worked in the Chicago offices of Tigerman McCurry, Pappageorge Haymes, and assisted in the office of Charles Moore and Associates. He is a principal in the firm Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates Ltd, and has over thirty years of experience in the fields of Architecture and Interior Design. His resume includes buildings such as museums, recreational, residential and not-for-profit. He has participated in several exhibitions, has been published, and has received awards over the years. He has been a guest lecturer and/or visiting studio critic at several schools of Architecture and Interior Design. He served as Studio Master, and has been a faculty member at the Harrington College of Design since 1996. He is the recipient of the 2008 AIA Illinois Nathan Clifford award for teaching excellence and practice.

Photography by Peter Bosy

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We were excited to discover a project by Constantine D. Vasilios, AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ, an instructor at the Harrington College of Design: his recently completed house in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood has already caught attention and is soon to be published in several magazines! The design team that worked on the project included Allyson Ann Wilkovich Holbrook, ASID, LEED AP, an adjunct Instructor at Harrington, and Elizabeth Pasquinelli, LEED AP, Assoc.AIA, a Harrington graduate.

Taking over four years to complete, the architecture and interior design of the house is representative of Constantine’s thirty plus years of industry experience and twenty years of leading his own practice.Constantineshared, “I owe my persistence to designing houses to the late Charles W. Moore at the University of Texas at Austin, Stanley Tigerman at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Pappageorge Haymes in Chicago. While working for these offices, the principals’ contagious delight, energy, and professional focus influenced my work at the office as well as in the classroom. Other influences for the design include my travels across continents, investigating buildings and their felt experiences. I weave my experiences in projects tailored to people and their dreams.”

After having interviews with four other firms in Chicago, the project began when the clients chose the CVA Design team. Constantine and Allyson met with the clients in Los Angeles to document their lifestyle in order to design their new house in Chicago. The clients had a background in graphic design via the movie industry and were excited to incorporate theoretical, as well as practical, design components into their new residence.

Located near Wrigley Field, in Chicago’s trendy Lakeview neighborhood, the house is a 6,000 square foot oasis from the fast pace of Chicago and for baseball fans on their way to the ball park. The house is designed within vertical and horizontal axes that celebrate space ad emphasize light, texture, sound, and color. Each detail is solved and incorporated in a symphony of experiences memorable for the clients.

The header image is just a taste of what’s to come: it’s actually the recreational lower level of the house! Keep reading tomorrow for a full tour of the house!

Photography by Peter Bosy

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