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We recently spotted one of our current Harrington College Masters of Arts in Interior Design (MAID) students, Shelby Girard, featured in ApartmentTherapy.com! Shelby’s stunning Gold Coast loft apartment – all 375 square feet of it – was highlighted as a sophisticated and thoughtful example of DIY interior design.

Pulling her inspiration from travel, hotels, artist lofts and graphic textiles, Shelby’s loft features high ceilings, eclectic artwork and a mix of vintage and contemporary patterns, styles, antiques and new finds. In the Apartment Therapy survey, Shelby shares her best advice for other DIY interior designers:  “Mix it up, don’t try too hard to match, and water the plants!”

See a tour of her apartment, complete with house tour and the sources of her furniture in the full article here.

Does her name sound familiar? Might be because I recently featured her award winning interior design studio concept in this blog! Congrats Shelby – your place is gorgeous!
Photo courtesy ApartmentTherapy.com

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At the ASID Design Summit on February 24th, Shelby Girard, a current student enrolled in Harrington’s Masters of Arts in Interior Design (MAID) program was announced one of two winners of the 2011 ASID IL Richard A Smith Memorial scholarship!

Shelby’s mixed-use high rise concept won her the contest. Her concept centered around the idea of balance: rhythm and symmetry as expressed through lighting strategies, patterns, layout and well-rounded programming. See the concept below!

Shelby shared, “It was nice to have the opportunity to show my work outside of Harrington, especially when so much time and energy goes into a project. This competition was unique in that it called for an already completed school project so I was able to submit the work I did for Studio B in the MAID program.”

The other winner of the scholarship was Carol Way Cisco from the Illinois Institute of Art. Congrats to both Shelby and Carol for the honor of winning such a competitive scholarship!

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the leading organization for interior design professionals. From corporate boardrooms to home offices, hotel suites to health care facilities, ASID designers create the places where we live, work, play, heal and worship

Every year, ASID conducts (solely or in conjunction with media partners) several design competitions of national scope. These competitions acknowledge innovation within project and product design, sustainable and hospitality design as well as providing a platform for identifying outstanding student design. Find out more by visiting their site at http://www.asidillinois.com/.

Design concepts by Shelby Girard

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As one of DIFFA’s largest fundraising events, Dining By Design brings together top designers to create breathtaking three-dimensional dining installations. Since its inception, the fundraiser has raised more than $5.5 million. Each year, a team of design students from the Harrington College of Design partners up with a faculty member to create an annual DIFFA Dining by Design concept to show at the event held in the Merchandise Mart. This year, Harrington’s team included students Troy Atwood (ID), Erin Costello (MAID), Tim Naus (ID), Manuel Navarro (MID) and Danielle Vevea (MAID) led by their faculty advisor Constantine Vasilios, Interior Design instructor.

“Connections,” Harrington’s table for DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2010 took five interior design students five weeks, $2,000, and 6,500 coffee filters to complete.

Student designer Danielle shared, “Our design concept “Connections” was born at our first meeting in late September from two ideas. Our primary goal was to design a table that would engage attendees from across the room. A secondary focus was an observation that sharing a meal with others keeps us all connected in a way that technological methods of connecting with others never will. These two ideas fueled even the smallest design decisions displayed at the DIFFA event in the first week of November.

The round shape of the room mirrored the round KNOLL Tulip table to maximize conversation between diners. The backlit paper ceiling installation constructed from coffee filters connected the ceiling to the table and created an experiential environment. Carpet fiber connections defined the dining room walls. We even overlapped the chair legs to symbolize “Connections.” In the end, the opportunity to plan and execute a design for this event was an invaluable experience that would not have been possible without a dedicated team, the advice of Constantine Vasilios, or Harrington’s sponsorship.”

Great work Troy, Erin, Tim, Manuel, Danielle and Constantine!

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When Interior Design graduate students Aleksandra Furman (MID), Ryan Ross (MAID) and Manuel Navarro-Soto (MID) created their Social Media Hotel15 for their MID530 Advanced Studio I: Creative Collaboration class led by Interior Design Instructor Daniela Ghertovici, Graduate Faculty (Interior Design), it created quite a buzz.
Hotel15 was the student winner of the John Hardy Group- and Hospitality Design magazine-sponsored Radical Innovation in Hospitality Award competition. You can read about the concept here
Recently Hospitality Design released a full press release on the design! Check it out at http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/projects/Radical-Innovation-i-2378.shtml
Included in the article is a comment by Aleksandra, who said, “The idea behind Hotel15 came to me over drinks with friends. We were discussing society’s obsession with different forms of social media such as Facebook, Foursquare, and Chatroulette, and YouTube. I think the core customer of Hotel15 is someone that is willing to give up privacy for attention. Right now, the idea seems a bit shocking and voyeuristic, but I believe that in a few years this will be the norm.”
What do you think? Ready to watch and be watched on curtain walls of your hotel? Gives everyone a chance to be their own reality star 😉

Design courtesy Aleksandra Furman, Ryan Ross and Manuel Navarro-Soto

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When Harrington Interior Design graduate students Aleksandra Furman (MID), Ryan Ross (MAID) and Manuel Navarro-Soto (MID) began their concept project for their MID530 Advanced Studio I: Creative Collaboration class led by Interior Design Instructor Daniela Ghertovici, Graduate Faculty (Interior Design), they never knew just how far their project would go.

Aleks, Manuel, and Ryan’s design concept was Hotel 15, an online social networking hotel that enables guests to become fragments of mass media culture. The rooms and public spaces of the hotel become a virtual stage for patrons.  Participants have the option of activating a live video stream of their interactions at the hotel which is then placed on the hotel website.  Online participants can interact with hotel guests via video chat and vote on their favorite hotel guest.  The top voted guest will then be displayed on the hotel façade.  In addition to the hotel website there is an iPhone application which allows people to monitor the activities going on at Bar 15 and Hotel 15.    


See all of pictures of the design here.

Early this year, the three graduate students submitted their design for consideration in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality Contest. Co-founded and produced by Hospitality Design Group (HD Group)  and the John Hardy Group (JHG),  the award recognizes ingenuity in a built or un-built hospitality concept.  Projects from around the world are submitted for this award by hospitality brands, design and consulting professionals, and students.  Entries are judged each year by a panel of industry experts.

In April Aleks, Ryan and Manuel received the exciting news that their entry was chosen to receive the Student “Judges Special Award,” along with the invitation to attend the HD Expo Show  on May 19th in Las Vegas, NV, free of charge. In Las Vegas, the Harrington Graduates were presented with the $1500 prize money (via one huuuge check) and were published in the HD magazine and on hdmag.com.  

Congrats to Aleks, Ryan and Manuel, and we look forward to reading any future updates on their winning design!

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