Posts Tagged ‘Masters Interior Design’

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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INTERIOR DESIGN: Collective Design Intelligence

“After being at HCD for a full semester and continually absorbing the current state of design, I have a forward-looking trend I’m observing continuously, including at the IFI Conference that was held last semester at Harrington.

Considering the rate at which society is learning to process information within increasingly complex environments, I believe the divisions between design disciplines are overlapping even further—both in practice and education. The availability of the “body of knowledge” in each design discipline coupled with an increase in cross-disciplinary professional endeavors to make ends meet in unstable economic times begs us to rethink how to prepare students for the “real world”.

The public’s perception of a specific discipline, especially interior design, is gradually becoming more enlightened and challenged by embracing cultural changes and the loosening of disciplinary boundaries. Professional organizations seem to be the slowest to change. As designers and students of design, we should be more concerned with public celebration of design and not necessarily all of our legislated and preconceived differences. There truly IS an expanding collective design intelligence.”

Steven Fuchs
Graduate Faculty of Interior Design, Harrington College of Design

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Considering a master’s degree in interior design?  Harrington offers two: Master of Interior Design – for those with a baccalaureate in interior design, architecture or related field – and Master of Arts in Interior Design – for students with an unrelated bachelor’s degree.  At Harrington, our graduate students have already been recognized for their talent – check out a past feature on one group’s award-winning class work.

You are invited to come to the Harrington College of Design to meet some of our Master’s Program Faculty, as well as take advantage of an opportunity to participate in a program-related exercise!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Harrington College of Design
200 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL

Please RSVP today by emailing Wendi at wfranczyk@harringtoncollege.com.

Also, a quick reminder that our Winter Showcase is tomorrow!

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Beginning December 6th, stop by to visit our Harrington Galleries featuring our students’ design work. Galleries include:

  • First floor gallery: A celebration of Harrington’s 2010 success stories from students, faculty and alumni
  • Second floor Barbara Marks gallery:  Combined Master’s student work
  • Second floor: Chairs for Charity display and Communication Design student work
  • Fourth floor: Communication Design, Interior Design and Photography student work
  • Fifth floor:  Photography student work and Logo Design

This Saturday, December 18th, you can also catch our Graduate Thesis Defense and Portfolio Show! Four of Harrington’s Master’s candidates will defend their theses, including a question and answer session with guests afterwards. Event will be held at the Harrington College of Design, 200 West Madison, Chicago from 9 am – 1 pm.

Finally, Mark Your Calendar! Is it time you put your passion for design to practice? Here are some important upcoming Harrington Dates:

  • December 23, 2010- Harrington Scholarship Application Deadline
  • December 31, 2010- Undergraduate application deadline for the spring term

New Student Orientations

  • January 5, 2011- Undergraduate Orientation
  • January 7, 2011- Undergraduate Orientation
  • January 7, 2011- Graduate Orientation

Please feel free to stop by!

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