Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Walsh’

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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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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The Harrington Alumni Association STITCH had the honor to be sponsored by Kimball Office, when Enza Scianna, a Harrington alumna, Showroom Manager of the Office approached the team to be their partner. The team consisted of Brenna Brown, Jennifer Cheng, Janet Kleinhample, CorrieLee Klentzman, Negeen Masghati, Nancy Walsh, and Mindy Zimmer along with Harrington Faculty Advisor Crandon Gustafson with Enza Scianna modeling.

For the 2010 STITCH show, the Harrington Alumni Association took their concept back in time to the 1880’s. Below, Harrington Alumni Mindy Zimmer shares some insight about the creation of the concept and garment.

“The funniest (and best) thing about our entry was that we completed our garment, from concept to completion in less than 3 weeks. Kimball Office offered to sponsor an alumni team and Crandon Gustafson quickly formed a team of talented alumni who accepted the challenge, time constraints and all, and got right to work on the design of the garment.  During creation and construction of our dress, the patterns and colors of the Maharam fabric that were offered to us through Kimball Office, our sponsor, helped to shape and mold our design decisions along the way.

We spent many late nights sewing, talking, and laughing as we figured out the construction of our dress. Though the hat looked effortless when all was said and done, it was the most challenging piece to figure out. Not only did the hat have to be rigid and stable enough to actually look like a hat when Enza held it over her head and walked onto the runway, but it also had to be able to flip down and fit completely underneath the skirt of the dress. It took a true feat of dress engineering and some complicated sewing techniques to get the look we wanted. Once the dress and hat were finally complete, we all cheered! Janet and Nancy really saved the day with their sewing skills! We had one well constructed dress in the end.”

See the video below!

The Kimball Office also did a great feature in their blog.

STITCH 2010 was an amazing night full of fabulous garments and models who really worked the runway!

Congratulations to the 2010 winners:
Best in Show: Duralee/ I4Design
Best Concept to Creation: Steelcase/ DesignTex/ Coalesse/ Whitney
Best use of Material: Wolf Gordon/ VOA

See the Professional Photographers Runway Photos & Pre-Show Photos and Paparazzi Wall Photos

Video courtesy Mindy Zimmer

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Also represented at IIDA’s 2010 STITCH Runway show was an entrant designed and created by some members of the Harrington Alumni Association including Brenna Brown, Jennifer Cheng, Janet Kleinhample, CorrieLee Klentzman, Negeen Masghati, Nancy Walsh, and Mindy Zimmer along with Harrington Faculty Advisor Crandon Gustafson.

When I followed up with Mindy Zimmer, Associate IIDA, LEED AP  and Vice President of the Harrington Alumni Association, about their concept, this is what she shared:

“We met as group to sketch and brainstorm ideas for our concept. We drew and discussed ideas without really worrying about the details of how a particular idea would work. All of the words and sketches that we came up with seemed to tie into one overarching theme: transformation and magic. After more discussion, sketching, and brainstorming, we arrived at our final concept and concept sketch. Since this year’s theme for STITCH was ‘A STITCH in Time: Design for a Decade’ we were able to tie our concept into 1880’s Victorian era fashion:”

Victorian Illusion
Inspired by illusion, transformation and 1880’s Victorian style. Magic makes something out of nothing – it transforms. Transformation is mysterious – or is it simply an illusion?

Mindy continued to explain, “Victorian fashion of the 1880’s was characterized by large collars and bustles, corsets, tiny waists, and the use of birds and feathers in their hats and hair accessories. Magic was also experiencing its ‘golden age’ due to the advancements in technology during this time. Many magicians created the illusion of pulling things out of their top hats or making birds disappear. So, our model, Enza Scianna, transformed from magicians top hat into a modern Victorian inspired woman with beautiful bird-like characteristics.  Her look was complete with feathers in her hair, on her eyelashes, and feather-like pieces of fabric on the skirt of her dress.”

Learn more about the Harrington Alumni STITCH garment and see it on the runway tomorrow!

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