Category Archives: Spaces

5 Things You Need To Know
 
….ABOUT ENTERING DESIGN COMPETITIONS

5 Things You Need To KnowYou Can’t Lose
By entering one or several projects into a design competition, there is no direction to go but up. Putting forth your work and having people see it, read it, and experience it can help you as a student and professional in several ways. As a student, you gain insight into how projects are judged and what is deemed great design, and as a professional you send your work to professionally successful and influential judges that critique it. You may even get to meet these judges and other professionals that attend the competition event to announce the winners (if the competition indeed decides to host the event); yet another conduit to showcase your work, and yourself.

5 Things You Need To KnowThey Make Your Work Better
Like a workshop or group review where peers, professors, and / or professionals listen to you describe and articulate your work and then provide you with constructive feedback, a competition provides a chance for you to showcase and obtain criticism and interpret your work’s worth. Knowing ahead of time that you are submitting to a competition also creates in you a sense of awareness that others – most notably, judges – are going to review your work. It makes you internally motivated to design a project that reflects your most advanced skills because you want it to impress and have people comment on it positively.

5 Things You Need To KnowThey Encourage Efficiency
Keeping yourself organized and managing your schedule are skills all designers benefit from, and if you schedule appropriate time to submit to competitions it helps you prioritize and work more efficiently. Design competitions have specific parameters and submission requirements you must tailor your submittal to, so making sure you know exactly what you need to submit as a competition deliverable(s) is important (especially when negotiating time between school and work responsibilities). Often, competitions ask for a combination of design renders and plans, as well as a succinct and clear written component describing your project.

5 Things You Need To KnowYou Become Involved
Design competitions do a great job of involving and engaging their participants. Whether it’s through e-mail, social media, or door drops, competition participants gain access to a design network where they can keep tabs on competition deadlines, see who is judging, find where and when the competition winners are announced, and of course (the fun stuff) what they receive for winning. In addition, competitions relay other entrants’ work, winning or otherwise (with approval), which gives participants a great idea of “what’s out there” and what you can expand upon in your own projects.

5 Things You Need To KnowYou Gain Affirmation, or Reaffirmation
Personally, I’ve entered several design competitions and lost all except one. The one I placed in gave me an affirming feeling that my design skills were, in a sense, acceptable – that the work I did was given a stamp of approval that said, “Yes, this is good design.” As creative people, we consistently put work “out there” that (hopefully) reflects our best design abilities and intentions, while acting as little parts of ourselves. When your design registers with a select panel of judges and you’re listed as a finalist, your career wayfinding becomes clear and the project you devoted so much personal time to is given its time in the sun. It’s an affirming, or reaffirming, feeling that your design inspired meaning in someone – a crucial effect our creations strive to engender.

5 Designs We LOVE

1.
Cloud
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago

Brothers hailing from France, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (pron. Boo-roo-lek), took the definition of “Bivouac” (a light-weight, adaptive shelter) and generated an exhibit based around “microarchitecture;” items larger than furniture, but smaller than architecture. The results of their work give us dynamic pieces like Cloud , seen here, that acts as a colorful, multi-layered wall and/or enclosure.

cloud2

cloud1

2.
LAB West Lobby
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’s newest and most hip place to stay is The Cosmopolitan, and its West lobby certainly boosts the hotel and entertainment mecca’s cool factor. Designed and constructed by Rockwell Group’s LAB, the lobby features eight large columns wrapped with LCD screens and mirrors to produce beautiful displays, giving visitors a completely unique digital experience.

The Cosmopolitan: West Lobby from labatrockwell on Vimeo.

3.
JWT
Bogota, Columbia

Winning Best in Category for IIDA’s Best Interiors of Latin America Competition in 2012, the JWT offices from Arquitectura e Interiores is an interior we definitely love. Designed to be a creative environment for the JWT advertising group, this is a space employees and visiting clients alike can certainly enjoy (click to enlarge).

IMG_7717-r

IMG_8569-r

IMG_4973-r

IMG_7874-r

IMG_8006-r

IMG_8113-r


4.
KamerMaker
Everywhere

From the Dutch architecture firm, DUS, comes the KamerMaker (or “RoomBuilder”). This state-of-the-art, mobile 3D printer brings grassroots creativity and commercial efficiency together in one inspiring machine. Everyone becomes a designer with the KamerMaker, allowing people to create one-of-a-kind works from inhabitable rooms (max. 6 ft wide, 6 ft long, and 9.5 feet high) to coffee cups; on demand and on-site.

KamerMaker from DUS Architects on Vimeo.

5.
Florez Graphic Resume

Standing out in the design world is difficult, but a well-designed resume can certainly help. This is one of several you will see now that graphically (and uniquely) display personal and professional information rather than being confined to traditional resume formats. This resume speaks to employers about who they are and what they can do – simply, effectively, and creatively.

resume
(Source: http://www.behance.net)

Q&A: 2011 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition Winner, Katie Goodman

In honor of the 2012 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition, we’ve caught up with a past winner of the competition!  In 2011, a team consisting of Katie Goodman, Liz Kahn, Jennifer Madden, and Sarah Martin, all from Drexel University won the competition for the Drexel Smarthouse.  We had a Q&A with one of the winners, Katie Goodman, and here’s what she told us about what she’s been up to since then!

Q: University Attended?

A: I graduated from DrexelUniversity in June [2012]

Q: Where do you currently work?

 A: At the moment I am looking for a job in retail design while doing some freelance work on the side.

Q: What year did you win the Student Sustainable Design Competition?

A: December 2011

Q: What was your initial reaction when you won the Student Sustainable Design competition?

A:  Upon winning the SSDC I was absolutely shocked.  I wasn’t anticipating anything at all.

Q: What inspired you to enter the competition?

A: My teammates on the project discovered the competition and thought it would be great exposure for the project and the Drexel Smarthouse as a whole.  As a member of IIDA I thought it would be a wonderful idea and fun to try our luck with a project we spent so much time and passion for.

Q: What inspired you to pursue Interior Designer? 

A: I have always been passionate about architecture and design as a whole.  I have always found myself looking at space as a three dimensional puzzle and I was drawn to Interior Design through the combination of these passions.

Q: What have you been up to since winning the competition (work, school, etc.) and tell us about that experience?

A: Since winning in December I have received my masters in interior architecture + design.  Upon graduating I took a trip to Colombia to visit a friend with an architectural/engineering company.  While there I had an unforgettable experience and a chance to learn about design and architecture in South America.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to this year’s entrants, what would it be?

A: One piece of advice I would have is to think outside the box.  Through my experiences with Drexel Smarthouse we pushed ourselves to think further outside our comfort zone and it has definitely paid off.

A plan for the Drexel Smarthouse, winner of the 2011 Student Sustainable Design Competition.

To view more photos of their winning project, click here.

It’s not too late to enter the 2012 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition.  Submissions are being accepted until November 15!  Click here for your entry form!  And click here to see entries that have already been submitted.

Voting begins on the last day submissions are being accepted, November 15!

IIDA Tree, Wreath & Menorah Contest!

Tis the season to spread holiday cheer and IIDA wants to help you show off your spirit! Submit one photo to iidahq@iida.org of your holiday decor and we’ll feature it in an album on our official International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Headquarters facebook page. Over 18,000 people will be inspired by your holiday feature, which guarantees you a spot on Santas “nice” list but even better, the photo with the most “likes” receives a special gift bag from IIDA!

How to enter:

Submit one photo of your holiday wreath, tree or menorah to iidahq@iida.org. Subject line: Holiday Cheer

Please give us your name and additional school/company info that you would like to share, along with a photo caption.

Deadline to Enter (extended!): December 21, Winner Announced: December 22

Happy Holidays from IIDA!

Girls Night Out at The Violet Hour – Chicago, IL

111607violet7.jpg

A loyal Lincoln Park fan, I rarely make it over to the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, but I’m beginning to branch out to better appreciate this part of town.  The neighborhood is trendy, diverse and is brimming with residents who, per capita, care more about quality music and restaurants than anywhere else in the city.
So when my girlfriends and I were getting dolled up for a night on the town, we decided to head to The Violet Hour, a swanky lounge with a fabulous ambiance and moody decor.  They actually don’t let you use your cellphone in this classy joint, let alone a camera, but I was able to snag this photo tour from Metromix so that our readers could experience the space. And trust me, this is much better than me trying to snag photos in dim lighting with a cocktail in hand, while trying to encourage my girlfriend to stop hitting on the waiter. Enjoy!

111607violet4.jpg

111607violet1.jpg

111607violet2.jpg

111607violet3.jpg

111607violet5.jpg

111607violet6.jpg

What do you think about the very blue, very private, lounge concept they are going for?

Fast Company Names Masters of Design 2009

Fast Company has recognized that no matter what you do for a living, design matters. It has always mattered–to all of us.

design

This year’s list features an array of incredible talent: David Butler, David Adjaye, Lisa Strausfeld, Alberto Alessi and David Rockwell. Click here to read more.

What Will Happen to Coney Island?

While I know this article has little to do with interior design, I found the debate and issues revolving it quite interesting.  I don’t know if that is because I recently visited Coney Island (yesterday to be exact), and I wanted so desperately to see the area revitalized.

The New York Times ran an article today about how the city and developer are arguing over the best way to go about giving the area a face lift.  The ultimate conclusion may be that this project will just have to wait until the economy recovers.   Click here to read the article in its entirety.

What do you think?  Should this area be given a much needed update or should developers concentrate instead on building grocery stores, community centers to enrich the neighborhood?

coney_city

The city's proposal

Developer's Proposal

Developer's Proposal

Municipal Art Society's Proposal

Municipal Art Society's Proposal