Archive for the ‘Interior Design’ Tag

The Value of Interior Design

Floor Plan by Amanda Eubanks

A wise professor, from Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design in Toronto, once said, “Interior designers must also know half of what an architect knows and a quarter of what an engineer knows, but they get half the pay and a quarter of the respect.” -René Ng

Read a short article about the strategic value of interior design.

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On the Road to LEED GA…

Photography: Eric Laignel & Envision

The collage above features photographs of the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. designed by Envision Design.

I am currently auditing a LEED class through Auburn University’s interior design program.  My goal is to register, study, and pass the LEED GA examination by the end of June 2010.

While researching the U.S. Green Building Council, I have become fascinated and inspired by their Washington D.C. headquarters, designed by Envision DesignMetropolis Magazine (June 2009) has made a very interesting case study out of the headquarters in Ultimate Client.  This article explores the intention and implementation of adapting reuse, local sourcing, and efficient use heating, cooling, and lighting.  The article gives graphic representations, explanation, and excellent photography of the completed space.  The USGBC headquarters is “the first commercial interior slated for Platinum under the organization’s revised certification program [ LEED 2009 Commercial Interiors]”.

Check it out: Ultimate Client

“The true sex appeal, of course, is in the
furnishings and finishes—the details
that make 2101 L Street the temple of
green design Fedrizzi so lusted after.”

Metropolis Magazine : The Ultimate Client : June 2009

eBARRITO : A Store Made of Cardboard

Designer : Francesca Signori in Milan

“eBARRITO is a green-thinking brand that specializes in bags and leather accessories with100% Italian quality – its ecological integrity extends right through – even to how its sales outlets are built! They are made from specially carved and shaped cardboard.  The new eBARRITO stores consist of modular, double-pressed cardboard walls equipped with wavy-style shelving – an  effect achieved with interlocking tubular sections and modular lamps resembling bird-cages.

A fresh new ethical style with a strong visual impact created by the designer Francesca Signori for the Milan-based brand.

eBARRITO is full of hope for the future –  its new ethical approach and world made up of perceptions and sensations.”

FRANCESCA SIGNORI

View the eBarrito website. (awesome background music too…parlo l’italiano??? tutto va bene.)

Obstetrics Department

[If you don’t know me, I’m a senior in the interior design program at Auburn University in our #4 ranked design program.  I’m currently searching the U.S. for an internship opportunity for this summer 2010. ]

It was quite difficult to develop the Obstetrics Department for my Women’s and Children’s hospital.  I am in the preliminary phases of my thesis project, and this floor plan will be edited and improved.  We are developing new departments each week, and we will finish the semester with an entire REVIT model of the hospital.  I’m very interested in learning BIM modeling.   We conducted a group critique today, and there are already new ideas for alterations in space planning.  Healthcare involves an enormous amount of information gathering and programming, and  I’m doing my best to use multiple sources of reference.  I wanted to upload my progress.  Let me know if you see anything for improvement.  I’m always open to new ideas and corrections.

Click here for zooming capabilities on GoogleDocs.

Auburn University Internship Fair

I am thrilled about meeting with:

Tro Jung Brannen

Microsoft Startup Labs
Commercial

Cambridge, MA
LEED Gold

Lord Aeck & Sargent

MidCity Lofts
Atlanta, GA

Gensler

North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Detroit, MI



Healthcare Design

I am currently in my senior thesis studio focusing on Institutional Design (in the interior design program at Auburn University).  We are designing a woman’s and children’s hospital.

In doing research, I have found inspiration through the partnering of Parsons The New School for Design and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects on their Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  Below is a series of images that inspire me to create a hospital that supports human healing through a connection to nature and daylighting.  Find out more.

“The goal of the students’ work was to inspire options for chemotherapy suites for patients in a satellite outpatient center in Brooklyn.

“The goal for Parsons was to challenge the roles that interior designers can play in contemporary society by shaping the physical, emotional, and psychological experience for patients in ways that empower them.” _ Staff — Interior Design, 1/12/2010

Eric Malave: Waterfeature

Tracy Ong: Treatment Center

The Ugly Betty Set

Interior Design Magazine features the beautiful set of Ugly Betty. Clearly don’t judge the set by the show name.

“A Mariette Himes Gomez sofa and Laura Kirar chairs in Wilhelmina’s home living room. Photo by Eric Laignel.”

Two of my favorite pieces…

Paolo Rizzatto Regina II Swivel Armchair

Sebastian Wrong Table Lamp

Find your favorite pieces or just check out Eric Laignel’s photography of the Ugly Betty Set

Feels good to be published…

I am  honored to be published in Auburn University’s Circle Magazine. I had three photographs from my travels abroad and five perspectives published in the Fall 2009 issue. Click below to see them all…

From Movies

Eero Saarinen : Finnish American Architect & Product Designer

I’m thrilled about my visit to NYC in December and I will be visiting the:

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future Exhibit

at the museum of the City of New York.

You should too!

Add accessories…

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Tone Cabinet by Leif.designpark

Introduced by De La Espada’s at London Design Festival from September 24-27th