A few job openings came in over this past month while I was away. I’m not sure whether the positions are still open, but it would be worth following up if you are interested in any of them.
1. Wild Plum Interiors & Staging
Local Interior Designer, about to launch a Home Staging business, is looking to have several design assistants. It is an exciting field helping Home Owners maximize their return on investment when selling their home. Staging takes 2 people, as there is usually furniture to be moved as well as styling of the home to be done.
The business is based out of Downers Grove, and expects to have clients throughout the western suburbs. It would be very valuable for any student to be involved in the process of staging a home.
This is a payed position, and transportation is necessary to get to the job site.
Wild Plum Interiors
HOME STAGING AND INTERIOR DESIGN
CREATIVE AND AFFORDABLE
Jennifer Horvath: 630-452-6045
email: Jen Comcast <email@example.com>
2. Lifestyle Design
Geneva Design Studio is growing like crazy and needs an intern, or part-time student assistant
(20 ours per week.) with fabulous technical CAD/rendering skills. It is also a paid position, salary dependent upon skills/qualifications.
Bobbi Alderfer & Lori Koontz
We are a full service flooring company looking to fill a part-time sales position. The hours are perfect for a student, and as I’m sure you know, knowledge of color and design are very important. Our store is located in St. Charles. I would appreciate it if you would pass on this information to any of your students looking for a part-time job.
Family Flooring America
“Where Friends Send Friends”
2015 Dean Street – Unit 1
Saint Charles, IL 60174
To volunteer, go HERE. You will need to create an account and sign up as instructed above.
Allison Schutz and Sara Venecek recently earned first place in a design charrette competition sponsored by the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Their project in the Commercial Contract division focused on a menswear theme for a Hyatt Hotel guest suite. To read more about their fabulous accomplishment, please click this link: http://www.cod.edu/news-events/news/16_march/16_charrette.aspx
The Interior Design Department congratulates you!
The next IIDA Board meeting is Monday, March 7 at 2:00pm. All members welcome! New Board members will be announced. Also – if you wish to register for IIDA PhotoBash event, please use this link: IIDA Chicago PhotoBash It’s free for IIDA members; free headshots, food, fun, and networking! Contact Amanda Witzke, current President, with any questions or concerns.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association has notified Jane Kielb, director of the Interior Design program, that COD has earned accreditation for another 7 years. Jane and adjunct faculty members whose classes fall under the NKBA guidelines worked tirelessly this past fall to gather relevant lecture material, assignments, and student work to submit to NKBA for evaluation. Congratulations to Jane and the Interior Design teaching staff!
A culminating event of the Environmental Materials class at the College of DuPage is a trip to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. In December, we spent four hours touring showrooms and meeting with industry representatives. The students gained insight into the business of interior design and came away with a better understanding of the role designers and design interns play in the process of creating the perfect commercial or residential space. We saw custom wall coverings at Maya Romanoff, toured the newly remodeled Ann Sacks tile showroom, and learned about the fabric industry at Robert Allen. We viewed Stickley furniture at Baker and more contemporary furniture and lighting selections at Holly Hunt. At Benjamin Moore, the class reinforced their color theory knowledge with a presentation of paint under different types of lighting. It was an excellent day to make contacts in the field and view many different types of materials. Next trip: April, 2016!
On Thursday evening, July 16, a large group of students volunteered their time to support Interior Design legislation. Designer Drinks is a joint program of IIDA, ASID, and IIDC (Illinois Interior Design Coalition). All proceeds of the evening are used to fund ongoing efforts to pass legislation in Springfield which recognizes the professional abilities of Registered Interior Designers.
The hosts of the evening were four showrooms in the 325 N Wells building: Trendway, National, Kimball Office, and DIRTT. Over two dozen prizes were donated by manufacturers and businesses and were on display inside the four showrooms. The students did a great job selling the “sweepstakes” tickets, and a few of them even walked away with one of the prizes.
Volunteering to help at professional events is a great way for students to meet practicing designers and network for future opportunities. Plus -IT’S REALLY FUN!!!