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!
Students in Carol Cisco’s Sustainable Design classes attended the Building Chicago Expo at the Holiday Inn Chicago (across from the Merchandise Mart) on September 10 and 11. Carol filled me in on all the details and provided photos she took at the event:
The keynote speaker was Jerry Yudelson, author of many books on sustainable design, including Green Building A to Z, the required textbook for the class. So students brought their books, and after the lecture, Jerry was kind enough to autograph them.
Carol shares: “After the signing, the students sat together in the lounge next to the lecture hall and discussed what they found interesting in Jerry’s lecture. They were buzzed and really got into a discussion on the subject. While we were still there Jerry came out of the lecture hall and stopped by our discussion group to answer questions that the students brought up that only he could address.”
On March 18th, the students in Cynthia Milota’s Office Design Studio presented concept videos and the materials palettes for their final project, a “co-working” office in Glen Ellyn. Hannah Maletich, from Whitney Designs in Oak Brook was there to help Cynthia give feedback on the design presentations. (Hannah is a COD graduate)
Each student was required to make a Concept video, using images and music to visually explain their project . They loaded their videos on youtube, so here are links to some of them. (Check them out – they’re great!!!)
Sue Goodell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSQ9jlIWSP4
Kennisha Soumanou http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW2R415FYC0
Julita Cinga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3dcntM0V3o
Stephanie Michalek http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY43qDSNU98
In the format of a professional design firm, students displayed the samples on their table top and moved the pieces around as they explained their concept, also allowing the other class members and the guest designer to pick up and inspect the selections. I took a few photos during the presentations:
“Hotel Arista is the first LEED certified hotel in Illinois and just one of 16 Green Seal™ certified hotels in the state, and the only such certified hotel in Naperville. Our commitment to sustainable living is evident in everything we do as responsible hotel operators. We use 30% less water and 21% less energy than comparable hotels and we’re constantly implementing innovative ideas to do more for Planet Earth.” (www.hotelarista.com)
Starting Fall semester 2013, the Inter 2531 – Green Design I class will become Inter 1125 Sustainable Design I and be a required course for the AAS Degree in Interior Design. This is a very good thing. It is a fabulous class and will give all students a basic foundation of sustainable design principles, which is driving the interior design industry today and will be incorporated into all the other Interior Design classes.
The numerous field trips in the class are interesting – and fun. Here’s more from the recent field trip:
It was an informative tour and I’m so glad I was able to tag along. 🙂 Jane