Note: I try to talk about design school on Tuesdays and Thursdays if I can, but last night I had a Photoshop fail with Friday’s post and this post was all ready to go, so…Happy Friday!!
I know what you’re thinking – what happened to projects 2 and 3? Well the projects are running quite out of order at the moment (thanks, weather), so I thought I’d start talking about this semester-long project now, because why not?
We measured an area that is upstairs from our classroom (it is actually a cafeteria), but we are to treat the space as a loft. A loft that is, indeed, on the 26th floor of a high-rise building which overlooks Lake Michigan (so it’s in Chicago). The space has windows all along the north wall (I will post layout drawings once they are done) and the entry door is on the south wall, and the space has the dubious honor to contain several columns and pilasters that must stay in the space (they actually support the building’s structure). Quick tip: when you measure a long distance and two people are holding the tape measure, make sure that you lay the tape measure on the ground. Do not measure in the air if you want accuracy, of course.
The project is for us to design this loft space from start to finish and ultimately create a complete design package.
- create a layout with a scaled floor plan – including furnishings, doors and swings, floor material indications, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, etc.
- kitchen design (as part as the overall plan and individually as kitchens are usually drawn in 1/2 inch scale to show detail, whereas overall layout is usually drawn in 1/4 inch scale)
- elevations of all spaces – including furniture, fixtures, accessories, artwork, etc.
- furnishings/finishes for all spaces, with pictures and samples
- written report
- oral presentation
We interviewed our “potential” client a few weeks ago – he is a bachelor in his mid-40s who works in sales – and for the sake of this project, money is no object. Exciting! He loves earth tones, texture, traditional style, Italian architecture (not rustic), loves wood and more wood, and artwork that contains images of WW II planes specifically. We interviewed him based on several weeks worth of research so that we could really assess how he would want to live in this space.
We are making our way through the 6 steps of the Process of Design (in the context of Interior Design)
- Letter of Agreement (Contract)
- Problem Statement
- Research and Programming
- Writing the Program
- Design Development
- Post-occupancy Evaluation
The NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) provides a nice explanation of these steps, although the titles are fairly self-explanatory. We have completed steps 1-4 and are now working on the design development of the space. Please que general procrastination, panic, stress, and worry. Although honestly, I still can’t believe I have chosen a profession where it is perfectly acceptable to spend hours and hours pouring over design books and magazines! I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried.
Oh and one last item. I would generally describe his design style by referring to this picture.
And of course, here is a representation of my general design style – p.s. those lights are amazing!
This project should be interesting, no?