Interior Design

“The ‘designer,’ loosely defined, has secured a prominent place in the cultural dialogue…[and] ‘interior design’ as a pastime has never captured more general interest. A growing appreciation for the value of design has fueled the advancement of the professions, but it has also led to dilettantism in the field. Cable television shows and shelter magazines loudly proclaim that anyone can design, thus diminishing recognition for the designer’s unique skills and abilities. As a result, the widespread impression of the role of the designer is that of surface stylist and form giver. There is also an unrealistic perception of the mystique of a talented few ‘artists’ who shape new trends by combining unusual shapes and materials with a certain flair. While this interest in design serves to raise a general level of visual interest among the public, ‘design’ is this most rudimentary sense falls far short of what is needed for the meaningful improvement of the human condition. Regarding interior design as an instrument of the ‘cool’, ‘trendy’, or stylish ignores its most important contribution: the advancement of well-being.”

–Shashi Caan, Former President of The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, and author of “rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment”.

Attention all Interior Design Student! This week we have the great pleasure of hosting internationally recognized and award-winning interior designer and architect Shashi Caan. It is an incredible opportunity to get insight and learn from a design advocate and international leader of the interior design discipline. Make is a priority to attend! Wednesday, September 20th at 4:00 in the Union Auditorium.

In other news, Professor Mark Hinchman recently returned from a retraining session on the new 2017 CIDA accreditation standards. The standards are revised approximately every ten years so that they reflect current trends and future directions of interior design education. Former Program Director and Emeritus Faculty Member Betsy Gabb played an instrumental role in revising the standards, which have been effective since January 1, 2017. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. UNL's Interior Design program has been accredited since 1976 and will next welcome the CIDA site visitors in 2020.

A job well done to our second year interior design group who completed their first project, in a series of three for the semester. Together with the second year Landscape Architecture studio, students analyzed Richard Diebenkorn paintings. Students analyzed the design principles embedded in the paintings, then abstracted these core principles into three-dimensional spaces using line and plane. The first project was meant to introduce and revisit fundamental design principles, space-making strategies and representational methods (modeling, orthographic projection and perspective) used in both interior and exterior conditions. The project allows instructors to check for understanding of these fundamental design concepts and skills that are essential to our processes as designers. The work ranged from sketches on trace, collage, basswood and chipboard models; hand drawn orthographic projections; hand drawn constructed perspectives; and enhanced perspectives through the use of Photoshop.

-Lindsey Bahe