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What makes good interior design?
Interior design is all about understanding the users need and creating spaces in response to that understanding. Using your skills as a designer to best create the visions of your client.
Best advice you were given during the course?
The best advice I was given was to be bold, and not be scared of doing things out of the box. Experimentation and investigation is at the heart of a great project, so I was always told to not worry about processes failing because that is what makes things interesting.
What was it like being a student in Brighton?
Being a student in Brighton is amazing; you have the luxury of being by the sea but also experience a city lifestyle. As Brighton is an energetic hub filled with creative minds its easy to experience and try new things. I volunteered at The Basement for a couple of months during my last project and I found it to be an excellent way to start networking and meeting people of similar interest who aren’t necessarily in your course or university. As I am originally from London I find it refreshing to be away from home but still be able to being actively involved in the arts and design without needing to travel another city
How would you rate Interior Architecture at University of Brighton?
In terms of rating, I would class Interior Architecture at University of Brighton to be a very established course with high expectations. The library and librarians are always helpful and at hand especially when looking for books, periodicals and general use of the library. The teachers are always there to help, and strong communication links are in place so that if your ever in need of help with projects or have issues with the course there is always someone to talk to or get in contact with so your never feeling at a loss. There were so many facilities available to us. I was able to take my model making skills to another level by combining a variety of different modeling methods ranging from vacuum forming, laser cutting and casting. We were encouraged to try new mediums, even if they failed it was all about the process and experimentation, that in itself makes the process all the more exciting
Where do you look for inspirations for the final project?
My inspiration for my last project came from everyday experiences. Re using discarded household projects and turning them into permanent household fixtures.
The brief for my studio ‘Make//Good’ was to pick a client, preferably a craftsman’s or furniture/product designer, create a new product inspired by their ideas and craft and then to create a factory space, which would be their new working space. My Client was Florian Kremb of ‘MyAmplifier’ and I chose to create a. egg box light with an accompanying DIY kit . This was on of the products within the lighting collection I created, inspired by reusing everyday discarded household items, I then transformed out site Which was a Unit in Shoreham-By-Sea into a interactive workshop. Where there would be daily activities, in which visitors would come, bring in their own ‘discarded’ object and transform them into lights, using the same or similar processes, which inspired the new light collection. Therefore bringing the people of Shoreham together and engaging them with a new bespoke way of creating lighting, inspired by the simplicity of everyday items.
The whole idea behind the look of the factory was for the eternal skin of the building to mimic the processes of what happens inside, therefore the exterior fabric of the design looks like it have been produced using a vacuum form process. However the main interior space comprises of a combination of large curtain features which host the various model making activities during the day.
Where do you see yourself next year?
I have currently undergone a brief internship already and am looking to make the transition from interior architecture to product design. My last project has opened up a whole new world of design for me and allowed me to find what I eventually want to do. After completing more professional work experiences within product/ furniture design companies I hope to return back to university to complete a masters in Product design or innovation design and management. I would eventually like to create my own bespoke lighting collection.
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