Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fall Semester Projects

Here we are!  It's the end of the semester, and I have lots of projects to share!  The first one I have is a Color Trend project that I put together for my Textiles class.  We were asked to come up with our own company and put together four "color stories" for our company that represented the textile color families that are trending right now.  I decided that my company would manufacture baby bedding and I called the company "The Silk Cocoon".  Each of my color "stories" depicts the colors I might choose if I were designing four different baby nurseries.

Textile Project

Commercial Project

In our Commercial II class, we completed two big projects.  The first was a contest sponsored by "Sephora", a high-end cosmetic retail store.  We were challenged to design a "pop-up" retail space for them.  A "pop-up" retail is a temporary venue.  The trend is for these stores to "pop up" one day and disappear soon after.  A good example of a pop-up store is the Halloween pop-up stores you see at the mall for several weeks leading into Halloween.  During the Christmas holidays, for example, you may have seen pop-up retail stores that sell Moravian Sugar Cookies.  These temporary stores are becoming more popular in this slow economy as more and more retail spaces are being vacated at shopping malls and downtown shopping areas.  

The parameters of this project included a thousand square-foot space that comprise a cash wrap, display fixtures, and a Beauty Studio that was designed to easily be assembled and disassembled for a quick relocation.  They also wanted us to incorporate a connection to Sephora's online presence by integrating computers into the design.  We were required to use the "Sephora" logo and their pantone red color as well as their iconic black and white stripes.  Finally, the project was to be bound into a booklet that was no more than six pages front and back. 

 I designed my "pop-up" Sephora to be located at the high-end Outlet Malls such as the Tanger Outlets that are located near my home.  There would be an internet bar in the store where the customers could sit down and have a "virtual makeover" at the computer.  When each customer was finished, she would receive a print-out of the products that were selected for her skin type, and she would hand the print out to one of the sales people, who would help her find the products on her list.  My fixtures and cash wrap were made of a lightweight plastic and clear acrylic pieces that were easy to assemble.  The following is a sampling of my final book:

Residential Project

I was very relieved and happy to complete the Commercial project because I did not enjoy the process at all.  I was much more excited about the Residential project for this semester.  We designed a home for a retired couple who live in Cary, NC.  They are building a home in a new retirement community there.  After interviewing the wife, we found out that she enjoys reading and crafts.  Her design taste is very traditional and she especially likes French Country design.  She wanted the color palette to be soft and muted.  Overall, she was looking for a comfortable and relaxed space that would be pretty as well as functional.  
We were asked to design the space "from the ground up".  We chose all of the furniture, fabrics, and finishes, as well as space planning the furnishings.  I hand-rendered most of the drawings on the boards, but  I designed and rendered the Den Perspective and the Master Bedroom Elevation through a computer-generated program called "Podium".  I designed and rendered the sunroom using Sketchup.   Tomorrow morning, I will meet with Mrs. Sears again to show her my designs.  She will be free to use any part of the design when she and her husband began building their new home next month.  Here are the seven boards that I will be showing her! 

Board 1 shows the floor plan, the Reflected Ceiling Plan, and the Design Concept Statement.

Board 2 includes the Den Perspective and the Foyer elevation along with the fabrics, furnishings, and finishes for those two spaces.

Board 3 Shows the Living Room Perspective.

Board 4 is showing the Master Bedroom elevation and the Master Bath finishes and fixtures.                                                

Board 5 is the Basement Perspective along with the Downstairs Foyer furniture and finish selections.

Board 6 shows her Kitchen Elevation and the Dining Room selections.

Finally, Board 7 is showing the Sunroom Perspective and the Guest Bedroom and Guest Bath furnishings and finishes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Semester Projects

Tomorrow is the last day of a pretty intense ten weeks of Summer School!  My daughter photographed the four Residential Presentation Boards that I will be presenting tomorrow morning so I thought I would post them here!  I designed the Living Room/Dining Room Perspective using Sketchup, and I color rendered it by hand.  The four elevations of the den, the kitchen, the master bedroom, and the master bathroom were drawn using AutoCad and color rendered by hand.  We put these drawings along with the fabrics, furnishings, and finishes onto four presentation boards to present to the class.

We also completed a Commercial project that I presented today.  We were asked to design the corporate headquarters for Marquis Seating in High Point, NC.  The images that I've posted are the Lobby and the Open Office area which were done in Sketchup.

Here are the pics!

Residential Project:

Commercial Project:  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Spring Semester Projects

I wanted to share with you a couple of projects that I recently completed for the Spring semester.  Below, is my very first presentation board that I designed for my Graphic Presentation class.  We were given the Floor Plan that you see on the board and were asked to pick out the fabrics, furnishings, and finishes for the room that reflected our own design style.  The room that I designed is in the Casual Contemporary Style that I like.

I drew the room in a two-point perspective on velum and color rendered it by hand.  While it is true that most interior designers no longer draft and color render by hand, I enjoyed the experience of drawing and color rendering this perspective by hand.  We will be using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Podium for our rendered perspectives from now on, however, I think the experience of drawing everything by hand for this project helped me to understand the principles of perspective, and will be most valuable when I am meeting with a client and I need to draw a quick sketch by hand. The ability to draw quick perspective sketches in client conferences and in team meetings should be a very useful tool.

The other project I wanted to share is our Final from my AutoCAD class.  We were asked to choose a kitchen plan that we like and draw three elevations and one isometric of the room as well as the room dimensions.  I used my own kitchen floor plans for this project.  

If someone had shown me this final drawing in January and told me that I would be drafting this on the computer by the end of the semester, I would have been skeptical that I could do something so technical using a computer (remember, I grew up without computers!).  My instructor, Holly Barker, was very helpful and patient with me.  I know there were days when her patience was tried by my frequent questions and there were many times when I was frustrated and doubted my own abilities, but Ms. Barker was always very encouraging and would tell me she knew I could do it.  We will be getting a lot of practice using AutoCAD this summer to complete our Residential and Commercial projects, so hopefully, I will gain more confidence as I go.