My Design 2 class which is one semester in length contains a 4 week interior design unit. Within the Interior Design unit we discuss architectural history, sustainable design, interior plan/flow, use of space, client’s needs and ethical issues of needs vs wants. We discuss floor plans and critique the use of the space, pointing out that bigger doesn’t mean better most of the time. An overview of the history of furniture design is completed and then a collage timeline of the history of furniture. Students also complete a color board ranging from cool/antique to warm/contemporary and then in reverse. Almost all interior design firms I have asked have generously given my classroom samples of wall paper, tiles, flooring etc, and I have received a lot of swatches from Home Depot. To change the project to be more community service oriented I have envisioned working with the Mel Trotter Mission or St. John’s Home and developing a sample board for them of a bedroom we would actually renovate.
Via Design has welcomed my students a number of times for tours and group critiques.