Monthly Archives: April 2013

Upcoming Event: End of the Year Celebration

Upcoming Event: End of the Year Celebration

Please join us for our end of the year celebration on May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on The Bridge! We want to celebrate the graduation of the senior class and thank the INT faculty for their contributions to our success this year.

All students and faculty the ASU Interior Design program is invited! To RSVP to the event on Facebook, click here. Please feel free to share this event with everyone who is part of the program on your Facebook friends list.

See you then!

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Design Inspiration: Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia redefines healthcare design by incorporating the natural landscape into the space as well as appreciating the healthy psychological effects that art has on children.

Bates-Smart-Billard-Leece-Royal-Childrens-Hospital-1 Colorful, sun-shading petals make up the facade.

A giant fish tank serves as a wayfinding marker and a visually pleasing source of nature.

Designed distractions help patients enjoy their hospital stay.

For more information and images on the project, check out an article about it by the Australian Design Review.

Happy Friday! Don’t forget, Beaux Arts Ball is tomorrow night at Bad Mother Cluckers at 8 p.m. See you there!

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The Art of Keeping Calm

The Art of Keeping Calm is a past post from IIDA Students’ WordPress blog. We found it especially relevant this week as final studio reviews and critiques are in full swing. At whatever stage you are at with your final project, remember to breathe, stay calm, and make it one of your best works yet.

The Art of Keeping Calm
Posted on October 18, 2012 by  | 2 Comments

“We all lose our cool sometimes, and as students, we all know how easy it is to get stressed out.  In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m on the phone with my bank! If that’s not enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out, I don’t know what is.  I’m going to take a bit of the advice I’m sending you way, and apply it to my situation.  So what should you do to keep calm?  Read on!

Breathing exercises Just learning the art of breathing correctly can increase your mood and help mellow you out a bit.

Meditation: You’ll often feel like even if you take a minute off from your busy schedule that you’re being unproductive. When in reality you end up watching Modern Family on Hulu for an hour.  Instead, just take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to relax your mind.  You’ll be much more refreshed when you’re done and incorporating meditation into you daily routine will allow you to remain calm and mellow throughout your day..

Look at the bright side:  Sounds obvious, doesn’t it?  Sure this huge project may seem like the end of world now, but think about what it might do for you in the long run.  If relevant, this is a project you can add to your professional portfolio which you can leverage when hunting for internships and jobs.  Even though it’s difficult, do the best you can now and the rewards can be endless.” 

To check out more posts by IIDA Students, click here. Good luck with your finals!

Design Inspiration: Shore Hotel by Gensler

Two motels on the waterfront in Santa Monica, California recently received a face lift by Gensler.

“Replacing two aging motels, the Shore Hotel boasts 164 moderately-priced guest rooms in two buildings connected by a bridge. The design team’s vision blends the natural landcape and vibrant urban life, taking in the beauty of the sea and embracing the pedestrian activities of the area. A metal-clad trellis over the street side of the courtyard unifies the two wings of the main building, creating an outdoor living room. The lobby walls pay tribute to the beach, while floor-to-ceiling glass sliders maximize transparency. This LEED® Gold certified project completes the profile of Santa Monica’s scenic oceanfront street.” – Shaw Contract Group

Happy Friday!

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Upcoming Event: Beaux Arts Ball

Upcoming Event: Beaux Arts Ball

It’s time to celebrate the end of the year at The Design School’s annual Beaux Arts Ball! The event will be held at Bad Mother Cluckers on Saturday, April 27th at 8:00 p.m. The theme for this year is Great Gatsby, so be sure to dress in your 1920s best. Blow off some steam from studio finals with some food, games, drinks, and good friends!

Tickets are now available for purchase from James Bailey. They will also be sold in the lobby of Design North all this week from noon to 1 p.m.

Ticket Prices are as follows:

For members:
Drinking (21+): $25
Ticket only: $15

For non-members:
Drinking (21+): $30
Ticket only: $20

To RSVP on the Facebook event page, click here. See you there!

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Design Inspiration: Wunderbar at W Montreal


W Hotels have a distinct reputation for their innovative interior design, and the W Montreal is no exception. Wunderbar at the W Montreal features a modern interpretation by BPC of Montreal’s four seasons, made up a wall-to-ceiling light fixtures of curvilinear forms. The forms can be lit up to a multitude of colors that complement the DJ’s music or they can be subdued to a monochromatic scheme. The furniture is simple and sleek to let the light forms be the focus of the room. See more photos below:


All photos courtesy of Inthralld. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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Designer Spotlight: Axie Hoover

The designer we are showcasing here is Axie Hoover, a sophomore in the interior design program at ASU. She designed a vacation home in Portland, Oregon for her final project in the residential studio she took last semester, which was taught by Susan Norman. The design takes on forms inspired by man made structures as well as organic shapes found in nature. Her clients were a married couple made up of the wife, a jewelry designer, and the husband, a book collector. She also was recently nominated for a Design Excellence award from The Design School at ASU for this project.

Inspiration Photo: Steel Bridge, Portland, Oregon

Concept: Industrial materials are built together to form strong geometrics that act as a boundary between two locations yet provide easy access from one location to the other.

Inspiration Photo 2: An Oregon Waterfall

Concept 2: Bright cool greens combine with rich warm colors to create a very natural, as well as eclectic, space.


This is the 3000 square foot floor plan of the home, which is a 14th floor penthouse suite.

Entry wall elevation. The blue panel above the display is a frosted resin that is lit from the inside.

View of the kitchen & conversation room. The grey area above the kitchen cabinets is a frosted resin that is lit from the inside.

Custom fireplace wall elevation. The NanaWalls open up on both sides.

View of the son’s game room.

View of custom light fixture in the game room.

Congratulations Axie!

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Design Inspiration: Anglican Church Turned Into Modern Home


An Anglican church in Melbourne, Australia has recently received a face-lift by Bagnato Architects. Built in 1892, has been transformed into a contemporary home through the use of floor to ceiling windows and state-of-the-art fixtures and appliances, as well as luxurious finishes such as onyx, limestone, and marble. The project was completed in 2012 and contains five bedrooms, a large kitchen and dining room, lounge areas, and a bright living room with the addition of a swimming pool just steps away outside.






All images courtesy of For more details and pictures on this project, click here. See you at our Portfolio Workshop tonight!

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Reminder: Portfolio Workshop this Friday!

Our Portfolio Workshop is this Friday at 6:30 p.m. in CDN 283, the Senior Studio. While this event is open to all majors and all years, it will be especially beneficial to freshmen preparing for the milestone and juniors applying for internships this summer. Even if your portfolio is done, bring it to the workshop and we can give you some feedback for future reference. See you there!


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