From class­room to mar­ket­place, a new gen­er­a­tion of home decor de­sign­ers ar­rives

Cape Breton Post - - HOMEFOCUS - BY KIM COOK

you know what will sell but that you have fresh per­spec­tive.”

At Par­sons the New School for De­sign, in New York City, stu­dents learn to con­sider cul­ture and con­sump­tion when they de­sign, to thought­fully and cre­atively re­pur­pose sal­vaged ma­te­ri­als, to de­sign pub­lic fur­ni­ture and to cre­ate mass-mar­ket prod­ucts that are “use­ful, safe and fun,” says in­terim di­rec­tor Robert Kirk­bride.

“A num­ber of our stu­dents’ most chal­leng­ing projects em­body hy­brids of for-profit and not-for­profit ideas,” he says.

Mu­tual sup­port has come from com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Build It Green NYC, Buf­falo Re­USE and Ma­te­ri­als for the Arts.

At Rhode Is­land School of De­sign, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor Peter Walker says the goal is to leave stu­dents with “a strong sense of how they can be­gin to mesh their own lives and de­sign philoso­phies into a pro­fes­sional and mean­ing­ful ex­is­tence.” RISD stu­dents have ex­hib­ited in Mi­lan, and worked with Swarovski on ways to in­cor­po­rate crys­tals into home fur­nish­ings.

At the Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, in Man­hat­tan, stu­dents in home prod­ucts and tex­tile de­sign get to in­tern at places such as Waverly Fabrics, Calvin Klein Home, KitchenAid and Nau­tica. There are field trips to the ma­jor trade shows, and grads can end up any­where from Mikasa to Martha Ste­wart.

The In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair an­nu­ally holds a juried re­view com­pe­ti­tion for the de­sign schools. In the past, RISD and SCAD have been joined by San Diego State, Mary­land Col­lege of Art and De­sign, and Cran­brook Academy of Art, among oth­ers. There’s also an op­por­tu­nity for up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers and their pro­to­type prod­ucts to find po­ten­tial man­u­fac­tur­ers in the ICFF Stu­dio.

As FIT in­struc­tor David Brogna says, “I try to give them ev­ery skill set, com­plete in­dus­try knowl­edge, and the abil­ity to think crit­i­cally so they can walk out of the class­room and into the field.”

It’s a field that each year has a new crop of bright young minds ea­ger to show off — and sell — a whole home’s worth of new id

The As­so­ci­ated Press

This photo re­leased by Par­sons shows a col­lec­tion by grad­u­ate Karissa Bieshke that ex­plored the con­cepts of more and less in her Fair Share and Five Times projects.

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