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The Getaway

Are you an architecture or interior design student ready for a Spring Break getaway?  Allow this blog post to take you to some of the most impressive retreats in the world.  Design Institute of San Diego researched  spectacular places ranging from wellness retreats to secluded resorts.  Take this break to relax your mind and get away, while staying inspired by these creative design projects that will stimulate your imagination.

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Interior Design Degree: From Concept to Reality

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Obtaining an Interior Design Degree isn’t just about creating beautiful spaces. Its about exploring all creative outlets in order to produce logical and intelligent design solutions. Design Institute of San Diego pushes its students to design based on client needs. These design solutions develop into projects that not only challenge the students, but also inspire ideas related to conceptual development, sustainability, universal design, and space planning. This blog post is the start of a long series of entries stressing the importance of interior design education and the impact it has on the professional field. – Read More –

top interior design resources on social media

Top Interior Design Resources to Follow on Social Media

Design Institute of San Diego has compiled a list of the top interior design resources (the most influential professional resources)  to follow on social media platforms.  Our school of interior design’s qualified staff researched which professionals, blog sites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest pages are receiving the most heat with followers.  The most popular resources are also among the most inspirational sites for interior design students and professionals working in the field.

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425 Square Foot Micro-Loft

425 Square Foot Manhattan Micro-Loft

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Ever wonder how interior designers and architects create an open and spacious feel in an extremely small footprint? Architecture firm Specht Harpman managed to do just that in a 425 square foot Manhattan micro-loft, located in the city’s Upper West Side. Making use of every available square inch, their thoughtful design solution transforms the original space from one with no room for furniture into a functional and attractive home. – Read More –

LivingHomes C6

LivingHomes C6

By: Rick Hess, DISD

LivingHomes has introduced a new design for a prefabricated, affordable and sustainable home costing half the price of their previous models. The new C6 series was “designed by LivingHomes staff in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward,” according to their website. The C6 is the first LivingHome design to meet both Energy Star and LEED Platinum certification requirements. – Read More –

Luccotherm - Translucent Concrete

Translucent Concrete

By: Rick Hess, DISD

According to Google’s online dictionary concrete is “A heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, which can be spread or poured.”  With today’s technology concrete can now also be described as “light” and “transparent.” A number of companies are introducing translucent concrete, an innovative building material that allows light to penetrate its dense surface, thereby revolutionizing the way concrete is used today. It changes the history of concrete as we know it and alters a mix that has been used for thousands of years. After much experimentation, the product can now be seen in architectural and interior environments.
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Living Room - Lumion 3.0

Lumion 3.0 Released

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Lumion recently released a new version of its sophisticated software, allowing architects and interior designers to provide photorealistic renderings to their clients. Lumion 3.0 allows users to create cutting-edge, high-definition renderings and videos in a matter of minutes. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to learn, and the latest version offers a number of significant new features that enhance the virtual environment. – Read More –