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Restaurant Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Dining out is a centuries-old social ritual that has evolved with the times, but has yet to lose its appeal. The experience of treating yourself to a meal prepared expertly by someone else, amongst the company of your family or friends, in a space designed purely for your comfort and enjoyment is hard to match. Whether you’re seeking a dimly-lit establishment or a night out with friends in a loud bar, there is a restaurant out there that offers the dining experience you’re craving.

Designing a successful restaurant concept is similar to building a well-oiled machine. It’s a space with reciprocal parts that should be constructed purposefully in order to run like clockwork. The kitchen (known as the Back of House) and the retail space/dining area (known as the Front of House), are influenced by each other and must work closely together to support a successful operation. Moreover, the décor of the space should entertain the diners and provide a memorable experience that entices them to return. Design Institute of San Diego explores several local eateries that have made a name for themselves thanks to their delicious cuisine and impeccable interior designs, several of which have been nominated for Orchid Awards in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2015 Orchids & Onions. – Read More –

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Transitioning Into Fall

Lazy days at the beach, cannonballs and daydreams by the pool, surfing until sundown and another epic road trip to memorialize the dog days of summer … there are countless reasons why so many of us live for the summer season. It’s the time of the year we collectively let out a gigantic sigh of relief and allow ourselves to unwind mentally and physically. Even with the grueling sun beating down upon us, everything we do takes on a more mellow rhythm – it’s a rhythm of ease and relaxation that spring was preparing us for.

As the summer fun winds down and we transition into fall, many are preparing for the first day of school and their easy states of mind are suddenly making room for to-do lists. However, before you put away your summer gear, Design Institute of San Diego has put together a list of local retreats – true gems of nature – that anyone can make a trip to for at least one last summertime adventure. These locations offer majestic, calming views that are certain to make transitioning into fall a painless experience.

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Interior Design: Computer Software Enhancements

By: Rick Hess, Mae Case

Technology advances at such a rapid rate in this day and age that it seems like as soon as one gets acquainted with the latest software or app, a new version replaces it, prolonging the learning process. This rapid evolution, however, allows interior designers and architects to dazzle their clients with project renderings enhanced by the ever grander tools and tricks that come with the latest 3D software upgrade. With each iteration, designers are able to create renderings that are much more realistic, thus making it easier for clients to envision the end result.  Design Institute of San Diego explores a few of the more widely used computer software programs for interior designers and architects and, more specifically, the latest features not found in older versions.

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Indoor / Outdoor Living Spaces

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Being one with nature is a notion human beings have embraced for ages. Having a respectful relationship with it has been a necessity for our survival and our evolution. So it’s not surprising that in a time when society is becoming more globally aware of the benefits sustainability and “going green,” we are noticing a growing trend in blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. Floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors that welcome an abundance of natural light, indoor courtyards, and rooms that open right onto backyard decks are popular ways of inviting the calming effects and simple beauty of the outdoors into one’s living space. These examples show indoor/outdoor living spaces that truly bring the outside in, illustrating that interior design goes beyond just four walls. – Read More –

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Yacht Interior Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

When does a sea vessel cross the line from being just an ordinary boat to an extravagant yacht? While both give us the unique experience of enjoying life on the high seas , yachts, known to be the epitome of excess and luxury, allow affluent people to marry their love for the sea with their penchant for lavish living. With the most costly yachts in the world surpassing the $300 million mark in building costs, these vessels may be the most expensive option in both luxury goods and vacation retreats. When budget isn’t an issue, yacht interior designers, builders and owners pull out all the stops to create over-the-top sea dwellings.

Even when cost is not the most significant factor in yacht design, it remains a major one due to the extra challenges that surface when adapting current design trends from the mainland to the special conditions of being out at sea. Being mindful of the unique surroundings allow yacht designers to create innovative design solutions without sacrificing personal design aesthetics. The Design Institute of San Diego explores some of these most outrageous yachts, and “superyachts,” sailing through the ocean blue at the moment.   Allow this post to pull you inside the realm of yacht interior design and leave you sailing into the horizon.

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Iconic Interior Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

When we deem interior design as “iconic,” what are we really saying about it? We often throw the word around when it comes to describing something that is a representation of an element already in existence, but what are the characteristics of iconic spaces that leave such a lasting impression on society and culture? In the ever-evolving world of interior design, where styles and trends are constantly morphing, or becoming obsolete and then resurfacing again decades later, how does a designer create something that remains relevant and stands the test of time? – Read More –

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Interior Design Trends in 2015

By: Mae Case/Rick Hess, DISD

As we find ourselves at the start of a new year, amidst a cloud of well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions and new gym memberships, we find ourselves searching for that certain defining goal that will pave the rest of the year for us.  In the interior design world, these “goals” are often triggered by expert trend forecasts. Designers consult color trend forecasts by Pantone to see what the Color of the Year will be for integration into current and upcoming projects. They attend trade shows to see what prints are making their way up to the top of the textile piles. Sometimes, interior design trends aren’t tangible elements, but are behavioral patterns that emerge and reshape the status quo. – Read More –

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Kitchen Trends: 2015 Predictions

By: Mae Case/Rick Hess, DISD

 

They don’t call it the heart of the home for nothing. Kitchens have always been a favorite room in the home to spend time, rivaling the living or bedroom areas of any abode with the aromatic draw of countless meals being prepared and shared. Though typically a utilitarian space, it’s also a space to create and connect with others.

Because it is such a comforting gathering space for many homes, inhabitants are willing to shell out a pretty penny to customize their kitchens to fit their unique lifestyles. If your kitchen is in dire need of a redesign, consider these predictions in kitchen trends for the upcoming new year that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but eco-conscious as well.

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Take a Seat: Exploring the Chair Throughout History

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Everywhere you go, people are doing it. People do it at home and at the workplace constantly. You’ll find people doing it while waiting for the bus or at restaurants while eating. We see others do it so often, we don’t bat an eyelash. It’s the one activity practically everyone participates in and we all learn to do it before we walk: Sitting.

Taking a seat is such a mundane action, one that we seem to just do without stopping to think of why. And while humans have sat on the ground since the very beginning, we found evidence dating as far back as the Neolithic period suggesting that human beings decided to start elevating themselves above the ground. Because of this desire to park it on something other than the floor, the evolution of the chair has been a remarkable journey showcasing human creativity, ingenuity and adaptability, from the simple stone “seats” discovered in Neolithic dwellings to the iconic Eames Lounge Chair still popular today.  – Read More –

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Exploring Color, Texture, and Pattern through Hospitality Design

By:  Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

 

Color, Texture, and Pattern through Hospitality Design

No one really knows why they enjoy the things that they do. We are drawn to particular objects and places and rarely stop to consider what’s behind that pull. Our surrounding environments and the elements within them can dramatically affect moods and feelings, but just what is it about them that prompts action or influences our emotions? In the creative realm, interior designers are aware of the power behind three essential design elements: color, texture and pattern. Interior designers use these elements intentionally in varied ways throughout every space, always keeping the concept and goals of the project in mind, and these three components are often largely responsible for a person’s gut reaction when stepping into a room.

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