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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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Interior Design Careers: Museum Design

At one time, only people with a history or art history background worked in museums.  Today, however, when it comes to interior design careers, a museum has many opportunities for interior designers, including creating design concepts for promotional and community projects as well as designing spaces specificially for the preservation of fine art, sculpture, historical textiles, books, and other artifacts.  Due to the fragile conditions of most museum collections, an understanding of the effects of lighting on various art is essential.  Design Institute looked at a few examples of some extrodinary museum designs that deserve to be recognized.  

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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 Trends for 2014

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Industry professionals at Design Institute of San Diego took a look at some interior design trends for 2014 relating to interior design and architecture.  We found the following to be hot items for the upcoming year.

 The Interior Design Trends for 2014:

 Color Theory Being Applied to Interior Design

The Next Phase of Sustainability

Color has been used for decades to add visual interest, balance, and harmony within a space. Although these are still important aspects in interior design, psychology of color may become an important design consideration for the future. Why?  Once color psychology is understood, interior designers are able to positively affect an individual’s mood, health, and well being.  Believe it or not, color can actually stimulate the economy as well.  Another important trend is taking sustainability to the next level through net zero energy design, green building solutions, and improved residential construction.

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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 –

Raising the Bar on Custom Design

Raising the Bar on Custom Design

By: Heather Malcolm

Alex Devereux is a bartender. As he pushes beer, wine and the occasional cup of soup, he smiles and carefully wipes up a spill made on the minimalist, mahogany-finished bar tables that span the microbrewery. As the room buzzes with energy, Alex describes what porter is on special or the food pairings that are suggested with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. He has an answer for every question; one question asked of him, however, grabs his attention.

“I love these tables! Where did the bar get them?”

“I made them!” he replies proudly. – Read More –