Evolution in the Study of Interior Design
One of the joys of teaching interior design is that it is constantly evolving. The main focus is on researching challenges and then finding the appropriate design solutions. Students of interior design today need to analyse current trends and look beyond them to envisage designs of the future. By researching real life problems, students will be able to implement solutions through clever designs.
Ever-changing technology is constantly affecting how new generations work—sitting at the same desk in front of a computer all day long is no longer considered a practical option. Instead, people are working on the go, with a different setting for each particular task, in activities-based workplaces. The space needed for a formal meeting varies greatly from that used for a quick email, a long phone call or an informal chat. The introduction of these predetermined functional spaces increases productivity, as they are designed to suit the task at hand.
The concept of an activity-based work place extends beyond the office; hotels have also begun to consider this as a way of attracting new customers from all generations. Gone is the cold impersonal business centre off to one side of the lobby, instead, it has now become part of the public space. Customers from all professions can eat, work, mingle and rest in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
The Changing Hospitality Landscape
Hospitality has also taken on a new direction regarding pleasure, stepping away from the traditional hotel room to provide customers with luxury accommodation at music festivals, such as Coachella in California. Whether in deluxe pre-pitched tents, stylish tree houses or opulent yurts, they contain elegant interior furnishings and decorations with ensuite bathrooms, lighting and comfortable beddings, in every way as inviting as a regular hotel room.
Specialised Interior Design
I take great pleasure in encouraging interior design students to have an unconventional approach, working with them to bring their projects to life and make their ideas feasible. As with so many fields, the more we delve into a subject, the more we discover there is to learn. For this reason, interior design as a major is becoming more specialised and
students are choosing to concentrate on particular aspects such as lighting, residential, hospitality or the workplace. This makes it a particularly exciting time to study this subject, and to pave the path to becoming a dynamic innovative interior designer of the future.
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