Blogging Days!

Salute to All of My Fellow Interior Designers!

I must say that this spring semester was challenging, but it was fun at last and we did it!  We finished another semester strong. Thanks so much to NESAD for giving me the opportunity to blog and revamp this site. Thanks also to Molly Akin and Jordan Cogswell for their endless support to help make this blog possible.  I will truly miss blogging here, but you can still find me at my other blog and around NESAD this summer.  Adios for now!

Last but not least, Congratulations to Class of 2012!

~Liz Lo

Vandana Sharma wins prestigious competition

Master of Art in Interior Design Student, Vandana Sharma, recently received the A’Design Award in Lighting and Lighting Project Design. Her winning design was called “Black Fan Light Fixture Set.” Vandana was inspired by the structure of brain cells and transmitters.  She used the sparkle of crystals and LED lights to portray the information of brain cells flowing from one cell to another. The brain cells are represented by light heads and extended arms represent the transmitters.

BFA Senior ID Students Visit The Big Apple

On April 13th, Adjunct Professor Kathi Vander Laan and Professor Nancy Hackett took a group of senior Interior Design students to New York City. The students visited both firms and showrooms, and experienced the High Line, a public park built on a historic elevated rail line in Manhattan. Thanks to Professor Kathi Vander Laan for setting up the tour, which included hospitality firm BBG-BBGM and the Gensler designed AllSteel showroom.

Professor Yamamoto Receives Highest Honors

Professor Yamamoto has received an Award of Excellence by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.  His work “Hotel Proposal”, is one of approximately fifty six pieces, chosen from a field of nearly four hundred entries from five continents.  His work will be exhibited in the Architecture in Perspective. Architecture in Perspective is the pre-eminent exhibition of Architectural Illustration in the world.

This year’s celebrates the 27th anniversary celebration and is scheduled to be at the Top of the World Observation Level in Baltimore, Maryland where he will receive the award.



Kim Boutwell Featured in Stuff Magazine

In this month’s Stuff Magazine’s issue features one of NESAD’s interior design students, Kim Boutwell.  Kim has a very stylist taste that translates to her studio space really nicely where she shares with her significant other, Sean Frederick.  This chic studio that Kim designs is done with a limited budget and shows that all it takes it a “little creativity and an appreciation for timeless design.”

What is so great about this palette is that it is soothing, fun, and classic.  Also the different shapes, colors, and materials work so well together to create a beautiful space that makes this space both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Congrats Kim!  

For more on this article click this link.

Celebration Event with Design Star “Michael Moeller”

On Friday, March 9th, NESAD celebrated their #3 Ranking among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Among the high honorary is also Karen Clarke, co-director of the University’s Interior Design program who was named one of DesignIntelligence’s25 Most Admired Educators of 2012“. 

During the event, Michael also spoke about his experiences after NESAD and where he is  now.  Michael has worked at one of the New York’s top residential design firms, Alan Tanksley, Inc.  where he gained tremendous respect for his craftsmanship and unique taste.  He also established himself at one of the nations top ten hospitality design firms, BBGM.  A few years ago, Michael has been seen on national television when he entered HGTV Season 5 Design Star and placed second.  He was also designer and host of Clean House New York where his design skills were put to the test.  Currently, Michael runs a flexible design studio called Michael Moeller Designwhere he uses his inventive aesthetics and applies them to each space he designs. 

A very big Thank You to Elaine Soo Hoo at Steelcase for the generous donation to make the event possible and Jordan Cogswell, NESAD Interior Design Program Coordinator, for managing the event and making it a memorable night for everyone.

Enjoy some of the images from the event, photos courtesy of Molly Akin.

Steelcase Sponsors NESAD Event

Thanks to Steelcase for helping to sponsor the Celebrate Event on Friday, March 9th.  We are excited that Steelcase will also be present and share literature and information about their products with us.

Steelcase is a global company offering a comprehensive selection of workplace products, furnishings, and services.  It is not a surprise that Steelcase was featured in Fortune Magazine as one of the world’s most admired companies.  As one of the leading brands in commercial design, Steelcase brings human insights to business by studying how people work, wherever they work. These insights can help organizations achieve a higher level of performance by creating places that unlock the promise of their people.

Thanks again to Steelcase for their sponsorship!

Alumni News – Marissa E. Borst

NESAD Alumnus, Marissa Borst, has been selected by the Suffolk University Alumni Association and members of our Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG) as a recipient of our inaugural 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10” awards were created to recognize and celebrate young alumni of the past decade who have enjoyed major professional success, made a big difference in his or her community, or have been loyal supporters of Suffolk University.

Nominated by classmate Greg Jones, Suffolk was impressed by Marissa’s company and creativity at All’s Well That Ends Well Designs, as well work done with FACETS, giving back to the community. Entrepreneurship and community service are two very important themes at Suffolk University, and Marissa embodies both so eloquently, making an ideal recipient of this award.