Posts Tagged Interior Design

A Mental Map of Venice

Venice Re-Mapped, an installation by Johannes Knoops, associate professor of Interior Design, was shown from May to November 2016 at Time/Space/Existence, at the Palazzo Mora, a Venice art gallery. The exhibition was a collateral event at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is considered the most important international exchange of architectural concepts. Fascinated by…

WIDE OPEN SPACES
Luis Valcarcel
Interior Design ’84

After 20-plus years designing retail spaces for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Harrods—including a four-year stint at Nine West—Luis Valcarcel switched his focus to offices. As senior associate design director at Ted Moudis Associates (TMA), he oversees a team of interior designers who work mainly on the offices of financial companies, from big banks…

ANISHKA CLARKE
Interior Design ’09

Anishka Clarke “a Brooklyn resident, but Jamaican at heart,” is one half of Ishka Designs, a firm specializing in homes and restaurants in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Paris, and elsewhere. Their slogan, “efficiently beautiful interiors,” represents their efforts not only to keep the aesthetic minimal and relaxed, but also to streamline the process and work carefully to…

MAGICAL MYSTERY STORE
Leslie Ann Chiu, Exhibition Design ’11, Interior Design ’09

Holy wrist candy, Batman! Watches of Switzerland, a luxury timepiece showroom that opened on London’s Regent Street in 2014, was designed to feel like the home of the world’s best-known superhero tycoon. “We realized through research that each of their three customer types aims to live an exciting, adventurous, and aspirational lifestyle—much like Batman’s Bruce…

THE SOUL OF A SPACE
Renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Interior Design ’79, enriches guests’ inner lives

Video Slideshow: Tony Chi talks about hospitality and design in these three exclusive short videos.     “Every building has some soul in it,” Tony Chi ’79 says. “When you go in, the building will tell you what it wants to be.” An internationally celebrated hotel and restaurant designer, principal and founder of TonyChi and Associates, Chi…

MAD MEN
FIT’s Take on How Style Tells the Story

Mad Men, the TV show about a Manhattan ad agency in the 1960s—the delight of multitudes of obsessive fans—airs its final seven episodes this spring on AMC. And design enthusiasts are already mourning. Because, despite the complex characters, delicious plot twists, and mordant humor, Mad Men has captivated audiences on another, more surface level: it’s…

Students Help Build a “Bottle School” in Guatemala

In August, five Interior Design students, along with Associate Professor Carmita Sanchez-Fong, helped build a school in the Guatemalan village of Chidonjuan, using 6,000 plastic bottles. The bottles are filled with inorganic trash, attached to chicken wire connected to a wood frame, then covered in concrete. The project was organized by Hug It Forward, a…

LOT-EK Wins FIT’s Israel Prize

The Interior Design Department awarded Ada Tolla and Guiseppe Lignano, founding partners of the architecture firm LOT-EK (pronounced low-tech), the 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize, given annually to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich students’ studies. The principals spoke at FIT on April 22 about their innovative, sustainable approach to construction and materials…

The Office

Bill Bouchey, Interior Design ’85, creates innovative workspaces Considering how much time people spend at their jobs, it’s surprising that workspace design doesn’t attract attention like its more glamorous residential cousin—and designers of work environments tend not to get big awards or their own TV shows. But Bill Bouchey, the design director of M Moser…