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    The Interior Design School presents seven student projects

    Dezeen School Shows: a co-living space for healthcare workers and a student housing project that acknowledges the importance of mental health are included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at The Interior Design School.

    Also included is a residential project designed to be accessible to an ageing population and a co-working space within a London mews.

    School: The Interior Design SchoolCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignTutors: Iris Dunbar, Adrienne Star, Melissa White, Amanda Culpin, Angela Howell, Jenny Grove, Laura Cant, Janet Crawford, Rosie Armstrong, Victoria Ayesta and Marcus Steffen
    School statement:
    “Professional Diploma in Interior Design is aimed at students wishing to gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to change career, continue in further education or for those gaining individual development.

    “Our studio represents a functioning design practice enabling students to operate in an environment that feels relevant and professional before entering into the interior design industry.”

    Uniden – Student housing by Sarah Celebidachi
    “The brief was to develop the Devonshire Mews in Marylebone to provide a student complex that caters to living and social needs.
    “The housing unit should be flexible to a student budget and the demand for London student housing. The mews itself should offer a campus feel, providing a safe space in what can be a very overwhelming move to the busy city.
    “For that reason, it is crucial to cater to mental health by providing a gym, job centre, counselling practice and extensive library. The other spaces should be available to rent to local restaurants, shops and cafes.
    “The student housing units should offer a communal kitchen and dining space, private sleeping quarters and a lounge that allows for quieter and more social activities. This requires the student units to be divided into three floors and therefore involves careful planning to maintain the integrity of the front facade.”
    Student: Sarah CelebidachiCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: sarahcelebidachi[at]

    The Viaduct – New living business Airbnb by Lynn Jackson
    “Mace construction company has commissioned the design of a co-living space to accommodate short-term requirements for project-related visits.
    “The space is designed to encourage a balance between work and relaxation.”
    Student: Lynn JacksonCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: lynn.e.jackson[at]

    Pace – A refuge for healthcare workers by Caterina Fiore
    “A kind and restorative co-living space where residents can slow their pace and find peace and tranquillity after a hard-working shift.
    “The space is available to healthcare workers such as research staff, nurses, doctors and visiting staff who work locally at St Mary’s Hospital.
    “The definition of pace is the speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something happens or changes. It also means peace in Italian, a state of mutual harmony between people.”
    Student: Caterina FioreCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: caterina1.fiore[at]

    The Conduit – Business Airbnb by Dimitra Loi-Theodorikakou
    “A co-living and co-working space for employees on remote or on-site work schedules and teams working on intensive projects within their business.
    “The space is designed to accommodate short-term stays with interactive spaces to eat and socialise. The project spans over twelve mews houses located in Conduit Mews, Central London.”
    Student: Dimitra Loi-TheodorikakouCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: dimitraloi80[at]

    Junction – Co-living for healthcare employees by Fran Middleton
    “The brief was to design a co-living environment for healthcare and other key workers that have regular or irregular shift patterns, which will be established in a historic mews in the Bayswater Conservation Area.
    “Residents should be able to settle in the community long term, with a minimum stay of six months. They will typically be single but may have a partner living with them short term.
    “Junction brings residents together into a self-organising community, with services and facilities designed to support life outside society’s typical daily rhythm. Inspired by the seaside in its historic role as a place to convalesce, the design provides a relaxing escape and eye-opening stimulation.
    “Common meals are served in two social spaces, one shared by those experiencing the morning and one by those arriving home from work. Secluded bedrooms allow residents to achieve good quality sleep after a soothing bath, while other activities are kept psychologically and physically distant.”
    Student: Fran MiddletonCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: francescamiddleton[at]

    Third Age – A co-living concept for the ageing population by Kristin Björkman
    “We have a new type of ageing population, with many individuals remaining broadly unaffected by health and mobility problems. This can be described as an extended middle age or in this case, the third age.
    “There is a vast gap in the market for this demographic and many design opportunities to explore.
    “The project was designed with the principles of universal design in mind, which means undetectable accessibility for all. Your home should be a constant reminder of your possibilities and abilities, rather than your limitations.”
    Student: Kristin BjörkmanCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: bjorkmankristin[at]

    A Community for Healthcare Workers by Nina Jorden
    “This project rethinks co-living in response to the coronavirus pandemic by creating a retreat for healthcare workers.
    “Made up of nine mews houses in Junction Mews, Paddington, residents are transported outside of the hospital rules and hierarchy to a place where they can decompress and re-energise before reconnecting with the outside world.”
    Student: Nina JordenCourse: Professional Diploma in Interior DesignContact: ninajorden[at]
    Find out more about the Professional Diploma in Interior Design course at The Interior Design School on Dezeen Courses.
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    Nine design projects from The New School's Parsons School of Design students

    A project exploring how architecture is integral to healing trauma and another investigating how bioluminescence could change our relationship to interiors is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at the Parsons School of Design.

    Also included is a project examining how the design of a shelter can support survivors of domestic violence and a device designed to slow desertification.

    University: The New School’s Parsons School of DesignCourse: Architectural Design (BFA), Architecture (MArch), Industrial Design (MFA), Interior Design (AAS), Interior Design (BFA), Interior Design (MFA), Lighting Design (MFA), Product Design (BFA) Email: thinkparsons[at]

    “Parsons School of Design – consistently named the best art and design school in the United States and ranked third in the world – has sent change-making artists and designers out into the world since its founding in 1896.
    “The School of Constructed Environments, one of the five schools within Parsons, guides students in creating socially and environmentally sustainable and technologically innovative buildings, interiors, lighting and products.
    “In a time of unprecedented change, our BFA and MFA programmes foster the skills, values and vision that foster creative thinking and a more integrated, equitable and aesthetically beautiful world.”

    The Gallery Hotel by Mohamad Ali Ezzeddine
    “Located at the corner of 20th Street and 10th Avenue, The Gallery Hotel offers a dynamic and cultural experience at the heart of Chelsea adjacent to the High Line. In a neighbourhood saturated with art galleries, The Gallery Hotel is thoughtfully designed to include an art gallery displaying local artists’ work on the main floor.
    “The lobby floor also features a reception area as well as a bar and lounge where guests can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The second floor includes a restaurant with direct access to the High Line with the option to dine outdoors.
    “The hotel has 24 guest rooms located on the third, fourth and fifth floors. To complement the neighbourhood’s features, The Gallery Hotel will include a rooftop lounge area where guests can enjoy a panoramic view of all that Chelsea has to offer.”
    Student: Mohamad Ali EzzeddineCourse: AAS Interior Design

    Resistance by Carmen Cordova
    “Self-sacrifice: working without compensation, care and labouring towards the reproduction of society, have been attributed as characteristics of women’s identity.
    “It is not fair or sustainable to place the duty of maintaining society on an individual and as part of their identity. Without restructuring the exploitative relationships of care, societies can never promote the unity of community nor achieve greater equality.
    “This is why it is important to build resistance towards traditional roles, to end this issue and direct society towards fairness. My capstone project aims to build solidarity between the women of El Salvador and bring visibility to the issues they face. For women to continue to resist and fight, it is essential to provide them with tools to overcome the hardships they may face.”
    Student: Carmen CordovaCourse: BFA Interior Design

    Why They Stay by Jenna Koss
    “This is a real-life proposal for the Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter in Asheville, North Carolina. The shelter needs to grow in both capacity and quality of its space and has purchased land on a slope to construct a purpose-built shelter.
    “Working within the expansion committee, this ongoing project investigates how the shelter can be designed to provide safety to inhabitants from both illness and abuse while enhancing conditions that promote healing.
    “This project also proposes how interior space can be layered in a way that empowers a survivor to form connections, reclaim agency and build resilience over time.”
    Student: Jenna KossCourse: MFA Interior Design

    A Tale: Heading to the Tent of Tomorrow by Jiuying Li
    “The thesis project is an experiment of transforming an abandoned artefact into an imaginary utopia which is occupied and renovated by people who have suffered from gender inequality and discrimination.
    “The project aims to manifest the urge of eliminating the gender bias that is rooted within American history, and to depict an alternative future for the architectural relic through storytelling.”
    Student: Jiuying LiCourse: MArch

    Flood Points: Redesigning Ekistics with time by Nalin Chahal, Eric Hu and Anthony Vesprini
    “Ekistics, the science of human settlements, has been a pervasive and well-established foundation of human civilisation since agriculture began. The dominance of humanity over the natural world has primarily left this science in a perpetual, unchanging state. But, our anthropogenic effects on the environment and the natural world around us in the past century have upset the delicate balance of carbon that is critical to maintaining habitable conditions on our planet.
    “Our devastating effect on the natural world must force us to reevaluate the ways we inhabit the land, how we engage with the world, and refound the idea of ekistics to adapt rather than withstand.
    “Our proposal will drastically alter our site to consider this change, focusing on rising sea levels and how we must adapt to this change rather than build ever-growing sea walls – be it 55 years on a critical carbon emissions scenario (2075) or 95 years in a low emissions scenario (2115) for our site to flood.
    “The first phase of the timeline would see the reintroduction of the natural habitat of Ditmars-Steinway back into the area, while also reimagining the site as an engaging park, educational space, market and community centre for Astoria. A vital component of this shift would be to drastically change the way energy is generated at our site to a more circular, sustainable and less carbon-intensive solution.
    “The second phase of the timeline would include the flooding of the site due to rising sea levels. As the site floods, more of the land would be dedicated to housing the changing flora and fauna. During this period, our programmatic elements of the site would remain functional. The final phase of our timeline would see the flooding of the programmatic mounds, returning the land (and the flooded interiors) to the natural flora and fauna. During this phase, the only operable programme would be the research centre.”
    Students: Nalin Chahal, Eric Hu and Anthony VespriniCourse: BFA Architectural Design

    Aquastor by Zihao Fang
    “Aquator is desertification remediation vessels produced using mixed materials from desert resources. Aquator vessels can promote soil growth in desert areas and slow the advance of desertification. It will be placed on the edge of the desert in a triangular arrangement with a spacing of one metre to build a barrier.
    “The temperature difference between the inside and outside of the vessels allows external water vapour to enter the desert and reduce the evaporation rate. Eventually, the Aquator vessels will be completely degraded and turned into nutrients for the land.”
    Student: Zihao FangCourse: MFA Industrial Design

    The CroChair by Daniela Solovey
    “For my project, I chose to investigate crochet as a novel form of production by using the technique to weave together upcycled materials. I designed made-to-order furniture that facilitates a transitional nod to an analogue craft, offering its user a highly functional product with a unique aesthetic.
    “It will benefit the design community by legitimising an often overlooked art form through the fusion of craft with traditional furniture design.”
    Student: Daniela SoloveyCourse: BFA Product Design

    Bio Loose Sense by Jo Li
    “During the pandemic, we are homebound, many of us working, living and relaxing indoors. At home, we have combined all functions of living. In my thesis, I want to introduce a new way of applying biomimetic design with light to separate the different functional zones and times in our house. If we consider temporal changes (time) as part of the biomimetic process, we must consider the lighting’s control as the key to this application.
    “Human activities include a rhythm similar to the rhythm of nature. Bio Loose Sense is a biomimetic design that encourages the connection between humans and nature and also keeps our senses activated.
    “The design learns from natural phenomena, such as bioluminescent tides and organisms. It explores how we can use the potential of bioluminescence to change our relationship to lighting and interiors.”
    Student: Jo LiCourse: MFA Lighting Design

    Healing Structures by Carmen Iris Ruiz Cruz
    “The 6.4 magnitude earthquake that took place a year ago in Puerto Rico not only left the island’s urban infrastructure compromised but challenged the survivors to recover from the physical and mental repercussions.
    “The problem is that post-disaster response focuses on physical wellbeing, immediate solutions like shelter and overlooks mental wellbeing and invisible injuries like trauma, which have a long-term impact on the survivors.
    “Architecture and lighting are integral to the healing process. Built spaces are not only meeting points, but environments where people share stories and attempt to heal one another through communal interaction. If healing is the goal, the quality of these spaces needs assessment and consideration.”
    Student: Carmen Iris Ruiz CruzCourse: Dual Degree: MArch and MFA Lighting Design
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    Ten interior design projects from Sydney Design School students

    A hotel interior informed by drag culture and the reimagining of an ocean pavilion that preserves an inter-war building are included in Dezeen’s latest school show from students at Sydney Design School.

    Other projects include a converted warehouse that uses bioplastics, mycelium and waste materials across its surfaces, as well as a hospitality space that has a zero food waste philosophy.

    School: Sydney Design School and Interior Design OnlineCourses: Diploma of Interior Design and Advanced Diploma of Interior DesignFounder: Amanda Grace

    School statement:
    “Sydney Design School is an award-winning interior design school focused on community, professional mentoring and innovation. From day one, you’re treated like a member of a real design studio – learning your craft from practising interior designers and architects.
    “We’re passionate about providing industry-relevant education and a personal experience. Our philosophy centres on the fundamental principles of design and conceptual exploration.
    “Our graduates are sought after by the industry as creative thinkers and planners with exceptional presentation skills. Our online school, Interior Design Online, offers our accredited courses entirely online, with creatives studying in over 30 countries.”

    Cornersmith, Hospitality design by Ainhoa Beascoechea Arambarri
    “The site was a warehouse in Sydney’s vibrant Marrickville. I noticed that the beauty of the building was hiding behind its facade. I decided to be playful with the architecture, cutting sections in the roof, imagining how the light would play, creating interest.
    “It was important in my zero waste concept that the finishes and furniture selections were either sustainable, vintage or made from recycled materials. I used cork flooring that simulates concrete, a marble-like material made from sunflower waste, bio textiles made from mycelium for upholstery, a translucent bioplastic made from walnut flour, repurposed steel and Kenoteq bricks made from construction waste.”
    Student: Ainhoa Beascoechea ArambarriCourse: Diploma of Interior Design

    The Bower, Design specialisation by Jenna Ritchie
    “The Bower project was fascinating as the architecture by Koichi Takada reflected my passion for concept development influenced by natural forms.
    “I developed a concept inspired by the raw beauty of the sun rising over the ocean and was delighted to discover later that it was very similar to the architect’s original idea. I expressed this concept by layering highly textured materials to create a luxurious interior.”
    Student: Ainhoa Beascoechea ArambarriCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    Cornersmith, Hospitality design by Ryan McGregor
    “Taking on the client’s ethos and food philosophy of ‘zero waste’, I focused on the concept of preservation. The expansive site allowed initial offsetting from the original facade, thus creating an internal courtyard providing a moment of rest from the industrial street frontage.”
    “The vibrant courtyard would also play towards lowering energy consumption as natural light filters through the new facade, reducing the need for artificial lighting consumption. Retaining the existing building aligned itself to the client’s company values and plays an important role from a sustainability angle while creating a place within the community that allows people to connect.”
    Student: Ryan McGregorCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    3rd Base, Design specialisation by Vieri Landini
    “My concept is intended to provoke a conversation about climate change. Every aspect has been designed to represent the elements required to generate fire: oxygen, fuel and heat. I believe sustainability should be a key element of interior design and our world as a whole. Both the design and the materials bring into focus the environmental issues we face, challenging human passivity.
    “I am a practising artist, and this is the base from which all my creativity stems. Our connection to art goes beyond face value. Its purpose is to stimulate thought, allowing viewers to connect with their emotions and pull from personal experiences.”
    Student: Vieri LandiniCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    Destination Utopia, Workplace design by Louise Mackay
    “Noun: an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. You are invited to dive into a utopian world illustrated by a futuristic, tech-glam aesthetic. Exploring the concepts of wanderlust and futurism, this is a vision of paradise for – a utopian destination.”
    “Escape the everyday life through surreal beauty, fluid forms, tactile furniture and flowing drapes. Lights emit a soft luminosity and feel, illuminating spaces with an even glow to create calm while encouraging curiosity. The layering of tinted glass, matte surfaces, opaque elements and ethereal tints reveal unexpected effects and structures.”
    Student: Louise MackayCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    Wild, Hospitality design by Nic Kelly
    “My task was to design a restaurant, workshop and office space for a chef renowned for cooking with minimal resources in the bush. The Australian landscape heavily influenced my conceptual journey. I elevated all the sensory touch points of cooking outdoors by turning this restaurant into a fine dining experience.
    “I love the emotive response linked to moments shared around a campfire. I translated this into the physical space by wrapping bar seating around a large open fire. Guests interact with the chef who educates them on locally sourced produce.”
    Student: Nic KellyCourse: Diploma of Interior Design

    SiR Queen, Hotel design by Louise Mackay, Celine Layoun and Tianna Andrews
    “A vibrant, playfully creative design based on our concept of Alter Ego: One Hotel. Two Personalities. The new persona for the Woolloomooloo site will be reflective of the vibrant spirit of the city – inspired by the LGBTQI+ community, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the playfully creative vibe of drag culture.
    “On arrival at SiR Queen, guests will enter an unassuming building to come across a flurry of colour, glamour and stunning finishes to inspire their alter ego journey. A sophisticated mix of high chroma and neutral tones creates a playful mood.”
    Student: Louise Mackay, Celine Layoun and Tianna AndrewsCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    Cornersmith, Hospitality design by Anežka Kočnerová
    “The brief was to convert a two-storey warehouse in Marrickville into a sustainable and zero-waste restaurant focusing on locally sourced food. My approach was to create an exciting dining experience by showing customers how the world would look many years after all human beings are gone.
    “Pictures of abandoned places overrun by nature inspired me to create a venue where the present meets the future – a place where nature takes back!”
    Student: Anežka KočnerováCourse: Diploma of Interior Design

    Ocean Baths, Design specialisation Pavilion by Chelsea Ernst
    “Chelsea took on the task of reimagining and ‘rebirthing’ Newcastle’s iconic Ocean Baths Pavilion for her final self-led project. Respecting the history and tradition of this national landmark was critical. She retained the aesthetic of the inter-war facade while improving public amenity spaces, providing shade and increasing disability access points.”
    “The large scale project includes newly designed public change rooms, a cafe, restaurant, bar and kiosk with views of the beach, a function centre, spa, gym and additional unique spaces for community gatherings.⁠⁠ Chelsea selected subtle textures and materials that are long-lasting and sustainable, responding to the surrounding marine and land environments.”
    Student: Chelsea ErnstCourse: Advanced Diploma of Interior Design

    The Bower, Design specialisation by Carolina Ghigonetto
    “The Bower is inspired by the undulating movement of waves and takes advantage of its coastal position featuring a casual, beachy and sophisticated look. The concept of ‘flow’ is expressed throughout the space via harmonious curves and a sinuous parametric timber wall located in the centre of the cafe. It separates the takeaway area from the dining area without blocking the million-dollar view.
    “Pastel colours, exposed concrete and Moroccan tiles combined with raw finishes are chosen to create a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. The Bower provides both an intimate escape and memorable experience for visitors.”
    Student: Carolina GhigonettoCourse: Diploma of Interior Design (online)
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