Interior design students visit Chicago

October 28th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior design students visit Chicago


Professors Amy Crumpton and Lyndsey Miller recently took junior interior design students on a trip to Chicago, Ill.

“The goal of the trip,” said Crumpton, “is to expose students to things we don’t have here in Starkville.”

She said field trips to metropolitan areas like Chicago allow students to visit large firms that work on large-scale projects, many of which are done overseas.

“This makes them realize that globalization is really important,” she added.

Crumpton has her students work on a project each year designing an international restaurant. Each group studies a different culture, and Crumpton said the field trips always help confirm the importance of such projects for students.

Students are also able to get exposure to art museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and get excited to view some of the work in person that they have learned about in class.

On this trip, the group was able to meet with an alumna of the MSU Interior Design Program, Madelyn Hankins, who is the architecture and design representative for the western half of the U.S. for Steelcase. Hankins is also the sponsor of the national Steelcase competition, which the students are competing in this year.

Students were given two different perspectives of Chicago’s architecture through a walking tour and a boat tour. They were also able to visit Merchandise Mart and, of course, squeeze in some time for shopping.


Starting fresh: Students, alumni, friends get involved to revamp interior design facilities

October 22nd, 2013 Comments Off on Starting fresh: Students, alumni, friends get involved to revamp interior design facilities


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A new academic year means a fresh start, and that’s exactly what the Interior Design Program at Mississippi State University has this year.

Last spring, interior design alumnus Mark Maloy, a project manager for Pryor & Morrow Architects PA, discussed the need for renovations and updates in Etheredge Hall with Rodney Baumgardner, a representative for Shaw Floors. After a tour of the facilities, Baumgardner agreed there was an immediate need and began the process to help make some of the improvements a reality.

Shaw Floors agreed to donate carpet and glue to the renovations in three phases. The first phase is finished and includes the classroom, front offices, front hallway and lighting lab.

“Rodney wanted involvement from the students, not just faculty driven,” said Beth Miller, director for the Interior Design Program and interim associate dean for the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

So, the MSU chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) gathered one night last spring for pizza and to work on the design.

“We really wanted to be able to use the carpet to direct people to the various studios,” said Miller.

Students divided into two groups for a design charrette, making decisions about the flow of the space and color of the carpet tiles as well as ways to use the various carpet patterns available such as horizontal, basket weave and block. Each group then put their design into a rendered floor plan.

“It was unique design charrette because normally in studios you have the opportunity to collaborate with people in your studio, but with this exercise we were collaborating with students from every studio,” said Taylor Webb, who was president of ASID at the time. “It was a great experience to be a part of the renovations to Etheredge, and it is great to know that we as students had a say in the renovations.”

In addition to the new carpet, the building has had some other recent improvements, including a new coat of paint and new technology.

Also, thanks to new furniture, the program’s media lab has been transformed into a more flexible, multi-purposed space that can be used for faculty meetings, lectures and more. The furniture – all of which is on rollers and is removable – was donated by Sullivan’s Office Supply working closely with interior design alumna Lorin Langston Chancellor and her brother, Tyler Langston.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Miller.

Phase two of the renovations is expected to begin soon and will include carpeting the freshman studio, the media lab, the rest of the hallway, the resource room and kitchen. The final phase will carpet the remaining studios, second-  through fourth-year, and should be completed in the spring.



Interior Design students receive national home furnishings scholarships

October 9th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design students receive national home furnishings scholarships


Two Mississippi State interior design students have received scholarships from the American Home Furnishings Alliance. (Left to right): Beth Miller, interim associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Design and director of the Interior Design Program; scholarship recipients Ånna Strohm and Jessica Kent; and Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute. (Photo by Beth Wynn | MSU Office of Public Affairs)

Contributor: Karen Brasher

Two Mississippi State students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design are receiving scholarships from the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

Interior design majors Jessica Kent and Anna Strohm each received $16,750 from the national organization which represents the home furnishing industry.

Kent, the daughter of Jeff and Sonya Talley and Shane and Shawn Kent, is a junior from Arab, Ala. She aspires to open a design and furnishing store upon completion of her degree.

“When I first found out that I had received this scholarship, I was in disbelief,” said Kent. “When I finally came to the realization that it was true, I was so happy because all of my hard work thus far is paying off. The committee could see how much it means to me to be successful in school and in my career, and they want to help me fulfill my dreams.”

Sophomore Anna Strohm, from Gallatin, Tenn., said she was honored, shocked and excited when she found out she received the scholarship and immediately called her parents, Chris and Susan Strohm.

“The smile literally could not be wiped off my face all day!”

With the help of this scholarship, Strom hopes to learn more about how to be environmentally conscious and incorporate that knowledge into the design of a space. She also said she hopes to be involved in the creation of more multifunctional pieces to help meet market demands.

Bill Martin, director of MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute, was instrumental in securing the scholarships.

“The institute is pleased to be able to secure scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the furniture and home furnishings industries,” said Bill Martin, director of MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must write an essay on how they will use their degrees to work in the furniture and home furnishings industries. They must also be enrolled in a partner college of the furniture institute: the College of Architecture, Art and Design; the College of Business; the College of Forest Resources; or the Bagley College of Engineering.

“We appreciate the opportunity for interior design students to be considered as applicants for this prestigious scholarship,” said Beth Miller, director of the Interior Design Program and interim associate dean of the college. “We are excited for the students who received the scholarships and look forward to their continued success in the program.”

The American Home Furnishings Alliance is the world’s largest and most influential trade organization serving the home furnishings industry. Last year, the organization awarded four scholarships to CAAD students. (Read the story)

See this story on MSU’s website.

Interior Design students tour Philips

October 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design students tour Philips

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Students in Robin Carroll’s Color and Lighting for Interiors class recently toured Philips in Tupleo.

Nick Bleeker spoke about sustainable building design, Dana Wallace discussed lighting basics, and Clarke Penley spoke on lighting application and system design considerations.

The group was also treated to a guided factory tour.

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