Purvis receives first Knoll Furniture Design Competition award

January 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Purvis receives first Knoll Furniture Design Competition award

chair design by Nick Purvis

chair design by Nick Purvis

Nick Purvis, a fifth-year architecture student, recently received $500 for his work in the Knoll Furniture Design Competition.

Purvis’ design was created in Professor William Riehm’s fall 2012 Furniture Design course (ID 4693). The studio, sponsored by Interior Elements, is open to upper-level students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Nick Purvis

Nick Purvis

For the three-to-four-week competition project – also sponsored by Interior Elements – students were asked to interpret existing Knoll furniture and design a new piece for the Knoll line.

The winner, Purvis, was selected based on the relationship of his design to the Knoll furniture line and the design quality of his interpretation.

“I think this competition ties together creativity and industry partnership so that students can understand potential employment in a creative field,” said Riehm.

The fall 2013 furniture design students and the current spring section will be competing for the annual 2013-2014 award, which will be given out in fall 2014.

Click here to see the design board.


Interior Design assistant professor receives ASID Excellence in Design Award

January 28th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design assistant professor receives ASID Excellence in Design Award

photo 1 miller award sm

Lyndsey Miller, assistant professor in the Interior Design Program, recently received a Gold Excellence in Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers – South Central Chapter.

Miller received the award for a collaborative project, the LOFTS. Located in the Central Station Development in Starkville, the LOFTS are six individual condominium units, both two and three bedrooms. The focus of the project was to enhance the existing architectural features of the former Borden Condensed Milk Plant, originally built in 1926.

For the award, Miller submitted slides of her work and had to respond to questions relating to the development of the project, code-related and lighting issues she dealt with during the project.

“This award honors both a personal achievement in my practice as well as an academic achievement,” said Miller “The project involved a collaboration between Jeremy Tabor of Tabor Construction and Development, Cyndi Rutherford of Something Southern (Interior Designer) and myself.  The initial design development for the Lofts was incorporated in a junior-level design studio.  The students’ ideas about the space were merged to form a foundation for the final design.  The communication and ideas generated between everyone really enabled the spaces to be a success.  I appreciate the acknowledgment from ASID and the recognition within the profession of interior design.”

Interior Design alumnus exhibits in New York

January 28th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design alumnus exhibits in New York

Jesse Walp "Diverge" 2013 Basswood, dye 58" x 7" x 7"

Jesse Walp “Diverge” 2013 Basswood, dye
58″ x 7″ x 7″

Jesse Walp, MSU Interior Design alumnus (Class of 2005), currently has an exhibition, “Life Forms,” on display at the Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, New York.

A reception was held on Fri., Jan. 24, and the exhibit will be on display through March 22.

After graduating from MSU, Walp went on to receive his Master’s in Product Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

View photos from the exhibit reception here.

Click here to view the invitation and for more info. on Walp.

Interior Design students design lamps from recycled materials

January 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design students design lamps from recycled materials

Erin Bristol, junior, shows off her lamp made from cardboard. (Photo by Robin Carroll)

Erin Bristol, junior, shows off her lamp made from cardboard. (Photo by Robin Carroll)

Interior Design Instructor Robin Carroll recently had students design and build a portable lamp (table or floor) or pendant luminaire from recycled materials.

The goal of the project was for students to demonstrate the best use of design, coupled with energy-efficient  lighting components. Students gained knowledge about product design through the use of recycled products  as well as electrical systems.

Projects were graded based on design, efficiency, stability, neatness, design statement and conceptual drawing. Students used materials such as cardboard, paint brushes, a mailbox, a farm bucket, sheet metal and wood for their designs.

Steelcase Competition scholarship winners announced

January 8th, 2014 Comments Off on Steelcase Competition scholarship winners announced

Interior Design students submitted projects last semester to a competition sponsored by Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson.

The goal of this project was to increase proficiency in planning and designing large-scale commercial interiors. This project focused on the specific issues of general office and customer service space types and on understanding systems furniture selection and specification. Students were guided through the project in Associate Professor Amy Crumpton’s third-year studio course.

The scholarship winners of this year’s Steelcase Competition Project were Emily Hardin ($500), Kindyl Black ($350) and Mary Whitney Evins ($150).  Marguerite Johnson and Erin Bristol received Honorable Mention for their projects.

Student winners were selected by Emily Kimbrell, interior designer at Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson, and  Ginger Huffman, RID, IIDA, interior designer for Office Interiors in Huntsville, Ala. Both are alumnae of the Mississippi State Interior Design Program.

Two of the winners, Hardin and Bristol, submitted their projects to the national Design4NEXT Student Competition.

Emily Hardin (first):

Kindyl Black (second):

Mary Whitney Evins (third):

Erin Bristol (honorable mention):

Interior Design students named Montgomery Leadership fellows

January 6th, 2014 Comments Off on Interior Design students named Montgomery Leadership fellows

By MSU Office of Public Affairs

Mississippi Stateʼs G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery Leadership Program recently named 45 spring 2014 fellows.

The three-semester program is designed for MSU students who have completed at least one year at the university and hold good academic standing. Applicants undergo an online and interview-based application process during the fall semester of the academic year and begin the program the following spring semester upon selection.

Students are chosen based on academics, leadership skills and strength of character. The students receive two credit hours and a scholarship each semester.

“With an exceptional group of applicants, the selection process for MLP Fellows gets more difficult each year. As such, we are thoroughly excited about our newest class,” said Carmen Wilder, assistant director of student leadership and community engagement.

“We have high expectations for the work they will do to impact our community. They will meet many challenges as they work to develop their leadership skills and look forward to creating lasting memories and friendships in the process.”

During the first semester, fellows learn about leadership theory and styles through biweekly classroom instruction and activities, as well as a 20-hour service learning requirement. The fellows continue their leadership studies during the second semester by participating as peer mentors, class lab instructors and “project managers” for a small group of freshman students completing community service through MSUʼs Day One Leadership Community.

Throughout the third and final semester, fellows are able to continue their leadership studies and community service by creating and implementing service initiatives of their own. Each year, fellows work with nearly 50 service agencies and organizations providing aid in various capacities.

Spring 2014 MLP Fellows include:

ACKERMAN–Kyle Henson, a junior international business major.

BAY ST. LOUIS–Casey Butler, a junior biochemistry major.

BILOXI–Margaret “Daisy” Grant, a sophomore biological sciences major, and Taylor Trippe, a junior biological engineering major.

BRANDON–Olivia McCain, a junior anthropology major.

CALEDONIA–Evan Wester, a junior mechanical engineering major.

CLARKSDALE–Darius Brooks, a junior electrical engineering major.

CLINTON–Dildra Williams, a junior psychology major.

COLDWATER–Rachel Gaines, a junior biological sciences major.

COLUMBUS–Patrice Simmons, a sophomore chemistry major.

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. –Courtney Carter, a sophomore psychology major.

GALLATIN, Tenn. –Anna Strohm, a sophomore interior design major.

GRAND BAY, Ala. –Rachel Wolfe, a junior English major.

GRENADA–Candice James, a sophomore elementary education major.

HATTIESBURG–Alexandra Craig, a junior biological sciences major, and John McLemore, a junior agricultural information sciences major.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn.–Weston Swims, a junior biochemistry major.

JACKSON–Ebbony Evans, a junior interior design major, and Fredrick Wilson, a junior communication major.

JACKSON, Tenn.–Hunter Reed, a sophomore biochemistry major.

KENNESAW, Ga.–Jenna Sabato, a sophomore kinesiology major.

LAKELAND, Tenn.–Anna Matheny, a sophomore kinesiology major.

MADISON–Kiara Dulaney, a sophomore psychology major; Lauren Iupe, a sophomore elementary education major; and Katelyn Walker, a junior kinesiology major.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Kiara Benson, a junior computer engineering major, and Grace Wegener, a sophomore kinesiology major.

NEW ALBANY–Roderick Erby, a sophomore business information systems major.

NEWTON–Sa’Arrah Mullins, a sophomore computer software engineering major.

OCEAN SPRINGS–Angela Klipp, a sophomore biological sciences major.

OLIVE BRANCH–Andrea Drake, a sophomore English major, and Meghan Smith, a sophomore biological sciences major.

OXFORD–Tiombee McCollins, a junior psychology major.

PITTSBURG, Calif.–Jonathan Turner, a junior biological science and psychology major.

RICHLAND–Jennifer Harrison, a junior biomedical engineering major.

RIDGELAND–Sharday Young, a junior kinesiology major.

SALLIS–Jonathan Barber, a junior kinesiology major.

SOUTHAVEN–Sunny Patel, a junior industrial engineering major.

ST. MARTIN–Anna Mills, a junior economics major.

STARKVILLE–Christopher “Will” Jayroe, a junior information technology services major; Meredith Pearson, a sophomore psychology major; and Charlotte Read, a junior biological sciences major.

TUPELO–Timothy “Eli” Scott, a sophomore accounting major.

UNION–Stephen Horne, a sophomore criminology major.

WAYNESBORO–Alex Willoughby, a junior accounting major.

For more information on the Montgomery Leadership Program, visit mlp.msstate.edu.

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