The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has announced that the De Montfort University team has been awarded first place at the 2018 BIID Student Design Challenge. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, the Challenge is open to all final year Interior Design and Interior Architecture students based in the UK, and aims to encourage collaborative work, promote creative thinking and inspire students looking to progress in the design industry.
The challenge took place on November 10 at the central London showroom of Herman Miller. Thirty-six students from six Interior Design and Interior Architecture courses across the UK were nominated by their course leaders and invited to take part in the event. The teams chosen to participate in the challenge this year included students from Plymouth College of Art, University of Wolverhampton, University of Lincoln, De Montfort University, University of Huddersfield and University of Bedfordshire.
The competing teams received the brief on the day and were given just six hours to create a design proposal before presenting to the judges. The brief this year focussed on the decline of radio and students were tasked with the challenge of designing the new headquarters of an upcoming youth radio station, which had to be dynamic, accessible and acoustically sound. The teams had to rebrand the station whilst taking into consideration the space and ways this could be utilized in a multi-functional way.
To provide the students with valuable guidance and advice throughout the design process, each team was assigned a BIID mentor; a practicing interior designer with professional knowledge gained from working in the industry. This year the mentors included BIID members Susie Rumbold, May Fawzy, Gwendoline Alderton, Matt Freeman, Charles Leon and Lester Bennett.
The competition is completely CAD free, this meant that students could only present hand-drawn sketches, drawings and models as part of their proposals. This year, BIID President and Director of Koubou Interiors Gilly Craft led the judging panel, accompanied by Lee Gaynor, Management Team & Head Audio Engineer at PyroRadio, Bertie Van Wyk, Workplace Specialist and Public Speaker at Herman Miller, and Lauren Bell, Head of Education at Herman Miller EMEA.
The judges were looking for a design that answered the brief in an innovative and creative way, alongside the ability to problem solve and work collaboratively as a team. After the presentations each design proposal was reviewed, and the judges cast their votes, announcing De Montfort University as the winner. The Judges admired the thoughtful brand identity created by the students which showed great consideration of the brief. The students thought about interactive elements, made use of the space available and created an inventive and exciting proposal with well thought out layouts, storage solutions, interactive outside elements, and even QR code technology. The University of Wolverhampton took the award for runner up with the University of Huddersfield named as 3rd place.
"I was so impressed at the high quality of work the students presented this year," commented Gilly Craft, President of the BIID. "The BIID is dedicated to supporting up-and-coming designers as they begin their careers and The Student Design Challenge is the perfect opportunity to discover new talent and provide students with invaluable industry advice. The BIID would like to thank all participants who joined us this year and to congratulate the winning team."
Photo: Courtesy of BIID