School Profile: The Interior Design Institute

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Interior design careers can not only challenge and reward you with fascinating work, they allow for you to creatively express yourself as well. With the large amount of knowledge required to properly work in this exciting field, aspiring designers need comprehensive education programs. At the Interior Design Institute students will gain the skills necessary for successful interior design careers.

Programs
The Interior Design Institute program features a Diploma Course in Interior Design with 12 learning modules, all geared towards preparing you for a career in interior design. Not only will these modules take you through the elements of design, they will also teach you about design history and give you critical tools for running your own business. This online course typically lasts 12 weeks, but you can go at your own pace with independent study. This allows you to complete the course from home, working around your schedule.

Careers
The Diploma Course in Interior Design prepares aspiring designers for rewarding careers in interior design. Whether you want to pursue residential or commercial design, the Interior Design Institute will provide you with the skills you need. Many graduates of the Interior Design Institute go on to work for large design companies or even form their own interior design businesses. The course gives instruction on building a client base and focuses on productive client communication.

Features
The online course from the Interior Design Institute features a challenging program with a full support staff. Each module ends with assignments that help you put the learning materials to practice. This equips you with the knowledge and experience required to tackle projects in the real world with confidence. Every student also has access to a personal tutor who has extensive interior design experience. These tutors will answer any questions you may have and encourage you through the 12-module program.

Convenience
The Interior Design Institute offers courses primarily online. This allows design students to create learning goals based on their personal needs. The online learning site is laid out in a way for learners to easily navigate and proceed through the course. You can also contact your tutor or support staff whenever questions arise. Go to the Interior Design Institute website for a free prospectus, giving you all the details of the online interior design program.

No matter where you are in the world, if you’re looking for a fantastic education in Interior Design, the Interior Design Institute will help you create beautiful rooms for years to come.

Fifty Some-Odd Modern Fireplaces to Consider for Your Living Room

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

It’s no secret that the fireplace is the classiest focal point in any living room. Sure, wall art, super big flat screen televisions and even coffee tables can grab your eye, but the fireplace is a little bit more special than all of those.

Fire represents all that makes us human and for the first time in our species’ history, building codes are making it so that wood burning fireplaces are illegal to install in homes. As such, I thought I might pay an homage to that which brought us together before electricity was harnessed.

If you’re interested in some of these fireplaces, odds are they were either created or heavily influenced by Dominique Imbert. Dominique is arguably the greatest thing to ever happen to contemporary fireplaces and the person behind focus fireplaces.

With the trend of green in the past decade, EcoSmart Fire has really made a name for themselves in the niche. Anything you see without a chimney is probably something they created and it’s probably much better for the environment than traditional wood burning fireplaces.

Without further ado, here are fifty some-odd fireplaces to get you thinking about a new one for your living room (or bedroom or bathroom).

The first five are my favorites, but if you’d like to see all fifty-seven of them, just click on the “more” link!


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9 Cool Shipping Container Homes to Inspire Your Interiors

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The United States likes stuff. As such, we have a lot of stuff shipped to us from all over the world in a really rather remarkable container. The shipping containers can contain literally any consumer good in the world but what’s real neat is the fact that you can put people in them! Okay, that came out wrong. True, they have been used to move illegal immigrants, but that’s not what I’m trying to talk about here.

Because we import a whole lot in these cans and the cost of having them shipped back is more than it costs to store them, there are literally wastelands of unused shipping cans littering work yards all over America. In the early 21st century (a decade ago, I know), America had an estimated 700,000 extra shipping cans sitting around with a few people trying to figure out what to do with them. Even though London’s very famous container city has been there for nearly five years already, in 2006, Peter DeMaria built what he claims is the first shipping container home in Rodondo Beach. True, various other people may have stacked, welded, insulated and cut shipping containers into workable abodes, but DeMaria was the first to shamelessly self promote and garner all the attention.

Since then, however, there have been a number of companies selling shipping container homes as prefabs and a number of others working with clients to build something unique. One thing is for sure, though, when it comes to container homes – they provide some of the coolest sustainable modern homes available. That and giant LEGO!

Art Studio By Maziar Behrooz Architecture

Designed by Maziar Behrooz, this art studio in New York is made of two side-by-side shipping cans atop a foundation wall. Inside, the ceilings are 18′ in the studio allowing for art projects of nearly any size. The building won a Peconic Design Award in 2009.

Art Studio by Maziar Bejrooz

Art Studio by Maziar Bejrooz

Container City in Cholula

No, not that Cholula. Just a couple hours outside of Mexico City is 4,500 meters of containers in a suburb called Cholula. The container city was inspired by London’s container city and has everything from coffee shops and restaurants to homes. The area tends to attract young people and the creatives of every generation. If you’re in the area, it is most certainly worth the detour.

Container City in Cholula

Container City in Cholula

Poteet Guest House

Built as a guesthouse rather than a full sized living abode, Poteet’s container guesthouse is a totally unique and admittedly beautiful place to let your guests stay. The model is furnished with pieces that make us a little giddy. It’ll sleep a couple in a single bed and it has a toilet too! This would have been the COOLEST room when I was a kid.

Poteet Guest House

Poteet Guest House

Ecotech in the Mojave

Perhaps not the easiest on the eyes, but Ecotech’s contribution has to stand up to the heat of the Mojave. Believe it or not, the steel that shipping cans are made of don’t really deal well with heat. As such, this project would have been a bit of a hard one to pull off and probably the reason it was the first of its kind in the desert. The entire unit is made with sustainability and temperature in mind but my favorite part is the 20′ tall semi outdoor solar breezeway. A beautiful home in a beautiful climate, if you’re up for it.

Ecotech in the Mojave

Ecotech in the Mojave

Ecotech in the Mojave

De Maria Design Redondo Beach House

A classic modern beach house in Redondo Beach, CA won the AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence/Special Innovation in 2007. It is an absolutely stunning piece of architecture with a radical garage door that opens up the living area to the outside. Easily one of my favorite container homes out there.

De Maria Design Redondo Beach House

De Maria Design Redondo Beach House

London’s Container City

This is the container city project that spawned a number of others around the world. It took 5 months in 2001 to build the 3-storeys of 4,800 square feet of studio space. Because it was such a success and the design was so modular, a fourth storey was added shortly thereafter. It is a beacon of sustainability in modern building and has upwards of 80% recycled materials.

London's Container City

London's Container City

Cove Park Artists’ Retreat

Sitting on 50 acres of some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside is the Cove Park Artist’s Retreat. They are beautiful residences created with the purpose of getting artists out of the city to produce their art in one of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful and serene settings. If you’re an artist, have a look at what they’ve got coming up and see if you can arrange a stay.

Cove Park Artists' Retreat

Cove Park Artists' Retreat

Site-Specific Exhibition

Site Specific Experiment was asked to create a sustainable abode for the Baan Lae Suan Fair. The result was the “Eco-Living 101” Model Home. The home boasted many green features including the use of grey water, means of growing your own food and being car smart. It was constructed of four used shipping cans and some prefab modules. The home was meant to house a family of three and ended up being around 330 square feet. Needless to say, it turned Thailand’s prefab and housing markets on their heads.

Site-Specific Exhibition

Site-Specific Exhibition

 

 

 

Bamboo Groove’s Model House

Bamboo Groove is an idea out of The Netherlands for sustainable housing in Costa Rica. The homes are built of shipping containers as well as other Intermodal Steel Building Units with the help of naturally occurring materials that make for good heat and moisture dissipating building stuffs. They are some very beautiful and minimalist functional houses for tropical climates.

Bamboo Groove's Model House

Bamboo Groove's Model House