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Friday 31 October 2014

Students create designs for Linden Homes

Students from Southampton Solent University were asked to create interior designs for two show homes, as part of a live project for Linden Homes Southern.

The second-year students on the BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration were asked to mock up designs for two different types of homes, based on a brief provided by Linden Homes – detailing the location, and the cost of the properties.

Five interior design decoration students present their designs to Linden Homes

Under the theme of ‘The Catwalk’, the design students were asked to focus on the process of show home design and decorative styling linking interior trends with modern fashion trends.

They had to choose two current design trends and select products, furnishings, surfaces and fabrics and design four fabric or wallpaper designs.

Of the 35 students, five of the best designs were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of Linden Homes Southern personnel and interior design expert Richard Ornelas from Claude Hooper Interiors.

Emma Morley, Seema Sachdev, Emma Coates, Louise Hooper and Melissa Page travelled to Linden Homes’ developments, Nightingale Park in Sarisbury Green, where they presented their concepts to the panel.

Judges were impressed with Melissa’s professionalism and presentation skills

The judges selected Melissa Page as the winning designer and presented her with £500 worth of John Lewis gift tokens. The panel were impressed with her professionalism and well-prepared pitch. Head of Sales for Linden Homes, Andrew Reynolds said: “It is obvious that there is a tremendous amount of talent around and these students are proof that there is a lot to be excited about in this new wave of designers. We could really see the winning design being used in a Linden Show Home in the future.”

Delighted with the win and grateful for the experience, Melissa said: “This experience has opened my eyes to an area of interior design which I would really like to go into in the future. I would love to work in a team like this.”

Melissa discusses her designs with Laura O’Hara and Andrew Reynolds from Linden Homes

Remarking on the students’ creativity, Richard Ornelas from Claude Hooper Design said: “Show home design is all about new ideas and making a statement, and I have been really impressed with the concepts the future designers have shared.”

Glenda Strong, Senior Lecturer at Solent University said: “I’m very proud of the real world learning experiences we are able to offer our students. I would like to thank Linden Homes Southern for enhancing our students learning as they work towards becoming interior design professionals.”

Andrew Reynolds concluded: “This new partnership with Southampton Solent is one we plan to grow over the coming years and we hope this initiative becomes an annual event that the students look forward to being a part of.”