Interior Design News

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Sarah Owens

The IIDA-NC Pioneers in Design | Honor Awards (a double-feature presentation of the International Interior Design Association Northern California) took place March 26, 2009, at the newly restored landmark Fox Theater in Oakland. The Northern California chapter is just one of IIDA's 30 chapters worldwide, comprising more than 13,000 members.

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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Bruce Levin, adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Design and the Interior Design Program, has earned a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research in Japan during the 2009–10 academic year. The grant is issued to U.S. scholars as part of the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Senator J.

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

As a grade-school tyke, Steven Miller's bike-riding missions were different from those of his peers. His goal was to find people who were moving into his neighborhood so he could help them arrange their furniture. "I was the weird little kid people started calling on to make their houses look amazing," says Miller with a self-deprecating laugh.

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Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Hank Dunlop is an associate professor in the Interior Design and Visual Studies programs

Hank Dunlop, associate professor in Interior Design and Visual Studies, will receive the Leadership Award of Excellence from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) on September 23 in San Francisco. He will be honored for his many contributions to IIDA and for elevating the profession through his leadership in design and education.

Dunlop has been working in the field of design preservation and restoration since the 1960s. He is noted for his expertise in California interiors of the 19th and early 20th centuries and has worked on some of the most historically significant sites in California.

From 2002–6 Dunlop served as historic interiors consultant on the restoration of the award-winning Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. Other California-based projects include the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica, the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico, and the James Johnson House in Half Moon Bay.

Dunlop is currently working on the Larkin House—State Historic Park Monterey, originally the home and business of Thomas Oliver Larkin, the first and only U.S. consul to Alta California (upper California) under Mexican rule; and the David Glass House in San Ramon. Also on tap is a return to the Antonio Peralta House (a.k.a. Peralta Grant) in Oakland, where he will continue work started several years ago.

Dunlop also is a principal at Hank Dunlop and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in interior and architectural history, restoration, and property development. Prior to starting his firm, he served as associate and senior project manager at Gensler from 1969–79.

Teaching has been an important part of Dunlop's life for 30 years. In 1978 he was offered positions at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. The choice was easy for him: "I could see that CCA was a school where I could affect change."

In 1981 he was appointed chair of the Interior Design Program, leading the first FIDER accreditation effort. Among his published articles is "Living with Antiques, the Brune-Reutlinger House, San Francisco," which appeared in the August 2005 issue of Magazine Antiques.

Dunlop also has studied at the Winterthur Institute in Delaware; the Attingham Trust in London; the Victorian Society in America's Summer Schools in Newport, RI; and the West Dean College Conservation Symposium on architecture. He holds a bachelor of science from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture, where he majored in interior architecture.

With such a long and distinguished career, Hank has much cause to be proud of his IIDA award. When asked what he finds most rewarding in life, he answers, "the experience [of] teaching and working with so many students as they grow into professional designers."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Joanna Paull, Interior Design

Interior design student Joanna Paull is the recipient of the IIDA Northern California Chapter's 2007–08 Student Scholarship. The $7,500 scholarship was awarded to the student who best responded to the theme "cultural authenticity," a topic chosen by current IIDA Chapter Honor Award recipient Steven McCollom of Gary Lee Partners. The competition is open to all final-year students who are enrolled in Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)-approved interior design programs.

Titled Build It Green, Joanna's entry was a multipurpose project located at California and Van Ness streets. It featured offices, classrooms, a library, café, lecture hall, and housing. The project was originally a CCA studio assignment.

Judge Steven McCollom explained why he selected Joanna, saying not only that the presentation itself was "well executed" and "visually appealing," but also that "the jury got the distinct impression that the designer inherently understood the issue of homelessness and its impact on society—and created a design solution that served the homeless population, as well as the surrounding neighborhood and the city of San Francisco."

Joanna would like to stay in the Bay Area after graduating and join a firm that "fosters the enrichment of individuals, site, and community—whether that is office design, retail, civic projects, or larger housing projects."

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Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

An eclectic mix of top California interior designers, architects, and design experts will present original new work along with their ideas and inspirations for the future at the California College of the Arts (CCA) winter 2008 Interior Designers Forum: "World View on Design." The forum is presented by CCA's Extended Education Department and will take place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2008, on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Moderated by the best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, the forum participants will discuss a range of design philosophies and approaches, focusing on the influence and scope of international design. The day's presenters are seasoned travelers who scour the cities of Paris, London, Rome, and beyond for inspiration, immersing themselves in other cultures while studying new directions in art and attending antique fairs and art exhibitions. They will show images of their newest projects and products and discuss how their travels have influenced their work.

The forum's program includes keynote speaker Gary Hutton, creator of the Gary Hutton Furniture Collection. Special guest speakers include Andrea Cochran, chair of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Civic Design Review Committee and an executive board member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Architecture + Design Forum, and Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri, founders of the award-winning firm KUTH/RANIERI Architects. Other speakers include Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture, John Cary of Public Architecture, and Mark Dziewulski, the winner of three Excellence in Design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for significant works of architecture, two Pacific Coast Builders design awards, and the International Design and Development Award.

Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 18 books, including California Country Style (Chronicle Books), Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style (Rizzoli), and Hollywood Style (Rizzoli). A noted editor and lecturer, Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Departures, Garden Design, and many other design publications around the world. She is the San Francisco editor-at-large for C magazine and the California editor of Metropolitan Home.

The cost of the forum is $125 (plus a $20 registration fee). Lunch and refreshments are included. ASID members may earn 0.6 CEU credit. Preregistration is required. Those interested should call 510.594.3710 to register or to request more information.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Detail from Kali Lewis's design for the office of See Advertising

The Angelo Donghia Foundation of New York has announced that Kali Lewis, a senior Interior Design student at CCA, is one of only 11 students nationwide selected to receive the prestigious Donghia Foundation Interior Design Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover senior-year tuition, board, and maintenance as well as books and other materials.

Lewis was nominated by CCA faculty and was required to submit both a residential and a nonresidential project that she had already completed. About her designs and her style Lewis observes, "Mobility and manipulation of space and objects are always things I end up playing with. A person's activities and mood shift daily, and design should be able to complement and adapt to those needs."

The Donghia Foundation, established by the internationally recognized interior designer Angelo Donghia, provides support for the advancement of education in the interior design field. Its senior scholarship program awards prizes to exceptional seniors in accredited, undergraduate interior design programs. A jury of professionals in the field, educators, and magazine editors selects the winner of each merit-based scholarship.

For more information about CCA's Interior Design programs, see Interior Design.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Love Chair

Interior Design student Kerry Bogus (2008) was recently awarded the Honor Awards Scholarship by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA-NC). Bogus won for her design of the Love Chair, which was designed with sustainability in mind. The chair was created in professor Brian Kane's furniture production course.

When asked about the design and materials of the chair, Bogus replied, "All of the materials are either recyclable or biodegradable and are easily disassembled. The main material of the chair is a single sheet of cork that rolls up and ships easily. I wanted to design a soft buoyant seating option that focused on sustainability."

Bogus was awarded a $6,000 scholarship and was honored on February 15, 2007, at the IIDA-NC Honor Awards Celebration at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.

For more information about CCA's Interior Design Program, see Interior Design.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Design Within Reach (DWR) is collaborating with California College of the Arts during the fall 2006 semester for a course on contemporary seating design. The course, Production Furniture Design, is offered by the Interior Design Program and addresses issues in the creation and production of sustainable seating for the contract and residential markets.

The curriculum was developed through a collaboration between adjunct professor Brian Kane, an award-winning furniture designer in the Interior Design Program, and DWR executives, who are providing guidance to young designers throughout the semester.

"Cultivating and supporting emerging design talent at institutions like California College of the Arts is one of the most fulfilling aspects of what we do," said Ray Brunner, CEO of Design Within Reach. "We hope to challenge young designers to create innovative and sustainable designs that will endure for generations."

Student designers are creating four separate projects that examine all aspects of developing and creating sustainable seating solutions.

Tony Meredith, a student in the class, wrote: "The DWR furniture production class is a great opportunity for students to truly be supported by a sponsor in a very open and engaging way. Their multiple-person presence at the critiques and meetings has been incredibly helpful to us in our quest for an interesting, meaningful, manufacturable, and sustainable chair for their product line. It's been great to take much of the knowledge that I've gained in other classes here at CCA and put it to real world use."

The course curriculum includes an awareness of the contract and residential markets and how they work, the product development process in those industries, the manufacturing and material processes commonly used, ergonomic and human factors considerations, and full-scale product detailing and model making.

Design Within Reach's Jennifer Morla, creative director, and Karen John, vice president of design and general merchandise, will participate in the midyear and final course evaluations.

You can read about the course in the DWR blog. The blog entry on the final critique links to earlier entries, and student Tony Meredith reflects on the course in a later entry.

For more about Design Within Reach, visit For more about the Interior Design Program, see Interior Design.

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