It can be difficult to choose your passion without dabbling in everything, which is where interior design schools come in handy. After pursuing four years of education, you will be ready for your first apprenticeship. After that, you can continue on to become a licensed professional interior designer.
One of the top interior design schools is Cornell University, located in upstate New York. What makes this interior design school unique is its specialized classes, such as Facility Planning, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Design and Environmental Analysis.
Making A Difference By Design, Arch History, Computer Aided Design, Interior Materials & Sustainable Elements, Restaurant Design, Hospitality Facility Design and Entrepreneurship & Business. Students will learn more than just the technical skills they need to succeed, yet will be asked to look at the larger picture of how innovative designs and colors impact our perception and our world.
The California College of Arts is another one of the interior design schools to consider. With more than 80% of its classes having 20 students or less, the emphasis here is personalized instruction and mentoring.
Students will gain internships as part of their coursework and will take other classes on building materials, space, lighting, technology, and interior design furniture. There are two campuses; one in San Francisco and one in Oakland to accommodate students. Tuition is $26,100 per term.
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Imagine coming home to a house with red streaks and spatter patterns cast across your rugs, chairs or tables - or to find a loved one passed out in a pool of blood. Some of these radical red designs are intended to scare visitors while others are aesthetically engaging even before one realizes the bloody them of the design.
The blood table is more than just a gruesome experiment in animated gore - it is a gravity-defying work of artwork. Shifted to another color and the core design would be equally compelling. The blood theme simply adds a layer of intrigue to an already marvelous table design idea.
A wall-hanging or table-stable blood lamp might be the perfect companion piece to the above table concept - both also appear to defy conventions of physics and are bound to startle a visitor. In fact, you could easily imagine the blood table lamp going right on top of the blood table.
A blood pillow could be the basis of a good many pranks on friends. In various custom shapes and configurations they are rather convincing - at least at a distance. Up close they are clearly plush and very comfortable assymetrical cushions well worth snoozing on.
While your furniture and friends are bleeding, might as well add your books to the mix. This blood bookmark is available in a few colors but of course the red is the most compelling of the bunch. One gets the sense, again at least at a distance, that someone has squeezed the life’s blood right out of the bound volume.
Rolling out the red carpet conjures associations of tongues for some, blood for others. But what if you reshaped that welcome carpet to spill out like blood into rooms? These curved carpets are an engaging way to connect circulation stairs to main volumes within a building - though their execution is perhaps a bit morbid.
Of course a lot of the most classic horror scenes have taken place in bathrooms - for which you have not one but two bloody decorating options: the bloody-footprinted bathmat and the bloody-handprinted shower curtain - a perfect way to catch a nosy visitor off guard.
Bloody details aside, why not go for an entirely blood-soaked room interior? This bloody dining room design was commissioned and inspired by an Showtime original series - Dexter - that revolves around a do-gooder serial killer who murders and butchers other heinous criminals, a sort of vigilante sociopath.weburbanist.com
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The online School of Interior Architecture and Design currently offers Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Associate of Arts degree programs. The Interior Architecture & Design program integrates theory, design and technology in tandem with industry standards. Students thus develop the requisite intellectual, artistic, and ethical abilities necessary for professional practice.
Students are encouraged to achieve a balance between mastery of design skills and creativity, which will lead to innovative thinking about our inner and outer environment. Concern for spatial issues, design innovation, and attention to detail are emphasized under the direction of a faculty of professional experts. Final projects involve each student's personal interests and demonstrate an energetic and professional approach.
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To get an online interior design degree, first you need to find an accredited online university. This is not an easy task especially when you take into consideration the fact that there are so many non-accredited online universities operating at present.
Syllabus:Another important thing that you must take note of is the syllabus of the Online Interior Design Degree Program. There is no point taking admission in a program whose syllabus is not comprehensive in nature. In an ideal scenario, syllabus of online interior design degree program includes computer aided design and drafting, space planning, specialty design, problem solving and 3D design. With most of the online universities providing study material to their students, make sure that it is prepared by the experts.
Kinds of Online Interior Design Degrees:
When it comes to Online Interior Design Degrees, you have plenty of options. It includes Associate degree in interior design, Bachelor degree in interior design and Masters Degree in interior design. Associate degree in interior design is the starting point where students get to know about the fundamentals of interior designing. However, if you are interested in making career in the field of interior designing, it is of utmost importance that you go for a Bachelor degree in interior design.
To get an admission into Bachelor degree program in interior design, you must possess Associate degree in interior design. The most intriguing about Bachelor degree program in interior design is that apart from theoretical knowledge you will also receive practical training, which can be extremely useful when you look out for a job. Masters degree in interior design is tailor made for individuals that are already working in the field of interior design and are looking for a job promotion. As soon as you earn a Masters degree in interior design, you will get the job promotion.
After successfully earning online interior design degree, you can work as entry-level assistant designer and project director. With an online interior design degree, you can also enter into the field of teaching. But for this to happen, you will need a Masters degree in interior design. The average salary of individuals with online interior design degree is in the range of $35,000 to $60,000. This figure can go up to $80,000 as your experience level increase.
Online schools conducting Interior Design Degree Program:
Online schools conducting interior design degree program are mentioned below:
Ashford University offers their students top quality interior design degree programs at affordable rates. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, so you will face no problem in getting the job.
Penn Foster Career School
The best part about Penn Foster Career School is that the faculty members here are trained in such a way that they know fully well how to teach students in an effective manner. Further, as compared to other online universities, tuition rates are quite low at Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council.
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From their earliest mention in ancient Egyptian inscriptions to the modern trestle and refectory styles we know so well, tables have come a long way. Today, new materials and design methods are injecting further creativity into modern tables - but are they having an identity crisis? These 16 table designs look like they are eager to be something else.
Old furniture can always be reinvented with a fresh, bright lick of paint. This table picks up the concept and runs with it - giving the illusion of a board dripping with a river of fresh red paint. Designer John Nouanesing hides function (the table legs) within illusion - it is likely a great deal sturdier than it first appears.
Here is another table that seems to dispense with legs. Danish designer Essey’s Grand Illusion appears to be a tablecloth hovering in mid-air - but the clue is in the title. It is made from 3mm-thick acrylic, firm enough to magically suspend your coffee cup (David Copperfield would approve). More practically, for those with a penchant for countertop composting, the Digestive Table offers an earthier alternative - at its heart is a contained ecosystem to process food scraps and create rich fertilizer for indoor plants.
A table that thinks it’s a cutlery drawer - called Precious Famine, this arresting web of metalwork is made of Christofle silverware. Don’t drop your spoon on this table - you’ll never find it again. In a similarly reflective mood, the Brasilia table appears to be salvaging Art from seven years of bad luck, by forming a mosaic of mirror shards. The inspiration is the chaotic jumble of stone that form the foundations of Brazil’s capital city.
These tables don’t want to keep still - or so it appears. The r.n.i. tables of Korean designer Chul An Kwak are modeled on running horses, but there’s a frond-like hint of the deep sea in those trailing legs. Anyroom’s Dance table looks similarly intent on being elsewhere, but more sedately, like a caterpillar.
Surely we are now on firmer ground now, with this bedside table like a low dresser, and this tall table fit for a lamp? Not when the former folds out into a sofa (as easily and simply as sliding out a drawer) and the latter is a piece of furniture fit for an ancient Celtic warrior. James McAdam has designed the table as a response to the security fears of around half of Londoners, but it’s bound to hit a chord with the inhabitants of other thriving cities.
In Japan, a third of a million people are gainfully employed in sending tiny steel balls bouncing around vertical tables. That seems to be the inspiration behind Marbelous, perhaps the world’s first piece of Pachinko furniture. Watch as the balls wind their way through the tabletop, corkscrew down the legs and collect in the feet (and be sure to watch out for any that have escaped onto the floor).
Not content to be just a table, the House On The Table wants to be your entire office. The draught round your legs may be disconcerting, but otherwise this table offers all the basics of a modern workspace, bookcase and all. Lee Stoetzel’s creation looks like it belongs on your shelf, but it is actually a table in disguise - whilst the Stink tree table (yes, that’s the name) cunningly masquerades as an ex-table. However, a closer look reveals that crack running through its centre is a beautifully crafted tree.
Perhaps modern technology is more to your liking - in which case, these tables are sure to please. The Wave is a coffee table inset with a network of motion-sensitive LEDs: wave your hand over its surface, and a ripple of light will follow your motion. A table to make the most of your best glassware. The HP Labs Misto table, on the other hand, thinks it is your computer screen, allowing you and your loved ones to view photos and movies and play games on its touch-sensitive surface.
And lastly, a table with a sense of real grandeur. The Concerto Table looks for all the world like a super-modern Grand Piano … until dinnertime, at which point drawers slide out to reveal your best silver cutlery. It’s also designed to be a musical centerpiece, thanks to the built-in housing for an iPod. But, sadly, there are no ivories to tinkle.
Axor is well-known for producing a wide variety of bathroom fixtures ranging from vintage to sleek in appearance, but perhaps of comparable value are the layouts they project as potential bathroom spaces. Ordered (subjectively) from the most ultramodern and futuristic to the most conventional and old-fashioned settings, here are some of the most intriguing bathroom interior layouts featuring sets of fixtures from tubs and toilets to faucets and sinks.
They are somehow realistic and contemporary in their design yet also have character and a sense of age. One of the key things to remember when shopping for fixtures (elegant or cheap) is that design never exists in a vacuum - there will always be a bit of disorganization around it or at least some other objects in the room that are not part of the initially designed set. A handle might look good on a pedestal and devoid of context but being able to visualize what it will look like when functionally attached as a piece of working hardware is critical too.
A good interior designer is often much more than just an interior design expert, as Amy Lau demonstrates over and over again with her beautifully composed living room designs. She is clearly influenced by modernism and her passion for abstract art but her designs are so different it is only their refined details and degree of internal consistency that show them to be the work of the same interior designer.
Also as is the case with many successful designers, Amy does much more than just design interiors - she also has her own limited product line and is often asked to speak or display at colleges, auctions, museums and other places and events. She has been featured in the New York Times, Post and Metropolitan magazine.
Why is it so hard to find a good interior designer? Perhaps too many of them are too focused simply on interior design and not the big picture. Amy also serves on various advisory boards, has participating in design-related publications and advises clients on collecting art. In short, her aesthetic interests range beyond mere home decoration.
So what can you take away from someone like Amy, even if you cannot afford to hire someone of her caliber? There is a lot to be said for taking the wide-angle view on design and thinking about how you can integrate various parts of an interior composition. No single element stands out in her works - it is about the harmony of parts, the assemblage of related materials, colors, shapes and textures to create a holistic and complete interior design.
Not wanting to be left behind by Saudi Arabia and Dubai, the country of Bahrain has been approving some interesting and eye-popping developments in the realm of green architecture. Especially interesting is the new Bahrain World Trade Center located in the city of Manama. The 50-story complex contains two identical towers that rise over 240 meters in height. The sail-shaped buildings offer a visually striking silhouette, appropriately referencing the maritime environment of this small Middle Eastern island, and boast one very unique feature — 3 giant wind turbines tying the two “sails” together.
The design firm of Atkins did not believe that the look of the project was enough, and felt that it was important to incorporate sustainability features into this design. They first attempted to bring in solar panels into the project, but found that the extreme heat conditions of Bahrain made it an unfeasible proposition. So they turned to a second option, and came up with an even more striking image, that of the three 29 meter wind turbines, each supported by a 30-meter bridge spanning between the two towers.
The floorplan was key in making this feature work. The wing-like towers help to funnel and accelerate the wind velocity between them. Furthermore, the difference in the vertical shape of the towers should help reduce the pressure differences between the bridges, which, when combined with an increased wind speed at the higher levels, should provide an equal velocity amongst the turbines. All this will provide for an even greater efficiency in the powering of the generators.
When I heard about this project, I honestly thought that this feature would eventually be dropped. We’ve all seen it happen, a cool looking tower ends up changing dramatically due to cost-cutting, changes in the marketplace conditions, or a change in scope or brief.
But, luckily, it turns out that I was wrong. The Bahrain World Trade Center has just recently completed the installation of the three wind turbines, officially making it the first building in the world to incorporate this sort of technology at this scale. The turbines will be tested throughout the rest of 2007 and if all goes well, they ought to start normal operation next year.
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Since bicycles work pretty flawlessly as it is, you might wonder just why we need crazy modifications like spokeless wheels and the ability to ride sideways. Innovation never ceases, and as a result we’ve been treated to a wild assortment of ideas from giant amphibious contraptions to bikes that fold up into backpacks. Some of these 15 concept bikes address issues like cost, portability and adaptability and others are just plain strange.
Di-Cycle Goes Over Both Water and Land
You’d definitely give this thing a second look if you saw it gliding down the street past you… and straight into a lake. The Di-Cycle concept bicycle is amphibious and was designed specifically for the Dutch city of Helmond to allow residents a smooth transition between land and water travel. Holland would have to construct entire parking garages for these gargantuan things if they were to actually catch on.
‘One’ Folding Bicycle by Thomas Owen
This folding bicycle by Thomas Owen has a futuristic-looking design that compacts into an incredibly small package. It’s meant to make bicycle transport in urban environments easier by creating a super-portable bike that can go practically anywhere. It’s difficult to tell from the images of this concept, however, exactly how it works.
Riding a bike facing forward is boring. Or at least, so says Michael Killian, the software engineer who decided that what the world needs is a sideways bicycle that uses the same body movements as a snowboard. It has a unicycle seat and little handlebars on either side. It’s not for everyone – Killian says only 6 out of 10 people are able to master it.
Rotation Folding Bike
The ‘Rotation’ city rotating & folding bicycle design by Yirong Yang is fully adjustable, so you can determine the best position for the handlebars, saddle and distance between the front & rear wheels. It’s also two different vehicles in one – it can be used as a bicycle or unicycle – and folds up after use.
Josef Cadek Locust Bicycle
Space comes at a premium, and with a world population that is rapidly multiplying by the day, it’ll only get worse as the years pass. That explains why so many bicycle designers are creating concepts that are getting increasingly more compact. The ‘Locust’ concept by Josef Cadek features parts that fold neatly into a circular central frame. Such a design makes it ideal for bringing it onto trains and buses.
Crazy Steel Viking Bike
If Vikings had come up with the concept of bicycles, their design might have looked a little something like this. Like something straight from a medieval blacksmith’s studio, this handmade steel monster has a scythe-like body and opaque red wheels. It was spotted by Green Mountain Bikes in downtown Seattle.
Hyper Bike by Body Rite
Let’s say you don’t want to sit down for some reason. Perhaps you’re restless, or you’ve got a raging case of hemorrhoids. No worries: there’s a bicycle for you, too. The bizarre ‘Hyper Bike’ by Body Rite Ltd is supposed to decrease the rider’s vulnerability on the road by offering more stability and balance. The rider has to use a total-body climbing, swimming motion to propel it forward. Good exercise, if nothing else.
The One-of-a-Kind Wooden Bicycle
Who better to create a sort of retro-looking wooden tandem bicycle than a timber technology student? Jens Eichler made what he calls the ‘Renovatia’ by cutting, gluing and sanding sheets of beech plywood until he achieved the curvy, organic shape he was going for. No word on how much heavier a bike like this would be than one made from more conventional materials.
Eco-Friendly and Adaptable Versabikes
With a design that oddly resembles a person on their hands and knees, the Versabike is fully adjustable so anyone can configure it to their own specific needs. That means it can be shared by multiple people, and can grow with a child. The eco-friendly design has recyclable parts and can expand out or contract while in motion.
The Shift Bicycle
Its shape calls to mind the classic three-wheelers of yore, but the Shift has modern style as well as function. The tilting rear wheels help balance the bike at slow speeds. The wheels shift inward as the child builds up momentum, causing the balance to gradually shift from the bike to the child. That makes the transition to a traditional two-wheeled bicycle a little easier.
As a cyclist, sometimes you really wish it were easier to keep your bicycle with you throughout the day, through bus rides, at the store or at the office. Chang Ting Jen’s entry into the International Bicycle Design Competition recognizes that need, offering a bicycle that easily folds up to be worn as a backpack. It’s made of plastic and weighs 5.5kg, and even turns into a handcart.
A-Bike: World’s Smallest Folding Bike
This bicycle might just have the tiniest wheels you’ve ever seen. It’s made that way for both light weight and the ability to fold it into an amazingly small package. The A-Bike weighs just 5.5kg, and it takes just 10 seconds to fold and unfold it thanks to quick-release clamps. Despite the small wheels, it can attain normal speeds without having to pedal any faster than with an average large-wheel bike.
$30 Cardboard Bike
This bicycle is waterproof, lightweight and only costs $30. It’s also fully recyclable, thanks to its almost 100% cardboard construction. Product design student Phil Bridge created it as a low-cost, eco-friendly option that can be easily mass produced. It’s not the nicest-looking bicycle ever, and it’s not exactly a performance bicycle either. At least you won’t have to worry about anyone stealing it.
Minimalist Spokeless Bicycle
If you’re the type of person for whom minimalism is the gold standard of design, you’ll love the Nulla spokeless bicycle, which doesn’t have a central hub or a chain-drive. The seat juts out disconcertingly from the frame and the wheels seem a bit flimsy, but it sure is stylish.
Square wheel seems like a contradiction in terms, but this bicycle rides more smoothly than you might think. The secret is the shape of the road over which the wheels roll. The wheels can keep the bike moving in a straight line and at a constant velocity as long as it’s traveling over evenly spaced bumps of just the right shape, called an ‘inverted catenary’.
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