Design students head to St Michael’s for inspiration

For the second year running, interior design students from Southampton Solent University are benefitting from an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to a leading building company’s show home.

The second-year BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration students will be creating designs for one of Linden Homes Southern show homes at St Michaels’s Place Waterlooville. They will be using artists of their choice to influence their designs of a striking two bedroom ground floor show apartment in the former convent building.

Tina Chalk, Marketing Manager for Linden Homes Southern is fascinated to see what the students come up with:

“We chose the show apartment for this project because it has so much character: It has very high, vaulted ceilings and huge stained glass windows. It will provide real food for thought for the interior design students.”

To fully understand the brief, the 35 students were invited to visit Claydon House at St Michael’s Place this month to get a feel for the development and the type of market it appeals to. The students will now spend time coming up with concepts for their designs.

Bronwyn Wotherspoon, 20 from Emsworth found the visit to St Michael’s Place really inspiring:

“Having looked at the floorplans, coming here and seeing it in person has really helped make sense of the drawings, she says. “ The most challenging thing I’m finding is creating something that will have mass appeal.”

Lee Puddicombe, 20 from Gosport is enjoying the project brief:

“I have always been into art since I was really young so this really allows me to express my creative side. I have been researching Van Gogh and Piet Mondrian as my artistic influences.”

Speaking about the practical experience he says.

“Having this experience really allows us to see what it’s like in the industry, and I’m keen to get as much work experience as I can.”

Once the designs have been completed, the course lecturers will shortlist five designs which will then be ‘pitched’ to a team of judges, made up of experts from Linden Homes Southern and one of the company’s interior design partners, Claude Hooper.

Glenda Strong, Senior Lecturer in Interior Design Decoration at the University explained:

“This project was such a success last year that we were really keen to work with Linden Homes Southern again. Wherever possible we are always looking for ways to give our students real-life experiences and this is a great project that puts them in the shoes of an interior designer.”