Free Range 2012

Its that time again, we are getting ready to pack the van and make the long drive south.
All of our Graduates will be showing there work and most will be kicking about looking forward to saying hello.
Hope to see you all there for what looks like it is going to be a bumper year.

We are exhibiting as part of IE (Interior Educators) in
The Old Truman Brewery F Block T1 and T4
Opening night 6pm - 10pm 12th July
No tyicket needed just make your way to the yellow cables.
then open Friday through to Monday 10am - 7pm (4pm Monday)

Free Range

Its that time of year again when Interior Design at Glasgow School of Art hit London. As part of the Interior Educators show Imagine we will again be showing all graduating BA(Hons) students. Join us at Free Range at the Old Truman Brewery - F block T1. There will be an opening on Thursday 14th July 6pm, no tickets needed so just rock up.

Hope to see you all there.

Hotel Now!

Interior Design + VisitScotland present Hotel Now! Exhibition.

VisitScotland Quality & Standards set a challenge for third year Interior Design students at Glasgow School of Art: to create three and five star hotels with an innovative vision of the traditional and contemporary diversity of Scottish culture. Quality advisers from VisitScotland collaborated with students to develop individual briefs and ensure accommodation standards.
There were two sites, a nine storey 1970’s block on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow and a converted and extended Victorian villa in Inverary.

Lorna Mangon from Beverley (East Yorkshire) was the student behind the VisitScotland Quality Assurance team’s selected design. Capturing the essence of Glasgow's culture, Lorna included aspects of iconic Glaswegian design in her work and was inspired by the urban scene she has experienced while studying in the city. She explains:

"I wanted to design a hotel that would reflect the rawness of Glasgow and it's arty culture and architecture, something that was unpretentious and quirky. The idea was to create a different hotel experience that the guests would remember when visiting Glasgow. The design concept can only be described as 'rough-luxe', a combination of raw materials and unique found objects, ephemera and memorabilia sourced from the city."

Lorna won a nights stay at Hotel Missoni Edinburgh.

New York:

Study trip to New York 2010.

The Year 3 Study trip gives students the opportunity to spend a week exploring and discovering design. This year we went to New York giving us the chance to see much great design in many different contexts.

With two organised visits:
  • Hudson Hotel 356 W.58th, designed by Starck
  • Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue, various designers, inc Ian Shraeger, Martin Baas + Julian Schnabel.

Plus, but not exclusively:
  • Prada (Koolhaas) corner of Broadway and Prince @ Prince St Subway
  • Pleats Please, corner of Prince and Wooster (Toshiko Mori and Gwenail Nicolas)
  • Camper, 125 Prince St. (Marti Guixé)
  • Longchamp, 132 Spring St. (Heatherwick Studio)
  • Alessi, 130 Greene St. (Hani Rashid/Asymptote Studio)
  • Droog, 76 Greene St
  • Comme des Garçons (Studio Morsa, Future Systems + Rei Kawakubo) W21st 11th /12th Ave
  • Vitra showroom and office (Roy Design)
  • Stella McCartney, 429 W 14th Street (Universal Design Studio)
  • Alexander McQueen, 417 W 14th Street (Russell (Pentagram) + Alexander McQueen)
  • Carlos Miele W 14th Street (Asymptote)
  • Catherine Malandrino, 652 Hudson St. (Christope Pillet)
  • Printed Matter (Art/Design books + print) 11th Ave between 20th+21st
  • Apple Store (5th Ave + South East corner of Central Park)
  • The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street (Interiors by Roman and Williams, building by Polshek Partnership)
  • Hotel on Rivington, Rivington Street. Lower East Side. (Thor bar: Marcel Wanders)
  • Paramount Hotel 235 W.46th,
  • Royalton Hotel 44 W.44th (both Starck)
  • ʻWʼ hotel (Yabu Pushelberg), Times Square/47th Street
  • The High-Line, park on elevated railway line linking West Chelsea and Meatpacking district surrounded by development work includes buildings by Shigeru Ban, Lindy Roy and Frank Gehry
  • Williamsburg in general
  • The New Museum (SANAA) 235 Bowery. $6
  • MoMA 53rd St (Yoshio Taniguchi) $12 (Fri 4–8 free)
  • PS1 (Fredrick Fischer) 22-25 Jackson Avenue $2
  • The Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, free
  • Brasserie (Diller + Scofidio) beneath Seagram Building 375 Park Ave. (Mies van der Rohe)
  • Empire Diner, (an original stainless steel deco diner) 11th Ave

Ben Kelly - Visits GSA:

International Orange: Please Shut the Gate:

In January Ben Kelly came to the department to give Interior Design students a sneak preview of his forthcoming exhibition, along with discussing his interior design practice. Ben has been a friend of the department for many years having previously been an external examiner.

Ben is the principal of Ben Kelly Design, an award-winning Interior Design practice based in London, founded in the mid-1970s. BKD built their reputation producing high-profile and innovative spaces, including Manchester’s legendary night-club The Haçienda. The work seen in this exhibition however is what Kelly has termed as ‘being produced away from the office and clients’.

As a practitioner Ben Kelly has collaborated with Peter Saville, DJ Simpson, Michael Marriott, Morph and Graphic Thought Facility.

Ben Kelly delivered The Friday Event Lecture on 5 March, 11am at The Glasgow Film Theatre.

Taking on a new resonance: The work of Ben Kelly, a conversation between Ben Kelly, Drew Plunkett (Head of Interior Design at GSA) and Jenny Brownrigg (Exhibitions Director at GSA)

Pamela Flanagan - Visits GSA:

brinkworth - allsaints and the planners.

Pamela Flanagan spent 3 days working with all four years, bringing her expertise in retail design to bear on the antiquarian book shop, small specialist shop, and mobile phone shop projects. In addition to working in the studio Pam guided us through the recent work of rinkworth in the Macintosh lecture theatre.

I graduated in 2000 and moved to London to work on a 3 month contract with Kilo Design which was an ex graduate's company. Following that and through the ex GSA London network I moved to Imagination where as a junior designer I worked on the Ford account which included European Motor Shows, showrooms and point of sale and exhibitions. Working on large scale presentation work (many all nighters, part and parcel of the junior role), I travelled across Europe on site. Working alongside copywriters, graphic designers, production managers, media and digital designers gave a great insights into the workings of a global branding agency!

After 4 years I had enough of cars and wanted to work in a smaller creative agency, so an opportunity arose and I heard Brinkworth were hiring. Got the job and went in as a middleweight designer intially working on Firetrap, then worked on new concept roll out for Whistles. I have also worked on various high st brands including Dorothy Perkins, Jesire, 66 North, pitch work, small jobs and some of the domestic jobs. For past two years I have been running the roll out of Allsaints in UK and Europe including stores in Paris, Berlin and Antwerp. So that's me 5 years at Brinkworth already!

Pamela Flanagan

Scottish Hotel:

Design a hotel appropriate for a progressive Scottish tourism market.

This is the question being answered by our year 3 students, working with advice from Quality Advisors from VisitScotland’s Quality and Standards department.

Using two existing sites, the Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray, and the Euro Hostel, Glasgow, our students are being asked to consider designing either a rural or urban hotel expressing a fresh and innovative take on the diversity of Scottish culture and heritage.

Working with Quality Advisors they will comply with the criteria requirements of the VisitScotland Quality Assurance Scheme which would achieve a star award of three or five stars.

The design proposals will be exhibited at the VisitScotland Expo 2010, Scotland’s only flagship business to business event for the travel trade that is entirely Scottish.

Team visit to Loch Fyne Hotel.

See here for details of the VisitScotland exhibition of final designs at SECC.