Young architects have charmed a top international jewellery company with their innovative interior design plans.
Students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) were asked to pitch their ideas to design house Spatial Design, of Bedale, on behalf of their client global jewellery firm Chamilia.
The live assignment, undertaken by 14 second year 3D students, challenged the young designers to create a reception or boardroom design, to match the Chamilia’s corporate brief, for their UK office and distribution centre in Newcastle.
CCAD’s 3D design tutor Martyn Featherstone said: “The managing director of Spatial Design, James Dow, is one of our former students so we were delighted when he offered to set a live brief for our current set of students.
“The four week project involved extensive research with James and his creative visualiser Peter Turner, also one of our former students, giving input and feedback throughout the process.
“The whole group worked extremely hard to produce some exceptional work pushing their own boundaries to improve their knowledge and understanding of design along the way.”
Student Laura Mills, 18, of Bishopton, whose Chamilia reception design was given nine and a half out of ten by James, said: “Working to a deadline made me really focus on my design.
“We were asked to work to the criteria ‘will it work’ and ‘will it sell’ and I was really pleased when James said that my design was something that he would be willing to show to a client. This was my first live brief so I was really proud to have done so well.
“I want to study architecture next year at university and this course has given me a great head start in the design process and a step toward my dream career.”
Michael Mcavoy, 18, of Marton, who designed a multifunctional boardroom with breakout space and a glass showcasing area, for Chamilia’s charm bracelet and necklace designs, also impressed James with his work.
“I got some great comments from James who was very encouraging,” said Michael. “I’m keen to get into interior architecture so really enjoyed the whole brief.
“Working to a tight time scale and having to pitch in front of established industry professionals was a great experience.”