March 01, 2011

Interior Design Students Earn Awards from IIDA

Interior design students Samantha Darcy and Kelsey Holt

Samantha Darcy, BINT ’11, isn’t one for tradition. In her winning submission to the International Interior Design Awards (IIDA) for New England, she made a point of breaking out of the conventional dark mahogany and copper aesthetic of a law firm. Instead, Darcy took home the competition’s top prize with a design that highlighted Boston’s skyline through natural light and a muted color palette.

“I try to focus on creating a fluid design. I like to look at the floor, the ceiling, and the walls as one continuous unit, as opposed to viewing them as individual aspects,” said Darcy.

Second place winner Kelsey Holt, BINT ’11, employed a minimalistic look and focused on creating a balance between open space and privacy through glass curtains that function as walls. Inspired by the geometry of the building, Holt’s design juxtaposed both thick and thin materials and curved and straight elements.

The IIDA entries began as an assignment for the Junior Interior Studio IV class in the summer of 2010 that charged students with creating a design for a commercial law office in downtown Boston. After it was complete, students submitted their work to the IIDA in November 2010 as part of their annual design competition. Darcy received $1,000 for her project and Holt received $500. Wentworth students also took home the first and second place prizes in 2010.  

“Winning this competition, to me, felt like a true acknowledgement of all of the hard work I’ve done so far,” said Darcy. “And that in itself is a reward.” Darcy plans to stay in Boston after graduation and hopes to work at an architecture firm. Holt also hopes to work at an architecture firm and eventually go back to school for a master’s degree in facilities or construction management.  

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