Winning interior design by student to be built at national event
May 31, 2017
When student Savanah
Colestock attends the NeoCon show June 12-14 in Chicago, she’ll experience what
it feels like to be a professional interior designer.
That’s because, for
the first time, she’ll be able to see and walk through an interior space that
A senior in interior
design at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Colestock won the I Like Design national
student competition this spring. Her designed space, part of four floors of
exhibits, will be built at the 49th annual show, which draws about 50,000
interior design professionals, architects and others from about 500 companies.
“I can’t wait to see
my design built and see it in real life,” said Colestock, of St. Paul.
Colestock also won a
$5,000 scholarship in the contest, sponsored by Interiors and Sources magazine.
Several dozen students from around the U.S. entered, including from the New
York School of Interior Design.
A second winner,
from the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design, received a paid summer
internship. The judges were from the magazine and from the contest sponsor, Michael
Graves Design & Architecture.
“I was shocked when
I heard I won. The project was due at midnight one night, and I finished it at
11 p.m. I didn’t think I’d have time to submit it. I wasn’t thinking I’d win,” Colestock
Her show space
features vertical and angled horizontal panels that companies can rent to show
their wares. Each panel can hold 20 1-foot by 1-foot fabric or material
samples. Visitors to the space can walk through two aisles, or pathways, stop
at a central meeting area or take a break on sofas or at café tables.
Colestock focused on
traffic flow and mood in her space design. “It’s very light, airy and open and
slightly inspired by nature,” Colestock said.
“The contest judges
said they really loved my design. I think it’s because it does have good
circulation, it looks nice, it will work and it’s trendy. The tall panels make
good use of the 14-foot ceiling space. The colors are warm, almost like
sunsets,” she said.
Colestock decided to
enter the contest when she was working on a project for Professor Maureen
Mitton. The project allowed students to choose between designing a pop-up — or
temporary — retail shop or the temporary space featured in the contest.
Colestock’s design “is sophisticated in terms of color and materials use. It provides
an interesting range of elements that work well to display the various products
that will be exhibited. The design also includes well-planned circulation for
the many people who will visit.”
Mitton has been impressed not only with Colestock’s design
skills but her work ethic. “As a longtime design educator, I see Savanah as
talented, hardworking and passionate about design. She has pushed herself to
pursue a number of opportunities within the larger design community outside of
UW-Stout and yet has also done great work on her courses within our program. It's clear Savanah has a very bright future,” Mitton said.
An added benefit of
Colestock’s success is that UW-Stout’s interior design program will be in the
spotlight at the national show, Mitton said.
Colestock, who will
graduate in December, is excited to meet with professionals and network at the
NeoCon show. She is leaning toward starting her career in restaurant interiors
or long-term care facility interiors.
“I feel interior
design is a good way to make a difference in people’s lives. You don’t always
know how interior design can impact someone, like making a long-term care
facility warm and inviting,” she said.
She likes to tap
into her creative and art skills, fostered within UW-Stout’s School of Art and
Design courses, in her designs. “I like to think outside the box and push the
boundaries, do something you might not expect,” Colestock said, such as using
sculpture or nontraditional materials in an interior design.
Colestock works in an interior design studio at UW-Stout.
Middle and bottom: Savanah
Colestock’s winning entry for the I Like Design national student contest.