Creative students explore the world of interior design – FE News

Tier 3 Fashion and Textiles students from Burton and South Derbyshire College have been working on an exciting industrial project with Edward Thomas Interiors and St. Modwen Homes to design and present their ideas for a new show home to have the opportunity to be selected for industrial work. placement.

The students were tasked with designing the interiors of one of St. Modwen Homes’ three- or four-bed houses in its neighboring Branston Leas development. Led by Edward Thomas Interiors and St. Modwen Homes, the students created a design for each room in the house, with sustainability as the main focus.

Creative mood boards were created for each room to showcase chosen color palettes, upholstery, flooring, accessories and furniture choices. The students then pitched their ideas to Andy Richardson, Managing Director of Edward Thomas Interiors; Alison Maclean, Head of Marketing and Senior Content Manager, Ella Pumford of St. Modwen Homes, who gave them feedback to further develop their ideas.

The judges sought to ensure that the designs followed the brief, with clear direction and purpose, as well as striking features, a professional outlook and exceptional presentation skills. The winning student, who will be offered a two-week internship at Edward Thomas Interiors’ Birmingham headquarters, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Andy Richardson, Managing Director of Edward Thomas Interiors, commented: “It is a pleasure to partner with St. Modwen Homes and Burton and South Derbyshire College to provide opportunities for aspiring interior designers. Connecting with nature and the outdoors is a big trend this year; we see a lot of sustainable materials, fabrics and designs, so we thought this would be the perfect folder for students. We were impressed by the professionalism of the students and the quality of the work they produced. It’s good to see new talent emerging that will be the future of the industry.

Alison Maclean, Head of Marketing for St. Modwen Homes, said, “At St. Modwen Homes, we are designing the homes and communities of the future. The interior design of our show homes is of crucial importance as it helps to create a vision of what life could be like in our developments. Our student challenge gave us unique insight into what’s important for the next generation, and it will no doubt help us inform how we design our show homes.

Emma Strange, Director of Creative Industries, added: “It was a valuable experience for the learners, allowing them to understand a brief real-life creative scenario and the role of an interior designer. It helped them make decisions regarding their future career path at such a critical time in their academic career and helped them develop their professional skills during the interview.

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