$5,000 First place winner from the Savannah College of Art & Design
This year’s project had a fictitious client that was the CEO of a major music recording company. The imaginary client has purchased a luxury skybox for use by the company’s recording artists when in the area. Entrants were asked to design the skybox and to incorporate the music company’s logo and brand, the company’s musical style and use sustainable furnishings. The quality of the entries was so profound that 16 entries were worthy of being finalists and the ultimate decision was extremely difficult. There were 47 entries from 13 different colleges.
Judges for Interior Design: Christi Spangle, Barbour Spangle Designs; Bri Verstat, Barbour Spangle Designs; June Anderson, ASID; Kara Cox, Kara Cox Interiors, Marilyn Russell, Marilyn Ashley Design Associates, Rose Dostal, RMD Designs, Gwen Emery, NCSU; and Jessica Alpert, Gensler. Head Judge Christi Spangle, “thrilled with the participation from different colleges this year and were impressed with the nice variety of genres used in this project. It gave a great opportunity to the students to show their personal aesthetic.”
First Place was awarded to Liliana Hasbun, a senior international student at The Savannah College of Art & Design, who wins a $5,000 scholarship to be applied to academic pursuits. The Savannah College of Art & Design’s Interior Design Program will receive an additional $1,000.00 scholarship. Judge Christi Spangle and Judge June Anderson “liked her attention to detail.” Judge Kara Cox “loved that she did extensive research of the music genre”, Judge Bri Verstat “very colorful and had bold consideration to architectural detail.”
When asked to explain her approach to the project, Liliana said she was inspired by her passion for singing and the meter of soul music. “The skybox liberates emotions and cultivates creativity. As one enters the skybox, a profound spiritual transformation takes place by subtlety wrapping the user with warm contrasting finishes, pure fluttering volumes, honest materials and an inviting furniture selection. The atmosphere of liberation and relaxation revivers decompression. Zones promote bonding and self-reflection without overwhelming human creativity. In the lounge, guests can mingle, collaborate with musicians, or remain in awe of musical expression while the space quietly complements the developing energy. a brand a specific “jamming” zone is provided to promote creative expression.”
On the second level, a conference room invites the opportunity for collaboration yet remains flexible by providing the option for seclusion with a sliding wall panel. “Once inside the bedroom, a full hospitality suite wraps the user with intimate client specific tones and selections, never forgetting the purpose of the entire skybox experience: unwind and create.” Detailed floor plans and mood boards can be found on the library’s website.
When asked why she chose to pursue interior design, Liliana responded “I believe interior spaces directly affect a person’s behavior and quality-of-life. This career allows me to channel my creative talents in ways that upgrade mental well-being.” She has studied other creative areas including fashion, jewelry, photography and graphic design.
She added “interior designer suited me the best because of the human factor. I chose SCAD to specialize in interiors because of the vast curriculum and the professional opportunities it offered. For this project, I my inspiration was Soul music because it resonates with my personality and incorporates values that are tuned to my purpose in life: To live in an inclusive, integrative society, to uplift others, and to be honest, real and pure.”
According to Monica Letourneau, Professor, Interior Design at The Savannah College of Art and Design the Bienenstock Competition was her first interior design studio project at (SCAD). “Early on her creative thinking and enthusiasm for all facets the design process was evident. Throughout the process, she often stated that she wanted the final design to offer users a strong emotional connection that comes from soul music. She captured the soulful concept through the intense layering of wall and ceiling movements that engage with multiple patterns and textures of finishes. These combine to create dynamic moments for personal interactions throughout the skybox. The project’s focus on soulfulness relates to the combining of music styles to form a new. It is about music for everyone, and a statement about cultural inclusiveness for our own time. Liliana is passionate about producing design that aims to surprise and engage people with an interior environment. While bringing this spirit into her work, she also wholeheartedly embraces lively discussions that come with being in our SCAD studio culture. We are proud of Liliana’s achievement, and thankful for the support that this competition award offers.”
Second Place $1,500.00 winner for Interior Design was Britnie Cowling, San Diego Mesa College.
Finalists in the Interior Design competition included: Valerie O’Bryan Wilson, Saddleback College, Gabriella Fiallos, SCAD, Hannah Viparina, SCAD, Andrea Paton-Ash, George Washington University, Brianne Beal, George Washington University, Laura Henderschott, San Diego Mesa College, Kristin Till, Saddleback College, Yument Lou, SCAD, Jingxian Xu, SCAD, Heath Smith, Randolph Community College, Joevannah Harris, Virginia Tech, Elaine DaSilva, Virginia Tech, Sarah Troegner, Virginia Tech, and Nicole Long, Appalachian State University