Dreaming of a simpler Christmas!

It’s that lovely time of year again – the smell of mulled wine, the mince pies, the ridiculous reindeer sweaters! The present buying, putting up the tree and decorations, lots of delicious food and drink. But hang on – let’s just stop for a minute. Keep it simple Maybe this is the year to simplify and look at some alternative ways of doing things? Some different ways of giving gifts and decorating our houses? Ways of being a little bit greener? Scandi Christmas The Scandinavians know how to do it – for them it’s all about the atmosphere, not the material things. It’s about creating memories and spending time with…   READ MORE

Explore interior design and transform your life

Fancy learning how to design your own home like a professional? Or even go on to become a professional interior designer? February sees the start of our Module One Interior Basics course – held on Thursday evenings with three intensive Saturday workshops. It’s the first module of what can build into our Professional Interior Design Certificate – four sequential modules that takes up to two years to complete.   At the end of the four modules you will be able to practice as an interior designer working in residential design. One of our graduates, Rosie Armstrong, transformed her career from fashion to interiors on our two year evening programme and now…   READ MORE

Residential design and beyond

Our Diploma students have just completed their first major project The brief was to design a home for a professional couple. The site is a residential semi-industrial loft space and the students have all produced brilliant schemes ranging from uber-minimal to the most lavish luxury (we don’t impose a budget so their ideas can run free!). Its their first chance to put into practice all the skills they’ve learnt in these first weeks of the Diploma course – the first time they’ve experienced the full design process up to client presentation.   We featured in our last blog one of the key tutors working on this project, Lucy Clark. She…   READ MORE

The luxury interiors of Lucy Clark

We would like to introduce you to Lucy Clark, founder and creative director of Studio Clark + Co, Lucy has joined our teaching team and is currently working with our Diploma students on their second project – a residential loft apartment set in a semi-industrial building in London. With experience of managing design teams, Lucy realised the need to share her design knowledge with young designers and so we invited her to be part of our team as she has such an amazing pedigree in high-end interior design projects and our students will learn so much from her experience. Lucy was a student with us twelve years ago and had…   READ MORE

Is interior design Art?

“Am I creative enough to be an interior designer?” Most people use the word creative within the context of ‘Art‘, where they think that creativity means an ability to draw, use colour and paint, sculpt, or put things together in an ‘artistic’ way. We see it differently. We think of creativity in interior design as innovation – being able to recognise a problem, understand it, figure out the boundaries for the solution, and come up with innovative ideas to solve the problem. This is the art of being an interior designer. Interior design is the alchemy of aesthetics, science, analysis and lateral thinking. Unlike a fine artist who can be pretty…   READ MORE

How do you develop your interior design career?

If you’re an aspiring or established interior designer you will be constantly thinking about how you’re going to develop your career. What comes next? How do you raise your professional profile? To give you some starting points, we thought we’d ask one of our long-standing tutors, Jenny Grove, to give us her thoughts. Jenny is the author of Interior Design: A Professional Guide, published by the RIBA. Having worked for years as a designer, Jenny now helps interior designers find their professional voice through strategic content writing. Her website explains what she does in more detail. Jenny recommends asking yourself four questions:   1. What makes me different – and…   READ MORE

Our top tips for London Design Festival 2018

London Design Festival is coming up, and it’s bigger than ever. With Design Junction now on the South Bank and 100% having Philippe Starck in attendance, there’s so much to see and not enough time to see it in. Our tip on getting the most out of it? Identify one or two districts and a few key events, installations and talks – and don’t feel guilty about missing the rest! There’s always next year… We asked an industry insider to help us sift through the enormous choice – Julienne Webster, Founder of PR agency Industry Publicity. Her client list is a who’s-who of leading and ground-breaking design, interiors and architecture…   READ MORE

How do I start my interior design career?

Are you thinking about a career in Interior Design? Iris Dunbar, Director of The Interior Design School, answers some common questions about how to get into interior design. You might also be interested in reading – Thinking about becoming an interior designer?  How is interior design currently perceived as a career choice? Forty years ago there weren’t many of us and we were fighting against the image of being amateurs and the clichéd perception that interior design is cushion plumping and choosing colours. Now we are a huge, diverse and respected profession of original thinkers and design experts working on a par with architecture. In the UK we now also…   READ MORE

Thinking about becoming an interior designer?

Are you thinking about a career in interior design? Do you want to know more about what an interior designer does? Iris Dunbar, Director and Founder of The Interior Design School, answers five of the most common questions about becoming an interior designer.   What is the actual job of an interior designer, as interior design seems to cover a raft of things? Most people think it is residential design, but with training you can do anything from workplace design, office receptions, doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, hotels, bars as well as residential. Everywhere you go should, or could, be designed by an interior designer. Interior design is architectural and spatial…   READ MORE

CONGRATULATIONS Diploma students

Another year over for our Diploma students, we celebrated at Senator showroom London and all students now off for work experience around various top Design companies. Well Done !!