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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

I Want to Go to There…

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I was just cleaning out drafts I’d long forgotten and came across this half-written blog post. I’m not sure what happened but I thought it was worth sharing…

I caught a glimpse of Blake’s Hotel in London on Man Shops World a few weeks ago, and I had to check it out online. It’s not outrageously expensive (rooms start at 175 pounds), and it just looks like so much fun. Here are a few room shots, in order from serene to “how could anyone possibly ever fall asleep in there?” The hotel is owned by Anouska Hempel, who is also the designer.

For more information and to see more pictures of rooms, click here.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

SCAD to Design for Staybridge

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I loved this story in the AJC the other day, mostly because it is a good commentary on the untainted, not-yet-too-cynical, fresh approach that companies are likely to get from student designers. Staybridge Suites has decided to hire Savannah College of Art and Design students to design its hotel rooms.

“Every three years we work to evolve our standardized room program,” said Robert Radomski, vice president for global brand management extended-stay.

Normally, he said, the company would go to tried-and-true professionals who have years of experience, But sometimes, he said, their ideas can be recycled and they often must juggle multiple assignments, making it hard to focus on one client.

“This time around when the cycle came due . . . we were thinking we’d like to take a different approach,” he said…“They represent the next generation of designers and the next generation of travelers.”

This post does not seek to disrespect or devalue the work of experienced professionals!  I just loved doing student projects and get excited when I see people tapping students for fresh ideas. For example, The Beltline Project in Atlanta started out as Ryan Gravel’s thesis project at Georgia Tech.

Do you have any student projects you’d like to share with us, either current or from way back in your portfolio archives? Do you have any good student project stories, good or bad? Share them with us in the comments section!

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