Students’ innovative designs a winner

Gillian McAinsh

A GROUP of interior design students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) won the prize for the most innovative stand at the HomeMakers Expo last weekend.

They also won an overall silver award for their stand at the expo.

Interior designer Lawrie-Ann Malan, who was one of the judges, said the students’ work “nicely interconnected” with great use of innovative material.

Interior design lecturer and programme leader Lené Smit said the second- and third-year school of architecture students designed and implemented two entrance walls and designed and built the NMMU interior design stand.

“This year there was much more effort for the stands so we are very proud of the students. They did not stay in the square block that they were given,” Smit said.

She said the classes first workshopped ideas, then built models which were sifted down to three front-runners, before the final design was developed.

Their winning submission of a 3m x 6m stand was made of xanita board, which is a thick, recycled cardboard which enabled the students to create a structural element.

“It was a 3D space with vertical elements that you could walk through,” she said.

Other aspects that were innovative included the manipulation of form, the colour choices of navy and turquoise along with a softer olive green and lilac, and an interactive panel.

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