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News Bites: Interior Design Student Wins IIDA Booth Design Competition

Posted June 20, 2016 in StudentNews BitesInterior Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Interior Design student Kelsey Ballast has been named the winner of the 2016 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Booth Design Competition.

Open to students worldwide who are enrolled in an interior design or architecture program, the competition challenged entrants to design the IIDA’s booth for the upcoming 2016 Orgatec Trade Fair, an international expo focused on the design of working environments that will be held in Cologne, Germany from October 25-29, 2016.

Interior Design student Kelsey BallastBallast was anounced as the winner of the competition at the 2016 IIDA Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 11

Students’ designs were required to include a meeting area, a reception desk, a backdrop, and storage space as well as a minimum of two custom designed elements or details. The designs also had to adhere to IIDA brand guidelines while looking and feeling as though they were created specifically for Orgatec 2016. Students were required to use only products and furnishings from Vitra, a Swiss furniture company and the sponsor of the competition.

work by Interior Design student Kelsey BallastAn overview of Ballast's design concept (click to enlarge) (image courtesy of Kelsey Ballast)

As part of her win, Ballast will be traveling Germany in October of 2016 to execute her design, which will then be featured on the IIDA website, in the IIDA biweekly newsletter DesignMatters, in the IIDA student newsletter QUAD, and on the Vitra website.

Ballast will also have the opportunity to visit Vitra’s campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, known for its collection of buildings and structures designed by well-known architects and designers like Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. The campus is also home to the Vitra Design Museum, which showcases rotating exhibitions of innovative furniture and interior design work.

For more information on KCAD’s Interior Design program, visit kcad.edu/interiordesign.

For more information on the International Interior Design Association, visit iida.org