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October 31, 2016

Interior architecture & product design students win International Interior Design Association Haute Couture Award

Submitted by Thom Jackson


K-State students in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's interior architecture & product design department won the International Interior Design Association's Color + Couture competition's Haute Couture award on Oct. 22.

Color + Couture is an International Interior Design Association sponsored event that partners firms and university groups with manufacturers to create a garment design using products provided by the manufacturer in relation to a theme.

Over the past month, student participants worked diligently to design and create an award-winning garment design.

The Color + Couture event has been in existence for 10 years and K-State students have previously won awards in the event. This was the last year for Color + Couture event. The theme was Bon Voyage so each team was assigned a country to serve as inspiration for their design. K-State students were assigned Singapore as their inspiration and took inspiration from the Cloud Forest in the Gardens by the Bay.

Knoll, a leading manufacturer of contract furniture, teamed up with interior architecture & product design students and provided products from their David Adjaye Collection, including the Washington Skin chair and one bolt each of two textiles, Kumasi Drapery and Cairo Upholstery as well as two desk dividers and a lumbar support.

The students then constructed the entire costume using only pieces and parts from these unusual products Knoll provided in addition to some wire for the frame of the garment, orange bungee cord and a little bit of paint.

The following students from the interior architecture & product design department participated in the event:

Katherine Arndt, fifth year, Andover; Lance Maine, fourth year, Gypsum; Stephen Scott, fifth year, Lenexa; Allie Scripsick, fourth year, Manhattan; Emma Cole, fifth year, Olathe; Kelsey Castinado, fifth year, Overland Park; Christopher Garcia, fifth year, Salina; Alexandra Marschman, fifth year, Shawnee; Nicole Taylor, fifth year, Sterling; Nicole Baith, fifth year, Stilwell.

From out of state: Madeline Appel, fourth year, Denver, Colorado; Whitney Lawson, fifth year, Baltimore, Maryland.

From Missouri: Rachel Marks, fifth year, Chesterfield; Mariah Malherek, third year, Columbia; Natalie Hill, fourth year, Liberty; Chelsea Flickinger, fifth year, Rolla; and Margaret Schulte, third year, St. Louis.

Kelsey Brown, third year, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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