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Interior Design field trips visit Michael Kors and go Mediterranean all in the same week!

posted Aug 3, 2015, 10:32 AM by Matthew Kelly

L to R: Aida, Michelle, Nick (Century Guild), Kaely, Jean (Inst.), Yasmeen and Angelese.
All of us at Michael Kors!

Last week the Interior Design Program took two field trips.

On the first trip we left on Tuesday at 9:30 and included Michelle, Aida, Yesmeen, Kaely and Angelese. Michelle and Aida are working on their ID415 Commercial II projects, retail design for Michael Kors and a Mediterranean restaurant respectively. Our first stop was to South Point Mall in Durham where we visited the MK store and the MK boutique in Macy’s all the while discussing basic retail design concepts. Yasmeen, Kaely and Angelese are taking ID207 Lighting for Interior Design and they were introduced to basic concepts for retail lighting specifically how important it is to have lighting that is color corrected in order to show fashion in the best light (ha ha) and Branding. I think we all did very well avoiding the urge to shop!

We left the mall at noon and headed off to Chapel Hill to have lunch at Med Deli. We had a delicious spread of hummus, tabbouleh, schwarma, etc. Kaely has never had Mediterranean food before so this was all very new for her. Over lunch I introduced a new lighting design project and talked about the importance of acoustics, presentation and ambiance for restaurant design.

Our next stop was to a custom furniture company called “The Century Guild” also in Chapel Hill. We were shown many different species of hardwood lumber and veneer. The current project in the shop was to restore the hand carved pews and millwork at Duke University Chapel. Truly amazing craftsmanship. It was 3:00 and we sped off back to school through gorgeous NC countryside.

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The next field trip was on Thursday and involved Shannon, Ryan and myself (Jean). They are currently taking ID 101, Introduction to Interior Design and I thought it would be nice to go to the “Whitley Furniture Gallery” in Zebulon. Who knew that this massive showroom could exist in this small town! We had a great time, it took us almost 3 hours to see and experience all the beautiful high-end furniture and accessories. The manager was kind enough to give our studio a box of fabrics and finish samples.

- Interior Design Professor, Jean Eitelman

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