Seniors of the interior design department displayed their favorite work to the public last night, drawing the attention of some big names in the business, said Jennifer Jackson, senior interior design major.Interior designers came from all over the globe to attend the show, including Barbara Bouyea, a lighting specialist from Connecticut, and Ken Flower, a lighting specialist from Australia.
The annual display of senior designs offers students close to graduation a chance to show their products to potential employers in hopes of receiving a job offer. Many of the displays span several years of work.
Leslie Gieger, senior interior design major, said the students appreciate the freedom they’ve been given to display anything they want.
“It’s our best work.” Gieger said. “It’s up to our discretion what we display.”
The designs are displayed in gallery fashion, lining the halls of the design, merchandising and textiles department. This type of display is new to the senior show, Jarrett said. She said in years past the displays were in Plexiglas cases.
Because of the location next to the TCU Police station at the edge of campus, the design majors feel that much of the campus is oblivious to what happens in their department, Jarrett said. She said the department was originally located in the student center, an area she said was more fit for the program. Jarrett said she wants students to know how much effort goes into designing interior spaces.
“I just want to show the rest of the students on campus what we do, and that we’re not slackers, and we’re not picking out pillow fabrics.” Gieger said. “There’s a lot of architectural work that goes into it.”
The designs were on display all week, but last night from 5 to 7 was the first formal viewing for the public, Gieger said.
After they’re taken down, the displays will be taken to Habitat for Humanity where they’re sold to support the organization, Jarrett said.
The event, which took the seniors three months to plan and execute, is part of the their final grade.