Second-year BA(Hons) Interior Design students have enjoyed a series of workshops recently, including a two-week project led by industry practitioner, Victoria Koumaridou.
Viktoria is a Senior Visualisation Artist at Sanders Studios, a creative CGI visualisation agency established in 2003. Sanders Studios deliver captivating still, moving and immersive material for clients across architecture, interior, design and luxury brand.
She set students a brief, which had a tight time frame and required them to design and dress a show-home space for a local property developer specialising in high-end coastal builds.
Viktoria explained: “The brief was engineered to test the students on a range of skillsets including: design, effective visual communication and point of sale consideration, i.e. appealing to the appropriate target audience through relevant research and aesthetic appeal. This required presenting in 2D and 3D media, utilising a range of platforms.”
In particular, Viktoria was looking to see how well the students understood the brief from the commercial point of view and how well the design tone was communicated.
Viktoria told us: “We thought the general standard [of the students’ work] was excellent. They had put a lot of effort into the two-week window. We were particularly impressed by the students’ ability to adopt new software skills and methodologies, particularly as some had no prior experience in 3D. We felt there were a good number of mature, considered solutions that were extremely well executed.”
Sanders Studios have two bases: one in Falmouth, another in London. Often it recruits internationally, however meeting the student talent here has encouraged the team to look closer to home. An internship has been organised with the School of Architecture, Design & Interiors, which will see future students working with the studio.
“Clearly there is some great local potential,” Viktoria said. “Moving forwards, we are keen to explore and invest in this further.” Watch this space!