VCAD Interior Design Students ReDesign for Charity

One great example of “design that matters” 🙂

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On December 13, 2012 the Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) Interior Design students were involved in the re-design project of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre that is located in Vancouver, BC.

VCAD senior interior design student Giovanna was a coordinator and manager of the project along with the VCAD instructor Rene Picard. She explains that in order to get some real world experience as the interior designers they decided to re-design the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre after carrying out an extensive research on various charity organizations. According to Giovanna because of the range and nature of the services the center provides that was a perfect fit for the project.

Christopher says that one of his classmates mentioned that the downtown eastside was not very well to do area, which was one of the biggest determinants why…

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Inspiring Interiors: Van Alen Bookstore

Yellow, in color psychology, is mostly known for being the “happy color,” but beyond that, yellow is also a color of stimulation. It aids in improving the enveloped users’ memory, sound thinking, and decision making. This is why informed designers would practically be utilizing any tone of yellow for a study area, den or library. And that precisely is what’s done with the 400sqft. space of Van Alen Bookstore in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York.

Van Alen Institute  is an independent, non-profit organization which aims to educate the mass-“public realm”- about the significance of architecture and interior design. Their bookstore veers the same path.


It is the first of its kind- a bookstore that holds only architecture and design books- in New York City back in 2011.


As living in tiny spaces, working/shopping, and especially designing a small space brings about the same amount of challenges. Yet, at the same time, it also draws out as much creativity and the guaranteed coziness.

Located in the busiest city, it is painted a bright, sunshine yellow (Does it not just remind you of their iconic cabs?) and furnished with as much recyclables as possible. Take for example this staircase which is made of seventy pieces of stacked wooden doors donated by Build It Green! NYC.


These panels are held by bolts that hang from the ceiling, while the cables serve to protect people from falling off the “art installation.”

While the glowing, bursting yellow encapsulate the space, it is juxtaposed with a concrete gray which mellows the space down and beget a stereotyped New York ambiance. It is such a simple color coordination which brings so many back stories and memories. One of which, for myself, is the series How I Met Your Mother which is set in this city 95%.

Here in the gallery-type bookstore, you could spend as much time as you want browsing and lounging by the innovative staircase which took advantage of its structurally high ceiling. You could pretend to be in the library choosing which book you are taking home for the week. It just brings back good old days of being in university.

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Inspiring Interiors: Kips Bay Show House 2013

Two days late is never that late when it comes to sharing good designs. Apparently, the 41st Kips Bay Show House ended two days ago, June 4th. This is an annual event where esteemed and privileged designers all around the globe design a luxury Manhattan home and showcase it to over 20,000 visiting admirers. The proceeds thereafter go to the after school and enrichment programs for NYC children. Every year they would choose a lucky canvass, and this year it is on the Upper East Side addressed: 161 East 64th Street, New York, NY

Other than being a charitable event, Kips Bay Show House is also recognized because it stages the platform for the interior design trends (which actually, as opposed to fashion, takes its sweet leisurely time). So in this case, your $35 would go a very long way, for yourself and for the NYC children you would be helping.

Among this year’s designer list are: Andrew Suvalsky Designs, Barbara Ostrom Associates, Christopher Peacock, Dineen Architecture + Design PC, Eve Robinson Associates, Felicia Zwebner Design, Garcia / Maldonado, Inc., Gomez Associates, Huniford Design Studio, Jack Levy Design, Judy King Interiors, Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design, Kristen McGinnis Design Inc., Monica Rich Kosann Photography, Nievera Williams Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Sara Story Design, Stephen Mooney Interiors, West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

Sad to have missed seeing this –virtually, that is- while it was still ongoing. Oh well, who knows I might be blessed enough to be sent to New York for this next year! That said, here are a top favorites nipped from Elle. (Click image for credit and expanded info)




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Enjoy! 🙂

Wandering Wednesday: John 15:18


I am holding not much knowledge about religion, but for my case -and bundles of cases I am made aware- sometimes the toughest part of being a “Christian” is it being used against us. One of the many comforts, so to speak, we Christian have is our Messiah telling us He went through the same. In fact, He went by it the worst.

What more proof of love could you ask for than have your King and Creator be crucified for your sake?