The SoFa Design Institute team poses with their masterpiece, a Cambodian-themed dining room.Photos bygSoFADesign Institute
MANILA, Philippines Interior design students of the SoFa Design Institute took home the first prize at this year’s Obra Maestra, the premier inter-school interior design competition.
Every year,Wilcon, one of the country’s leading construction supply companies, partners with WorldBex, an esteemed construction industry event, and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE) to sponsor the most important student interior design competition in the Philippines.
Called Obra Maestra (Latin for the word masterpiece), the event challenges interior design programs all over the country to compete for awards and prizes.
The theme this year was ASEAN-centrica nod to the upcoming ASEAN integration which will break downbarriers to design practice within our region.
SoFA Design Institute was assigned the task of designing(and building)a Cambodian-themed dining room. The team of five interior design studentsMaggie Wilson, Mark San Diego, Mica Jacinto, DanieleIsabella andJanelle Siguenzawas led by SoFA Design Institute’s Interior Design chair Denise Ayado.
They conceptualized a sophisticated installation inspired by Angkor Wat, thecentralcultural artifact of the ancient Khmer culture of Cambodia.
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The students’ design journey was kicked off by an intensive mentoring session with assigned faculty and SoFA Design Institute’s dean, Tobias Guggenheimer. The students were guided through a rigorous design process that involved thorough brainstorming and research that figured in historical and cultural influences of Cambodia.
Throughout the experience, the team of students pitched and critiqued ideas until they arrived at a winning design concept which they saw through to production.
Complete with a live water feature, the project was awarded first prize by a jury of five industry professionals. The team not only brought home bragging rights by besting 11 interior design programs but also won a cash prize and a handsome marble trophy.
SoFA Design Institute’s BS Interior Design program is open for admissions for school year 2015 to 2016 (June semester). Other interior design programs are open for enrolment.
For inquiries, contact the SoFA Design Institute – Admissions Office (E: email@example.com, T: (02) 478 4611 or 22 loc. 150).