Chichester College students to design for Ideal Home Show

February 17, 2017

Art and design students at Chichester College are embarking on the opportunity of a lifetime.

The students, who are aged between 16-18, will be taking centre stage at this year’s Ideal Home Show in March, by designing the interiors of the show homes.

These are the focal point of the show, which runs from Friday 24 March to Tuesday 9 April at Olympia in London, and will be visited by an estimated 250,000 people.

It’s the first time in the show’s history that the show homes will have been designed by college students, who will be joining an illustrious list of previous designers including George Clarke and Linda Barker.

This year there will be two fully built houses – a thatched cottage and a three-storey apartment building – for visitors to explore, with Chichester College students designing the rooms.

The apartment building, sponsored by Barclays, will have three separate flats, designed to reflect the stories of their residents – from a young family to an older couple who are downsizing in retirement.

Julie Kapsalis, Vice Principal at Chichester College, said: “Part of what makes Chichester College special are the experiences that we are able to open up to our students and we are delighted to have been given the chance to be involved with the Ideal Home Show in such a big way.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their tremendous talents on a huge stage, where hundreds of thousands of people will see what they can do.

“It is a huge challenge – it is like nothing we’ve done before – but I know we will all be blown away by what our students and their lecturers will be presenting when the show opens in March.

The students have begun designing concepts for the show, which were presented to representatives from Barclays and Media 10 – who run the Ideal Home Show – in January, with the final designs being selected this month.

Isobel McKenzie-Price, former editor of Ideal Home Magazine and now Creative Content Editor at Media 10, added: “The ideal Home Show has always showcased the latest ideas and trends in homes, so we’re thrilled to be working with the next generation of British interior design talent.

“The Chichester students have approached this project from a contemporary design perspective, bringing in fresh ideas and innovative ways to use space creatively that challenge traditional thinking.

“And they’ll get to bring their ideas to life in real spaces for the Ideal Home visitors to experience for themselves.

“We’re all looking for new ways to style and organise our homes, and at this year’s Show we’ll be throwing open the doors to four spectacular homes packed with ideas from Chichester’s talented young designers.”