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The One Academy Students Gained Insights @ ID Week 2012
Updated 2012-09-12

Interior design is more than just a discipline that revolves around space planning and design of furnishings. You will also need to develop a sense of creative judgement and the ability to integrate aesthetic values in coming up with designs that suit clients’ needs and preference.

The recently held ID Week saw students participating in a series of sharing sessions, industrial talk conducted by professional experts as well as field trips to architectural firm and ceramic showroom. On Day 1, Eric Leong, the Head for both The New Interior Design School and The Interior Architecture Design School updated students in his keynote speech on last year’s events including briefing of how the faculty has expanded along the years, the latest facilities introduced plus extra-curricular activities organized by the ID Club.

Eric highlighted the achievements obtained by students and fellow graduates whose works and talents were recognized in both local as well as international competitions. Presentations by Nippon Paint and iN Publisher were carried out respectively after the keynote speech ended. Miss Joshi from Nippon Paint briefed students in regards to the entry requirements of the annual Nippon Paint Young Designer Award. She explained that this year’s theme provides flexibility for students to recreate, redefine and revive existing building, abandoned buildings, empty land or public spaces. Miss Jade from iN Publisher whereas shared with students on the company background and types of magazines published by iN Publisher.

Day 3 of the ID Week involves sharing session conducted by Eric on his recent inspirational trip to Italy and Germany. Eric was invited to attend the annual Milan Fair in which he was exposed to various innovative design concepts and ideas from designers across the globe. He was amazed as to how designers manage to give conventional design style a new twist by utilising recycled items such as cardboards, used cushions, etc. “Green designs will be next leading trend in interior design as you need to find new ways on how to design sustainable buildings with eco friendly materials for long term use”, Eric added.

Final day of ID week ended with an industrial talk conducted by Nicholas Fong. Nicholas Fong or fondly known as Nick is the director and architect from Nu Infinity Sdn. Bhd. who returned to Malaysia after 7 years of architectural exposures in Australia and the United Kingdom. His 5 years studies in overseas gave him a good chance to self discover his own strengths and weaknesses. “Don’t worry about what you good at, in time you will know”, quip Nick.