MCC Interior Design students: Habitat ReStore Designers Challenge 2013
For the second consecutive summer, students of MCC’s Interior Design program have met the challenge—the Habitat ReStore Designer Challenge, that is—by teaming with well-known local interior designers to create and fabricate actual interior spaces. These spaces consisted of 8’ x 8’ room vignettes that were on display in the lower level of the Von Maur Court at Westroads Mall. Each vignette showcases repurposed items from Habitat ReStore’s two Omaha locations as well as the Salvation Army and represents how good design can be achieved on a very low budget.
The students who participated did so on a voluntary basis. In late spring, they gathered at the Habitat ReStore’s Maple Street location to be assigned to one of the participating interior designers. Then it was two months of hard work that culminated in five 8’x 8’ enchanting vignettes. The spaces represented consist of a kitchen, dining room, home office, child’s bedroom and playroom and were created both on and off-site.
The benefits of this project for the Interior Design students are multi-fold. Not only do they have the opportunity to meet and work with selected local interior designers, but the occasion has provided a chance to apply what they have learned to a hands-on experience. In addition, it enables them to be a part of acquainting the public with the MCC program of Interior Design. Several of the students even had the opportunity to highlight some of their own artwork.