ID117 Beginning Interior Design, Tami Eyal, Spring 2016

All lectures and assignments are accompanied by slides or visual examples.

Students need to develop their presentation abilities through class critiques and discussion. Special emphasis will be placed on work process and presentations.

The course includes 2 major assignments:

1. Research, client profile and mood board, and survey.

2. Final project – studio apartment in the historical center of Florence. The assignment requires research, concept  -  the project design layout, and technical drawings and finally – presentation and a model.

Each student is required to keep an inspiration notebook and a work process notebook to be presented at the end of the course.

Research and short papers are assigned throughout the course.


Attendance is mandatory, absence will impact final grade. For every two unexcused absences, your grade will be lowered by 1/3 of a letter.  Two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence.  Students who do not stay for the duration of a class session should be marked absent.  Students who miss more than 20% of a course owing to unexcused absences cannot be given a passing grade for the course.


30% Class participation (including attendance, max. 2 excused absences. Lateness (more than 10 min) will be considered an absence.

40% Assignments

30% Exams and essays

Grades are based on attendance, proficiency, effort, and improvement.

Grades range from A+ to F.  The SACI grading scale follows:
            A+       Outstanding
            A         Excellent
            A-        Nearly Excellent
            B+       Very Good
            B         Good
            B-        Nearly Good
            C+       Above Satisfactory
            C         Satisfactory
            C-        Below Satisfactory
            D         Unsatisfactory
            F          Failure 

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.


Week 1

Monday, January 11

  • Introduction and presentation of the course
  • Introduction to 1st assignment:
  • A: survey in metric system
    Drawing floor plan 1:50
  • B: research and client profile for a vacation home (Int concept)
  • Introduction to 2nd assignment: studio apartment in historical center of Florence
  • Start work in class


  • Proceed with drawing assignment 


Wednesday, January 13

  • Continue survey, start dimensions
  • Lecture: modern architecture – Mies van de Rohe
  • Work on client profile, vacation home - research
  • Continue work in class


  • Proceed with assignment
  • Essay: Italian design from Renaissance to contemporary furniture

Week 2

Monday, January 18

  • Continue work in class
  • Lecture: use of colors in interiors
    - Communication
    - Focal point
    - Movement
    - Atmosphere


  • Essay: colors theory in interior design and its effect on your project

Wednesday, January 20 Field trip

  • Proceed with work in class
  • Visit to several Commercial spaces in city center and analyzing together
  • Visit: commercial space: Giulio Tanini


  • Proceed with assignment
  • Design survey - analyzing 2 different commercial spaces

Week 3

Monday, January 25

  • preparing assignment for presentation
  • starting 2 sections


  • Proceed with project


Wednesday, January 27

  • Last review of projects before presentations


  • Proceed with project

Week 4

Monday, Febuary 1

  • Finish projects


  • Print project


Wednesday, February 3

  • Presentations of 1st project, class discussion and critic
  • Lecture: Introduction to lighting design
  • Introduction to 2nd assignment – studio apartment in historical center of Florence


  • Proceed with project

Week 5

Monday, February 8

  • Guest Lecture: Piero Angelo Orecchioni, founder of Studio 63 Architecture + Design – Brand Identity
  • Continue work in class


  • Continue work on project


Wednesday, February 10 Field trip

  • Laurentian Library
  • Continue work in class


  • Essay: Form follows function or function follows form, write your personal view on the subject.

Week 6

Monday, February 15

  • continue work in class


Wednesday, February 17

  • last review of first part of the project

Week 7

Monday, February 22

  • Visit to interior design firm in Florence Studio 63 Architecture + Design (


  • Finish and print projects


Wednesday, February 24

  • Presentations and class critiques
  • Midterm evaluations, group and personal

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 27 - March 6)

Week 9

Monday, March 7

  • Work in class on developing layout of 2-3 possibilities and furniture selection. Color & materials.


  • Continue work on project

Wednesday, March 9

  • Presenting homework
  • Floor plan 1:20 and furniture selection in layout with 2 sections 1:20 for each possibility


  • Continue work on project

Week 10

Monday, March 14

  • Continue work in class
  • Lecture: Introduction to lighting design
  • Fixture selection, legend and distribution


  • Start with lighting project

Wednesday, March 16

  • First review of project - class critique and discussion
  • Visit to Ferragamo or Gucci Museum

Week 11

Monday, March 21

  • Continue work on project

Wednesday, March 23

  • Start work on presentation of final project - Photoshop and graphic programs
  • Continue work on model


  • Continue work on project

Week 12

Monday, March 28
No class - Easter Monday

Wednesday, March 30

  • Continue work in class on presentation of final project and model


  • Gio Ponti and total design
  • Finish all drawings and model

Week 13

Monday, April 4 Field Trip

  • Arch. Mario PItali - Le Murate - memory in architecture. The transformation of the Florence prison into social housing and a commercial center.

Wednesday, April 6

  • Selection of Drawings
  • Last review of final project, class critique and discussion.

Week 14

Monday, April 11

  • Finish final projects


  • Essay - the Bauhaus movement and its social-poltical origin
  • Proceed with final assignment

Wednesday, April 13

  • Printing presentations for SACI student exhibition


  • Essay - Wabi Sabi and interior design
  • Proceed with project

Week 15

Monday, April 18 Field Trip

  • Field trip to Le Murate with Architect Mario Pittalis

Wednesday, April 20

  • Final review on presentation of residential space
  • Presentation of final project group review with guest critique (Guest critique - to be announced)

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