We recently said goodbye to HGTV’s first Home Studio interns Carol Schoenfeld and Cassie Reed. The Home Studio university co-op program allows Scripps to collaborate with emerging designers who offer new takes on interior design and decor. Carol and Cassie, both students at the University of Cincinnati‘s prestigious design program, created interactive interior design displays for the HGTV headquarters. Schoenfeld’s vignette is a deep dive into design history with a spotlight on the Wassily Chair, invented in 1925. Reed illustrated a current design trend; she chose “bold” with a sustainability bent…and lots of honeysuckle.
Check out their displays — and stick around for a quick interview with these up-and-coming designers.
CASSIE REED & THE BOLD DESIGN TREND
AM: Why would you recommend the HGTV Home Studio internship?
CR: Carol and I were exposed to so many different facets of the media industry. We got to go on location; I went to Miami to help out on Color Splash. Carol and I both were mentored by Vern Yip who was hugely helpful in the design of the displays. (Vern explained to us that when working with a tight budget and in a small space, it’s very important for each piece to be as impactful as possible.) These are experiences an intern can’t get at a traditional interior design firm.
AM: What does your display say about you as an up-and-coming designer?
CR: The verbiage on the sofa, and pillows, and the cartoon-like shape of the TV casement are almost silly. This display has big personality and a sense of humor, and so do I!
AM: If you could go home with a piece of your vignette, what would it be?
CR: I want to take it all! The Platner Table is a classic mid-century design. It’s truly timeless. But if I had to choose just one piece, it’d be the Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Armchair. I’d probably use it as a desk chair. It’s surprisingly comfortable!
CAROL SCHOENFELD & THE WASSILY CHAIR
AM: Carole, why did you choose the Wassily chair for your interactive display?
CS: I wanted to focus on a piece of furniture that has a rich history yet is still relevant today. The Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair is this beautiful, modern chair that has been very influential in furniture and interior designs. I wanted people to learn the story behind it.
AM: What aspect of your design is your favorite?
CS: I love that the two chairs create a great seating area within the display, where people can sit and talk to each other, as well as read the the panels or watch the video. I also like how the overall form of the display reflects the construction techniques of the chair with the bent metal poles and panel wraps.
AM: If you could go home with a piece of your display, what would it be?
CS: I would definitely love to have the Wassily Chairs, but I also like the Wagenfeld Lamp. It’s from the same period as the chair (Bauhaus).
AM: Why would you recommend the HGTV Home Studio internship to interior design majors?
CS: For the first time on an internship, I got to design and implement from start to finish. It was cool to see my ideas built. Also, HGTV truly values interns’ opinions, because the company wants interior design students to bring in their fresh perspectives to Scripps.
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