December 11, 2010

Interior design student wins competition with volcano-inspired nightclub

Michelle Duquette, BINT '12, dispays tools of her trade

In Michelle Duquette’s fictional, volcano-inspired nightclub Tectonic, bright red walls pulsate along with the music. A crinkled glass barrier seems to melt in front of an oversized, blown-glass sculpture suspended within a spiral staircase.

It’s the complexity of the design that Duquette believes helped her win the recent first annual Interior Design Career Day (IDCD) student competition. Her design was originally part of a project for her sophomore studio course, in which students used a natural phenomenon as inspiration for the character of their club. “I chose a volcano,” says Duquette. “The materials, textures, and colors were all based around lava and tectonic plates.” The judges picked the winning design based on originality, sustainability, and complexity, among other factors.

Duquette’s passion for interior design is evident in her work ethic. Between holding down a part-time job and her active role on the Wentworth Events Board (WEB), Duquette finds herself constantly prioritizing her work load. “It’s hard to balance things out,” she says. “Winning this made it worth it for me. If you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll enjoy it no matter how hard it is.”

Co-sponsored by professional design associations and the Boston Design Center, and hosted at Knoll and Allsteel, IDCD consisted of a series of workshops on topics relating to networking, design, interviewing, and understanding market sectors. The keynote address was delivered by Wentworth alumna Meichi Peng, IDC ’97.

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