Images by Jessica Moore and Elizabeth Rivard
The Intermediate Interior Design course is designed to help students develop their design skills through the design of a Bar Cafeteria located in Florence, Italy. They will learn to understand the relationship between the physical, functional, and aesthetic parts of interior design. The students will study contemporary Italian trends and designs. Site visits and critiques will be a part of the course as well.
Recent projects required the students to design a Bar Cafeteria. They were encouraged to take a new approach to designing the cafeteria. The client requested that the design be distinctly different than your typical restaurant. The design and image were crucial to give the space a high quality feeling. It was necessary for the space to have a fusion of materials as well as blend a warm and friendly style with the latest aesthetic trends creating an inviting atmosphere. The new design needed to accommodate at least 50 guests, a kitchen, pantry, and employee areas. The restaurant needed to compete with the numerous bar cafeterias in the area by offering a unique atmosphere and flavors.
FUA students Jessica Moore and Elizabeth Rivard created a bar cafeteria called Shindig:
“Shindig presents a sophisticated, yet welcoming atmosphere for young people in Florence, providing them with a variety of spaces for different functions and needs. Inspired by Scandinavian contemporary design styles and Art Deco motifs, combines pale wood tones, dark colors, and sleek furniture. The combination of modern and historic design inspirations connects to the dual nature of Florence as both a historic and modern city. The spaces of Shindig are differentiated by the arrangement of light, furniture, and color elements to better suit specific functions. Creating individual spaces for working, gathering, and sharing information allows clients to identify the purpose of their visit. However, continuity of the design language and easy circulation paths connect the spaces and allow for a flow throughout and a customizable experience.”
Future editions of this course can be consulted at the FUA academic schedule.