Benildean tops home office interior design competition


    Memory in Space, a home office design that explored the interconnectedness of memory and spatial framework, clinched the Top Prize of the recently concluded 17th Estilo de Vida Interior Design Competition.

    Created by School of Design and Arts Interior Design student Margaret Therese Hagad of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), her project attempted to examine the relationship between material objects, emotions and workspaces.

    “Memory improvement helps people learn and retain new information better. As a result, people can boost their performance, which leads to greater overall productivity,” Hagad elaborated.

    Founded in 2004 by Filipino business magnate Jorge Consunji and co-organized by the Philconstruct Events, Exhibitions, and Conferences Corp. (PEEC), Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), the annual inter-school contest continues to provide a platform for young designers to test their skills and showcase their talents to contractors, designers, industry professionals and design enthusiasts.

    This year’s theme challenged the participants to revamp an existing room in their house into a temporary home office set-up not smaller than 12 square meters, which should accommodate up to two persons and their office essentials to promote general office work, productivity for virtual meetings, plus online schooling and studying.

    Hagad was mentored by IDr Karol Ann Antonio, PIID, the adviser of the Guild of the Rising Interior Designers, the official student organization of Benilde Interior Design Program.

    Her achievement was Benilde Interior Design Program’s second consecutive win in the competition, as they likewise garnered top prizes in the 2019 edition.

    The Program prepared for this year’s competition by forming a technical committee comprised of industry experts and Benildean educators and mentors in addition to Antonio, such as IDr. Candice Arboleda, IDr. Randy Pabona and IDr Ley Gatpandan, who closely monitored the participating students’ progress, as well as addressed and supported all the issues and concerns in their creative and design process.

    “Constant and open communication with the students, one-on-one mentoring and consultation through virtual platforms and keeping them motivated to keep their confidence high were some of the key strategies applied in the whole duration of this competition,” Antonio shared.