16 interiors+sources june2017 interiorsandsources.com
By AnnMarie Martin
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) first-year graduate student and
New Jersey native Hannah
Viparina will be spending
the summer closer to home
as the second grand-prize
winner in the i+s 2017 I Like
Design student competition.
She is the recipient of a paid
internship at Michael Graves
Architecture & Design
in Princeton, N.J., with
her housing costs for the
duration of the internship
paid for by the competition.
Similar to Graves’
story, Viparina originally
found her way to interior
design through a love for
architecture. “I saw it as a
form of 3D art that you could experience,” she said. “But architecture is
more focused on the outside shell, whereas the interior is where humans
actually interact with their built environment, and that’s what I love.”
She brought that concept to her winning entry for the redesign
of the interiors+sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon. Not only is it
a space where visitors can physically interact with the materials on
display, but they can also leave their mark on the pavilion via the
human interactions Viparina’s design promotes.
“So many professionals converge at this conference,” she explained.
“How can this pavilion not only show the samples, but also help these
design professionals interact with one another? Because ultimately I
share their knowledge and understanding of the field with each other,
there is so much more value in that than just going to a convention.”
The flow through the space would begin with the choosing of any
one material sample, which can be brought over to a “sample reading”
table that would scan its QR code and show the user information
about the product. On a screen in front of them would appear an
abstracted visual of that sample, which could potentially be merged
with another user’s scan on the same screen. That unique visual—
where Sample A is merged with Sample B—could be saved with a
time stamp that also would reveal which guests created it. It would
then be posted on the exterior of the pavilion, where two digital walls
would display these “moments” that occurred throughout the three
days of NeoCon. The visuals would be specific to the two people who
created them, like their interaction.
“My hope would be that these two people would see the interaction
on the screen in front of them and they’d be encouraged to keep
trying various samples, it would break the ice, and they’d have this
experience together that would be like a game,” Viparina added.
“As this project shows, I really enjoy the aspect of emerging
technology and how it can be combined with interior architecture,”
she continued. “That is what I want to explore, especially when it
can encourage social interaction. I think that’s super important in
today’s society where technology is so prevalent, and everybody is
connected to a device all the time.” She hopes her work can use new
technologies as a spark to bring back more face-to-face interaction and
collaboration, rather than discourage it, just as her winning entry does.
Viparina is eyeing the East Coast as a landing place once she gets
her graduate degree in Interior Design from SCAD, and wants to
continue her work within the commercial design market. She hopes
the industry will continue to move in a more multidisciplinary direction,
where related professions work as a team.