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ECU student work on display at IKEA

Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Students from Edith Cowan University's Interior and Spatial Design program are putting their best work on show at IKEA in Innaloo as part of an exciting ongoing collaboration with the store.

Earlier this year, third-year students undertook the challenge of designing a single chair inspired by nature. Twenty students have participated in the project, each submitting a design concept in scale model form. The designs were presented to IKEA and Amy Cumming's design, the Air Chair was chosen for fabrication as a life size prototype.

Amy's design was produced at ECU's Design and Technology workshop with support from IKEA. Amy says her design was influenced by the IKEA style and incorporates natural materials and colours. "I've designed my chair for both men and women to enjoy, to brighten up their homes and living rooms," she says. "It's been designed to feel and look comfortable, and I believe it would be ideal in a lounge room as a pair or feature chair."

Second-year students will also be involved in the display, exhibiting their window display projects. Students received a design brief from IKEA, requiring them to design a window display promoting one item of furniture from the IKEA collection. Final design concepts, including IKEA furniture have been created as 1:10 scale models.

Course Coordinator, Monita Roughsedge says the partnership with IKEA has been a fantastic opportunity for the students. "Students have been able to hone their design and display skills and gain experience working to a client's brief," she said.

The exhibition will be in-store at IKEA from Monday, 10 November to Monday, 24 November. The Interior and Spatial Design course at ECU is offered at the Mount Lawley Campus as a major in the Bachelor of Creative Industries.

For more information about careers in Interior and Spatial Design, contact ECU Student Recruitment on 134 328 or visit

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