Big win for SASD

Big win for SASD

Students from Marsha Matto’s Color Theory class win Third Place at Sherwin-Williams STIR® Design Challenge

A group of Interior Design majors from the University of Bridgeport’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) have been selected as winners in the sixth annual Sherwin-Williams STIR® Student Design Challenge, which recognizes excellence in residential and commercial design.

Students Allison Antosh, Daniela Valera, and Sarah Lafitte won Third Place and a $500 prize in the highly competitive national competition after submitting proposed designs for in the Residential Design category.

Their work will be featured in the 2016 edition of the Sherwin-Williams STIR magazine, a print magazine for design professionals, the Sherwin-Williams Facebook page, and in a future issue of theSTIR extra email newsletter.

The UB interior design team was advised by SASD Visiting Assistant Professor Marsha Matto, who encouraged the students to enter the competition as part of her Color Theory class at SASD.

“This is the first time a class from UB has ever won before so this is huge!” said Matto. “They worked incredibly hard to create a color palette that is contemporary, fresh, and livable. I’m incredibly proud of their vision and hard work.”

Contestants were required to submit four renderings of the same space at different angles.  The renderings were done using SketchUp, a 3D computer-modeling system used for architecture and interior design.  Renderings of their residential space used Sherwin-Williams colors, a description of the space, and why the colors were inspiring.

The UB team submitted a design they had worked on from a beach home they had previously completed in a Studio 2 class but reworked, using a color combination done in their Color Theory course during the spring semester, Matto said.

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