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Designing a UIC Study Hall

Challenge: To remake a sterile underused space into an inviting oasis promoting study, utilize existing furniture and lights to adhere to budget plan

Starting point: Narrow windows, colorless walls, worn through tile, rusted radiators, unappealing fluorescent lighting, original ‘60’s plastic furniture

Timeline: all work had to be completed over a 4 week school winter break

Results: on time, on target

Design elements: Cheerful yellows, greens, turquoises and reds draw people into the room. Mirroring the student body, the room features elements from 12 different nations represented by hand made appliqués, pottery, and designs. The existing drinking fountain, radiators, and 3 large granite coffee tables were “Ranchized”—they become art components within the overall plan. Vintage American furniture blends beautifully with the ethnic prints, furnishings and patterns.

Feedback: It’s now “seating room only” in this colorful and whimsical study hall.

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