KLC x AMARA Student Interior Designer Award

The KLC x AMARA Student Interior Designer Competition runs throughout the year with all students from the KLC School of Design having the opportunity to enter. All entrants were judged by this year's panel and a shortlist of 15 students were announced. The shortlist were then asked to expand on their entry with more detail and the final Judging Day was held on 15th May.

The Competition

Students are given a detailed brief to create a scheme for a one bedroom ground floor apartment for a young couple.

Submitting a moodboard, floorplan and design statement, the shortlist was then narrowed down to a final five entries. These entries were then worked on in more detail and submitted by Monday 27th April 2020.

The final three designs have now been selected as part of the Judging Day which was held on the 15th May. These final designs will now be part of KLC’s Summer Graduation Show and also be featured on AMARA’s website.

The winning design will then be announced at Graduation with a presentation of Student Interior Design Award, which will include:

- A £500 cash prize

-Exposure across our website and social channels.

The Winners

Overall Winner: Harriet Ball

Runner up: Roxana Shafiee

Runner up: Melanie Haynes

Our Judges share their thoughts

Mary Weaver - House Editor Living etc

“I really enjoyed participating in the Amara/KLC judging on behalf of Livingetc, and felt that the overall standard of work was high with much professionalism shown throughout. There was an interesting variety of projects to choose from but the eventual winners were chosen for their stand-out designs that also fulfilled the brief.”

On overall winner Harriet Ball’s entry: “A wow factor living room that ticks all the boxes, combining colour, comfort, plenty of seating, including an innovative window seat, lots of storage and lovely layering of textures. Harriet fulfilled the brief at every level with a brilliantly presented see-at-a glance budget sheet with the overall cost coming in at a very respectable figure, honouring the first-time owner’s budget. Good thought process throughout, technical ability, well researched and presented sample board and excellent finished visual. I think the owner’s would be desperate to move in!”

On runner up Roxana Shafiee’s entry: “A lovely and professional execution, which demonstrates her style and confidence. An excellent, illustrated budget that came in at a good price, plus a good lighting plan and beautiful sample board. Her finished sketch combined with visuals of actual objects made for an interesting and inspiring presentation.”

On runner up Melanie Haynes’s entry: “A well thought-out bedroom, very on trend with jute, rattan and carved wood pieces that also ticks lots of ethical boxes. Her illustrated and very detailed budget was excellent, and the finished visual very appealing.”

Jenny Gibbs OBE - founder and Principal of KLC School of Design

On overall winner Harriet Ball’s entry: “When I first looked through the shortlisted entries this was the one that I kept coming back to. It was a cohesive presentation with a clearly set out and realistic budget, good use of space and well considered lighting. She had used an attractive colour palette with good textural contrasts and ethically sourced furniture and finishes. Most importantly she had really met the clients’ brief by creating a relaxed timeless quality, with elements of easy maintenance, use of natural materials and topped it off with a stunning visual.”

On runner up Roxana Shafiee’s entry: “There was a lovely consistency about Roxane’s delightful presentation with a well mounted and curated presentation board, good sourcing with a nod to the 19th century architecture of the property, and a muted palette. She had picked up on the clients’ love of travel and referenced this effectively, provided plenty of storage and considered the requirement for easy maintenance. The budget was particularly professionally presented and the schemes described through charming rendered sketches.”

On runner up Melanie Haynes’s entry: “This was an intelligent and sensitive response to the brief with good use of the space and colour built around her strong concept of ‘freedom at your fingertips’ inspired by the clients’ love of travel. The planning was sound and she had embraced the clients eclectic style combined with ethical sourcing, soft, natural materials and she had included a well presented and clear budget sheet.”

The student’s tutors also share their feedback:

On overall winner Harriet Ball: “Harriet has approached her year of studies at KLC with enthusiasm and passion. She has developed her creativity and her computer skills during the course to produce excellent, well considered designs for each of her projects and assignments. A particular strength is her visualisation skills. Harriet has been a very positive member of her class and pushed herself to achieve a very high standard across all disciplines. Her skills and talent at planning and sourcing of FF&E mean she is a just winner of the Amara Competition.”

On runner up Roxana Shafiee: “Roxana has a keen interest in interior design, having graduated with a BA(Hons) in Interior Architecture and gained experience working as a project manager in the interior design industry. During her year at KLC, Roxana has developed her creative skills and her knowledge of FF&E to produce impressive work across the various projects and assignments. She is dedicated and passionate, and has willingly shared her knowledge and her technical skills with other students. Roxana has excelled in her studies at KLC and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”

On runner up Melanie Haynes: “Melanie is a very driven first year student on KLC’s Foundation Degree. She works tremendously hard yet in the pursuit of perfection has a tendency to focus on negatives rather than celebrating personal successes. We hope the acknowledgement by Amara of her competition entry provides a well-earned confidence boost.”