Interior Design

DCTC Interior Design Club Wins Industry Award

The DCTC interior design club – Design Connexion – participated in an IIDA (International Interior Design Association) charity event called Fusion + Fashion. Industry professionals as well as interior design college students designed and fabricated outfits from industry products and non-traditional garment materials and modeled them in a fashion show / competition. DCTC’s Design Connexion created two outfits from aluminum cans and pop tops, and won the category “Most Unique Material”. The event took place at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, and it was the industry social gala of the year. See the actual DCTC dresses and other winning outfits on Nicollet Mall at Target Commercial Interiors in downtown Minneapolis. Check out the pictures of the event at

Target Store Designer, Reggie Reyes, Inpires Interior Design Students

Reggie Reyes, Guest Speaker

Reggie Reyes, Guest Speaker

IDES students currently enrolled in Commercial Studio II are competing in a Retail Design Competition this fall.
PAVE (The Planning and Visual Education Partnership) is sponsoring a competition to design a retail “pop up” store design concept for the Sephora chain of cosmetics stores.
Reggie Reyes has led Target in the arena of “pop-ups” and spoke to the students regarding this type of retail venue.
He was able to spend time with each student critiquing their work and inpiring them to take some risks with their design concepts. The studnets took away some great information and inspiration as the project deadline comes to a close.
Stay posted for results of the Sephora store design sometime in December.

Industry Trade Show in Minneapolis

A commercial interior design trade show  – called MinneCon -will be held at the Depot in Minneapolis this Thursday, July 21st, from 11am to 6pm.  This trade show is sponsored by IIDA – International Interior Design Association – and will be their 4th annual event. MinneCon includes an exhibit hall featuring  a broad range of commercial interior products, including floor materials, furniture, and lighting.  MinneCon also includes continuing education forums for industry professionals as well as student focused activities.

MinneCon has been a great opportunity to view new products AND to network with industry professionals.   Check out the details for MinneCon at the IIDA Northland Chapter website:

MinneCon stemed from the annual trade show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago called NeoCon.

King Tut and the Great Pharoahs

A group of interior design students and instructors Coco Dugan Early and Kathy Huus visited the King Tut exhibit currently showing at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The materials, shapes & forms, colors and textures of these objects became design inspriation for the Art Deco period beginning in the 1920′s following the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.  Viewing the treasures unearthed from ancient tombs was eye opening and another source of inspiration for our interior design students.

"The IDES Tut Fans"

Did You Know…

Florence Knoll (a furniture designer and architect) was the primary influence in launching the interior design industry. She and her husband founded Knoll Associates in 1946, and offered unique furniture that integrated the needs of the professions of architecture and interior design. Many of Knoll’s timeless furniture designs became design icons of the 20th century and are still available in what is now called Knoll Studio. You’ll see famous Knoll furniture pieces in homes as well as places of business, hotels, restaurants…and in the Interior Design Program area at Dakota County Technical College.  We have four red Bertoia Diamond lounge chairs and glass table, which are enjoyed by many DCTC design students.

  Check out Knoll Studio at

Students and Faculty Attend ICFF in New York

18 DCTC Interior Design students and 2 faculty traveled to New York and attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Several countries participated and offered a diverse range of product and talent, including established and new designers.

The Interior Design students and faculty also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and toured the Materials Connection and Gensler, a prominent international architecture/interior design firm.

The group enjoyed interesting design and architecture throughout the Manhattan skyline. A truly valuable learning experience overall.

Did You Know…

Many alumni of our Interior Design program are gainfully employed in the industry and participate in professional organizations, including volunteering on committees for special events.  Ann Fritz, a 2004 graduate, was the Master of Ceremonies at the International Interior Design Association - Northland Chapter – FAB Awards on April 7th. The awards banquet featured local architecture and interior design firms that submitted project work for an award as being Fresh, Brilliant, and Artistic design.  Review the award winning projects and firms featured in their website:

Interior Design Vendor Fair

A few weeks ago our Interior Design club – called Design Connexion – hosted its 4th annual Vendor Fair here at DCTC. Over a dozen vendors participated in displaying and discussing their products, which ranged from commercial and residential furniture and flooring to lighting. Interior Design students and faculty enjoyed the event along with many other interested DCTC students, staff, and faculty.

Want to know more about the vendors and products that were here at our Vendor Fair? Contact us at

Interior Design Educators Conference

DCTC Interior Design Program faculty attend the 2011 Annual Conference for Interior Design educators. The IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) annual conference was held last month in Denver, Colorado.  Attendees from colleges and universities accross the continent enjoyed workshops and presentations related to trends in interior design education and industry. Networking, sharing best practices, and seeing local art, architecture, and interiors is also a highlight of the conference.

Check out IDEC at

Industry Trade Shows

Students and faculty from the DCTC Interior Design Program are involved in industry events throughout the year, including local and out-of-state trade shows. Here is what’s coming up…

NEWH – the National Executive Women in Hospitality industry organization is hosting their Regional Tradeshow at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis on April 12, 2011.  Check out their website at

ICFF – the International Contemporary Furniture Fair is scheduled for May 14 – 17, 2011, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY.  Check out the website at

Stay tuned for a summary of these events as DCTC Interior Design faculty and students report on their experience in attending these events.