Institute of Design, a professional school whose mission is the training of
designers with different backgrounds and levels of preparation, includes a
program for interior designers, a course which aims to provide the student with
specialized training in commercial interiors.
Over the academic
year 2009 - 2010, the only design type we took into account was commercial
islands located at an airport. Based on the metaphor of the commercial island
and its location in an airport environment, the course received the title of ‘Flight
to the islands’, taking advantage of the student projects proposed within the
commercial space in the new terminal of the Aeroport del Prat in Barcelona.
One of the most
characteristic features of this Mediterranean airport, is to serve as an airlift
to the Balearic Archipelago.
the various training courses, IED presents the results taken advantage of the facilities, as
a commercial storefront, give façade to the building in which the school its current
headquarters located in Barcelona. With this, the exhibition of the students’
work becomes a project of a special nature, (a middle way between an assembly
of window dressings and an exhibition).
It cannot be
visited as an exhibition project, but the exhibition concept was derived from
the shape of a project. In this sense, basic psychological factors played with
the viewer’s curiosity chasing any passerby who passes before the window. At
this point, we resorted to traditional folded map used in selecting a trip
dedicated to those resort islands worldwide. Uniting various island maps and
using the paper folds, a curtain was drawn covering
the entire glass surface of the display case. Finally, the glaze paper was
perforated by a series of circular holes located at different heights according
resource, the result was extremely successful as the obvious appeal of an
experienced travel map or evoking places you want to visit. And on the other
side of the illusion of flying, there were the real islands, commercial islands
designed by students of the third year of interior design, formalized through
models and projections, transporting the viewer to an unexpected world.
The public space
of the street is transformed into a lively urban showroom by exclamations of
surprise of all who passed by.