Fourth Annual Interior Design Trip: Rome
14-18th March 2016

Tutors accompanied 59(!) Interior Design students to Rome at the end of March for a five day immersive cultural experience. The trip was subsidised by CU’s Centre for Global Engagement.


Senior Lecturer Richard Jones waxes lyrical about the Colossum

The city is positively overflowing with outstanding examples of Baroque, Renaissance, Neoclassical and of course Roman art and architecture (as well as a number of contemporary projects). Organised excursions were made, taking in works including The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, The Forum, PantheonFontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps. Students also explored The Vatican (taking in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel) and (the now late) Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum as well as being given time to plan their own pizza/gelato-fueled adventures.

CDW 2015


Staff accompanied 72 Product and Interior Design students to Clerkenwell Design Week on Wednesday 20th May.

“Celebrating it’s 6th year in May (19-21) the award-winning CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2014, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 32,300 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.”

The visit was part of an ongoing programme of events planned to take students out of the studio to look at design and understand its place within the global market. The cohort were left suitably impressed and inspired by Clerkenwell’s mix of showrooms, exhibitions, installations and talks… buzzing with ideas and laden with brochures and catalogues.


For the Love of Making

Coventry University x Sitting Firm


Steam-bent ash components

Students in their first year of Interior Design were taken on a guided tour of local craft-makers Sitting Firm this month. ID have a mutually-beneficial ongoing relationship with the company – working together on student placements and projects as well as exhibitions and designs for their own furniture collection.

People Mover Challenge: Moving Forward

The last visit to Birmingham Airport for the time being was arranged by Elaine Mackie, second year tutor for the second year automotive and transport students to present their final designs for the ‘People Mover’ project to Michelle Thurgood, Transport Specialist and Rob Eaton, Planning Manager.

Tom Nelson

From left to right:
Yang Zhao, Aaron Yong, Rob Eaton, Michelle Thurgood, Dastinas Steponenas
 at Diamond House, Birmingham Airport

Automotive and Transport Design: Germany

7 – 10 April 2014

The end of term two trip to Stuttgart for first year students was arranged by first year course tutor Elaine Mackie for 28 undergraduate students studying on the Automotive and Transport Design course.  Accompanying her this year were also 3 postgraduate students studying for an MSc in Design and Transport as well as fellow staff member Alan Barrett.


Students outside Mercedes-Benz Museum entrance

SVL: Daniel Simon

Special Visiting Lecture: Daniel Simon

Daniel Simon's Film Work

On 16th April 2014 at 17:00, the Automotive and Transport Design Course at the Coventry School of Art & Design was delighted to host a visit by one of the world’s finest concept designers and automotive futurists, Daniel Simon. Best known for his designs in movies (Tron: Legacy, Captain America, Prometheus, Oblivion) and his books Cosmic Motors and Timeless Racer, Daniel dropped into Coventry University to give an informal lecture about his experiences and work.

Grasping the People Mover Challenge

Second year automotive and transport students undertaking the ‘People Mover’ project accompanied by Elaine Mackie, second year tutor, were given an opportunity to present their initial design proposals to the client, Birmingham Airport’s Michelle Thurgood, Transport Specialist.

‘People Mover’ students in front of Diamond House, Birmingham Airport

Ciao Milano!

Interior Design Excursion: Milan, 7th – 12th April

This past week, ID staff accompanied a group of first and second year Interior Design students to Milan’s eagerly awaited Design Week 2014. Arguably the most important event in the design calendar, every Easter Milan plays host to the world’s largest exhibition of domestic and commercial furnishings. Events, product launches, pop-ups and parties are spread across the city, allowing visitors a glimpse of the ‘hidden Milan’ that is so rarely seen during the rest of the year – doors are opened, courtyards revealed, prosecco corks are popped, and the entire city is transformed into an immersive and extravagant showroom.

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