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Wanted: Interior design students with X Factor 24 November, 2009

Posted by Annie Deakin in Annie's blog.
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Budge over Simon Cowell, it is Ben de Lisi’s moment and instead of budding singers, the talent on trial are aspiring interior designers. Launched this week, the UK’s first major talent competition to find the country’s next top interior designer has begun. De Lisi, a former mentor on Sky One’s Project Catwalk and a celebrity favourite, is leading the panel of judges including Alex Proby, in-house interiors expert at property giant Grosvenor and Kate Kingston, from interior design firm Kingston Shaw.

Instead of belting out tunes on a Saturday night to impress critical judges, the students have been invited to re-design a studio apartment. They will be making moodboards of furniture, sample boards of fabrics, sketches (by hand or computer generated) and a design brief rationale.

“As an interior designer, you will be faced with many briefs throughout your career from transforming a private jet to refurbishing a multi-million pound restaurant but actually one of the most challenging briefs is to design a studio apartment.” Judge Kate Kingston says, “It must have a creative flair, be livable in and yet also make good use of space. This is a true test of talent and ability and we are hoping we might just find a new star among our competitors.”

Find out more about the competition

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