The third year Interior Design + Branded Environments students recently exhibited their DICHOTOMY_2 final major project work, in the Alexon Builiding, Luton. This formed part of the BUILD Art + Design School degree show.
The DICHOTOMY_2 project was based in on the site of The Higgins Sheds in Bedford. Students were asked to research and map the local area both in terms of historical context, but also to establish a new and contemporary use for the buildings, taking into account the demographic and cultural make-up of the market town.
The students initial research included a day at The Higgins Museum and Art Gallery, and with the brilliant and enthusiastic insight from Susannah Oliver ( curator / education @ The Higgins ) the students were able to develop design solutions influenced by: The Cardington Hangars, Bedford Lace and Lacemaking, Brick Industry, the invention of ‘afternoon tea’ by the Duchess of Bedford, Bedford Film Club, The River Great Ouse, Bedford’s links with the slave trade, etc.
Course Coordinator: Dawn Hesketh-Joslin