IAAD’s “Interior Design” Department was founded in Turin in 1978 and, on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, expands its thematic horizons in order to confront the new challenges of the contemporary world.
SPACE! MAKE! SENSE!
The identity of the First Level Academic Diploma in “Interior Design” continues to focus on the spatial and material quality of spaces and furnishing systems, along the lines of the Italian design tradition, promoting the comparison with process and language innovations introduced both by new project managing tools and production, and by the pervasive connectivity that makes furniture and living spaces more and more sensitive and interactive.
Considering both well-being and user’s needs as central elements of the technical-creative process of the designer, in the border space between the world of theory and that of the project there are three thematic lines, representing the multiple facets of contemporary design.
The central issue about research in the interior design world: the achievement of a high spatial quality through a clear interpretation of the project plan and user needs, distribution inventions, functional flexibility and a conscious use of materials.
The transformation processes of matter as a fundamental part of the project development path, considering both the traditional methods and the new tools related to mass customization and its formal and aesthetic implications, capable of generating new languages. The production chain of objects and systems redesigned in the virtuous view of circular economy, so that the innate mankind propensity to renew spaces doesn’t interfere irreparably with the environment.
The environmental comfort of the user as an essential point for the correct design of the interior spaces, which is implemented through the control of natural elements (light, air, water); the adaptation of architectural and plant devices; the conscious spatial declension of the organic sources of the plant world. The critical use of new tools derived from the digital revolution – from the new systems of connection between objects (Internet of Things), to the interaction interfaces with users – considered as a function of its spatial implications.
Quality of the project, authorship, multidisciplinarity, attitude to research and knowledge sharing are the aspects that characterize a modern course of Interior Design, capable of training professionals equipped with the right tools to confront the challenges of the market and the contemporary world.
The study plans deal with humanistic subjects such as art history, architecture and design, sociology and semiotics of design, moving then to more specific topics such as design of spaces and furnishing systems; home design; exhibit design; design of sustainable processes; ergonomics; Science and technology of materials – supported by the modeling laboratory; digital representation techniques – including technical drawing, parametric modeling, rendering and video making.
Thanks to the active support of numerous partners – from companies to professionals, through presentations, company visits, workshops, seminars, internships, projects and degree theses – the IAAD Interior Design Department is able to offer its students opportunities to try challenge themselves alongside the most renowned national and international companies operating in the field of design.