An interview with Meredith Goodridge, B.A. Interior Design
1. What got you interested in interior design?
My interest in interior design sparked when I was a little girl. I loved going into Home Depot and kitchen&bath stores to help my mother pick out paint swatches and cabinetry finishes. I was also very fascinated by Nancy, the lady who did our window treatments.
2. Why did you choose a liberal arts college instead of an art school?
I chose University of New Haven because I wanted the full college experience, both academically and socially. At an art school, I would not be required to take English, science, and math classes. I feel like a liberal arts education makes for a well-rounded student. I was also unsure going into college if I really wanted to pursue art/ interior design, so liberal arts was the way to go.
3. Do you apply what you learned in art classes to interior design?
In order to be a successful interior designer, you must know how to design aesthetically pleasing spaces which requires some art background. The first year at New Haven, the interior design department is required to take basic drawing and design classes which taught the principles of art.
4. In what ways is interior design creative?
Interior design is creative because there are multiple ways in which you can arrange or design a space. If five people walked into the same room, each one of those people would probably have a different vision for that room. It is the designer’s job to design spaces that please the client, and make sure that it is aesthetically and ergonomically correct.
5. Would you consider interior design an art form?
Interior design is taken for granted. People spend about 90% of our lives indoors, whether it’s in an office, house, school, or other building. What we don’t realize is an interior designer created each one of these spaces we spend so much time in. That in itself is art.
6. What other areas is interior design tied to? In what direction is it heading?
In this day and age, interior designers are always thinking of new ways to design eco-friendly spaces. Historic preservation is one example of sustainable design. When a space is reused or designed to save space it is working towards LEED points. Designers today are using more fabrics, furniture, paints, etc. which have low emissions and recycled contents.
– Courtney Goodridge