Sep 23, 2008

International Design Society makes student debut

by Melissa Lowell

The first student chapter of the Interior Design Society (IDS) has come to Liberty University to provide new opportunities for students from the Fashion Merchandising and Interiors Major. The organization is the first student chapter for IDS in the United States. The Liberty chapter plans to coordinate with a “mother” chapter in the Triad area of North Carolina. The president of the Triad chapter plans to help educate the students on participating in the International Home Furnishings Market as well as working on display showrooms for a national presentation.

IDS held an informational meeting in the Visitor’s Center on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for students interested in being involved in the program. The meeting was designed to showcase the different people working for IDS and to explain the concept of the program.
The Chapter Relations Coordinator for IDS Abigail Emms informed attendees about IDS, and the society’s new role at Liberty University.

The new student chapter plans to include a design challenge where the Liberty students will compete in a design a dorm room contest. IDS is also interested in working with Habit for Humanity in order to help the community. Students will have the opportunity to attend national seminars as well as market week in High Point, North Carolina.

IDS offers several opportunities such as community, business and education to anyone members. Qualified residential design professionals, and those who work in the retail environment are strongly encouraged to join IDS in addition to the education they receive in the classroom.

IDS is an independent organization with more than 4,000 members and it is one of the county’s largest design organizations that works with serving the residential interior design industry. Since its early days of being a store-based constituency, IDS has become a national organization.

IDS was founded in 1973 by the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) to support interior designers within furniture stores, but has since expanded its focus.

In late 2007, the Board of Directors for the Interior Design Society announced that it would become a fully independent association on Jan.1, 2008. IDS is the trade association that recognizes and assists specialists in residential design, even those who do not have a four-year degree in Interior Design.

The Interior Design Society’s mission statement is “Strengthen and grow the Interior Design Society by recruiting and retaining qualified residential interior designers and providing them with valuable education, publicity, programs and services that will aid them in designing safe, functional, beautiful homes.”


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