10.04.16

Haunt Teams Sound off on Challenges, Competition, and Conveying Theme

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Nicole with GlasPro sat down with three HAUNT COUTURE 2016 design team leaders at this year’s Halfway Point Meeting to discuss the fast-approaching competition.

NAME: Rachel Botten FIRM: HOK, Inc. FLOWER: Milk Thistle SPONSOR: Herman Miller TEXTILE SPONSOR: Architex

NAME: Rachel Botten
FIRM: HOK, Inc.
FLOWER: Milk Thistle
SPONSOR: Herman Miller
TEXTILE SPONSOR: Architex

NICOLE: Welcome, ladies! As team leaders, what excited you most about this year’s theme?

JANELLE (HKS): The toxic effect of natural plants is so interesting to work with…the fact that each flower has effects ranging from mild to fatal is so intriguing!

MARLEN (WAI): The theme is organic and open to interpretation – it will be exciting to see how each team conveys the theme.

RACHEL (HOK): It’s so open ended. Anything’s possible!

NICOLE:  Without giving too much away…how are you using this year’s theme to inspire your design?

RACHEL (HOK): We are taking advantage of the healing VS. destructive aspects of our plant.

JANELLE (HKS): Our design is inspired by the movement of our flower’s toxins through the veins once ingested.

MARLEN (WAI): No comment.

NAME: Marlen Lopez FIRM: Wolcott Architecture Interiors FLOWER: Morning Glory SPONSOR: Heilu TEXTILE SPONSOR: LUMM/LGS Group

NAME: Marlen Lopez
FIRM: Wolcott Architecture Interiors
FLOWER: Morning Glory
SPONSOR: Heilu
TEXTILE SPONSOR: LUMM/LGS Group

NICOLE: As a returning team, what mistakes have you made in previous years that you are going to try to not replicate?

RACHEL (HOK): Not pushing enough boundaries!

JANELLE (HKS): Putting ideas before concept.

MARLEN (WAI): Although Wolcott has participated before, we are a completely new team, so…so far, so good!

NICOLE: Looking around the room, who do you think your biggest competition is this year?

RACHEL (HOK): Each team has something new to bring to the table. We are very excited about the competition this year.

JANELLE (HKS): Well, Gensler isn’t participating, so…

MARLEN (WAI): The students!

NAME: Janelle De la Guardia  FIRM: HKS FLOWER: Stinking Nightshade SPONSOR: Allsteel TEXTILE SPONSOR: Knoll

NAME: Janelle De la Guardia
FIRM: HKS
FLOWER: Stinking Nightshade
SPONSOR: Allsteel
TEXTILE SPONSOR: Knoll

NICOLE: One last question…If you could give us a TINY hint to what your performance will be like…what would you say?

RACHEL (HOK): Things are not what they appear.

MARLEN (WAI): Intoxicating!

JANELLE (HKS): Dark and dreamy.

NICOLE: Thank you, ladies. Can’t wait to see what this year’s competition brings. Biscuit, please get off my leg.

For more information on this year’s Haunt Couture competition, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit iida-socal.org.

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