On this episode on Design Santa Barbara we welcome Laura Hoyle, Robert Mitchell, and Johnny Brackett. Three very talented Interior Designer students from Santa Barbara City College. See how they use there amazing design skills to stage their own room and recreate there very own design. Santa Barbara City College offers an Interior Design Program that prepares students for careers in interior design, furniture and textile design, project management, and lighting design. The program focuses on applying artistic principles and techniques to professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing residential and commercial interior spaces.
Laura has a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and is currently working towards an A.A. in Interior Design at Santa Barbara City College. While living in the bay area, she held an internship at Sullivan Design Studio where she was able to learn more about all aspects of the design process as well as the business side of owning an interior design studio. Eventually, she would like to own her own residential and commercial design studio. Her experience in the field of dentistry has also sparked an interest in dental office design.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pouring over design books and magazines and collecting tear sheets for future projects. I’m inspired by the memories that bring the biggest smiles to my face, memories of travel – especially when I remember the people and the markets I’ve met along the way- flea markets of Paris, silk markets in Vietnam, the leather markets of Florence, Italy and the artisan markets in Tanzania, Africa. I love textiles and objects that possess handmade detail and character. Objects like these impart their humanity and have a soul about them and I aim to create spaces which evoke that same essence. Laura Hoyle
Robert Mitchell is a new student to the field of architecture but has his mind set on learning all that there is to know about design. He is still exploring the many styles that appear in the history of architecture, but he believes he has found his passion in traditional and formal residential projects.
Being the son of a carpenter, he grew up on construction sites and has an advanced understanding of what it takes to build a home. The key now is to bring his understanding of carpentry together with his education in design. After finishing his time at Santa Barbara’s Community College, he would like to study abroad and explore many different cultures before continuing his education in economics and architecture at a four year institution
Design has been in my blood since I was a child. My father was a dealer of antiques and fine arts and my mother had a keen eye for all things esthetic. Growing up in this environment and around antique shows, rooms and spaces became very personal to me. Certain pieces and arrangements began to speak to me on a deep level.
Over the years I studied art, music and later studied at USCB and Art Center and became a graphic designer. During this time I learned to apply classic principles and developed the ability to coordinate concepts and objects from vastly different origins and make them work together. I also developed the ability to quickly see what works and what doesn’t. I feel its critical to be brutally honest with yourself and be able to change direction when required.
Since studying in the Interior Design program at SBCC I’ve learned to develop project life-cycles, contract drawing packages, space planning and more. I’m developing a style that is a balance of playful elegance and surprise. I’ve found that blending multiple styles is very powerful and that things that are classic are timeless.
My goal as an interior designer is to help connect people with their spaces on a deep and meaningful level. I want to work with clients in an alchemic way that gives their home a voice and represents them and their spirit.
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