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Kent State University Celebrates 50 Years of Interior Design

For so many of us proud Kent State Alumni (myself obviously included), a reason can easily be found to return to Kent State University and reminisce about our time in studios, see the tremendous changes that have taken plan on campus and downtown and also be comforted by so many things that have not changed all that much. The weekend of September 15 – 16 provided a once in a lifetime reason to return to campus. We, along with the design community as a whole, celebrated 50 years of amazing Interior Design education at our beloved Kent State!

Beginning Friday evening with an Alumni + Friends Meet Up Happy Hour at Bricco, the celebrations continued into Saturday’s woman-centric panel discussion contemplating the future of design and the official opening of the CAED gallery space showcasing original Knoll Classics.


Design professionals included in this discussion:

Grace Jeffers, Owner & CEO of The New Materials Handbook and design consultant

Kari Pei, Lead Global Product Designer for Interface

Belinda Lanks, Editor of Magenta, a publication of Huge, Inc.



And if you missed out on this inspiring discussion, great news! It can be viewed at your leisure through the College of Architecture + Environmental Design’s Facebook page, found HERE.

Just as KSU embraced their landmark celebration, 2017 is also a year of celebration within the Knoll family as it mark’s Florence Knoll’s 100th birthday. Through the generous support of Knoll and American Interiors, these influential pieces of design will be on display for the coming month and provided a reminder as to how impactful we as design professionals can truly be to the environments around us.



What a celebration it was! Check out additional photography and event recap information on American Interiors website, HERE.



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