2015 Durban University of Technology Interior Design Students Tour
- report by DADS committee member Shiney Bright
Despite all the possible problems, the gods smiled on us as all went smoothly. We had 23, 3rd year Interior Designstudents and we were warmly greeted by the awaiting Suncoast PR lady Grace Numbi and Palvi Oddone Aquino Guest Relations who had organised everything with Michelle.
These students are studying Interior Design and presently specialising in Hotels and Hospitality. Michelle had set their assignment to co-ordinate with this visit. Their deadline is 24th May and will also include producing a poster.
We first saw a standard room which is pretty much the norm in hotels, then a junior suite which had the art deco features in the lounge furniture, followed by our second lucky break, to see the Penthouse suite.
I pointed out how the principles of Art Deco had been in used in the shapes - ceilings, furniture etc., the materials - wood, metallics, fabric, etc. to show off the elegance and lines. The students were really bowled over with the subtle techniques and had lots of questions. Then a "must" visit to see the Spa. We were finally entertained to pastries and muffins prepared by the Head Chef and not a crumb was left. We were made to feel very welcome by the staff coming to introduce themselves and plans have been made to follow up the visit.
We proceeded up to Cheviot Court and Surrey Mansions to note the similarities of stucco, flagpoles, curved glass windows, and the strong vertical pilasters culminating with interesting motifs to draw the eye up. We entered the foyer at Surrey Mansions and the students were pleased to see mounted on the wall, the poster which had won the Art Deco Poster competition last year.
At Berea Court, Christian kindly took us up to the roof via the stairs so they saw the stained glass windows. This was a first for Michelle as we had been to Surrey Mansions last year and it is so amazing to see how the view excites everyone. Lots of photographs were taken - not only of the buildings but group photos on the stairs at Suncoast (which we are hoping will go in the Tsogo Sun magazine) and on top of Berea Court. The tour ended here.
Returning to the campus we noted that McIntosh House in Pixley Kaseme (West) Sreet, has unfortunately been painted dark grey with red detailing on the balconies.
All in all, a great day had by all.