Professor Bryan Howell, Chelita Pate, and six Industrial Design students gathered from places like Shanghai, Rome and the Netherlands, to begin a two week tour of Paris and London. The trip included everything from historic landmarks, and influential architecture to rubbing shoulders with contemporary designers.
The week in Paris was unforgettable. Each day started early with treats from the local bakeries and included Design Week events, and historic site seeing. The Villa Savoye gave everyone an appreciation for Le Corbusier’s influence on modern architecture, while the Museum of Decorative Arts taught them what it takes to become influential in modern product design. And no trip would be complete without visiting Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and taking pictures around the Eiffel Tower.
London lived up to its rainy reputation but that didn’t discourage the students from visiting sites like The Tower of London, Big Ben and the Royal Palace. The London design festival featured a lot of student and recent graduate work, but it also featured designers like Benjamin Hubert who the students got to meet in person. They also got inside access to Zaha Hadid's studio of modern architecture.
The trip gave everyone a taste for Europe and International design. In the end they were ready to return home but most left promising themselves to come back again soon.