IADT-Seattle Interior Design Students Spruce-Up Winning Holiday Trees

December 20, 2007


Seattle, Washington, December 20, 2007 — Old versus new. Cutting-edge versus traditional. Hip versus Holy. Noble Fir versus Blue Spruce. Every Holiday Season, the Seattle Design Center hosts a fun and playful design competition to bring out the best in Interior Design Students from all over the city who compete to win the award of the most innovative holiday tree.

Kudos to the two IADT-Seattle Interior Design teams who participated in the competition and created the most unusual and talked-about holiday trees for the Seattle Design Center.

Team one, composed of Amanda "Mandy" Nichols (seen above in photo) and her partner Tracy, staged the "12 days of Christmas," with whimsical creations and a partridge-in-a-pear-tree topper. Sarah Smith and Christine Bergman spearheaded the second IADT-Seattle team and created an unconventional Christmas tree complete with unique white branches and an avante garde color scheme.

Christmas Tree

From around Puget Sound many other student design teams competed for the top honor, which was awarded to the IADT-Seattle pairing of Tracy and Mandy.

"When I heard the news, I wasn't surprised," said IADT-Seattle's Program Chair of Interior Design Dan Crandall. "Mandy's and Tracy's design was beautifully tied together around a Christmas-friendly concept: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Their execution was at once potetic and quite charming, with the story being told through the delicate and whimsical ornaments. I knew they had a winner."

With so many beautiful trees to choose from, it was a challenge to pick just one! But this wasn't a case of winner takes all. Everyone who participated had fun! Special thanks to both teams who participated and to the Seattle Design Center for providing this opportunity to our students!

About IADT - Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At IADT, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach work today and in the future. While enrolled at IADT, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The Seattle campus of IADT, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and/or Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Digital Media Production, Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. For more information on IADT-Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit www.iadtseattle.com.