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Parsons BFA Interior Design Students Win Angelo Donghia Foundation’s 2017 Student Scholarships

Anne Sophie Granger and Jesse Cermak, BFA Interior Design ’18, are among the 13 winners of the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation’s 2017 Student Scholarship Program in Interior Design.

Launched in 2002, the Foundation gives out the awards to students entering their senior year in an undergraduate interior design program who are creating transformative work. Each student winner receives as much as $30,000 for his/her/their senior year tuition, board, maintenance, and books.

Cermak was recognized for Kapsule, a portable kitchen and vegan dining experience that incorporates an on-site composting system. Here’s more about the project:

Kapsule is a a transformative, waste conscious entity with the ability to adapt to the surrounding environment. To push the boundaries of interior design by taking a space that is normally large and permanent and condense it into a performative space which is compact and portable. In this thinking, “Kapsule” will allow communities to come together to enjoy a gathering of food preparation, consumption, and disposal.

Granger’s project, KA, is a hospice care facility designed to be a threshold connecting two stages of consciousness: life and death. The space is designed with “passive,” “active,” and “threshold” attributes that create an experience that allows the inhabitant to “face what is coming without resistance,” according to Granger.

“Dying consciously is to awaken to this infinitely growing energy we hold within ourselves,” she says. “KA is a hospice care facility that uses this approach to maximize the quality of life until the last breath, both from a comfort perspective and a spiritual one.”

The Angelo Donghia Foundation provides support for two distinct fields: the advancement of education in the field of interior design and initiatives pertaining to the discovery of causes of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and its related diseases and treatments.


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