Interior Architecture & Design Students Compete in Project Holiday to Benefit Local Charities
The highlight of the holiday season on Maiden Lane came on December 14th when ten Interior
Design students from the Academy of Art University eagerly awaited the announcement of Project
Holiday’s winner at the world-renowned boutique, Pierre Deux.
Inspired by the popular show “Project Runway”, Pierre Deux gave
students two and half yards of Provencal style fabric, twenty-five dollars, complete creative
control, and three weeks to design French Country home accessories with holiday flare. Store
patrons voted on their favorite design between November 24th and December 14th, 2006.
While family and friends sipped Champaign and spread holiday cheer, students proudly showed off
their creations to patrons and lobbied for more votes. Estelle Fabre’s Calendar de l’Avent was the
winner for displaying both the charm of Provencal design as well as Holiday spirit. Estelle’s
childhood memories of fighting over the sweet treats in the hidden compartments of advent calendars
served as her inspiration for her design. “I used the idea of a hanging Christmas tree decoration
to create an advent calendar with suspended sweets,” says Estelle Fabre, Interior Architecture
& Design student.
Estelle’s designated charity, Drawbridge—An Arts Program for Homeless Children, will be the
beneficiary of the contest. The contributions couldn’t have come at a better time as the building
that housed Drawbridge was destroyed in a fire last October.
Honorable mentions also go to Jordan Lee’s hearth inspired Nest Wreath; Parisa O’Connell’s
exquisite set of four pillows; and Lauren Smith’s quilted holiday stocking.
The Project Holiday Contest is a wonderful example of the Academy’s long-standing commitment to
giving back to the community. "In its inaugural year, Project Holiday gave students a great
opportunity to display their talents, gain recognition for their work and offered a chance for
students to win money for the charity of their choice. We hope this will become a tradition for
years to come,” say Daniel Chikos, Store Manager, Pierre Deux San Francisco.