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Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students

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Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students

Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students. Third-year students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Department of Interior Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, were privileged to participate in a masterclass led by renowned interior design expert and department alum, Donald Nxumalo, in May.

The department provides students with valuable learning opportunities to better equip them for the challenging and fast-paced world of interior design.

Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students

The masterclass, led by Donald Nxumalo, an acclaimed interior designer from DNX Interior Design, provided an immersive experience for the students. Nxumalo, who recently won the Outstanding Interior Designer Award at the inaugural Cultural and Creative Industry Awards (CCIAWARDS2024), is celebrated for his distinctive interiors characterized by bold elegance and the personal touch he brings to every project, ensuring clients see their identity reflected in their spaces.

Studio Tour and Professional Insights

The day began with a guided tour of the DNX studio, offering students and staff insights into the studio’s operations, team dynamics, and the crucial roles each member plays in the company’s success. This behind-the-scenes look provided a practical understanding of the professional interior design environment.

Presentation and Pro Tips

Following the tour, Nxumalo delivered a presentation focused on project presentation skills and pro tips on captivating clients. His expertise and practical advice gave students a clearer understanding of how to effectively communicate their design ideas and engage clients.

Industry Expert Interactions

The masterclass also featured interactions with several other industry experts. Tanya Sterley from the Casamance Group discussed the vital link between interior design and fabric houses, highlighting the importance of materials in creating cohesive and beautiful spaces.

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Caley-Jade Smith from Bella Bathrooms and Tiles shared insights on the latest bathroom trends, while Lungisile Vutha and Lizette Rossouw from DNX Interiors provided guidance on building a successful career in interior design.

Reflections on the Masterclass

Reflecting on the day, Donald Nxumalo expressed his admiration for the students’ talent and eagerness to learn. He said, “As a former student, I was left in awe at the extraordinary amount of talent visible on the day. I was also enthralled by the students and the eagerness that was shown to understanding the professional work environment.

I believe the day awakened inside of the DNX team a new love for what we do daily, just from interacting with the talented students and demonstrating to them our offices and the design process up until installation of a project. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Faculty of Arts and Design for the visit and the wonderful support.”

Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students

Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students Masterclass with Renowned Interior Design Experts Inspires TUT Students

Conclusion

The masterclass with Donald Nxumalo and other industry experts provided TUT interior design students with invaluable insights and inspiration. By bridging the gap between academic learning and professional practice, the department continues to foster the development of skilled and innovative interior designers ready to make their mark in the industry. This event underscores the importance of such interactive learning opportunities in shaping the future of interior design.

For more information about the TUT Department of Interior Design and upcoming events, visit Official website.

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