Designing The Future: Pineapple House Design/Build Firm Takes Tips + Tools To College

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FSU's Department of Interior Architecture + Design has been awarded a grant by Pineapple House Interior Design. The Atlanta-based firm is funding improvements in the school's Design Resource Library, as well as mentoring students in the Interior Design Studio IV class in the Fall.

The FSU alums at Pineapple House are insuring that design students get a glimpse of the challenges that they'll face in the workplace by inviting the Interior Design Studio 4 class to Atlanta for opportunities to engage in real-world situations.

FSU alums Zach Azpeitia, Cynthia Pararo & Stephen Pararo, ASID, of Pineapple House Interior Design will be mentoring students in FSU's Department of Interior Architecture + Design in the Fall of 2016.

To positively impact as many interior architecture and design students as possible, Pineapple House is helping populate the FSU resource library. This literally puts the "tools of the trade" into the hands of each student.

In the 2016/2017 academic year, students in the Florida State University Department of Interior Architecture and Design will find fresh, updated resources in their design library, courtesy of a philanthropic investment by Atlanta-based Pineapple House Interior Design.

In 2015, the FSU Department of Interior Architecture +Design was recognized by DesignIntelligence as having the #1 "Most Admired Graduate Program" and the #2 "Most Admired Undergraduate Program" in the country. The talent exhibited by alums, interns and students from FSU's program prompted Pineapple House to establish a grant for the university’s design resource room, as well as help develop a curriculum for the school’s upcoming Interior Design Studio IV class.

"To positively impact as many interior architecture and design students as possible, Pineapple House is helping populate the FSU resource library," says Pineapple House COO Cynthia Pararo. "This literally puts the "tools of the trade" into the hands of each student. Further, we are developing a syllabus with Professor Jill Pable, to bring 'real world' design challenges into the classroom."

At the beginning of the semester, Studio IV students will travel to Atlanta to tour Pineapple House and the Atlanta Decorative Art Center (ADAC.) The 2-day field trip will allow students to engage with Pineapple House designers and be introduced to commercial and residential vendors, products and processes at ADAC. Upon return, the undergrads will hypothetically convert a historical Tallahassee home from its current office function to a single-family dwelling, while graduate students will interpret a high-end residential challenge based on an actual Pineapple House project. At the end of the course, the grads will return to Atlanta to present their schemes to Pineapple House design advisors, then tour the residence that was the subject of their course, to experience the professionally designed home.

Additionally, qualifying undergraduate and graduate Studio IV projects will be evaluated and in some cases, rewarded by industry leader Kravet, via their 2016 "Designer of Distinction" student competition. Kravet, Inc., is a global "to-the-trade" home furnishings powerhouse, and sponsors the competition to encourage and recognize emerging design talents. Last year, two FSU students traveled to New York City to make presentations and receive a 2015 "Designer of Distinction" award for their work in the Interior Design Studio IV class.

About Pineapple House:
Pineapple House Interior Design is a world-class interior design, furnishings, architectural specification and construction management firm based in Atlanta, GA. In 2016 they won their 40th "Design Excellence" award from the American Society of Interior Designers, earning the unique distinction of being the only firm in US history to receive the honor for 15 years in a row. In both 2016 and 2015, they were voted as the "Best of Houzz - DESIGN" from over one million Houzz industry professionals. AI Global recognized them as 2016's "Most Innovative Designers." Visit for more info.

About Florida State University College of Fine Arts:
The Department of Interior Architecture and Design, housed in the FSU College of Fine Arts, encompasses a CIDA accredited undergraduate curriculum and master’s studies for the Advanced Professional and Master of Fine Arts interior design student. Students focus on design theory, history, technical skills, and studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces. Explore The College of Fine Arts for more about educational opportunities at FSU.

About Kravet:
Kravet Inc., was established in 1918, and is a leader in the "to-the-trade" home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories all over the world. Kravet, Inc., owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils. With locations in over 100 countries, Kravet, Inc., offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professional. Details are available at

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