Designs fit for a king
By Brad Lister
High style has met with higher education at this year's Interiors '98 and organizers Orchestra London hope to raise close to $60,000 because of it.
King's College residence Dante Lenardon Hall is the house which a team of 27 local and area designers have transformed into an interior design showcase.
Elizabeth Rejman, special events coordinator with Orchestra London, said the event stemmed from a trip made by a former board of directors member to Seattle, Washington. There she encountered a similar fundraiser and brought the idea back to London.
Gord Forrington, director of physical plant and personnel at King's College, said the hall has a long history with Western. "The business school, as well as the music school and the law society have all used the home at one time or another."
King's College is currently using the home for both faculty offices and classrooms. Forrington said a lot of the rooms will be returned to their former states although some of the rooms will remain as they are.
"It's really wonderful to see the transformation," he said.
Freelance designer Linda McLean said she had a lot of fun working on her room the Jennings Furniture room, which is called the Days End.
McLean is also a veteran working with Interiors and has been involved in the showcase for 12 years. "It's gotten much more sophisticated over the years and the level of design has risen to a higher level."
Beyond the designer's showcase, Rejman said there are many other activities occuring until the end of the show on June 28. "The croquet club of London will be playing croquet on the lawn, fashion shows every Thursday and Friday, high tea every Sunday, decoration demonstrations by the designers and music by members of Orchestra London."