Spatial Design: Create Interior Spaces That Tell A Story

A course by Office S&M
Architecture Practice. London, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
, Architecture Practice

Explore color, materials, furniture, and lighting to design joyful spaces inspired by a personal narrative

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  • 373 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore color, materials, furniture, and lighting to design joyful spaces inspired by a personal narrative



  • 100% positive reviews (12)
  • 373 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 6m)
  • 24 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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The way we live our lives becomes our own narrative, and we can design spaces inspired by it. Award-winning architecture practice Office S&M specialize in designing spaces that elevate the everyday through drama and beauty. They’ve won numerous awards, including Building Design’s Young Architect of the Year, and Best Use of Materials at the New London Architecture Don’t Move, Improve! Awards. Their work has also featured in publications including The Guardian, and on the BBC.

In this course, Office S&M’s founders Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwen teach you the skills to execute your own design projects and create, or recreate, an interior environment perfectly suited to the way you want to live. Learn what a spatial narrative is and how it informs your design decisions. Explore each part of the process involved in planning your space and bringing it to life, from color and material choices, to floor plans, through to managing construction. Tell your own story through your unique space.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Understanding Spatial Narrative
  • U3
    U3. Designing the Experience
  • U4
    U4. Design Management
  • U5
    U5. More than a Mood Board
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know the founders of architecture practice Office S&M, Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwen. They explain how their business came to be, and present Office S&M’s projects, and achievements. They also share the influences that have shaped their work and the designers who have inspired them.

Begin the step-by-step process of your final project, starting with understanding spatial design. Look at a variety of examples to help you decide on the creative story of your space. Understand how determining a narrative for your space helps to make choices and design a space that’s suited to how you want to live. Catrina and Hugh then take you through the tools for the course, from physical materials to software, and their uses. Learn how to write a brief for a design project using an Office S&M project as a guide. Then see how to turn a written brief into a visual map, or ‘spatial brief’ by drawing out your plan.

Dig deeper into what a spatial narrative is, and learn how moving through and living in a space can impact the occupant. Take the written and spatial brief from earlier in the course to start designing the structural specifics, such as floor plan proposals, with your spatial narrative in mind. Find solutions to any issues that arise in the spatial brief, and imagine how the future space will feel by sketching out a more detailed plan. Catrina and Hugh lead you through each part of the development of your design; from color schemes and materials, to accent features, furniture, and lighting.

Learn the specifics of how to manage the process of the build. Get a breakdown of the important areas involved in turning your plan into reality. Catrina and Hugh provide guidance on cost plans, ordering, contracting and working with builders, supervising construction, and planning timelines. Use a design program to bring your work together and create your final deck - the pack of information to send to builders.

Receive advice on any issues your design project may face and how to solve them. End the course with tips on sharing and promoting your work through social media, ways to get your work seen in publications, and how to produce a press release.

What is this course's project?

Create a narrative-driven interior design plan for a space of your choice, including colors, materials, layout, and more.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to design their own space, from non-professionals interested in DIY to architects and interior designers looking to upskill their work.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required to take this course.

In terms of tools and materials, you will need a smartphone, some stationary, and access to a device with Adobe InDesign, or a similar program.


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A course by Office S&M

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Office S&M is an award-winning architecture practice in London. Its founders are architects Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwen, who met while studying for their masters at UCL. They established Office S&M in 2013 following competition wins for small London-based projects, while both working full-time jobs. Office S&M’s ethos is to ‘elevate the everyday’ by creating joyful and unexpected spaces. They have a diverse portfolio, creating bespoke designs for both public and private clients, from high-street regeneration to individual homes.

Now a team of five, Office S&M have received recognition for their innovative designs that experiment with materials, color, and narrative to create unique spaces full of drama. They have won numerous awards, including Building Design’s Young Architect of the Year, Architects’ Journal’s 40 Under 40, and Best Use of Materials at the New London Architecture Don’t Move, Improve! Awards. Their work has also featured in publications including The Guardian, and on the BBC.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Us
    • Our Influences
  • U2

    Understanding Spatial Narrative

    • The Spatial Brief
    • How to Write a Brief?
    • What Tools Are We Going to Use?
    • An Introduction to Spatial Design
  • U3

    Designing the Experience

    • Personal Colours
    • Tuning with Lighting
    • Enhancing with Furniture
    • Innovative Materials
    • Developing the Character of Your Space
    • Telling Stories through Your Space
  • U4

    Design Management

    • Bringing It All Together
    • Builders and Construction
    • Cost Plan
  • U5

    More than a Mood Board

    • Getting Your New Space Seen!
    • Final Tips and Presenting the Project
  • FP

    Final project

    • Spatial Design: Create Interior Spaces That Tell A Story

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Spatial Design: Create Interior Spaces That Tell A Story. Architecture, and Spaces course by Office S&M

Spatial Design: Create Interior Spaces That Tell A Story

A course by Office S&M
Architecture Practice. London, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (12)
  • 373 students