In the ever-evolving world of design and creativity, a contemporary, well-equipped and interactive workspace can make all the difference.
A recent partnership between Grooms Office Environments, a renowned commercial interior design company, and Missouri State University’s College of Business resulted in the creation of a design lab. The lab not only provides reference samples for material selection, but also promises to inspire interior design students to create unique spaces for living and working.
Located in Glass Hall room 231, the new lab – which was relocated from the Park Central Office Building in downtown Springfield – is fully equipped with the latest amenities, including:
- A comprehensive sample library full of fabrics, paints, wood, tile, stone and other finish materials.
- Advanced lighting that can be adjusted and color tuned for various degrees of warmth and coolness.
- Ample space for meetings, study and collaboration.
The space offers students a dynamic space to foster their creativity.
In-kind contributions from Grooms Office Environments have helped to bring this creative space to life. What sets this lab apart is the deep connection it shares with the local design community.
Many of the Grooms staff are proud alumni of the interior design program at Missouri State. They took an active part in designing the space. Their firsthand knowledge of the program’s needs and the latest industry trends has ensured the lab is equipped with the tools and resources aspiring designers need to thrive.
“A remarkable aspect of this project is that Missouri State alumni were not just involved in the design process, but they also generously donated all the samples – along with other companies like Hermann Miller – within the lab,” said Marciann Patton, a senior instructor of interior design.
The samples are a valuable resource for students, allowing them to experiment and bring their creative visions to life in their projects.
While the lab is already a positive addition to the program, there are plans to make it even better.
As the program continues to grow, the design lab serves as a space not only to equip students with the resources they need to succeed, but also connects them with professionals who have walked the same path.