Sylvia Sirabella, NYSID student and interior design intern at HOK’s New York office, was named the first-place winner of Style Library Contract’s hospitality design competition.
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The winning design, “Whisky and Velvet,” is a concept hotel bar. Sirabella, who is graduating in the spring of 2018 with an MFA in Interior Design, will be flown to the UK to privately tour the Style Library Contract archive and meet with the design team.
“I was familiar with and a fan of William Morris from my studies at NYSID, so getting the chance to visit the archive and see his original work and tools is an amazing opportunity,” Sirabella said. “I hope to specialize in hospitality design, which I think lends itself to creating dramatic, ‘wow’ moments. My design showcases my passion for playing with vivid color, texture, and scale.”
Prior to enrolling at NYSID, Sirabella studied finance and economics in her undergrad coursework at NYU Stern School of Business. After taking time off from work to be a full-time mom, Sirabella wanted to change her career once her daughter went off to college. “I wanted to do something I love, feeling like it was a pleasure to work every day. I’ve always loved interior design. When I thought about going back to work, it was what I really wanted to do.”
In addition to winning the design contest, Sirabella was awarded a research grant last year through the ASID Foundation and Metropolis magazine. She is researching the work of industry legend Olga Gueft of Interiors magazine, and the results of Sirabella’s findings will be shared publicly via the sponsoring organizations’ websites.
Sirabella is currently working at HOK as an intern. When considering her future plans, Sirabella puts hospitality projects on her list of favorites. “But I am open,” she said. “At HOK I can explore large corporate environments and different design areas.”