About

Dodo

We are two MA Interior Design students studying at the University of Central Lancashire. We met whilst we were both studying as undergraduates in Interior Design at UCLan and have since joined forces to question and find solutions to sustainable issues.

Why we’re called Dodo

We have a lot of love for the Dodo. The extinct Mauritian bird is commonly used as the archetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded human history and was directly attributable to human activity. Due to our increasingly consumerist lifestyles perfectly functional objects have become extinct to us and as a consequence have ended up as landfill. As a way of addressing this issue we have decided to find a way of regenerating old or unwanted furniture by making it appealing to consumers again whilst keeping its design contemporary. This will run alongside our interior design projects which will look at ways of improving commercial and residential environments with ecology, sustainability and social awareness. Our aim is to prove that sustainably sourced products and materials can work in a commercial world.

The blog – reflective diary

Our blog is not just a way for us to update people about our projects, it’s also a way for us to share with them the design, architecture and fashions that are inspiring us and influencing our work.

Design ethic

We believe in innovative design that enhances sustainability, efficiency and interactivity in public and home environments. Good design is not just about colour, style or trends, it’s also about carefully considering the user, the experience, the social context and the impact it will have on its surrounding environment.

Our mission

To pose questions and find simple solutions to sustainable issues. We are dedicated to tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Us

Karen Smart

Karen graduated from UCLan with a First Class Honours Degree in Interior Design in 2010. She is currently studying for an MA in Interior Design at UCLan whilst collaborating with Michaela Robinson.

In the summer of 2009 Karen also won a design competition called The Box Project created by Manchester based designers NoChintz. The brief asked creatives to design the interior of a 2x2x2m micro building. She responded by designing a box that could use its own form to furnish the space with sections of the walls folding down to make shelves, tables and seating. The prize was to see her design built and showcased at 100% Design London. Another prize for winning the competition was a work placement with the design studio. Whilst there she helped assist with installations, sourced materials and compiled research reports as well as produce trend forecasts and update web material.

For further information about the Box Project please visit: www.theboxproject.co.uk

Michaela Robinson

Michaela also gained a First Class Honours Degree in Interior Design last year at UCLan. She is collaborating with Karen whilst studying the same MA programme in Interior Design at UCLan. Michaela originally trained to be a fashion designer but went on to have a family and has since come back to make her mark on the design world. She also did a work placement at NoChintz and worked on a number of projects involving both commercial and domestic interiors.