Boutique Design, New York (BDNY)


It was an honor to be a panelist discussing “Shape Shifters: Space Plans and Spec Lists to Amp Up Multi-tasking Lobbies, Guest Rooms and Restaurants.” Matthew Hall, editor of Boutique Design magazine, led this discussion with notable designers and architects such as Ed Bakos, Managing Director, Champalimaud; Hans Galutera, Co-founder and Principal, BG Studio International; Michael Suomi, Principal and Vice President, Design, Stonehill & Taylor and Nathan Lee Colkitt, Founder and CEO, Colkitt&Co. BDNY is produced by Hospitality Media Group LLC (HMG)


Boutique Design West, Los Angeles

Guestroom Design Challenge, 1st Place Team

FOCUS: 20 - and -somethings’ wanderlust, their demand for livable luxury while traveling, their discerning eye and mindfulness. See design here.

DESIGN ENVY FACTORS: Bespoke multi functional solutions, such as a space-saving minibar/sink/closet area; a white board that allowssta to engage with guests and showcases local art; a translucent glass front on the wardrobe area to play to Millennials’ bent for displaying their treasures; a commissioned grati mural; and multimedia screens, including one positioned on the ceiling over the bed.

GENSLER (NEWPORT BEACH, CA) PROJECT TEAM: Lorraine Francis, regional director of hospitality interiors, Melanie Murata, interior designer, Thomas Ventura, architectural designer, and Melissa Pyell, project designer

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Contract Magazine announces 2015 ASID National Board of Directors

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its newly elected 2016 Board of Directors, comprised of three officers, seven directors-at-large, and one industry partner representative.


ASID Emerging Professional of the Week

I hope to continue to push the boundaries of design, continue to learn, and give back to the next generation of designers so we can push our profession forward. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities and mentors I’ve had throughout my early career, and would be honored to continue the path of working with and learning from tremendously talented people in an environment that fosters innovation.

Florida State University Alumni Spotlight:

Melanie Murata

Melanie Murata graduated from Florida State with a Master of Science in Interior Design in August of 2014. Melanie also completed her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at Florida State and passed the LEED Green Associate Exam during this time.

After graduation, Melanie started working at Gensler’s Newport Beach office as an interior designer. Melanie recently served on a project team that competed and was selected as the winner in Boutique Design West’s 2015 On-Site Design Challenge where design teams were tasked with “crafting a clever, cool, connected guest room concept tailor made for Millennials and Gen Xers.” The team won $2400 and was featured in Boutique Design Magazine. View the article here.

Melanie was also recently nominated by Randy Fiser and will be serving on the ASID National Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 fiscal years. As part of her ASID duties, Melanie will be advising on behalf of the Millennial generation (students, recent grads, young professionals) and how ASID can help young professionals accomplish important milestones.


ASID Student & Emerging Professionals Marketing Campaign

Professional and student career story featured on ASID Student Chapter printed collateral and on social media.


Interior Design Educator Council (IDEC)

Video Competition Award

Produced by Melanie Murata and Amanda Tomlinson using Adobe Premiere + After Effects.


The Graduate School Honors Outstanding Scholars at Florida State University

Florida State University honored the achievements of its graduate students at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence on April 9, 2014 in the Great Hall of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House. This event recognizes the accomplishments of FSU’s graduate students in teaching, research and creativity, and leadership.


Interior Design Students Awarded National Honors

Tony Purvis was awarded the 2013 national Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award for his thesis research by the American Society of Interior Designers. The award was announced at the 2013 Dwell Conference at the annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on June 21st.

At the awards ceremony, Melanie Murata, interior design student, received the ASID National Student Leadership Award 2013 as immediate Past President of the FSU Interior Design Student Organization.

Again, Congratulations to FSU Interior Design Students Tony Purvis and Melanie Murata!


Florida State University

Career Portfolio Award

Melanie Murata plans to graduate from the Interior Design Master's Program at FSU. During her time as an interior design undergraduate student, she studied architecture in Florence, Italy, interned for Kira Krümm International Design and was the recipient of the 2013 ASID National Leadership Award. More recently, she interned for Elliot Marshall Innes Architects, and showcased a chair she designed at Art Basel 2013 in Miami Beach. She is currently exploring evidence-based research to inform the design of pop-up retail environments that will raise awareness about human-trafficking. Post graduation, she plans to move to Europe and hopes to secure a position at an International firm specializing in Interior Architecture and Design.


Design Perspective Video

Created during Master's Program of studies using Adobe Premiere + After Effects.