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Alumni Profile – Ariane van Dievoet

Candlestix candle holder by Ariane van Dievoet
Written by
Gavin Freeborn
Published date
02 October 2014

This week we catch up with Ariane van Dievoet from Brussels, Belgium who studied BA Interior & Spatial Design graduating in June 2010.

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words? Experimenting, exhibiting and bonding.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea? The ability to think outside the box.

How did you enjoy living in London? It was a great city to study in, full of opportunities and events.

Where did you live in London? Pimlico

What was your neighbourhood like? Convenient (close to Uni + well connected), quiet and safe.

Where do you live now? New York, USA

What was your greatest challenge on the course and how did you overcome it? Finding a way to make my final project as experimental as I was being encouraged to, while still making it a reality.
I guess the final exhibition is what helped me realise that.

What has been your greatest challenge in your professional life since then and how have you overcome it? Starting my own design studio on my own 3 months ago. I am still working on it! Having strong support from friends and family really helps.

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions? Showing my first collection of furniture/product design at the Salone Satellite in Milan in April 2014.

What is your main profession now? Designer

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea? It’s a great experience!

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