Cultural context, Art/Design Precedents

Exploring different cultures in V&A museum 

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China

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"Buddha Shakyamuni (1500 - 1600, Ming dynasty), The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Two cups and saucers (2004)", designed by Peter Ting, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Armchair (1550 - 1600, Ming dynasty) & Dining Table (1550 - 1640, Ming dynasty)", The photo taken in V&A museum
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"The handles are shaped as lotus plants, a Buddhist symbol for the purity of the soul. The tiny hands around the savers are a reference to Guanyin, a Buddhist deity associated with compassion." - V&A

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"'King' Chair (2005)", designed by Shao Fan, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"This piece is based on a traditional round chair of a kind historically associated with high status. The use of a continuous element for the arms and the back was a design innovation of the Ming dynasty." -V&A

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"'Moon' Chair (2004)", designed by Shao Fan, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"The design of this chair is based on the Chinese ideogram yue (moon) and its frontal view evokes the image of the crescent moon. The wooden components look like parts of the 'official's hat' chair, so called because of its resemblance to the shape of a scholar's headgear (guan mao)" - V&A

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African culture

(British museum)

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Examples of the way people coexist with nature

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"UPSIDE DOWN LOUNGE", designed by Studio Floris Wubben, Reference: (p.58 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"The designer made this original piece of furniture using a willow tree. This type of tree usually has many narrow and elastic branches, which seem to grow from a kind of "head". Wubben forced the tree's branches to grow into for legs. After the trunk was cut off can inverted this amazing project was completed by carving a seat into the wood." (p.58 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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"Flueless fire, Fire Coffee", designed by Arik Levy, Materials: Tempered glass, steel, (Hudson, 2010)
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"Compared with synthetic and manmade materials such as plastic, when it comes to manufacturing natural materials are much better for the environment. They consume fewer resources, and because they also do not require the resources or processes that are necessary to make manmade materials, using natural materials reduces environmental pollution and dangerous carbon emissions into the atmosphere." (p.57 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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"Babylon Light" designed by Ryan Taylor, Reference: http://inhabitat.com/ryan-taylors-futuristic-babylon-light-doubles-as-an-indoor-garden-planter/
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Theme: Coexistence with different people

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Japan

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"Wooden box (About 1700 - 1800)", The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Sake cup (About 1775 - 1850), Bottle for sake (About 1700 - 1800), and Stand for sake cup (About 1700 - 1800)", The photo taken in V&A museum
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"'Composition No. 162' (1992)" designed by Takeuchi Denji, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Kimono entitled Blue Mountains and Green Rivers (Fabric woven 2004, kimono constructed 2006)", designed by Tsuchiya Yoshinori, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Kimono for a woman, Pine trees and clouds (1890 - 1910)", The photo taken in V&A museum
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"TAMED NATURE STOOL", designed by Juozas Urbonavicius, Reference: (p.59 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"In this work wild nature is subjected to function, though at the same time the uniqueness and originality of the primary material is preserved and emphasized." (p.59 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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"The inner life", designed by Martin Azua, Reference: (p.129 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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Description: "The inner Life is a series of useful objects that can harbor life of both a vegetal and an animalistic nature." "With The inner Life the designer presents an integration of natural process in everyday life: life inside objects." (p.128 Liu and Wong, 2013)

 

 

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"SHAVINGS", designed by Yoav Avinoam, Reference: (p.101 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"Using waste sawdust from the wood industry is a response to the way we view our usage and exploitation of materials in modern culture. The sawdust, which comes from different kinds of wood, is pressed with resin into a mold that also contains the other parts of the furniture." (p.101 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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"MILO LAMP" designed by LIGHTOVO, Reference: http://design-milk.com/milo-lamp-lightovo/
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Britain (contemporary)

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"Structure - A moment in Time (1998)", designed by Peter Aldridge
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"Untitled (1999)" by Colin Reid, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"Perception (2002)" by Menno Jonker, The photo taken in V&A museum
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India

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"Armchair (1785)", The photo taken in V&A museum
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"This armchair, one of a pair, and the accompanying table belong to a large suite of furniture presented to Warren Hastings by Mani Begum, widow of Nawab Mir Jafar of Murshidabad." - V&A

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Cloth manufacturing in India, The photo taken in V&A museum
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"BAMBOO CELL", designed by Fanson Meng, Reference: (p.63 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"Bamboo Cell is a stool with a polyester0resin seat, into which bamboo legs have been set along with number of bamboo rings. The design of the seat is suggestive of the densely packed cells of a piece of bamboo, which can be clearly seen when the plant is viewed under a microscope." (p.63 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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Consider sustainability if I will work with coexistence with nature

Material used should be environmental friendly 

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"PLANTABLE", designed by Liam Healy & Jamie Elliott, Reference: (p.146 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"ALVISILKCHAIR", designed by Asa Alvi Karolina Karner, Reference: (p.87 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"The alivilkchair is a piece of environmentally friendly seating made from silk thread tightened around a bearing oak frame. The focal point of the chair is its transparency, which creates new forms and brings forth a perception of weightlessness, while the light produces new shadow plays from the alvisilkchair's threadwork." (p.87 Liu and Wong, 2013)

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Flexible furniture/products = allows users to change their shapes depending on needs

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Description at V&A museum
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Table by Abraham and David Roentgen, V&A museum, London
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Variable geometry of La Subtile, Reference: http://www.archiproducts.com/en/news/40797/variable-geometry-of-la-subtile-at-m-o.html
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"Folding-map-inspired table" designed by Sanna Lindstrom and Sigrid Stromgren , Reference: http://complexitys.com/english/lindstrom-stromgrens-amazing-folding-map-inspired-table/
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"Table=Chest" by Tomoko Azumi, 1995, V&A museum, London
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"Loop Chair" by Boaz Mendel, Reference: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20443638_20879240,00.html
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"T.SHELF" designed by J1 studio, Reference: http://shoeboxdwelling.com/2011/07/18/triangular-shelf/
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"EXOCET" designed by Stéphane Leathead, Reference: http://www.contemporist.com/2015/01/11/this-chair-can-transform-into-multiple-configurations-to-maximize-comfort/
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"Picnic Bench" designed by Tomasz Chmielewski, Reference:https://www.behance.net/tomasz_chmielewski
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"Convertible Sofa" via Pinterest, Reference: http://themetapicture.com/convertible-sofa/
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"Rising furniture" designed by Robert van Embricqs http://www.robertvanembricqs.com Robert van Embricqs, Reference: http://www.archilovers.com/robert-van-embricqs/
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Coffee benched designed by Karolina Tylka, Reference: http://dornob.com/turning-tables-flexible-wood-seats-flip-into-work-surfaces/
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"Tessera" designed by Marc Baroud, Reference: http://www.yatzer.com/best-of-milan-design-week-2013
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"Utility bench" by Bae & Se-hwa, Reference: http://www.core77.com/Object-Culture
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Examples of keeping privacy in a space

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"Container, Blossom" designed by Shin Azumi, Reference: (Hudson, 2010)
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"Crazy Multifunctional Doubled Objects" designed by Art Of Furniture, Reference: http://www.digsdigs.com/crazy-multifunctional-doubled-objects-art-of-furniture/
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"HUSH", designed by Freyja Sewell, Reference: (p.76 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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"HUSH", designed by Freyja Sewell, Reference: (p.77 Liu and Wong, 2013)
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Description: "Using 100 % wool felt, HUSH creates an enclosed space, providing a personal retreat and an escape into a dark, hushed, natural space in the midst of a busy airport, office, shop, or library. HUSH can also be transformed to provide more traditional, open stetting." (p.76 Liu and Wong, 2013)

Material: "Wool is naturally flame retardant, breathable, durable, and elastic; it is also multiclimatic, meaning it is warm when the environment is cold and cool when it's warm. It is of course also biodegradable and so won't clog up a landfill after disposal."  (p.76 Liu and Wong, 2013)

 

 

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"CHAIR WEAR" by Anke Bernotat and Jan Jacob Borstlap with Audax Textielmuseum, Reference: http://flavorwire.com/358765/the-most-imaginative-design-of-2012?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+flavorwire-rss+(Flavorwire)
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"the Reves Chair" designed by Muka Design Lab, Reference: http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/24/muka-design-lab-reves-chair-backrest-shirt-collar/
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"Modular room divider, Lightfacet", designed by STUDIObloomm, Materials: Stainless steel, injection-moulded polycarbonate ABS"HUSH", designed by Freyja Sewell, Reference: (Hudson, 2010)
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"Room divider", Designed by Gabriella Gustafson, Materials: Steel, wood, Reference: (Hudson, 2010)
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Folding screens: 'Origin Part 1: Join' by BCXSY (Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto), V&A museum, London
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Design solutions for living in a limited space:

- Structural: impact tectonically on the fabric of the building itself

- Compact: versions of their full-size counterparts

- Flexible: easier storage

- Illusory: to give the appearance of space even when it doesn't exist

- Multifunctional: transform to fulfill more than one task

- Organizational: to help users rationalize the processions they already have 

Reference: (p.6 Hudson, 2010)

 

 

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Creating another space by light

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"Flexible pendant lamp, Mesusa", designed by Mikko Paakkanen, Reference: (Hudson, 2010)
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"Lamp, 5 pack", designed Axel Schmid, Materials: Aluminum, stainless steel, Reference: (Hudson, 2010)
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"Libera" by LUCENTE, Reference: http://www.architonic.com/pmsht/libera-lucente/1171211
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"Flexible desk lamp, Bend", designed by Michele Menescardi/ Mr Smith Studio, Material: Metal, Reference:(Hudson, 2010)
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"Book Lamp Lumio" designed by Max Gunawan, Reference: http://www.arq4design.com/tododesign/book-lamp-lumio-design-by-max-gunawan/
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"Butterfly Light" by Vinta, Reference: http://www.vinta.jp/works/butt/butt_E.htm#
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