Interior Design Platforms 2016/17
Students join a platform of their choice in the second year of the programme. Each platform emphasises a way of thinking, or a particular aspect of the design of the interior. Each platform is not expected to be isolated or insular in its approach to thinking about and the interior, but instead will overlap with others and will often encompass similar themes and ideas on Interior Design.
The matter of the interior is focussed upon the materiality and the detail of interior space. Its motivation is to think through making space. Therefore prototyping, constructing, assembling, organising and fashioning space through the fabrication of new materials as well as existing, is how the platform operates. It challenges its participants to undertake hands-on work, emphasising the articulation of interior space with distinct identities, in order for new forms of occupation and use to take place.
The exploration of the public interior and its relation to private space, at the scale of the city and of the room, is what characterises the work of the interior urbanism platform. The contradiction between inside and outside, private and public, and the boundaries and thresholds between them, motivates the platform to explore urban and interior contexts in order to examine and translate their findings into contemporaneous ways of making the interior.
Public interiors include airports, transport hubs such as train stations, shopping centres, as well as smaller spaces such as hotel lobbies and libraries are all spaces that reside within the city. Their interior qualities and the cities in which they reside are all open to interpretation and reworking.
Objects and elements positioned deliberately on a plinth, or within a vitrine in a museum gallery, or carefully dressed on a shelf in a boutique, characterise modern forms of interior display. This platform challenges its participants to investigate how the city, and its show spaces enable their contents and possessions to be curated, interpreted and exhibited in order to promulgate new and existing narratives about such environments that encourage activities of presentation, exploration, and consumption.
Systemic approaches to the thinking and making of the interior normally revolve around the imposition of modularised or standardised methodologies, tactics that imply regularity and efficiency in processes and production. This platform will explore and probe infrastructures and systems, both existing and yet to be found, in order for its participants to Explore and develop new ways of thinking through interior space.
This platform is concerned with the exploration and adaptation of obsolete matter: material that has lost its value, resources that are considered waste, stuff that is considered expendable has been discarded and is redundant. The sites of exploration will range in scale from the city, building, interiors and the elements that are found within them. All situations have in common the proposition that an obsolete environment or element, is not only a site of depredation, it is a condition for mediation, and the site of the enactment of research and design processes that will ensure that meaningful change will take place.
The phrase ‘Circular Economy’ is often used with regards to this type of work, yet ‘circular’ suggest a smooth loop of opportunity whilst economy infers a financial dimension. This platforms work resists the simplification of this type of work and instead promotes the unfinished, the redundant, the devalued and asks ‘how can it be reconfigured, and why’?