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Interior Design Platforms 2018/19

MA Interior Design

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. Platforms are not expected to be isolated or insular in their approach to thinking about the interior, but instead will overlap with others and will often encompass similar themes and ideas on interior design.

To read about our platforms in previous years, visit Interior Design Platforms 2016/17 and Interior Design Platforms 2017/18.

Interior Matter

Tutor:  Seetal Solanki (Ma-tt-er)

To understand the matter of an interior space we must understand what it is made of; its materials. This platform will interrogate the principles and perceptions of materiality within an interior space. By revealing the inherent nature of materials, altering their function, constructing, assembling, prototyping and fashioning space through the fabrication of new materials as well as existing will ensure that meaningful change will take place. This platform encourages its participants to undertake hands-on work through multiple mediums, emphasising the articulation of interior space with distinct identities, developing a methodology and material vocabulary that is indicative of the participants chosen site in order new forms of occupation and use to take place. 

Archaeology of an Interior by Sean Meilak
Archaeology of an Interior by Sean Meilak


Tutor: Dr Harriet Harriss

‘Only those who go too far can possibly know how far one can go.’
– T.S. Elliot 

As technologies advance, our identities and behaviours change and the need to protect the natural world becomes an imperative, imagining an alternative future of the interior becomes an obligation rather than an option. This platform seeks to consider what the interior of the future could look like: exploring the relationship between the body, the natural world and technology. It is particularly interested in the fragile boundaries between interior/exterior, private/public, analogue/digital, natural/artificial and the impact of sensorial over-stimulus. The outputs generated will be visionary and offer a blueprint for the interior of the future. 

Without politeness, Taeyoung Choi - machines re-teaching humans manners (2017)
Without politeness, Taeyoung Choi - machines re-teaching humans manners (2017)

Interior Detail

Tutor: Ian Higgins

This platform provides participants with an opportunity to establish the identity of interior spaces by developing proposals in detail. The platform considers form, colour, light, material, texture, pattern, finish and structure as key to making interiors that are intelligent, beautifully crafted and, above all, respond to site context whilst creating spaces that are appropriate and useful for their users. Where appropriate the platform makes connections with manufacturers and suppliers of materials, products and furniture. Projects undertaken in the platform are small-scale and focused providing an opportunity to resolve an interior design proposal at scales from 1:20 through to full size. Exploratory model making and prototyping at large scales with real materials are key to this work.

Pulpit, Felix Graf  |  Bookshop, Jingwen Zhou  |  Absolute Beginners, Yining Zhu
Pulpit, Felix Graf | Bookshop, Jingwen Zhou | Absolute Beginners, Yining Zhu

Interior Display

Tutors: Dinah Casson, Craig Riley

This platform is about one of the key aspects of ‘display’ – namely the transference of meaning. However and wherever objects are displayed, they are surrounded by elements that provide context, and context provides the framework of meaning. The work of curators and designers in museums is essentially about seeking ways to control this context. Exhibition designers, interior designers, and architects, are all engaged in the same thing. The idea of ‘framing the object’ applies with the cityscape, or in a building as much as in a museum. 

Museo Nationale, Lucca // Venice Biennale 2008
Museo Nationale, Lucca // Venice Biennale 2008

Interior Reuse

Tutors: Professor Graeme BrookerSimon Fraser, Oliver Heywood (Allies + Morrison Architects), Sophie Chessum (National Trust)

This platform is concerned with the exploration and adaptation of matter that can be considered obsolete: material that has lost its value, resources that are considered waste, stuff that is considered expendable has been discarded and is redundant. These processes of depredation may have been enacted through economic, value-based processes, or by extraordinary one-off means. 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 through reuse will take place. 

Aerial view of Clandon Park
Aerial view of Clandon Park