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Thu-Thanh Nguyen

How Things shape our spaces

To me furnitures will make a room what it is, so I begin my ideas from furnitures. How these rooms are furnished, what pieces inhabit them and give them shape. And I have read somewhere that even the absence of furnitures also maybe shapes spaces. That sentence really fascinates me. That is the reason why I consider this topic as my project proposal.

I have begun my proposal by questioning myself :

1-How things name and divide spaces?

2-Is there any proper scale for things in a space and what is that scale?

3-What will people feel when they live in an abnormal arrangement?


For the first question - How things name and divide spaces?

 Spaces are separated by partitions delimiting a bedroom, a sitting room, a kitchen,... Then I think about removing all to have an empty space. We can not guess what kind of space it is, a sitting room, a bedroom, a bathroom or a entrance hall until we put a piece of furniture inside: Such thing will engage with another space. For instant a bed reminds us sleeping area, a couch reminds us sitting area, a sink reminds us bathroom or space have such similar function. Accordingly we are used to think about bedroom with a bed (and some other stuffs of course) as a closed and private space while sitting room (with a couch) or dinning room (with a dining table) as open or common space.

 So what's wrong if we change a couch to closed space and a bed to open space and just use objects to define private and common spaces. I want to keep that question there and seek the answer by research my project proposal.


For the second question - Is there any proper scale for things in a space and what is that scale?

I have got an advice to find the answer in Alice in the Wonderlands, and this story really appeals me. I am now playing with models and experiencing things bigger or smaller than usual. First of all I make things four times bigger than normal scale (but what is normal scale I think), afterward I cut them to pieces and just use a small piece of them which has appropriate dimension to human’s physical dimensions. Therefore we are living in a room of slices of furnitures. To me I find it so intriguing to continue to play with that.


For the third question - What will people feel when they live in an abnormal arrangement?

 There are always vertical things around me, so I wonder about changing direction of such things. Like these left pictures. My personal primary thought about residential space is safe feeling and absolutely comfortable. In my personal thinking it is daily life that is very important to consider about. Now it seems doubtful to me that of comfort for people who live inside such spaces, and if I apply this idea to a specific apartment that still keep my concept but satisfy the daily life. Furthermore, the interior is not simply defined by the objects within it but by our movements and inhabitations around and among them also. So the question seemingly is how to be aware of that.