16Dec2016 Interior Design

Today is the last school day before the Christmas Holiday. We continued to do our own jobs.I Scanned some restaurant pictures from books in spatial studio.

After that, I went to London to shopping. London is a very special city as an international capital. Different people have different feelings to London. For example, my friend doesn’t like London because he think it’s too crowed and people always keep moving very fast. He is right. I knew he does not get wrong thinking, but I didn’t agree with him.

In fact, I think the most of the capital, such as London, are very tolerant. People are all busy, at the same time, no one could care what you are wearing or doing. You can do anything that you want. Perhaps people are in the pursuit of life that do not care about other people’s view. Today, people are looking for personal space and looking for self-confidence and security in their own private space. If this is what people are looking for, it will be very popular if I do this when designing a room for them.

But this design can only be used in the bedroom and toilet. If I can design in some public places where people could feel confident and safe, it will be perfect. That will change the world.

And one more thing, I have found a Mediterranean-style book from Selfridges in London. The book’s name is Dream Decor. In this book, I realised that Mediterranean style not only contains white and blue, it can be colourful.

I summed up, basically there are yellow、red,、blue、green、purple and orange.  Some of the same base of the colours  will have a different tone. But the only constant is that all colours are bright. They all look like colourful balloons which be sold in amusement park. They are cheerful、bright and lovely.

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15Dec2016 Interior Design

These days I was thinking about the composition of my sketchbook. How to make each page connect closely and harmonious. I read some film timetable book such as The JAMES BOND ARCHIVES and The TOTORO. Finally, I found the most peaceful colours are black and white. And the most comfortable style is minimalism.

I changed my sketchbook’s colour style and added some new minimalist design into it. I also research my most favourite frame — Chinese traditional window frames. Just like my logo style which has water chestnut clear borders.

Today our teacher introduced the concept form again.  I finally recognized how to start to think and design the restaurant-cafe which is in Mediterranean style.

At first, I wrote down the word “Mediterranean” on the paper. After that, I wrote many words about the mediterranean around it. For example, Mediterranean is famous with the sea which be surrounded by many different countries. And the most pretty and cheapest things in the sea are shells. So I wrote down “SHELL” and so on. I got many useful words:shell, stone, water, glass, ceramic tile, wood, ceramic, branches, and carpet. Then I wrote other words about “fresh food”which we will sell and “country”which around the mediterranean sea. Finally, I used these different kinds of words to make a mind map.

By the way, I researched some sustainable architects. The deepest impression is the bamboo house which is designed by a  HongKong architecture studio. The space of the house is really really small. Then I reminded that Hong Kong who currently live without any permanent form of housing. People live without a social safety net in a city where housing prices are some of the most expensive in the world. So this kind of homes is very approprate to them. Finally, I releazed that the housing design must be considered from the people’s living conditions.

I think that was an important basic design concept for a designer. no matter when, clients’ requisitions always be the first one.

13Dec2016 Contexture Study “Alice”

We watched a film named ‘Alice’ which was filmed  in 1988 by Jan Svankmajer.

Jan Švankmajer ,who is born at 4 September 1934, is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, and many others.

Jan Švankmajer is a Czech animator and filmmaker born in Prague. An early influence on his later artistic development was a puppet theatre he was given for Christmas as a child. He studied at the College of Applied Arts in Prague and later in the Department of Puppetry at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. He contributed to Emil Radok’s film Doktor Faust in 1958 and then began working for Prague’s Semafor Theatre where he founded the Theatre of Masks. He then moved on to the Laterna Magika multimedia theatre, where he renewed his association with Radok. This theatrical experience is reflected in Švankmajer’s first film The Last Trick, which was released in 1964. Under the influence of theoretician Vratislav Effenberger Švankmajer moved from the mannerism of his early work to classic surrealism, first manifested in his film The Garden (1968), and joined the Czechoslovakian Surrealist Group.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Švankmajer#Further_reading)

Alice is a 1987 dark fantasy film written and directed by Jan Švankmajer. Its original Czech title is Něco z Alenky, which means “Something from Alice”. It is a loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s first Alice book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), about a girl who follows a white rabbit into a bizarre fantasy land. Alice is played by Kristýna Kohoutová. The film combines live action with stop motion animation, and is distinguished by its dark and uncompromising production design.

After more than two decades as a prolific director of short films, Alice became Švankmajer’s first venture into feature-length filmmaking. The director had been disappointed by other adaptations of Carroll’s book, which interpret it as a fairy tale. His aim was instead to make the story play out like an amoral dream. The film won the feature film award at the 1989 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_(1988_film))

An excellent introduction to his work is Jan Svankmajer’s Alice , a wonderfully creepy take on Alice in Wonderland, in which Alice is played by a real girl who enters a typical decaying Svankmeyer world. When Alice shrinks, the girl is played by an antique doll. The white rabbit is a stuffed real rabbit, who stores his watch in a hole in his chest, which is always leaking saw dust. The film diverges quite a bit from the story, although most of the elements are there. This is definitely not for small chil dren, unless you want them sleeping with you for a few nights after.

(http://www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell/svank/svank2.htm)

9Dec2016 Interior Design

I found a very beautiful interior design when I was researching artists. I love it so much that I must do a research for this design. Unfortunately, this design is not a sustainable style although the materials all came from nature.

I came from the northeast of China. It’s very cold in winter so I have a cordial feeling with ice and snow. That’s the first reason way I love this design so much.

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Twenty themed suites, a frozen art gallery and an ice staircase feature in Icehotel’s first permanent lodgings, which have now been unveiled in Sweden.The Icehotel 365 is located on the banks of the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden – next to the site where a seasonal Icehotel has been erected each winter since 1989. Unlike its temporary counterpart, which is built annually from ice and snow sourced from a nearby river, the year-round Icehotel has an undulating roof that is snow-covered in winter and grassy in summer.Its interiors have been imagined by over 40 artists, designers and architects, including Norwegian-Italian Luca Roncoroni – who has created an apartment inspired by the Victorian era – and Swedish duo Tjåsa Gusfors and Patrick Dallard, whose suite is based on dancing.

(https://www.dezeen.com/2016/12/07/world-first-year-round-icehotel-open-sweden-lapland-frozen-hotel-interiors/)

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The crystal clear ice seems increasingly turbid gems. The only light has been reflected and reflected again in the empty space. Giving people the impression that exposure to a fairy tale.

By the way, this ice hotel is located in Sweden. When people talking about Sweden, people always feel cold because the frozen weather. But this design made Sweden’s weather as an advertisements. When you are in the ice hotel, you seem to be the ice owner, just like Elsa.When you walk out of the ice hotel, there will be endless white snow in front of you. So even if you get out of the architects of the design of the building, you will still feel like have not leave the building.

This is probably be the design works and natural perfect fit together.

8Dec2016 Interior Design

I just finished the first interview in my life with my parter by using a projector t o show our location research. My chose four store locations for our clients to choose the one they prefer.

The meeting gets off the ground. My parter was responsible for introduce the main location researches and I was responsible for the main exhibition and a little of the introduction. Our interior design teachers work as our clients.

After the interview, I thought about the materials should I use. I went to the bookshop and bought some interior design books.Here are some scenes from the books.

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The book is about how to design loft. And I tried to look forward some lofts which have been used eco-friendly materials, such as woods. The decorations are all really cool and useful for me.

Especially the chandelier in the last one. Look carefully, this chandelier consists of a lot of small people pull each other. Just like the closer to the periphery, the easier they will fall. These people fly like moths to the flames one after another. I feel the light is so precious, because these small wood on the central light of the yearning.

The penultimate picture of the chandelier is also very interesting,.The spiral wood inlaid with a number of irregular distribution of small light bulbs. Looks very cute but also dramatic.

My first major concern in the first five pictures is the wood trim on the ceiling. In my mind, the environmental protection materials are mostly wood or bamboo. After one week,  I learnt that there are many environmentally friendly materials can be used for interior design, but this time I did not know. So I researched many interior design example pictures for my project.

12Dec2016 Interior Design

Today I read a lot of pictures about Mediterranean style on app named Pinterest .

After that ,I reminded a daring idea-I am going to make a small upstair to enjoy the view. Under the stairs , I am going to make a small playing-room for  children and people who are waiting for the dinner. The stairs and room will be both made by bamboo .But at the same time, I thought about to use the ground glass to be the materials. Materials are very important because these materials control the whole restaurant-cafe’s style.

On the one hand, Bamboo can make people feel peaceful as the whole material. It is durable and hard to be broken. But the most difficult thing is a piece of bamboo occupy a large space. We don’t have to so much space for a lot of bamboo. Customers’ space will get smaller than before.

On the other hand, Ground Glass and normal glass can keep the space’s size but it cannot show the Mediterranean style clearly. At first, I just want to keep the waiting customers who sit in the playing-room feel interested. We can imagine that customers who waiting in the playing-room can see the other customers’ foot print upstair. Is not interesting?

Immediately, I realised that mirror can make the space looks much bigger. So I am going to stick a full-length mirror in the every washing room. Of course , there will also has a big washing room for the disabled people. So there will have 2 normal toilets and one big toilet for women and the same number for men.

And there is also a very difficult thing -the kitchen’s space. I got information ,from clients , that the restaurant-cafe will sell fresh food .So I thought there wouldn’t make too much kitchen lampblack and cooking oil fumes. In my opinion, I would like to choose a half-open kitchen to show the Mediterranean style and keep menu secrets.

That is all my first idea of the restaurant-cafe and my design brief.

6Dec2016 Contextual Studies Turner Prize

The brief history
  • 1995: Damien Hirst
  • The famed and polarizing British artist won the award for Mother and Child Divided, a sculpture featuring a (real) cow and calf, preserved and cut in half. Hirst, best known for preserving a 17-ft. (5 m) tiger shark in formaldehyde, had been nominated for the prize in 1992. The Turner Prize was created in 1984 to celebrate contemporary art. It is named after British artist J.M.W. Turner, who painted in the 18th and 19th centuries and whose work was considered controversial by his peers.
  • 2002: Keith Tyson
    A Tate visitor looks at Tyson’s prizewinning Bubble Chambers: 2 Discrete Molecules of Simultaneity. That year, Prince Charles wrote a letter commending a British official for publicly criticizing the Turner Prize, which has honored pornographic and otherwise edgy artwork. “It has contaminated the art establishment for so long,” Charles wrote of the prize.
  • 2003: Grayson Perry
    Perry won the award for his pottery — skillfully made vases illustrated with social commentary, frank depictions of sexual abuse, sadomasochism and violence. A cross-dresser, Perry accepted the prize as his female alter ego, Claire.
  • 2004: Jeremy Deller
    Deller won for Memory Bucket — a film about Crawford, Texas, home of then U.S. President George W. Bush’s ranch. The winner of the Turner Prize is selected from a short list of four finalists, chosen by an independent jury whose membership changes each year. The award includes a prize of £25,000
  • 2005: Simon Starling
    Starling found a wooden shed along the banks of the Rhine, transformed it into a boat and sailed it down the river before remaking it into a shed. Starling called his entry — appropriately titled Shedboatshed — “a physical manifestation of a thought process.”
  • 2006: Tomma Abts
    The German-born Abts is one of the rare painters to win the prize; according to a press release, her “densely worked canvases take shape through a gradual process of layering and bear the visible traces of their making.” Turner Prize winners are often revealed by celebrities; Abts’ victory was announced by Yoko Ono.
  • 2007: Mark Wallinger
    Performance artist Mark Wallinger is known for films depicting him wearing a bear costume. This photo shows him wandering through Berlin’s National Gallery. His prize was announced by actor Dennis Hopper.
  • 2008: Mark Leckey
    Last year’s winning multimedia installation by artist Mark Leckey, titled Industrial Light & Magic, included images of Felix the Cat, Homer Simpson and the movie Titanic.

(http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1946086_2010036,00.html)

Brief discuss 2 past winners and their work
  • Grayson Perry at the 2003 Turner Prize reception, 2003

Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford in 1960. He studied at Braintree College of Further Education and at Portsmouth Polytechnic.

In the early 1980s Perry was a member of the Neo-Naturist group, and took part in performance and film works. He has continued to make work in a variety of media which now includes embroidery and photography. Yet Perry is best known for his ceramic works: classically shaped vases covered with figures, patterns and text. The revealing and often dark subject matter depicted on these pots is at first disguised by their colourful, decorative appearance. His chosen topics include autobiographical images of himself, his transvestite alter ego Claire, and his family, as well as references to political events and an investigation of cultural stereotypes. Over the last five years Perry has also used embroidery and photography to explore these themes, for example Coming Out Dress 2000, a richly embroidered dress for Claire which Perry wore during a performance which merged his private female persona with his artwork.

Perry’s subject matter sometimes comes from his upbringing in the Essex countryside, as depicted on the vase, I was an Angry Working Class Man 2001. This presents the recognisable iconography of motorbikes, pub signs and other images of manhood, topped off with the golden figure of an emasculated Pit Bull Terrier, mascot of the stereotypical Essex Man. He also engages directly with contemporary issues, for example in the vase We’ve Found the Body of your Child2000, which deals with child abuse within the home. Perry simultaneously employs and subverts the craft form of ceramics. He revels in its second-class status within world of fine arts, in order to explore challenging, yet witty and thought provoking themes. As he says ‘A lot of my work has always had a guerrilla tactic, a stealth tactic. I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it’.

(http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/turner-prize/winners)

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(http://www.thetrainingpartnership.org.uk/ttp-news/the-greatness-of-grayson-perry/)

Grayson Perry CBE is widely known for his ceramic art and cross dressing.  His vibrant use of colour and style flow throughout his work and dress, and his captivating personality stands out wherever he goes. Grayson Perry has won many awards including The Turner Prize and his work is exhibited across the globe. One of his many prominent external pieces was ‘Julie’s House’, a holiday home in Essex based on a fictional character.His work is thought-provoking, exciting, inspiring and bold!

I love his colourful dresses and sweet smile . His beauty is in an androgynous way that he could just as easily be female pop person.

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Alter ego: Mr Perry regularly dresses as a woman called ‘Claire’ and is known for his graphic pots

(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545301/Cross-dressing-artist-Grayson-Perry-wears-mother-bride-outfit-receive-CBE-Prince-Charles.html#ixzz4S3KDGRaU@MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  • Turner Prize 2012 winner: Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price was awarded the Turner Prize 2012. She was nominated for her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in which she presented a trilogy of video installations.image_update_bea58067349d7b48_1354602796_9j-4aaqsk

Elizabeth Price pictured in front of her video installation Credit: PA

(http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2012-12-04/luton-artist-wins-turner-prize/)

It’s incredibly depressing listening to the comments people made earlier that a young girl from Luton going to a comprehensive might not be able to imagine being an artist and might not have the opportunities I’ve had.

– ELIZABETH PRICE TALKING ABOUT HER EDUCTION IN LUTON
I watched a clip from Elizabeth Price’s Turner prize-winning video The Woolworths Choir of 1979. Price had been shortlisted for three films exhibited at the Baltic in Gateshead, but it was this one film that was exhibited at this year’s Turner show at Tate Britain in London. The video combines architecture, a 1960s music performance and a furniture store blaze.

(http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/turner-prize/winners)

Turner prize in 2016

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(http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2016)