Culture-fusion: A furniture inspired from two distant cultures.

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2023
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Mcode
Degree programme
Master’s Programme in Interior Architecture
Language
en
Pages
64
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Finland and Turkey are two distant cultures. Finnish culture is shaped around natural elements, and for furniture design it comes forward with wood techniques. Turkish culture is a pleasant mix of two different cultures, West and East, and it has a long history that influences modern design. The aim of this master’s thesis is to design a piece of furniture inspired by these two cultures. The project is based on my personal curiosities while studying in Finland. The methodology consisted of a literature review and a practical part. First, I reviewed literature on Finnish and Turkish design and culture combining similarities and opposites of two distant cultures. In the practical part, I designed and built a piece of furniture with characteristics from both cultures. 3D models and prints, hand models, sketches, technical drawings, 1:1 scaled mock-ups were used throughout the design process. The final prototype is an improved sofa that is compatible with modern living spaces. It is both testable and usable. Finnish vernacular architecture and wood techniques influenced the final prototype technically, Finnish forest shaped the final concept visually and Turkish design history directly impacted the function of the furniture. The final prototype addresses enriching design concepts through the fusion of distant cultures. This approach and methodology could lead to other works on the combination of different cultures.
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Supervisor
Kareoja, Pentti
Thesis advisor
Vesmanen, Esa
Keywords
furniture design, Finnish design, Turkish design, Finnish culture, Turkish culture, furniture
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