• Cultural Awareness + Recycling Furniture



    Problem: Due to globalization, the rapidly changing world has become homogeneous especially in the developing countries, people seem to have forgotten and neglected their own culture and history. Product design, especially those of being mass produced, are standardized and lacking characteristic in terms of both form and function; one can no longer establish a connection in any cultural aspect.

    Missionary: To promote a stronger sense of cultural design that integrated into the craftsmanship; this should raise the awareness of one’s cultural sense and reintroduce appreciation anew. Areas that I want to focus on are Hong Kong and China.

    Bibliography Research:

    • Articles:

    BusinessWeek. “Good Design, Good Business in China.” BusinessWeek Architecture Section. April 21, 2008. Available on: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/apr2008/id20080421_404170.htm.

    CHINESE. (2005). In Cassell’s Peoples, Nations and Cultures. London: Cassell. Sept 28, 2008, Available on http://www.credoreference.com.libproxy.newschool.edu/entry/6077378.

    Dini, Lamberto and Wolfensohn, James. “Let’s Start Taking the benefits of cultural Identity Seriously.” International Herald Eribunne. Oct 6, 1999. Available on: http://www.iht.com/articles/1999/10/06/eddini.t.php.

    Dubner, Stephen. “What Will Globalization Do to Languages?” The New York Times. May 28, 2008. Available on http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/what-will-globalization-do-to-languages-a-freakonomics-quorum/?scp=3&sq=globalization%20effects%20culture&st=cse.

    Ouroussoff, Nicolai. “Lost in the new Beijing: The old neighborhood.” International Herald Erbunne. July 23, 2008. Available on: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/23/arts/27ouro.php.

    • Books:

    Eagleton, Terry. “The Idea of Culture”.Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2000, pg 32 –49.

    Sparke, Penny. “An introduction to design and culture (1900 to the present)”. Unwin Hyman Ltd. Published 1986. Pg 75-84, 95-105, 160-170.

    Teunissen, Jose. “Global Fashion Local Tradition”. GLOBAL FASHION?LOCAL TRADITION in the Centraal Museum. 2005, pg 9-21.

    • Journals:

    Ashley, Thorpe. “Asian Theatre Journal:ATJ. Honolulu: Fall 2008. Vol.25, lss. 2; pg. 387, 4pgs.

    Dirlik, Arif. “Timespace, social space and the question of Chinese culture”. Boundary 2 35.1 (Spring2008): 1-22. General OneFile. Gale. THE NEW SCHOOL. 27 Sept 2008.

    Gans, Herbert. “ Ethnic and Racial Identity”. New Americans: A Guide to immigration Since 1965. President and Fellows of Harvard College 2007. Available on http://www.credoreference.com.libproxy.newschool.edu/entry.do?id=7828738.

    Non-Profit Organization: China Institute in America – “A nonprofit educational and cultural institution that advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.” “To promote education and culture in art, literature, science, history, and other subjects among Chinese and Americans, and to cultivate a mutual understanding between China and the United States and the citizens thereof, by the administration of funds entrusted to the corporation for use in the establishment of scholarships and for other expenses of students studying in the United States...and for the exchange of information and views between Chinese and Americans.”

    AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design – “AIGA\|XCD has been established to foster greater communication between designers across cultures, as well as a better understanding of the interwoven experience of design and culture in our lives. Technology, mass media and a global economy have made the world smaller, and the scope of cross-cultural audiences bigger for the design profession. It is imperative for designers to think beyond their national and cultural borders in order to create visual communication that is responsive to the diversity of audiences today.”


    Problem: Recycling had little merit in the resourcefulness past and people tend to throw away proper furniture only because they aged.

    Missionary: As a take on cultural preservation, I attempt to combine the modern concept of recycle and the traditional furniture setting. To modify some of the traditional furniture forms by adding functions of recycling. The reusing and recycling of the end product should echo the fact that a meaningful design should change the course of action in collective measure.

    Bibliography Research:

    • Articles:

    Barringer, Felicity. “A city committed to recycling is ready for more”. The New York Times. May 7, 2008. Available on http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/us/07garbage.html.

    Depalma, Anthony. “Report Contends That Recycling Is Not So Wasteful”. The New York Times. May 28, 2008. Available on http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/report-contends-that-recycling-is-not-so-wasteful/?scp=6&sq=recycle%20NYC&st=cse.

    McClaran Robbie. “Growing Up Green”. TIME partner with CNN. May 08, 2008. Available on http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1738629,00.html.

    Slusark, Kate. “New Analysis: Return of New York Recycling a Money-Saver for City.” Natural Resources Defense Council. May 28, 2006. Available on http://www.nrdc.org/media/2008/080528b.asp.

    • Books:

    Mau, Bruce. “Massive Change - Cycle to cycle.” Phaidon NY.2004. pg 186

    • Interview:

    McDonough, William. “ Economy, Ecology, and Equity”. Massive Change. March 23, 2004.

    • Journal:

    Adams, Larry. “Furniture companies do their part”. Wood & Wood Products v. 101 (May 1996), pg.76

    Non-Profit Organization: Earth 911 – “Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability.”

    Unwanted – To recycle unwanted home appliances and furniture, which to develop a service solution environmentally.

Leave a Response

Fields marked * are required

No file selected (must be a .jpg, .png or .gif image file)

Once published, you will have 15 minutes to edit this response.