Five Classical Elements: Earth, Wood, Fir, Air, Quintessence

Dutheil, Evy ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Five Classical Elements: Earth, Wood, Fir, Air, Quintessence. In: Open Design for E-very-thing. Hong Kong Design Institute and Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, Hong Kong, pp. 467-469. ISBN ISBN 978-952-60-0080-0 (print) ISBN 978-952-60-0081-7 (pdf)

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Abstract / Summary

A series of artefacts exploring the classical elements of the universe, earth, sun, air, wood, and quintessence, challenge the emotional connection, awareness, sustainable design and material research approaches. The elements are historical, sociological, philosophical and essential matters. How can designing for the environment help to reconsider the value of these factors in our urban lives? This research stimulates scientific approaches, user experience and an object’s meaning.
The artefacts are engaging, caring, poetic and playful. The process of development and production play an important part in harmonising the final aesthetic signature and challenging the virtuous craftsmanship process. Together with local scale and light industrial production with horizontal evolution, they are put into practice through the cradle-to-cradle principle, bio-mimicry and ecofriendly material experimentation. The results are multiple and critical, leading to a series of bio-diverse conceptual objects, organic and singular with their own character. The outcome invites audiences to re-consider their connection with nature, the lifecycle and alternative ecosystem scenarios for the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environment, design drivers, material, experimentation
ISBN: ISBN 978-952-60-0080-0 (print) ISBN 978-952-60-0081-7 (pdf)
Subjects: Arts > Furniture & Accessories
Public Exhibition
Courses by Department: School of Architecture, Design & Interiors > Sustainable Product Design
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Depositing User: Evy Dutheil
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 10:48
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:25


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