Place of Pleasure

Studio philosophy

The studio aims to explore our sensorial experiences within interior spaces and our reactions. A 'place of pleasure' that utilises the senses and celebrates materiality, decoration and detail in a commercial context forms the studio theme.

The pleasure principle: “the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain”.
- Oxford Dictionaries

Studio Overview

Often pleasurable experiences are associated with the desire to satisfy basic biological needs; eating, exercise or sex. Other pleasurable experiences are associated with social drives and the appreciation of cultural activities; art, music and literature. These pleasurable experiences can evoke feelings of happiness, enjoyment, delight, relish and euphoria. Pleasure can be both sensuous and intellectual, fulfilling our human needs and desires.

The studio aims to explore our sensorial experiences of interior space through the notion of pleasure. A live client brief, 'The House of Krug - a place of pleasure', will form the first design project brief of the studio. A 'place of pleasure' will be determined as the starting point to discover and explore our sensorial reactions to space. The brief is to create a private dining experience for the Krug champagne brand - “The Krug Experience: Krug Lovers Share the Exceptional Pleasures of Krug”. Concepts will lead into a further design project and development to a significant design outcome that may be a guided choice or a self-selected independent brief based around the ideas of pleasure and luxury.

Elements of materiality and sensorial experiences are examined: connections, components, light, shade, solid, void, sound and taste within interior spaces. The studio uses precedent studies as a vehicle for exploring these interior elements and how they are controlled within spaces to elicit particular reactions. A study trip will further highlight this way of experiencing and examining public and private spaces and buildings, supporting the development of project proposals.

Projects are informed by examining traditional materials, and exploring new possibilities for contemporary materials and techniques. Projects will be developed through material and/or constructional experimentation and exploration, students are requested to make materially accurate models and representations as well as experimenting with material samples and producing construction detail drawings, resolving issues through modelling or testing in traditional and digital materials and technologies. Emphasis will be placed on learning through research and investigation; working through testing, reviewing, sketching, photography, drawing, modelmaking and documenting of the process that will form a body of work.

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Course Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)
Interior Design BA (Hons)
Where CR527B, 41 Commercial Road
When Tuesdays, Fridays
Tutors Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
Lisa Montague

Jhkendije Bajraktari
Julie Berdou
Chyan Blackwood
Arina Darvaja
Elizabeth Dyulgerova
Joanna Maria Furmankiewicz
Adelina Mihaela Galateanu
Charlotte Helmore
Nora Hussein
Adisa Jimah
Lou Hua Ben Kelenen
Akouman Aurelia Kouaho
Vanya Kiselinova
Charlotte McCann
Corinne Martin
Melissa Miguel
Komai Patel
Enrique Santiago
Maltin Shtylla
Ruth Tugwell
Anh Tuyet Tran
Michelle Vu

Filiz Dogan
Flora Gibb
Samantha Lock
Veronika Lovasova
Alicia Mrowinska
Victoria Roberts
Vili Tangalova
Charito Tipon