Separated into four sitting niches by glass veils, an enclosed dining room is designed for guests who seek for a private, individual space for a meal, or those who have the intention to explore a new way of self-directed social experience. Four collapsible, structural veils made of translucent and clear glass panels provides opportunities for the guests to decide the level of “revealing” or “disguising” by them manipulating the height and order of the panels. Through designing this dining room, I attempt to explore how interior space can be utilized as a social persona, which allows the users to expose what they want to exhibit or to hide what they intend to protect.
Ideation Applied in the Scale of an Artifact
The oppression of emotions and will that is caused by social and public expectations are a problem for people who compromise their true feelings for these expectations. I would like to address this issue by proposing a unisex, self-illuminating veil constructed of dark-tinted acrylic with dimmable LED of which the brightness can be controlled by a user.
A “veil”, or a “mask”, is often used for dis- guising one’s expressions or emotions. How- ever, by self-illuminating a “veil”, it becomes an object that draws attention and amplifies the physical presence of the users instead of disguising them. By offering an opportunity for users to decide how much they want to “reveal” or “expose” by allowing them to manipulate the transparency and brightness of the veil. Thus, the veil, as an object, becomes the representation of the inner will of the user.
By making this subversive artifact, I attempt to give the right of emotional expression back to people who have compromised their feelings in the past for social and public expectation or prejudice.