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Chae Rim Shin
Interior Design MA

Royal College of Art

Specialisms: Interior Design / Sustainable Design /

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Chae Rim Shin

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First Name: Chae Rim

Last Name: Shin

Specialisms: Interior Design / Sustainable Design

Sectors: Product / Architecture / Interiors / Product / Architecture / Interiors

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program Title: Interior Design MA


Her design cares about senses in design; how we see, touch, depth of the meanings behind. She believe the basic things we care for in life are the most important details to be carefully thought through and developed.Also, she is a true believer that perfection coexists with imperfection. It is important to understand the state of emptiness, understanding the flaws, accepting what is given, the inevitable. It is a designer’s role to generate new possibilities of work as in a place for fabricator of buildings who can mediate, symbolize new systems that could rapidly response to the new age.

“Waste is a mesh that entangles nature and culture, it may be the defining material of our age.” - Waste Age. My fascination with waste started when I visited waste-age and observed how much was being wasted, unused, and ending up decaying in landfill. Yet was salvageable. I was interested to find out what could be reused to become a new material for interiors. The project setting provided me with soil, oyster shells and a range of discarded industrial objects. The soil is mixed with fly ash and lime from oyster shells. Adjusting the proportions allowed the tactility to move from fine to coarse offering a wide range of material qualities within the space. Finer finishes allowed a subtle play of light and colour, coarse speaks of nature and rawness. Oyster shells are reprocessed within Seaquel in its own circular system to create new furniture and fittings. The space is designed in response to the character of the site. Two railway arches with little direct natural light led me to create a space with split atmospheres and experiences. Ground level gives a more casual and vibrant atmosphere. Walking down the stairs, visitors experience a gradual change in ambiance moving from light to dim to dark. The lower level is slow paced, intimate and dark, that is achieved by rough and coarse materiality from the soil. The transition of light to dark is echoed in the facade. A dramatic sculptural gesture that unites the two arches into one and celebrates soil as valuable.