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Rise to ordinary materials



Mohini Patel & Hyein Yoo


Cross Design Trend:



Mohini Patel

Mohini is a self-motivated, creative and energetic individual. Her creativity stems from her childhood with her father being a property developer.
In 2014 she graduated in BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (sandwich degree) from Nottingham Trent University. From 2012 – 2013, Mohini interned at five design companies; Kate Watson Interiors, Fletcher Priest Architects, Helen Green Design, Studio Reed and Rose Uniacke.
Since November 2014, Mohini has been working as an Interior Designer at Cubika Design. She believes that Interior Design involves designing an exciting, comfortable and functional journey through any given space.

Hyein Yoo

Hyein is a very passionate and multi-tasking designer who is eager to absorb various kind of skills and aspects of making a project unique and creative. She received a BA in Sculpture with a minor in Industrial Design at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. After graduating, she worked in an art studio owned by a famous public artist, Oksang Lim in Korea as a 3D designer for two years. Since moving to London in 2016, Hyein has been working at Cubika Design as a 3D Visualiser & Designer.
She believes that a space can change the character of a human, as people interact most with live and work spaces. Colour and materials used in a space effect people’s mood and energy.




The inspiration for our chosen trend RISE came from the concrete and tactile collage works of Walead Beshty and Robert Rauschenberg. The distinctive characteristics of the materials used in their works allow us to appreciate their craftsmanship and industrial production. The objects used in their collages portray a different meaning dependant on context. Whilst Beshty gives RISE to ancient techniques of producing art, Rauschenberg gives RISE to the function of objects used in art.
In today’s society, consumers’ opinions on products are vital to help manufacturers improve them. Like the works of Beshty and Rauschenberg, our design incorporates ordinary materials that tell a story about their production methods, function and workmanship. The variety of materials used give RISE to each other through shape, colour and form.
Our design consists of interior space frames which are made up of layers. These depict the works of Beshty and Rauschenberg in that the frame represents a clean canvas, whilst the finishes and furnishings represent the media used in their art works.
Frame One – Walls F and G are made up of the Mint and Mint Deco tiles (Trace) which have metallic textures that instantly make people think. The wooden side board and ceiling hung light also consist of metallic elements. The use of metallic is further enhanced with the reflective gold tinted acrylic cladding on Wall E, which enables the space to look bigger.
The acrylic fluorescent sofa’s transparent design enables us to understand its production very clearly, giving RISE to its surrounding materials even though its colour is vivid. The simplistic design of the shelf and the two chairs in the forefront introduce materials such as metal, leather and PVC whilst also boasting its craftsmanship. Colour also enables these materials to give RISE to each other; the browns of the wooden and cork tables match the rustic patterns of the Mint Deco tiles and the Mud tiles (One) on Wall H. The hand knotted bamboo silk rug creates a cosier feel. All the furniture not only give RISE to each other but to the tiles too.
Frame Two and Three – Wall B consists of the Domino tiles (Elapse). The age-old textures of these tiles once again remind us of the artistry gone into producing this material. Similarly, the hung tapestry gives RISE to the traditional form of textile art. The asymmetry of the console table gives RISE to the tiles as they are made up of similar shapes. This irregularity continues with the seats around the table which are different in colour, form and materials. This enable us to compare, evaluate and appreciate the various production methods of each seat. The simplistic table mirrors the matching shelving from Frame One. Its solid grey table top creates an ideal platform for displaying tiles. The irregularity of the hanging ceiling lights complement the rest of the furnishings in colour and form. Walls A and C are also cladded with the Mud tiles to keep consistent with Wall H.
The spiral staircase is made up of Shore tiles (Inner). The light colour of these tiles contrasts the rest of the floor space making them stand out.
In order to create a warmer welcoming feel to the passageway, Wall D is cladded with the Marsala, Marsala Raw and Quercia tile panels (Vibe). Pannello Scrape tiles (Elapse) are also mixed into this arrangement, gradually increasing as you walk towards Frame Two for a smoother journey. The different textures of these tiles make us want to observe each one closely.
The flooring for this entire space is cladded in Cliff tiles (Inner). The dark monotone colour of these tiles give RISE to the walls and furniture placed above it. The passageway flooring is highlighted with hints of Cave; Groove (Elapse). The metallic accents in these tiles match those in Frame One as well as matching the antique look of tiles from Frame Two. Therefore, this passageway is a crucial space that brings RISE to all the materials used in this design.

Elapse – Scrape
Vibe – Marsala
Vibe – Marsala Raw
Vibe – Quercia
Inner – Shore
Elapse – Groove
Elapse – Domino
Trace – Mint
Trace – Mint Decò
One – Mud
Inner – Cliff