MUSASHINO ART UNIVERSITY | DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL, INTERIOR AND CRAFT DESIGN

武蔵野美術大学工芸工業デザイン学科

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Outline

We constantly focus on experimental approach in design in Interior Design Course. We learn design through hands-on experiences with real materials while taking conceptual approach to explore how things exist and how people act. This process of going back and forth between concrete and abstract thinking is a fundamental key to new design liberated from conventions. Interior Design deals with diverse subjects of different scales, starting from a single object, a space surrounding it, and an environment surrounding the space, and to be continued beyond. Design assignments include a wide range of subjects such as product design of lighting fixture, chairs and others, to space design of residence, retail and more, but we always start design from rethinking the essence of each subject. In other words, we don’t just design a “shelf” but we design a “place where a subject-matter exists”. We foster students’ abilities to think beyond the limit, to keep experimenting and creating, and to generate values important for people. We also encourage graduates to take active roles on a global scale: we offer a  curriculum designed for international career; invites guest professors from overseas; and organize overseas projects worldwide.

Curriculum

Interior Design Curse Curriculum
First Year ~ First Semester of Second Year
During this period, students learn fundamentals of study at Department of industrial, Interior and Crafts Design, namely various ideas and basic knowledge of materials. The basic exercise class “Shape of seating” and the basic practice class “Drafting and rendering” are conducted during this period in Interior Design Course.

■Basic exercise “Shape of seating”

Students research MAU’s masterpiece collection of Modern chairs focusing on material, structure, and form to understand how a physical movement of sitting is supported. Based on the research result, students make scale models of the original designs to learn the development process from the initial concept to planning.

Basic exercise: Inside and Outside
Students search for objects and phenomena in daily life that makes one aware of “inside and outside”. Based on results of survey and research, students work to find an original method of expression first, and then design and produce works based on the theme of “inside and outside”.

Second Semester of Second Year ~ Fourth Year

The field of interior design deals with a wide range of subjects from furniture to a large-scape retail space. During the period of two and a half years, students learn ways of thinking and fundamentals of expression technique, as well as ability to apply knowledge and skills that they will need as a professional designer in the near future. In addition, each student works with instructors to explore original expression methods without limiting directions of his/ her work.

Second Semester of Second Year

Form of Lighting Fixture and Its Effect
Students learn the design process of lighting fixture in this design assignment. By exploring the subject of light, students learn that a designer should design not only the object itself but also its relationship with the surrounding space, which is a fundamental approach to interior product design.

■ Personal Space Design
By performing on-site measurements, students learn relationships between body, object, and space, and then design personal space that expresses himself /herself. In addition, students cultivate a better understanding of the above theme by making 1/1- scale models.

■Living Space Design
Students conduct a survey, research and design based on the theme of “Wall”. They learn to a develop design concept constituting a space, and also the step-by-step process of how to transform the concept into physical forms.

Third Year

■Interior Element Design
How does an “object” exist in a space? And how does it connect with people? “Book” is adopted as a theme of this design assignment, and students explore forms that integrate object, surrounding space, and people.

■Design of a Space to Display Objects
An “object” communicates totally different values according to the space where it is displayed. Students learn how to create a space that enhances commodity values and appeals to customers through this retail design assignment.
■Chair Design
Many designers and architects developed and expressed various themes through chair design. In this assignment, each student discover his / her design theme through design of a chair and learn to express it in a physical form by producing a prototype one can actually sit on.

■Living Environment Design
In this design assignment, students design a house on an extremely narrow site. Students learn how to present a comprehensive proposal addressing relationships between various factors while focusing on elements and materials in an extremely small space.

Fourth Year

■Design of a Dining Space
Commercial space constitutes an urban culture, while serving as a place of business. In this design assignment, students design a space offering “cultural experiences” based on the theme of “food”, and learn from a simulated experience of the actual work process from initial planning to detail design.

People / Environment / Culture
In this assignment, students thoroughly observe the existing urban space and architecture first, and then manipulate such urban elements to create a place generating new values and functions.
Space and Element:Corner(Optional)

Students design a relationship of three factors such as wall-floor-ceiling constituting an interior space, element, and people. Focusing on a “corner” of the given structure as the main theme, the above relationship is translated into design while incorporating these elements as media.

■Graduation Works

Works

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

Faculty

Graduates

Interior Design covers a wide range of expertise, and our course offers education
by which students acquire the solid and versatile foundation in interior design allowing them to be actively involved in various fields, and many of our graduates play active roles in the society.
Career paths after graduation include: office and residential interior space design; product design of furniture, lighting fixture, sanitary fixture, household goods and others; architectural design; environmental design; exhibition and display design and others.
Various supports are provided to students who intend to study in postgraduate courses both in Japan and overseas.

■Major career paths (In order of the Japanese syllabary)

ARFLEX JAPAN LTD. / Toyo Ito Associates, Architects Co.,Ltd. / INAX Corporation / ILYA Corporation / UCHIDA YOKO Co., Ltd. / WOODYOULIKE COMPANY Co., Ltd. / LVJ Group Co., Ltd. (Louis Vuitton Japan) / OTSUKA KAGU, LTD. / OKAMURA CORPORATION / ODELIC CO., LTD. / Koizumi Sangyo Corporation / KOKUYO Co., LTD. / SANGETSU Co., Ltd. / GK Industrial Design Inc. / Schemata Architects / Studio 80 Co., Ltd. / SPACE Co., Ltd. / SEKISUI HOUSE LTD. / DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY Co., Ltd. / Takenaka Corporation / TACHIKAWA CORPORATION / National Home Engineering Co., Ltd. / Nikken Space Design Ltd. / NIHON SEKKEI Inc. / Nippon Design Center, Inc. / Nendo Inc.  / NOMURA Co., Ltd. / FIELD FOUR DESIGN OFFICE Co., Ltd. / Heisei Corporation / MHS Planners, Archietcts & Engineers Co., Ltd. / MEC DESIGN INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION / Mary Chocolate Co., Ltd. / YKK Architectural Products Co., Ltd.

Projects

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●EDS Bamboo Design Project
This project is a part of the support program for activities to meet demands of contemporary education organized by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The project theme is production of a prototype using bamboo produced in developing countries, which contributes to product developments.
Presently, most of typical bamboo furniture either features natural bamboo shapes or is made of laminated bamboo panels. The pieces, including chairs and tables, are usually very bulky and thus present difficulties in transporting in containers and storing in shops. These are obstacles against exporting products of developing countries overseas. Our solution to this problem was to study possibilities of “knockdown bamboo furniture”.
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●ODCD Project 2007 Design of “water tap to supply water in daily life and its surrounding space”
Participants of the 2006 ODCD projects from Japan, Korea and China participated in this project organized by the Interior Design course. The theme “design of water taps” covers a wide range from low- to high-technology items, and therefore was easy for students to approach. It was interesting to find different views on “water” in each country, which present characteristic features in their works. We had a big presentation at Tokoname training facility of INAX Corporation, and emphasized high design capacities of East Asia redefined in the new light.

※ODCD(Oriental Domestic Culture & Design) Japan- Korea- China Joint class / collaborative research promoting global education


●ODCD project 2006 Design of “kitchen and bathroom spaces”
Environmental Art Department of Tsinghua University joined the 2005 ODCD Joint class / collaborative research team, and the project was conducted by the three universities in collaboration with INAX corporation. MAU team consisted of Interior Design course of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design Department, Scenography, Display and Fashion Design Department, and Architecture Department.
The students developed ideas freely based on the set theme of “kitchen and bathroom spaces”, in light of the sponsoring company’s products. Interestingly national characteristics of each country were reflected in the works, and many convincing proposals were presented. All parties involved, including the students, the faculties, and the members of the sponsoring company, were highly motivated throughout the program, and enjoyed spontaneous exchanges between the three countries.

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●ODCD project 2005 Design of “shikiri (partition) and space”
This project was conducted by the collaborative team comprised of Interior Design course of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design Department, Musashino Art University, Interior Design Department, Kookmin University (Korea) and INAX Corporation. The Industry- Academia Joint Program was carried out under the theme of “shikiri (partition) and space”, based on the concept of “Research and design of the interior from the viewpoint of the Eastern philosophy”.
Various proposals were presented, from realistic approaches to conceptual works applying psychological effects, offering broader interpretations on “shikiri”.

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●Research and Design of the small space “HUT” (Presentation of research bulletin compiling achievements of 2001 and 2003 research projects)
The collaborative research project of the small space “HUT” has been continuing for several years to this day. It originally started from our on-site visit and experience of the cockpit of the jumbo jet.
Aim of the research is to explore functionality and habitability of the small space and find the best space to inhabit. The research is developed based on multi-perspectives, and we build 1:1 scale models for “HUT”, an environmental tool serving as architecture as well as product. We plan to continue the research both in classes and as the Industry- Academia Joint project.
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