About Lindy Collings

I am a third year student at Duncan Of Jordanstone currently studying Interior and Environmental Design.

China in Interior and Architectural design

Feng Shui pronounced‘ fung shway’ and meaning ‘wind and water’ combines Chinese ancient belief with architecture, landscaping and Interior design.  Feng Shui is a visual art, practice and pursuit.  It is said that Feng Shui is best understood for its impact on the Chinese landscape and architecture in the past and for the present on the Eastern and Western architecture and design.  When I think of an interior living or working space with applied Feng Shui I imagine a comfortable, tranquil and harmonious place.

It seems Feng Shui resides in the layout of cities, towns, villages, dwellings, temples and buildings. Even before the inhabitants of ancient China were looking for suitable land on which to live, farm and survive they had already obtained the knowledge and principles of Feng Shui. These have been adjusted and refined over thousands of years by subsequent generations resulting in Feng Shui becoming a geographic and geometric art form.

 Acknowledging the evolving ideas of Feng Shui and correlating this with the knowledge and history available at this point in time we create environments most suitable for living and working in. Although it has fixed important principles that make it never changing, it also has designs and methods that with the passing of time are continually updated due to the accumulation of knowledge which makes it ever changing.

The ‘I Ching’ also known as the book of changes is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. According to this text the Chinese universe consists of heaven (yang) and earth (yin). Heaven itself consists of the sun (yang) and the moon (yin). In turn, earth consists of rivers and streams (yang) and mountains and plains (yin). On those mountains and plains, there are people (yang) and buildings (yin). In people themselves, males (yang) and females (yin) possess an exterior (yang) and interior (yin).

These principles imply that yin and yang should be considered when studying Feng Shui. This Installation was created by Clodagh for the fabric company, Trevira, for a Brussels trade fair. It considers Feng Shui principles, such as the use of water, light, colour, movement, sound and scent, to offer an oasis away from the stress and strain of a long day at the fair.

 

Modern Architecture in Feng Shui seems to influence the landscape more than natural features and forces. Although nature is still important, it becomes less of a consideration in urban Feng Shui, appearing more as ambience and decoration.

Below the Leo House located in Kelapa Gading, Jakarta, Indonesia is designed by Edy Hartono from Edha Architects. The 240 sqm project is based on Feng Shui art by demand of the owner. The architect combined modern architecture with Feng Shui in a pleasant dialogue. Glass and wood lattice were used for the massive planes of the façade which basically consist of geometric plane. Lighting and air circulation are optimized to the maximum in the interior through glass floors.

Feng Shui Art in Leo House by Edha Architects.

Many people like to Feng Shui their homes after all a home is not an empty box made of plaster, wood or brick where we move our furniture, appliances, personal belongings and selves. The rooms in our home have a major influence on our moods, and how we live. A home is for protection, shelter and security. A Feng Shui expert working on your home would examine the interior space making sure the circulation of ch’i is healthy and balanced. I have read that the way in which the layout out and decoration of your home is designed can improve the atmosphere within it whether it be conflict over the living situation or more personal problems. With its many considerations, a Feng Shui analysis of a home starts at the entrance and proceeds throughout the interior.

‘A room of one’s own’ this living room design blends traditional elements with the modern. The mirror above the fireplace balances the opening below, drawing residents ch’i upward, and plants and flowers flanking the fireplace enhance the energy. Gentle curves are positive attributes, and an area of the room used for another purpose is elegantly screened off.

I study Interior Design and I have found reading about Feng Shui very interesting its so apparent in everything and very influential to Interior and Architectural Design in the past, currently and will continue to be in the future.

 

 

 

 

Spectacular China

“ China is one of the largest countries in the world. Its 5,929,000 square miles make it bigger than the United States by about 124,000 square miles. The population of China, however, a staggering 1.3 billion people, dwarfs the population of the United States, currently around 300 million.” These are just some of the many interesting facts within the book named “Spectacular China” by Nigel Cameron.  This book explores the many beautiful landscapes of China but also its exuberance which is found in the history and the divergence of the people and their connection with their surroundings.

I’m only just learning about China, there is so much to know. Reading “Spectacular China” to me has illustrated the eminence but also the mystery of China. As someone who has never been to China myself but would like to I can understand why many people want to go, whether its to visit a particular city or to travel the whole country It seems that visiting China is not only about sightseeing and taking photographs, it’s about a learning experience, learning about the culture, the arts and the history of one of the ancient civilizations of the world.

Its my understanding from what I have read that the culture of China surrounds the Arts and Crafts in China as well as the Architecture of China,  the music and dance in China, Chinese Cuisine, Religion in China, the customs and traditions in China, fashion in China and also the Chinese civility. As a student of Interior Design I imagine to be in the presence of architecture with such grandeur like The Great Wall I would find to be an overwhelming experience. As one of the greatest wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China was enlisted in the World Heritage Site in 1987. Winding through deserts, grasslands, mountains, and high land, the Great Wall is approximately 6,700 kilometres long. The Wall stretches from a seaport in the east coast of China to Xinjiang in the North West. Its architectural richness and historical significance has made the Great Wall of China one of the most inviting tourist attractions of the world.

“Consider the passion with which the Chinese built the Great Wall, certainly one of mankind’s almost superhuman constructions both in terms of its enormous size and length.” Nigel Cameron.

China is prevalent with many architectural buildings, palaces, and historical sights significant for its intricate designs. The original palace of Qianqinggong known as the Palace of Heavenly Purity where the Qing emperor resided, within the Forbidden City, served as a exceptional part of the Chinese architecture.

“North of  the Forbidden City in Beijing, the whole palace complex can be seen under a sea of yellow-tiled roofs. The 2,300-square-foot area containing over nine thousand rooms is surrounded by a 33-foot-high wall and by the wide encircling moat.” Nigel Cameron.

Although the architecture in China is a big part of the tourist attraction from what I have found through research it also resides in the culture that surrounds the Arts and Crafts. Chinese craftsmen are the inventors of porcelain. China is also renowned for its Jade figurines and jewellery. The crafting of ornaments of other precious stones is also a Chinese art. Bamboo crafts and basketry are particularly popular in the rural areas of China. Among the other antique arts of China is calligraphy, crafting ceramic wares, glass and crystal wares, screen making, silk paintings, and plant crafts like bonsai, candle making and lacquer crafts.

Such talent can be seen in Xian. The Terracotta Army, the 8,000- strong army of ceramic figures with over one hundred chariots occupies 65,600 square feet.

Xian is one of the six ancient Capital Cities of the people’s republic of China. The beautiful city is located in the central region of the Mainland China. I’ve read that Xian in China is also a very popular tourist destination. Thousands of people from various corners of the world come to visit this beautiful place throughout the year.

There are so many reasons to visit China whether its for the architecture, the music, the festivals, the cuisine, and from what I have read of the cities it seems hard not to experience a little of everything. The way in which “Spectacular China” in my opinion sells China to tourists is in its substantial imagery and backup of historical facts. There’s something about an oversized glossy book with full pages of imagery that seems an essential to contain and educate on such an important subject.

“Spectacular China” was compiled by China Travel and Tourism Press with assistance from Hugh Lautner Levin Associates, Inc and text by Nigel Cameron. In my opinion well worth a look at.