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BATHROOM Bathroom is a place where people can be totally honest about themselves. No matter who they are, all of them are naked in the bathroom. No jewelries, no Birkin and no Rolex. Bathroom is a place where people excreted all fecal matter, which includes all pretenses. It is the place that people can reveal with all kinds of instincts such as pureness, sex, and even violence. It is the place for thoughts, it is the place for sorrow, it is the place for sex and it is the place for emptiness. As a designer, it is important role to ďŹ nd something ordinary and put new meaning for it. For me, a bathroom is the place where I want to explore and ďŹ nd new meaning for it. Thus I want to explore all the feelings and thoughts people have in their minds in their bathroom and create visual designs about it.


RESEARCH BATHROOM QUOTES: find out what people think about a bathroom

At a formal dinner party, the

If I want to be alone, some place

I think more and more people want

person nearest death should

I can write, I can read, I can pray,

to live alone. You can be a couple

always be seated closest to

I can cry, I can do whatever I

without being in each other's

Hollywood is like Picasso’s bathroom.

the bathroom.

want, I go to the bathroom.

pockets. I don't see why you have

Candice Bergen

George Carlin

Alicia Keys

to share the same bathroom. Jeanne Moreau

In a house where there are There’s a lot involved in going to the bathroom for women. Leah Remini

small children the bathroom

I have piles of poetry books in the

soon takes on the appearance

Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance.

of the Old Curiosity Shop.

King George V

Robert Benchley

bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it. Carol Ann Duffy


BATHROOM IMAGES Bathroom is the place where people are naked. Furthermore, bathroom is the place where something happens such as suicide, murder, sex or even masturbation. All crazy things happen in the bathroom which is pretty interesting to me, thus I grabbed the images that belong to the theme of the bathroom.

From left on the top, Sex, Suicide, Masturbation and murder bathroom research 4


MOVIE: SHAME I watched the movie, Shame (2011) for my reseach. In the movie, there were several scenes of bathroom which were pretty interesting to me. In the movie, a main character, Brandon showed a lot of his feelings in his bathroom such lust,devastation and even unsciousness. Furthermore his bathroom is the place where he could talk to his sister without any emotional boundaries. Sadly, his sister tried to commit suicide in his bathroom which was interesting to me. Why did she want to die in his bathroom? I think a bathroom always gives the idea of “naked”, thus people aren’t afraid of doing anything crazy.

Shame(2011)


MY BATHROOM INSPIRATION: DAVID HOCKNEY Since I’ve decided to choose a “bathroom” as my thesis topic, my first step is research about my bathroom. I’ve decided to take pictures of my bathroom and analyze all of my feelings and thoughts that I have in my bathroom. ”My first sketch is inspired by “David Hockney’s collage works, so I’ve created my bathroom picture using by tons of different perspective images of my bathroom.

“The Desk (July 1st 1984-1984)” by David Hockney


MY BATHROOM So I took a lot of pictures to create the photo of my bathroom. Since my bathroom is a small space, I needed to take a lot of pictures from different perspective and distort them a little bit in order to make one picture of my bathroom.

My bathroom- 330W 56th, #15D, New York, NY, 10019

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THE PRODUCTS IN MY BATHROOM When I take photos of the products in my bathroom, I realize that I have more products than I need to have such as different types of shampoos or even conditioners . I always think that a bathroom is the place where I have nothing because I literally have no clothes on there. However, since I research my bathroom, I ďŹ nd out that I have a lot of things even though I have no clothes on. Then my question comes up, is this place where I can totally honest about myself? Do I have to decorate myself even in the bathroom? Why do I need a shower curtain

My bathroom products

My bathroom products in myself

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THE COLORS IN MY BATHROOM When I take colors from the products that I have in my bathroom, I am surprised that I have some colors that are little bit darker than I am seeing. Colors are always important to me because it is reecting my personality. Thus I play with my colors and position them on my proďŹ le shape.

My colors in my products

My colors in myself

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I played with words that

I think a bathroom is a place

are related to the products

where people can be denial

that I have. I wrote down

whatever they have because

all words that I had in my

a bathroom is meant to be

mind everytime I used

blurred. When people take

these products.

a shower, all the steamy air

I’ve been wearing eye glasses

makes room blurred. Then

for at least 15 years. Without

it creates its own world for

it, I can’t see things clearly.

people who want to get in

In my bathroom, I don’t

there to protect themselves.

wear it. Thus everything looks blur. Sometimes I prefer to see things in that way. Blur images make me feel comfortable. It seems like saying to me that it is okay to be unclear everything I see. Then I think being blur makes people confused or give some sort of imaginations because they can’t see things clearly. Sometimes people want to escape from their realities. Me, my products, words and images

Some people create their own fanasy. hich is usually

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EXPERIMENT BA What hap ppens in my baathrroom I wrote my bathroom diary so that I could see what I was doing in my bathroom. I wrote down every detail of what I did, what products I used in every morning, in the afternoon and even in the evening. And then I used color tapes to spot where I went and what I used in my bathroom. After this research, I realized that I only use sepcific products and specific spots in my bathroom even though it wasn’t a big space at all.


What am I doing in my bathroom

I tried to ďŹ gure out the spots where I mostly use. Everytime I used my bathroom, I put tapes the place where I was and the products I used. I used three different colors of tapes such as yellow, black and peach. Yellow is morning time (6 am ~ 12 pm), peach is afternoon time (12 : 01 pm ~ 6 pm), black is night time (6 :01 pm~ 5:59 am).Furthermore I taped on the products that I used such as a shampoo, a body cleanser, shaving cream or a toothbrush. It was interesting to see what kinds of products that I used and when I used. And I realized that there were my own activity patterns in my bathroom.

Color tapes in my bathroom bathroom experiment 14


Color tapes in my bathroom


I used ďŹ nger prints and foot prints images to show where I mostly used and moved around in my bathroom. Then I analyzed which spot had more anxiety. It was interesting to see how I moved around and what I touched in my bathroom.


INFORGRAPHIC Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 MORNING 6 AM - 11 : 59 AM AFTERNOON 12 : 00 PM - 5 : 59 PM EVENIN NG 6 : 00 PM - 9 : 59 PM NIGHT 10 : 00 PM - 5 : 59 AM

After I finished my research of my bathroom spots, I decided to make inforgraphic about what I did in my bathroom. In order to minimize the information that I had, I decided to choose one specifc day or specific period such as a week for designing inforgraphic. For first sketch, I chose Sunday and made inforgraphic about where and when I spotted in my bathroom and what kinds of product that I used.

EXIT

MORNING 6 AM - 11 : 59 AM AFTERNOON 12 : 00 PM - 5 : 59 PM EVENING 6 : 00 PM - 9 : 59 PM NIGHT 10 : 00 PM - 5 : 59 AM

Color foot in my bathroom

My flow on Sunday in my bathroom

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My bathroom Routines Nov 19th, 2012 ~ Nov 23rd

Nov 19th, N 19th Mon M Nov 20th, Tues

Hurry

Anxious

exhausted

Sleepy

Nov 21st, Wed Nov 24th, Fri Nov 22nd, Thu

None

8:30

Shampoo

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9:00

Body cleanser

9:30

Soap

tooth brush

10:00

10:30

toilet paper

11:00

11:30

12:00


My bathroom Routines Nov 19th, 2012 ~ Nov 23rd

none

hurry

anxious

sleepy

exhausted

none

calm

6:00

6:30

7:00

7:30

8:00

8:30

9:00

9:30

10:00

10:30

Nov 19th, Mon

11:00

11:30

12:00

12:30

1:00

1:30

2:00

2:30

3:00

3:30

Nov 20th, Tues

toilet

body cleanser

toilet

bathtub sink mirror standing mirror

shaving cream & razor

bathtub sink mirror standing mirror

shampoo soap toilet paper tooth brush

4:00

4:30

5:00

5:30

6:00

6:30

7:00

7:30

8:00

Nov 21st, Wed

body cleanser shaving cream & razor shampoo soap toilet paper tooth brush

toilet bathtub sink mirror standing mirror

8:30

9:00

9:30

10:00

10:30

11:00

11:30

12:00

12:30

Nov 22nd, Thu

body cleanser shaving cream & razor shampoo soap toilet paper tooth brush

01:00

01:30

02:00

02:30

03:00

03:30

03:30

04:00

04:30

05:00

Nov 23rd, Fri

toilet

body cleanser

toilet

body cleanser

bathtub

shaving cream & razor

bathtub

shaving cream & razor

sink mirror standing mirror

shampoo soap toilet paper

sink mirror standing mirror

shampoo soap toilet paper

tooth brush

tooth brush

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05:30


Anxiety in my bathroom

31% Hygiene Feel anxiety 20 times out of 70 times usages

64% Itchy hair Feel anxiety 32 times out of 50 times usages

37% Sensitive Feel anxiety 23 times out of 62 times usages

PERIOD: Nov 1st - Nov 30th DURATION: 24 hours TOOLS: different colors of Post-It such as orange, green and blue in order to differentiate time. Method: Using different colors of Post-It, I wrote down how anxious I was everytime I used my bathroom. Then I calculated how many times and which objects made me more anxious. KEY POINT: How many times I feel anxious and what the main reason of it was when I use my bathroom.

Anxious quotient - Reason or Place Toilet Shaving Brush teeth Blow dry Shower Wash hand

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50% Blooding Feel anxiety 5 times out of 10 times usages

77% Feces 30% Irritation

Feel anxiety 23 times out of 27 times usages

76% Urine Feel anxiety 130 times out of 150 times usages

40% Clogging Feel anxiety 2times out of 5 times issues

Feel anxiety 3 times out of 10 times usages

32% Blooding Feel anxiety 20 times out of 62 times usages

16% Feel anxiety 10 times out of 62 times usages

35% hot water Feel anxiety 25 times out of 70 times usages


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For next step, I want to make more inforgraphics about my bathroom routines and even my friend’s bathroom routines. I want to create printed book for my project and also interactive books such as I - Pad magazine that has included all my researches and designs. I plan to include motion graphic of my research and possibly videos of my bathroom document in my digital book.


EXAMPLES

Comme Des Garcons, Moving 6

Opening Ceremony magazine for I pad bathroom next 24


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