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Chen Sasaki ささき ゆり


ささき ゆり I am an aspiring interior design graduate who wants to make a positive difference in the world. Growing up, I had lived between Canada and Japan. I had grown to love culture, art, and hearing people’s stories. Having a background in Japanese culture, I am inspired by Japanese aesthetics of harmony, warmth, and nature. When the large earthquake had struck in Japan in 2011, this had really been a turning point in my life. Seeing how people struggled to live without the infrastructures of their hometown, had made me realize how important design is to people. These influences had made me passionate in helping people through creativity. Outside of school, I had competed in a sea container design challenge, and worked for several design firms in Taipei, Taiwan. One of the important things I have learned in my studies in interior design is to not just learn from textbooks but to engage ourselves in the world. We must explore different things from cultures, the environment, and lifestyles to really understand the human needs. By understanding people, we become better designers. With the skills I had learned for the past years, I hope to one day achieve my dreams of being apart of human-centered design.


Hope Home

Residential

The Cloud

Corporate

The Book Barn

Retail

Happa 葉っぱ

Hospitality

Shakespeare's Inn

Healthcare

La Palette

Hospitality

The Northern Farm

Senior Project

Model Furniture Borealis Photography

Light fixture


Hope Home

The Hope Home is a house where a community is built. Residents of the house come from all over the world seeking a safe environment and a place for refuge. The wide variety of cultural backgrounds that are present within the house require dynamic and diverse space. The Hope Home will be designed and build in such a way to encourages the establishment of community, support of individual identity, and promotion of diversity. To achieve this, communal and diverse space within the home is key. The house will become a place of endless possibility that can be used by a variety of inhabitants as needed. Residents will work together and use the house as a means of forging new and strong bonds that will help them transition into their new Canadian lives.


The Cloud

Everyone on this earth share awe and wonder for the clouds above us. This office space will embody the characteristic of clouds and the way they interact and behave. Since Invest Ottawa (the company) three main principles are innovation, collaboration, and speed they have much in common with the clouds. Clouds are constantly changing and adapting to their environment. Their shapes evoke creativity and imagination in all types of people. They come together to create bigger clouds, storms, and tornadoes. They move quickly through space and although they look light and fluffy, they are not to be underestimated. Invest Ottawa is an innovative corporation that utilizes the abilities of technology. Today's technological evolution revolves around virtual cloud concepts where people from around the world can communicate and share with the click of a button.


The Book Barn

The bookstore is meant to have a relaxing environment where customers are able to read comfortably. The book shelves are placed so that customers are able to find or browse through the books easily. In this space, the main materials used are wood, brick, and glass. The materials mimic natural materials allowing the space to appear organic. The shape of the building and the large windows is inspired by a greenhouse. This allows a lot of natural lighting into the space, making the users in the space to feel warm and cozy.


Happa 葉っぱ

This is a Japanese inspired guesthouse. It is inspired by the culture of Japanese Fall. The colors and materials in this design are imitated by the fall colors of Kyoto. Thus, this room is called Happa. Happa means leaf is Japanese, which is the Japanese symbol of autumn. It evokes the feeling of warm colors in a cold climate. The colors in the space consists of traditional Japanese fall colors of red, warm browns, and a hint of green. This space consists materials of fine wood, tatami (traditional Japanese wheat floors), and paper walls. This space is meant to give the user a relaxing atmosphere while giving a traditional Japanese atmosphere.Add a little bit of body text


Shakespeare's Inn


The Shakespeare’s Inn is inspired by Shakespeare’s garden. Stratford, Ontario holds one of the most famous Shakespeare festival in Canada. Because of this, this retreat was named after Shakespeare, tying into the theme of the tourism in Stratford. This can allow the guests who stay here feel a scene of the city. Shakespeare’s Inn is meant for the guests to feel warm, at home, and relaxed. The space has many elements from the outside to allow guests to feel free and calm. Because many people with dementia need to feel secure in the space, the concept of how the ceiling is designed to allow the guests to not feel intimidated by the space. Thus, the ceiling fixtures and lighting is inspired by Shakespeare’s feather quill he writes with to create all his wonderful plays. There are three main ideas for the function of the space, it is designed to connect, feel free, and gain integrity.


La Palette

The Japanese and French people have long admired each other’s cultures. They have learned each other’s art, foods, music, and architecture and incorporated them into their own cultures. Today, Paris again has a growing appetite for Japanese cuisine, music, fashion, and pop culture. This restaurant is inspired by the Japonism art movement that swept France and the West in the 19th century. Ukiyo-e prints from Japanese artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai inspired Impressionist painters such as Monet and van Gogh. The fascination with Japanese work didn’t end at printmaking. Japanese styles were collected and copied in the West across art and design, including decorative arts and gardens. This restaurant is to recreate the atmosphere and excitement of Japonism, where the impact of art and beauty from across the world can be felt. Customers who walk into this space will feel like they have gone back in time to be in one of the most creative periods in France. This space will also celebrate the cultural exchanges between Japan and France.


the Northern Farm

The harsh climate in Northern Canada makes it difficult to grow and transport fresh food. Store-bought foods are limited and unaffordable for many Northern households. The Northern Farm is a space which can reduce food insecurity for people in the North through knowledge, growth, and share. The center serves as a resource on traditional food and healthy eating, an indoor farm with community and teaching gardens, and a market for traditional and local foods. Year round, the center will allow people in the community to learn about, grow, prepare, and exchange healthy local whole food, rather than rely on expensive, processed, imported food. The center also provides a range of public meeting spaces -including its learning center, cafĂŠ, and market -- with a greenhouse atmosphere.


Market

Cafe

Reception

Learning Expirimental Patch Patch

Family Patch

Multi Learning Purpose Kitchen Learning Space


Model


Furniture


Borealis This light fixture draws its inspiration from the Northern lights, or “Aurora Borealis” of Canada. The Northern lights are a natural light display which results from the collision of particles with atoms in the thermosphere, and are predominantly green and purple in Canada. The lights have been referred to as “A Dance of the Spirits” by the Cree, a North American indigenous tribe, due to their many moving colors, and complete dominance over the skyline. The lights are often used to depict Canadian national heritage and culture, but are often invisible to the naked eye when not out in the wilderness. This light fixture is intended to reclaim the lost northern lights “sensation” for the bulk of Canadian living in densely populated bright cities. The fixture is to be installed in city parks along walkways as wayfinding/ decorative light. Thin translucent acrylic sheets and high intensity flood lights will be used to cast coloured, moving reflections on the ground, guiding and enchanting viewers as much as the aurora itself.


Photography


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