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Master in Interior & Living Design 2014-2015

des ign portfolio

savitha narayanan

C ompilation of proje cts

M a ster i n I nte r i or & L i vi ng Design

project 1 workshop

project 2 workshop

project 3 workshop

project 4 workshop

project 5 internship

project 6 final project

architect and interior designer Savitha Narayanan

education Master in Interior and living design at Domus Academy, Milan, Italy Bachelor in Architecture at RV school of architecture, Bangalore, India personal details date of birth nationality e-mail id skype id phone

: 07-11-1989 : Indian : savitha1189@gmail.com : savitha.vn : +39 3663011334




Under The Mentorship of Patricia Urquiola with Francesca Vargiu and Elena Pefani Master in Interior & Living Design The Master in Interior & Living Design program enhanced professional skills, cultural sensitivity, strategic thinking, teamwork skills & knowledge of project management processes. It gave exposure to existing eminent brands: their technology, approach and an opportunity to work with a few through the workshops conducted. This process and the guidance of my mentors helped develop . Design concepts and scenarios for micro system environments, social/personal spaces, business and retail spaces, or public spaces. . Analyze user activity and social behavior to solve product design problems; use narrative design tools, such as storytelling, storyboards, and video. . Use a mix of communication strategies and design tools in order to develop the global brand identity of a small to medium-sized company, a product line, and/or a startup. . Investigate ways in which a company can ignite innovations in product design and industrial processes by adopting advanced production technologies and utilizing new materials. Patricia Urquiola’s bold approach, energy, vigor, passion and curiosity associated with work; Francesca Vargiu’s analytical thinking and constant guidance; and Elena Pefani’s diligence, guidance and support during this course have all been key ingredients in this process of learning.


Project List 1 Re-invented hospitality spatial intervention, new hospitality image,space and communication strategy 2 Pop-up Office unexpected pop-up workspace in an urban scenario 3 Street food contemporary street food design 4 Enhancing Structures relationship between people space and objects 5 Take me there - cafe coffee - cafe concept for current scenario of consumers 6 Privation room Healthcare - design for medical isolation







Re-invented hospitality



Project CONNECT is a new functional typology that would be housed in AGAPE12, a famous home accessory store, during the EXPO 2015 in Milan.


The project core deals with the diverse set of people visiting Milan and their identities.Every human has a distinct identity portrayed through their facial features.The project focuses on converging people to share a personalized & interactive experience of mapping their unique facial features in the space through technological means and leaving behind traces that later forms an archive, an installation - a manifold of identities.



The concept of CAFE SOSPESO is an Italian concept of buying a coffee for an unknown when one buys a coffee for himself. This gesture of sharing is a start point for the project. In this project , BIOMETRICS is used as a main tool to run the activities in the given space.

BIOMETRICS refers to metrics related to human characteristics.The technologies that measure and analyze human body characteristics, such as DNA, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns and hand measurements.


diagrams showing the difference in each one’s facial features

How does the space work? Mirror is an important physical element in this project since it is the simplest way to see & identify ourselves. Every individual gets his face scanned by a mirror. Later, he gets to take a souvenir made of the same material, having their facial impression on it that splits into two parts.They retain a half & leave the other half as a memory that forms an art installation over a period of time at Agape.

1 face scan to get a biometric diagram

3 view prototyping of your souvenir in the workshop area

2 view digital patterns

4 make the installation by adding your part




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face scanning points : people get their faces scanned and the scanned data gets stored and mapped.

section through scanning path scanning points: narrow inclined path that has various scanning points with different surfaces (mirror, metal). @ Ground Floor Level


installation wall

installation wall

scanning path

product :prototype


Pop-up Office


Alter Bag Premise.

Alter bag is a temporary workspace concept that can be a boon to many professionals who are travelling and would also want to attend to their work tasks when on the move, helping them to take better advantage of their time. As today, working hours in an office cannot stop working minds that function every moment.


“Alter Bag� as the name suggests is a dual purpose Bag for an individual with alternative usage. An urban back-pack that can be transformed into a work-space anywhere, instantly. It is designed such that it can easily accommodate one’s basic working kit : Laptop, Tablet, charging cables, phone, portable chargers, portable light, a book or diary, some stationery etc.









ideation process






a transformable unit that makes a working space, giving enough privacy

Trial designs and prototypes for a compact transformable working kit.


final outcome of ideation

How does it work?

Alter bag can be used indoors and mainly outdoors. In parks, gardens, plazas, small to large spaces where one would need just a good amount of privacy and space to work peacefully and comfortably.It is made of durable and flexible fabric material and a hard sustainable base that protects the work kit when closed and also gives stability to the structure when opened. It opens out to be a work-space that covers the sides and also provides a hooded structure above to give a reasonable amount of shade and privacy when one sits inside it.The bag can be personalized with a wide and beautiful range of colors and patterns. Reflecting enhanced qualities like transform-ability, portability, durability, compactness and also high functionality, this bag will be a clever extension of you!


the alter bag : views

the alter bag : messenger sling bag + backpack style


unlock the strap

place the workstation on a comfortable ground position

zip up and use the straps to lock the station 14

the alter bag : how to use it

project installation

a scenario : use in a public space 15

Street food experience


Las Morenas Premise.

‘Street food’ is a collective exploration of culture & tradition of a place that is deeply rooted, having its own social & spatial value.More than just a necessity, food is nowadays a tool for cultural exchange and design. Street food in particular has become a field for experimentation as it represents the very essence of a country or region. Today, people may purchase street food for a number of reasons; reasonably priced and flavorful food in a sociable setting, to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.


This project explores street food culture and introduces the intervention of a new contemporary street food typology, extracting the essence from any existing culture in the world. Las Morenas as the name suggests is about South American street food, where eating food on the streets or grabbing a quick bite of carbs is an integral part of their lives.In South America, ‘Empanada’ is a commonly preferred and spotted street food.


South America 14 Countries 4 Languages 500 street food dishes

Empanadas can be either baked or fried, but are usually fried, with a major difference being they are almost always made with a crunchy cornmeal exterior, rather than with white flour. The ingredients used in the filling can vary according to the region, but it will usually contain components such as salt, rice, beef or ground beef, shredded chicken, boiled potatoes, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and peas.


Introducing empanadas to Milan through the colorful vehicle; LA CHIVA.

A CHIVA is an artisan rustic bus used in rural South American regions. Chivas are adapted to rural public transport. The buses are varied and characterized by being painted colorfully (usually with the colors of the countries) with local arabesques and figures. They are built upon a bus chassis with a modified body made out either metal or wood. Seats are bench alike, made out of wood and with doors instead of windows.

tradition . culture . color . energy


How does it work? The project has two parts to it: The space and The tools.

The Space: La Chiva is a colorful,

vivid and vibrant transport bus that is quite open in appearance with typical patterns and materials that represent the strong culture of the continent. It is an important element in the project which connects to the idea of mobile street food.

This moving element stops at the various markets in Milan where street food works well for the people. It opens out providing different seating possibilities for people to relish the food and enjoy the overall experience.


Chiva Exterior views : wood, patterns, subtle colors, threads, porous.





prep. counter

free space

standing counter floor seating facing outside the chiva



entry & exit

Chiva interior Layout : wood, patterns, subtle colors, threads, porous.


The Tools: The different traditional tools required to prepare the empanadas were identified and reinterpreted as a collection of elements for ALESSI. The six main tools being : water-sink , dough mixing bowl, filling container, cutting-molding tool, a counter top and the rack. Each of these tools can be used independently or as a composition.

oil strainer

frying pot

Counter 24

pots for fillings + Lid (cutting tool) rolling pin + prep. space

water basin

dough mixer

The counter is made of wood with metal bracing inside for sturdiness and stability

water basin

frying pot

made of stone material. used mainly as water source for the cooking process.

metal inner surface for easy frying and stone outer surface. run by electricity / Induction.

filling pots made of ceramic material with a glass lid, used to store different fillers for the empanadas. the lid is also used to cut the excess dough off.

dough mixer made of stone material, the bowl is used for mixing the flour and water to prepare the dough.


Enhancing Structures


Gro.WE Premise.

groWE is a project about micro-greens as an option for future food. Micro-greens, that can be grown by anybody, anywhere, easily and efficiently without any hassle.


With a challenge to create an object that has to use the new technology of 3D printing, groWE is a growing device that nests the micro-greens and helps it grow. It is light-weight and of an appropriate scale to hold and carry around. A device that helps maintain and enhance the symbiotic relationship between food and human. Symbiosis : Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.




Human and food.

Interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. Compare with antibiosis.

Eating is one of the primary activities of human. we interact with our food, with the way we eat different things differently and it also leads people to interact with other people , space, place, scale etc. when associated with it.

A mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups:

what if there is a mutual interaction and relationship between human and food?

A component that can initiate this symbiotic relationship between man and food and at different levels perform different roles.

A symbiotic relationship.

A symbiotic cycle of give and take.

MICRO-GREENS Tiny edible plants, older than a sprout, but younger than a full- grown plant. They have between 4 and 40 fold more concentrated with nutrients. They can take between 1 or two weeks for fully development.




form & details : parts, detailing, perforations.



How does it work?

Through this device the micro-green basically grows in a shell being closely monitored by the person during the initial four days where a sponge in this device holds up water and a solid lid covers it completely, helping it to sprout. Once this part of the process is achieved, the device is uncovered and becomes a part of a larger structure and space initiating a healthy aggregation of people. The plant then develops completely in about two weeks in total and is ready to be consumed. Given a choice, It is always good to see your food grow isn’t it?


Take Me There


|Tumbler Cafe. Premise.

Indian filter coffee, also known as kaapi has a unique method of preparation, tools, cultural ritual & behavior associated with it. The task here is to create a contemporary coffee drinking experience, a strategy and a spatial concept that portrays today’s way of coffee consumption.


This project is an adaptable spatial concept. A spatial suggestion that could be fit into any geographical context we have today. This concept focuses on the users, the time they would spend, the activities in such a space, people behavior associated to that and hence the spatial arrangement & quality.

How does it work?

The space consists of three different zones based on the time one would spend in this cafe. Time, that relates to the activity the user is involved where coffee consumption is an important part. 1 Fast coffee consumption : where the user has almost no time. 2 Limited time: where the user spends a considerable amount of time consuming coffee and in having conversations with other people along. 3 Relaxed and slow consumption: where the users spend a good few hours consuming coffee, attending to their tasks, having long conversations, meetings etc.



: there are 3 different zones based on the time and kind of activity the user is involved in. Based on the two factors mentioned, the seating arrangement, furnitures and environment on the whole varies.



Coffee drinking space reinterpreted for the current contemporary context of India




: the space that one would be in as they enter, meant for having a quick coffee standing at the counter. (a self service zone) The space also has the prepration service area.



ZONE 2 : The space contains casual low

seating where the target group could be students, travellers or just a group of friends or family. The low seating indicates slower coffee consumption and more conversations. This zone is more for people who would sit for a longer period. The furnitures here are of mixed nature, to create a more informal environment.



ZONE 3 : This zone is more for those who

would like to sit and work or read. It’s more of a silent zone where people could have meetings, sit with their devices and read or work. The furnitures here also associate with the kind of activity in this zone. 43

The vending machine concept : modified The Take Away zone Packaging for purpose


traditional objects : purpose reinterpreted local traditions Coffee served in different styles for different requirements


Privation Room



Solace in isolation


Privation of Freedom of living. healthcare. Medical reverse Isolation This project investigates the psychological effects of Medical isolation. The state of being deprived of attributes properly possessed. The aim is to use design as a tool to provide an experiential space with the intervention of effects that emphasize on phenomena’s that one would relate to. A space that could possibly stimulate and alter the psychological thoughts and help them recover in a better way.


This project focuses on creating a daily living space for an immuno-compromised person who is restricted to step out and have the presence of people within the space without strict safety measures for protection. The given space of 3x3 m will be the living space for the user undergoing reverse isolation. There are many functional aspects associated to medical science,when it comes to designing such a space. Here, the focus is on few of those aspects.

How does it work?

The space uses different elements like door, window, floor, ceiling, walls, partition etc. and associates these elements to natural phenomenon.


Design plays a very important role in altering & enhancing the environment, to allow the person to feel a certain level of comfort & freedom. The quality of space and the freedom it gives to the user to perform different activities effortlessly could make it better for a person to deal with such an isolation.

Deprivation Health deprived : the person is just recovering. The possibility of physically being present in a social environment is missing! Presence of nature and touch, smell, taste is restricted! Comfort zone : freedom! presence of people, pets, nature, being able to move freely. psychological effects - Person may not be able to receive many visitors, and in turn, become lonely and locked up! may be anxious - Social barrier - Access to places, people, things - Stops you from a lot of activities - Restrictions on Food and beverages.

Aim To provide a space with the ability to minimize the effects of isolation. An experiential space with the intervention of different effects that emphasize on phenomena’s that one would relate to, when in isolation/ alone.


Elements for Design Factors that play an important role in improvising & enhancing the environment for the user in this project .

natural cyclical phenomenon A natural cyclical phenomenon is always close to a person. They consciously or even unconsciously relate their existence through such phenomenon that occur on daily basis. Our senses harmonize with them.

see. hear. smell. touch. taste A natural phenomenon is an observable event which is not man-made.


the space

Floor Ceiling / roof Walls Partitions Window Stair Door balcony To bring the natural effects into the space, Using the different elements of the space to achieve the same.

Solace through senses A play with the senses, Stimulating different sensations. Interpretation of the same through; Material. Texture. Color. Shape. Temperature. Pressure. Intensity


Prep zone

Private zone

Handwashing, gowning, gloving,  sterilization, or disinfection of  materials brought into the area.

Food and diet / eat People Interaction

Garbage disposal Clothes disposal

Sleep Brush + wash + Bathe + Toilet Health monitoring Medication

Personal - communication zone Exercise . Leisure Music and movies reading . Work

user activity and zones : marked in red are the activities this project looks into.

Bathing/ cleansing

Privation room

Prep. Zone / health check

Barrier Communication

general zoning of spaces around for an isolation room



Barrier communication

zoning of space within the privation/ isolation room


Top view


mirror wall Mirror wall for reflection and perception of larger space.


Shadow door A translucent light door that allows to view shadows of people who pass by it. The constant change in shadows reminds the user about the existence of people around, movement and life.


swing / suspension suspended Seating & reflective backdrop implies the Freedom & movement.


Private sensory box Private box with low seating, a transparent viewing point to look out, Sensory floor to give a sensation of comfort to the feet : similar to sand in a beach.


sleep the adjustable soft bedding space for the user to rest, feel comfortable. With free space around so that one doesnt feel cornered in the space.


Fog glass The Glass fogs up and clears out. A barrier communication zone where one can view and talk to the person / visitor while they eat or communicate. A zone where visitors and close ones can share their time with the user of the space.

Skylight 58

Skylight to connect to the outside when lying down. A sense of freedom and realization of time & the world outside.

“The darkness of the room matched the darkness of her thoughts. But the curtain, dancing softly in the breeze, reminded her that beyond those four walls there was life. . . . . and that was enough.

the active window This is a fixed component that gives a notion of a window. It consists of wooden blinds; vertical and horizontal in orientation to allow controlled light onto the space as one desires. It is an air purifier by function, has a curtain that creates an imagery of breeze (that dances when air blows).


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Conceptual compilation of Academic Master projects.


Conceptual compilation of Academic Master projects.