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Decorative Functionality



This project aims to challenge the functionality and ornamentality of objects. Decoration has been viewed as useless since the rise of Modernism, however, why decorating can not be identified as a kind of functionality? And why pragmatism is deeply rooted in contemporary design discourse? To me, the decorative objects already perform a function: being decorations. I’m obsessed with collecting artifacts, ornaments and placing them on my shelf. I have never used the functionality the objects provide, to me, the vase doesn't have to place flowers inside, and a candle holder doesn't need a candle burning. Their functionality is decorating.


I built the replicas of my decorative collections based on their ornamentality and merged them into one entity to provide a so-called functionality as a shelf. The functionality of this shelf is built up by ornamentality.

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