Hotellinteriør i Verdensarven. Møbeldesign inspirert av industriestetikk
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This master thesis is based around a specific design task: creating furniture for “Nye Central Hotel” in Notodden. The hotel was originally built in 1909 and will, according to the plan, soon be reconstructed and re- opened after several years out of business. The goal for the design task has been to make suggestions for furniture/ interior design inspired by buildings and other constructions in Rjukan-Notodden world heritage area. The furniture should show a connection between form, function, and meaning. The design should also convey a concept for the hotel. The thesis is based on, and takes a closer look at the different stages in a design process. I present background information about the industrial history of Rjukan-Notodden, and why the area recently has been included on the UNESCO’s world heritage list. I have also done field work by analyzing certain hotel- rooms in Norway, focusing on the practical and aesthetical use of furniture in connection with the concept of the hotel. The inspiration for my own design is based on aesthetic and sublime qualities of buildings and other constructions in Rjukan- Notodden world heritage area. In the practical design work, I have come up with suggestions for bedroom furniture through sketching, tests in materials and reflection on my own ideas. The practical outcome is a bed with headboard, two nightstands and a modular sofa in two parts. The design and practical work is collaboration with my fellow student Hilde Opedal Nordby, who has made the textiles for the room.