Each domestic object has a different shape and purpose and it is often these objects which act as descriptors of the space. This collective study will explore the impact that furniture has within room typologies and the creation of the space. It will explore furniture as a symbol and as a driver for flexibility and function. Each section in this study focuses on the affect objects possess on the characteristics of a room and how they influence the identity of the domestic space.

In collaboration with Wally Stanton and Chrishani Thayaparan

Project Year // 2013

Studio // Sydney’s Domestic Dreams: The Common Behind the Bubble    

Studio Tutor // ‎Urtzi Grau


The reconfiguration of the standard house to combine multiple programs and typologies within a single space. The use of partitions and sliding walls allows a deceptive power play between two or more different programs within the space, ensuring that the micro apartment is serviced with the relevant room typologies for living whilst also providing sufficient space for the user. By hiding the common symbols associated with the house, the space becomes accessible for the user to partake in those functions which are personal and disassociated with the commonalities of living. The common objects are hidden behind movable partitions which allows for the single space to have multiple functions at any time.




This study looks at furniture as the symbol upon which room typology is defined.  The interchangeable addition and subtraction method enables one to view the extent objects impact the definition of the space. 

As the dining table within the room is dismantled, the room can no longer claim to be a dining room, simultaneously as the modular components are assembled into a bed, the room gains a bedroom status. These straightforward objects are a play on the complicated method of study and is the optimal space saving method for multi-purposed space. 

The modular furniture system allows items and objects to become reconfigured to provide flexibility in function. The flexibility of the furniture allows the creation and evolution of different room typologies and programs through the iterativeprocess of reconfiguring the modules. Adding and subtracting furniture items within a space can ultimately change the function of the room. The creation of modular furniture enables the objects and items within the room to become easily modified by the user to change the overall program of the space. 




Within a larger domestic space, multiple micro apartments can be created by removing interior partitions and creating new boundaries around existing services. The micro apartments are then created by substituting exposed floor space with flexible items of furniture. Although furniture is easily movable through the domestic space, fixed objects connected to plumbing and gas systems [e.g. stoves and toilets] are not as flexible. These elements become the focus point of developing a micro functional living space within the greater domestic space. 

The Frankenstein theory is first applied to the whole house where rooms overlap and are combined using split level systems and visual aids as connection points. This new arrangement is based on the existing house and the room proximity explores at a vertical level. After the existing arrangements are recognised; new ‘pop-up’ programs are then discovered to produced a morphed, Frankenstein like cluster arrangement. 

The exquisite combination and arrangement of functional furniture to promote a very multi-used dimensional space by erratically combining different programs and typologies. The new entities created are products of very typical objects. The created object follows the original objects purposes but does this in a more radical, unique and nontypical way. It explores the limits of efficiency by clustering functional furniture into a singular unit.