“Ordinance of subconscious treatment” designed by duyi han is an artbnb apartment in jiangnan, china, transforming vacation accommodation into an artistic experience to be lived. monochromatic hospital-like tones and furniture embroidered with molecular geometries complete the interior, generating an eccentric environment. through this unique aesthetic, the project seeks to explore the subject of mental health and contemporary “chinoiserie”.
all images are courtesy of duyi han
conceived as a physical construction of mental space, duyi han’s interior design evokes both the impression of a hospitable environment and historic chinese places, mutating the elements of a contemporary vernacular apartment. the furniture collection carries a contemporary mental health narrative on a remix of iconic historical Chinese forms that cognitively attract awe and respect. the embroidered patterns, reminiscent of auspicious floral symbols, clouds and the Taoist talisman, represent stylized molecular structures of chemicals related to mental health and well-being: dopamine, serotonin, sertraline, oxytocin , beta-endorphin, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, omega-3, melatonin. the embroidered texts include phrases that a therapist whispers and monologues about a traumatized person.
classical Chinese furniture, especially those in religious and ceremonial contexts such as Buddhist and Taoist temples, often use yellow silk fabric embroidered with symbols and texts that preach historical religious and folk beliefs by relieving pain and pursuing happiness. The duyi han furniture collection gives a twist to this decorative function and reflects a contemporary belief in the modern scientific side of mental health. to reinforce the dreamlike and therapeutic quality of the interior, all surfaces of the furniture are covered with soft foam underneath, including the upper surfaces of the side tables.
together, the conservation of aesthetic elements throughout the project plays with the psychological tension between fear and love, authority and empathy, strangeness and familiarity, sublime and ordinary, psychedelic and sober, pain and healing, conflict and conciliation, brutality and subtlety, control and disorganization, illusion and reality, full and empty. the rooms and furniture confront, intimidate, confuse, hypnotize, provoke, embrace, soothe or heal the visitor.
Last name: subconscious treatment order
designate: duyi han
location: Jiangnan, China
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | design boom