Date of Award

5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

S. Dawn Haynie

Second Advisor

Ryan Crooks

Third Advisor

Ruth Standford

Fourth Advisor

Michael Wsol

Abstract

The design world is constantly reinvigorated by influences from exotic lands, foreign peoples, and eras passed. Art Deco and Moroccan design are two distinct styles that penetrate product design, architecture, and interiors. These styles, while seemingly separate, experienced a unique overlap during the French colonization of cities such as Casablanca and Marrakech. The presence of Art Deco in a primarily Islamic and Moorish environment resulted in a unique hybridized style that has been scarcely examined in both the academic and design communities.

As designers continue to be inspired by global trends and ethnic cultures, variations and reinterpretations of significant periods continue to be reborn. I am posing the question of what this hybrid would look like today if it was further expanded upon. REINVENTÉ is an interiors collection consisting of product designs that further explore this hybridization, and expands upon how it could be reimagined in contemporary times.

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