For the many families who migrate from the countryside to Shenzhen and other growing cities, the ultimate goal is to settle into a comfortable new home. This movement also defines the task of interior designers. After the migrants have worked hard to cross all the thresholds to the city, they face the last gate to a warm nest: furniture. Furniture defines a house as a “home.” In other words, the meaning of “home” is embodied in the physical form and use of furnishings. The household is a micro-society in a big city, and the home a carrier of tradition amidst modern surroundings. Apart from architectural narratives of plan and structure, the design languages of furniture and interior design exercise an important role in shaping everyday life for families and individuals. Interior design is oriented toward human and cultural values, reflecting the idea of comfort and care. The quality of a given furniture design or designer can be evaluated through function, structure, and form.
Curated by Su Dan, the exhibition Household and City shows furniture from fifteen interior designers, who express cultural identity and their
understanding of “home.”