Immigration and physical disconnection from a home culture can cause unsettling experiences and perplexing family relationships. However, people continue to pursue better living opportunities around the world in order to escape oppressive conditions in their homelands. This design proposal will support family relations between multiple generations of an Iranian family that has immigrated to New York City. Through the design of the interiors, the younger generations will connect to the ethnic culture and the older generations will slowly assimilate into the new culture.
Equal in importance to the design, the pictorial representation of this project was a key way to manifest the central idea of this cultural transition. The American interior design traditional techniques of unfolding floor plans and collages along with the Persian miniature tradition inspired my representational vocabulary. The characters of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel depicting her family's struggle following the 1979 Iranian revolution, people the interiors of "WHERE IS HOME?"
Thesis Advisor: Jonsara Ruth