furniture definition (google, 2017)
As I stated, I have decided to centre my Final Major Project around contemporary furniture to portray my ethical and ecological message. Why furniture? - let me delve in...
There is a broad spectrum when it comes to furniture spanning from domestic all the way to contemporary, modern and abstract. Often we associate furniture with functionality, as our chairs, tables, stools, bookcases, and so on, serve a purpose whether it be sitting, eating off or storing our favourite novels. However, furniture also creates the room. An empty room has no personality, no style or soul. So, along with the functionality side of our furnishings, we also spend close attention to ensuring our furniture reflects not only our style, but ourselves as people. Therefore, a vegan, like myself, would not want to invest in leather, down, wool or other animal-based furnishings in their home as it was compromise their morality and person beliefs. In the same mindset, an environmentalist may wish to only furnish his or her home with natural, recycled or rehomed pieces. Furniture is a big investment, and therefore we spend a good amount of time deciding which piece would best suit our needs and reflect our person. This is the first reason I chose furniture.
The second connects back to that description of 'function'. My whole 'message' or 'story' behind my furniture is centred around my belief that it is unethical to see animals as functional materials rather than the sentient beings they are. Animals feel just like us. We are aware of this but have become accustom to some animals over others. In the film Blade II, the character Scud remarks 'I'd rather be a pet than cattle'. I know we are all capable of feeling compassion towards all living, sentient beings, as have with the pets we treat like they were are own children. Therefore I want to show in my furniture how we treat some animals as if they were purely functional and remind audiences why this suffering is unnecessary.
Finally, 'contemporary is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as just “following the latest ideas.”' (bifusa.com, 2015) and I believe that more and more people are making more conscious choices for both the environment and the animals. 'There are three and half times as many vegans as there were in 2006' (The Vegan Society, 2016). Now, more than ever people are willing to open up and discuss these issues rather than continuing things 'the way they've always been'. Traditional materials such as leathers and wool can be replaced with plant-based solutions that are just as successful, if not more. I think the time we are living in right now, is a perfect time to spark debate and 'start conversations' where people are willing to listen.
The Vegan Society. (2017). Find out how many vegans are in Great Britain. [online] Available at: https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/news/find-out-how-many-vegans-are-great-britain [Accessed 19 Jun. 2017].
BIF USA. (2017). How Is Contemporary Furniture Defined? - BIF USA. [online] Available at: http://www.bifusa.com/how-is-contemporary-furniture-defined/ [Accessed 19 Jun. 2017].
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