THEO DERKSEN

photography & media

Chinese Interiors

Chinese interiors along the Grand Canal Yuhang, China.

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The Grand Canal,  Da Yunhe is a waterway of amazing grandeur and importance. Linking north and south China it provided safe transportation insulated from the threats of storms and pirates on the high seas. 

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Just as significant to China as the more famous Great Wall it is a testament to the immense organized manpower used in its construction. It spans 1,100 miles [1,770 kms] making it the longest canal system in the world. It is also known as the JīngHáng Dà Yùnhé where ‘Jing’ stands for Beijing and ‘Hang’ for Hangzhou - naming it the ‘Beijing Hangzhou grand canal’. 

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Another old name is the ‘River of locks’ Zhá hé, it is roughly equal in length to the distance between New York and Florida or London and Tangiers.

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Through psychology the performance and efficiency of the space and the wellbeing of the individual are improved. Figures like Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, John B. Calhoun and Jean Baudrillard have shown that by incorporating this psychology into design one can control an environment and to an extent, the relationship and behaviour of its inhabitants. 

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The human relationship with objects in the interior environment has significant psychological meaning and impact. 

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Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior and societies in the past and present. Social anthropology and cultural anthropology study the norms and values. 

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“Design Anthropology is the study of how design translates human values into tangible experiences. 

Design Anthropology is a way to uncover social aspects of the users.” 

Show me your room and I tell you who you are.

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We can recognize people at details in their houses. On the photos or posters, the furniture, the wall paint, on balance, I think that our houses expresses the mind and personality of the people who live in it.