Meet Fiona Lim Tung, Adjunct Professor, designer and educator. Fiona received her Master of Architecture from the the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll upon graduation.
Fiona’s research practice deals with drawing. Her design practice focuses on the potentials that exist in the overlap between high and low-tech fabrication methods in contemporary craft. Her work has been widely published in magazines, in books, and exhibited in galleries nationwide.
3D Wallpaper - Inspired by gently falling autumn leaves, this project used a combination of low and high tech contemporary craft techniques to create a laser cut, hand painted three-dimensional wallpaper. The cascading floral motifs push the limit of surface and pattern, allowing for a play of shadows and the emergence of new objects not visible upon first glance.
CAST - CAST is an installation that explores the potentials of material reuse. CAST is heavily influenced by traditional craft and textile techniques. The assembly of simple components, in a range of combinations helped to expose the beauty of everyday materials. Over 30 000 paper clips were assembled first into simple modules, then linked together with fasteners. The large textile was then hung from found lampshade rings to both play off a chandelier in the room and to spatially define the hotel lobby entryway.
Room 211 - This installation is a subversion of traditional decor, and challenges the conventional strategies involved in the design of hotel rooms. The typical hotel guest spends a large part of their stay in bed. To address this fact, the physical “wallpaper,” typically found on walls, was hung from the ceiling, so that the bed became the ideal vantage point. Great care was also taken to finely detail and craft an extensive variety of flowers. This allowed the slow discovery of new objects and spatial moments. Room 211 uses paper, a seemingly modest and inexpensive material, to create a lush canopy. The project uses the paper's translucency to soften light and cast shadows creating, during waking hours, an ephemeral wallpaper. The white colour palette was used to magnify the quality of light in the room, to create instant visual impact, and to retain paper’s visual identity.
First year design studio will be built around a series of fun, engaging projects that will develop students' spatial, critical, and representation skills, along with their architectural literacy. We'll take full advantage of technology to develop innovative ways of interacting, thinking, and working, and to expand our reach to critics, speakers, and resources around the world. Our team has been teaching remotely in different studios over the Spring term and it's been a great experience that we look forward to sharing with our incoming first year class in the Fall.