AFRICAN MASKS AND RECYCLING IN THE DESIGN OF AN AESTHETIC INTERIOR SPACE FOR A RESIDENTIAL HOUSE IN RUAI, NAIROBI

                                                   ABSTRACT

The ultimate goal of any designer is to eventually satisfy the client‘s needs. This
necessitates that designers put the user in mind from the onset of the project to the end
but should not also forget about the environment in which the user dwells in. In doing so,
the life of the user should not be endangered by the design but be improved. Thus, this
paper seeks to investigate how African masks and recycled materials (wood) can be
incorporated in the redesign of a residential house. To accomplish this, the researcher is
going to carry out a qualitative research. Data collection techniques included observation,
photography and semi structured interviews. Data analysis was undertaken using
descriptive methods including narrative. Tables, pie charts and photographs were
presented to support some of the issues that are unearthed. The research findings show
that although there are vast opportunities for use of African masks and recycled wood in
interior spaces such as interior finish material; there exist various barriers that hinder
exploitation of those opportunities such as cost of implementation and lack of enough
time to source for and use African masks and recycled wood in interior spaces.
This paper is divided into five chapters. Chapter one covers the background to the study,
research objectives and questions, the significance of study, limitations and the scope.
Chapter two critically reviewed existing literature in line with the objectives of the study.
The methodology applied in the study is discussed in chapter three. Data analysis and
presentation is provided in chapter four. Chapter five synthesized and interpreted the
findings of the data analyzed. Chapter five also summarized the findings, the conclusions
and gives recommendations arising from the study.

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