We live in an age of design that is slowly growing out of its roots and is losing its place
as a medium of communication drawing from intrinsic culture. What we have now are
numerous designs of interior and exterior spaces that people encounter in their everyday
lives but have no concrete relation to their way of life or their culture. Design Culture
attempts to draw designers back into understanding culture and drawing authentic
inspirations from culture and using them to create better designs that have value and
bring about new design experiences to a world marred with acculturation. Interior design
is one of the most functional mediums through which designers can communicate this
and effectively give a new understanding to design interaction.
This research paper investigates on how designers can draw from the colors and patterns
of the Maasai to redesign a space that will facilitate the appreciation of Maasai culture
while at the same time improving the experience of users. This qualitative research took
Humble Hearts Retreat Centre as a case study. In the context of this research therefore, it
is established that the local interior spaces have not fully exploited the application of
aspects of culture: color and patterns of the Maasai. The researcher therefore gives
recommendations based on the study of how color and patterns of Maasai can be used to
redesign Humble Hearts Retreat Centre.


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