RECYCLING AND USE OF KITENGE PATTERNS TO CREATE APPEALING DESIGNS TOWARDS APPRECIATING AFRICAN CULTURE A case study of Garden Square Bar and Restaurant, Nairobi Kenya.

This paper seeks to establish the application of recyclable materials and inspiration from the African cultural elements (kitenge fabric) towards creating contemporary sustainable spaces for the Hotels management industry in Kenya. This research examines the ability to promote the African culture by coming up with cultural inspired sustainable design spaces. Recommended approaches include using of locally available materials and at the same time achieving the concept of customer satisfaction, loyalty and health.
(MCLENNAN 2004) defines sustainability as Part of the problem is that the term sustainable design which is wholly inadequate to describe the movement and philosophy behind it. Therefore, the definition sustainability is viewed by the researcher as a technical term in the face of problem solution. Knowing what kind of relationship, we want to have with the global and local environment is the first consideration. It is important to address on how to achieve this relationship.
This paper will be divided into five chapters. In this the first chapter will describe the introduction and background leading to the study, problem statement, objectives resulting into research questions, significance of the study to the design industry and scope of the research. Chapter two will entail a critical depth analysis based of the three different philosophies; a theoretical literature on sustainability, sustainable interior design and African design(textiles), in detail it explains how over the years’ design has changed and different designers are adapting and embracing the transformation. Chapter three will outline the research design to be adopted by the researcher, methodology used in data collection, analyze and present data to the study. chapter four breaks down the findings of the collected data, analyzation and presentation of the Garden Square Bar and Restaurant- the case study to this research. lastly chapter five which will document the researcher’s summary of findings preferred recommendations on the four areas of interior design for the bar and restaurant with regard to the previously employed techniques by renowned designers in the field of sustainable design, and how African culture impacts the profession.

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