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Sebastian Koukkides

Comprehension restoration 2018


A personal exploration “exercise “ of what renovation can mean through a three stage process of faithful renovation, a reversible conservation and radical transformation.


I approached this exploration through a three-stage process: faithful renovation, reversible conservation, and radical transformation. Each stage provided a unique perspective on renovating an object and allowed me to consider its implications on a larger scale, such as a building, and whether the concepts could be applicable at any scale.


Through this three-stage process, I have gained a deeper understanding of the true meaning of renovation. It has shown me that renovation is a journey of discovery, navigating between preservation, adaptability, and innovation. This exercise has broadened my perspective and fostered a more nuanced appreciation for the transformative power of renovation. Ultimately, it has helped me to re-imagine spaces and contribute to the ongoing evolution of our built environment.


In the restoration stage, my focus was on preserving the object’s original essence and historical significance. I deeply appreciated its design elements, materials, and decorative details that made it unique. I felt a responsibility to restore the object in its original state, ensuring its authenticity and continued relevance.

During reversible conservation, I embraced adaptability and flexibility. I recognized that objects evolve over time to accommodate changing needs and uses. By incorporating modular and adaptable design elements, such as movable components, I created an object that could be easily modified or reconfigured. This approach allowed me to speculate about future uses of the object, envisioning a chair that also doubles as a storage space for sleeping or yoga mats, without permanently altering its structure.



In the stage of radical transformation, I challenged the boundaries of the original form and pushed the limits of the design, aiming to erase the chair’s original structure. This stage emphasized unconventional design choices and focused on altering both the visual appearance and uses of the object.

I am an artist and I work at the intersection of architecture, image making and spatial design. My main focus is on exploring the socio-political dynamics within the built environment and uncover new urban narratives. I traverse between the socio-politics of the urban fabric, the physical objects that surround us, public space and speculative design.  Through a combination of research, design thinking, and a critical perspective, I bring together narratives and ideas, merging them into various projects that aim to evoke questions about our surroundings and its possible futures. Recently I have been interested in the implications of emerging technologies in society and their impact on the fabric of our cities, this has led me to explore ways in which the technologies could be used within the physical  / social spaces in our cities, and use them to re-imagine new ways of togetherness.

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