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©2018 BY SUMMER CHEN

Bukentsu

A Domestic Waste Management Unit

'Bukentsu' is a domestic waste management unit designed for flat residents in London in order to facilitate the daily activity of waste separating and recycling at home, as there has been a persisting issue with the overflowing communal waste and recycling collection bins and lack of food composting service. The name came from the Japanese word for classification.

I intend to investigate if waste management behaviour can be ritualized through product design and aim to deliver a product-based design solution.

The designed was inspired by the Japanese Lacquer Picnic Set from V&A. The compartmentalization in the design of the set reflected a particular emphasis in functionality and organization in Japanese culture.

Picnic set Koma Kyuhaku 19th century, Japan © Victoria and Albert Museum, London