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Interior Behaviours

Domhnall Nolan

Domhnall Nolan is an Irish-born London based designer. With a background in interior & furniture design, their practice crosses over to fashion, architecture & digital artistry without being confined to one discipline. Their experience ranges from private residences, experiential retail installations to their current role as in-house interior designer at Soho House. Their current work at the RCA has centred around themes of queerness and how this can be utilised through design to bring a new perspective to the design industry and beyond. 

School of Architecture Prizes 2021 Joint Winner of Head of Programme’s Prize - Interior Design

Domhnall Nolan’s thesis project ‘Parade: Grieiving on the Dancefloor’ is a progressive insight into the human behaviour surrounding grieving but from a uniquely queer perspective. It looks at queer kinship to re-examine how we deal with life, death and loss.

Without the reliance on kindred ties, the queer community process collective loss through gathering and celebrating life/death in safe spaces in solidarity. This way of dealing with death differs from other widespread forms of grief and the traditions that surround it. 

Nolan’s project attempts to spatialise these approaches in a site-specific context. The work shifts the dynamics of these human tendencies surrounding grief, death, loss and life in new directions for the future.

This was project was awarded the WESLDET Exhibition Award 2021 from the WES Lunn Design Education Trust.

Film

Domhnall Nolan MA Interior Design Thesis Project, Royal College of Art, 2021.

Narration: Riccardo T. @iamriccardot

Dancers: Riccardo T. & Antonio Branco @anthonionandriccardo

Music samples: ZURE - Ryuichi Sakamoto, t.A.T.u. - All The Things She Said, Kylie Minogue - Miss A Thing (Instrumental)

Medium:

Film

Size:

06:24
'Tell Me Where It Hurts' Prototype Chairs Set

Medium:

Mild Steel, Leather & Upholstery

Size:

900 w x 800 h x 700 d each
The Dancefloor | Visualisation
Visualisations
The site facing the English Channel

Medium:

Visualisation
Building Block | Memorial Wall
Building Block | Memorial Wall — Concrete block with red mortar colouring
Sloped Gaze | Research
Sloped Gaze | Research
[untitled]

Medium:

Mild steel, leather, candle wax

Size:

500 w x 800 h x 550 d

WES Lunn Design Education Trust

Awarded the WESLDET Exhibition Award 2021