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In the Studio: Shukri Sultan – BA Interior & Spatial Design

The Overstimulated World, a grotesque, tacky, dystopian world that reflects and magnifies what is already present.
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16 June 2016

As part of our In the Studio series, we spoke to Shukri Sultan, a BA Interior & Spatial Design student about her final project and aspirations for the future. Shukri’s work will be on show from tomorrow 17 June until Saturday 25.

Describe you experience at Chelsea in 3 words. 

Unconventional, revolutionary, distinct.

Please tell us about what you are working on for your final show.

My project is titled: Overstimulation.

Overstimulation is a psychological disaster, it is the state of mental chaos which occurs when there are high amounts of stimuli in the outer environment. It is highly research led project, and what I have developed is The Overstimulated World. This is a dystopian world in which the main function of anything is first to advertise. Thus the main line of the story I developed around it is: “A house is first a place to advertise then secondly a place to live”.

It is a satirical project that magnifies the overstimulating aspects of our society such as consumerism. Despite the project technically coming to a conclusion with the Chelsea Summer Show, it is still in its early stages, and I wish to continue to develop the Overstimulated World after the show.

Consumerism, the privatising of healthcare and the guilt-free indulging aspect of charity

Consumerism, the privatising of healthcare and the guilt-free indulging aspect of charity

What has been your greatest challenge so far in working towards the degree show?

Visualising my research and the complex journey of my project in a manner that is easily accessible to others.

What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?

I hope to work as a design researcher, researching about all thing related to design, art and people. I hope to continue developing concepts and ultimately making intangible narratives and information accessible to all. I will take a year out to explore and research alone before hopefully returning to do a masters.

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Chelsea.                   

The course is entitled ‘Interior Spatial Design’, but it is truly limitless. It doesn’t confine you to the conventional and encourages you to push the boundaries and explore everything related to it.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing your course?

This isn’t your conventional design course, it is truly innovative and ground breaking. It is largely self-led. Therefore, if you wish to study this course you should be motivated, passionate about design but most importantly to be unafraid of being bold or controversial.

Satire, magnifying exiting problems: Debt.

Satire, magnifying exiting problems: Debt.


You can see more of Shukri’s work on her website.

Find out more about the BA Interior & Spatial Design course and the Chelsea Summer Shows.