Horticultural Grafting

Horticultural Grafting

Grafting Methods in Design


The process of horticultural grafting as a methodology of merging nature with urban artifacts.
A navigational map for iterative design processes that focuses on the idea of breathing new life into existing spaces.
‘Graft’ in architecture refers to any designs added to existing or neglected structures, reinvigorating tired spaces with new life.
Instead of dismissing these spaces as simply ‘functional’, graft in architecture values them for their potential and shows how we can turn negative spaces into opportunities to breathe new life into architecture.
Nowadays, consumers’ demand for products is gradually increasing.


In terms of architectural or urban design, designers must be different from the traditional way of constructing.
They can avoid the stereotypes given by old products, enhance the added value and produce diversity products, and then have the opportunity to meet the needs of modern consumers.
It is even more important to seek a new design method.
In the application of agriculture, the grafting method is to connect the branches or buds of flowers and trees to another plant with close kinship, so they can heal into new plants.
Grafting method can be used for early flowering, improving adaptability and still be retaining the characteristics of the variety.

In the process of creation, we found through the habits of lifestyle and the observation of the environment, combination of the related associations of these objects to meet the demand, re-integrated to create spaces that are more in line with modern needs.
In grafting, it is easy to have a certain understanding of the existing object structure for, and make users lose their sense of freshness, therefore, the most important thing for the designer is to observe the interaction between human and environmental objects, and then find out the related elements, it will be able to construct diverse products.

Principles of Grafting in Design


Through the examination of the model of the grafting method, it is determined that the creations can indeed satisfy the concept of “grafting”, and also break the performance of
existing products. The study integrated the following results:


1. The “Grafting furniture design method” is conducive to breaking through the traditional way, which is more creativity and efficiency.
2. Through the association of ideas and experience memory, to construct the ideal product style.
3. Improve the functionality and volume of furniture design, to solve the problem of insufficient home space.
4. By means of a multi-component “aggregation”, can cause visual conflicts and also an innovative design performance.
5. More efficiency for design, enhance product added value and provide a new model of the design method.


The concept of “grafting method” aims to hope designers can extract appropriate elements through the interaction of living environment and experience, and reconstruct a more
ideal form.
This design method hopes to bring a new inspiration to the designer. However, the design target is not limited to the application of furniture. In the future, it also hopes to provide reference for various industries in product design and development.


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