Interior Design School of Design Singapore

Sabrina Yazid


spaces, narratives, thinkings.


A child-at-heart designer; fascinated by the art of fantasy worlds and creating imaginative stories through space and characters.

Project Portfolio
Crafting Narrativity, introduction
1 Manifesto: dream home
2 Charcoal Boys, the theatre
3 City of Dreams

Crafting Narrativity, introduction

“Everything in the unconscious seeks outward manifestation, and the personality too desires to evolve out of its unconscious conditions and to experience itself as a whole.” – Carl Jung

Design trains us to be problem-solvers, while the arts encourage us to be dreamers. The conventional notion of interior design programmes us to craft spaces pragmatically. But why can’t we be dreamers too? I believe there is more than what meets the eye; the manifesto of the unconscious, hidden stories, a “dream” reality etc. This project explores how through the art of narrativity, spatial experiences can be crafted – bringing a new lens on how we approach spatial design. Beginning with an expressive dreamscape manifesto, the craft is then explored in a stage design (where art and design marry) and finally to a more pragmatic setting celebrating a place’s identity.


PART 1 Manifesto: Dream Home

PART 2 Charcoal Boys, the theatre

PART 3 City of Dreams

early poster depicting home objects inhabiting and crafting the space we live; a reflection or manifestation of the personality

1 Manifesto: dream home

The beginning speculates how an unsonscious reality can manifest into a dream-like physical realm. Taking the personal journey of my home, I obeserve the symbolic relationship between myself, the surrounding objects at the current home environment.  This unconscious notions are then amplified and manifested into a new form through a series of process and explorations.


the symbolism of objects, to self

Objects inhabiting the home, a mapping of what meets the eye from the journey of the entrance to the personal bedroom. Unlearn; what do these objects make me feel?

the unconscious imagined

Every part of the journey (gate - foyer - family room - corridor - personal bedroom) narrated into a surrealistic dream. The point of this step is to stretch the imagination, and ultimately form a unique spatial experience.

the manifesto

A dream-like space (gate - foyer - family room - corridor - personal bedroom). 'Undimension' and 'indefinite' like a dream. Paper forms a cloud-like organic look.
Journey from start to end, the 'world' become more open and clouded as the journey progresses. Here (gate - foyer) shelters and welcomes; an intimate experience.
This space (family room) opens and surrounds. As it is a family room, it is where love, comfort and shared dreams lie. The open circle symbolizes togetherness.
Transitioal space (corridor - personal bedroom). Sense of time and self. A bridge that leads to the personal safe haven.
Where dreams are infinite (personal bedroom). The world is bigger and 'dreamier'.

2 Charcoal Boys, the theatre

A fictional narrative is crafted into a performing stage set through the art of scenography, observing the marriage of the arts and (spatial) design. Theatrical stage and scenic design are the creation of the visual and the aural: illustrating our unconsciousness. Unlike the manifesto in 01, the stage supports and extends an idea of a given narrative (in this case a performance). Through the art of scenography, the stage ‘action’ design is kept minimal; letting the stage narrate along with the story.


The fictional narrative is based on a haunting children’s story by Roger Mello; Charcoal Boys.  Narrated by a wasp, Charcoal Boys follows a young boy working in Brazil’s charcoal mines. The boy’s strength and resilience shine through the darkness in this moving condemnation of child labor.


narrative to the seven scenes
The scene starts at a coal mine, to a highway, to a steel factory of men, back to the highway and ends at the coal mine again. As the story progresses, the drama intensifies and the scenes open up to a bigger, emptier and detached world in the perspective of the audience. The concept of scale, light/shadow and framing crafts the stage and the narrative.

charcoal boys, the theatre

Charcoal Boys, the theatre through stop-motion

the crafting process

Light, shadow, opacity, frame, distance; key elements that craft the narrative. Understading the language of the proscenium stage is also important for the dramatic symbolism in the narrative. Every detail, physically or emotionally, signals the audience on the story; what to feel, capture or anticipate.

3 City of Dreams

“We are not just spectators of our reality, we are co-creaters.” – Katharina Grosse

Narrativity is deeply rooted in culture. Culture defines as the “stories that members of a culture measure their identities against, consciously or not.” This final part concludes the idea of crafting narrativity in following a local context; the creative culture in Bras Basah Complex. The aim is to show how the culture (narrative) can be elevated and experienced in a real communal environment.

Bras Basah Complex was known as the ‘city of books’ in the 80s, popular for its niche business in art and educational resources. Sitting humbly in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, the creative culture is still prevalent today, however quieter. Books, art, music, antiques, galleries and more house in this 4-storey commercial building. Architecturally, the complex’s prominent features are the open voids and corridors that stretch along the shops. The fabric installation aims to amplify and celebrate the ‘hidden’ narrative; highlighting the collective sonsciousness and peeking into fragments of dreams.

The complex is a performing stage. The people performer. The installation highlights and becomes the performance.


City of Dreams

celebrating the rich creative culture of Bras Basah Complex
The narrative of the complex feels hidden by conventional shop facades. By implementing fabric as a facade, it 'frames' the beauty and subtlety of people simply doing things in and out of the shops.
Bras Basah Complex reimagined with the fabric facades. Play of layers & length opens, distorts and 'undimensions' the space, like a dream. Peeking and sharing ideas and dreams; exactly what a creative hub should narrate.