The Modern Interior

The Modern Interior

by Penny Sparke
     
 

Today’s home is filled with pieces from Pottery Barn, IKEA, and Crate & Barrel, and we pore over glossy catalogs in hopes of achieving the “modern interior.” This idealized aesthetic is the subject of Penny Sparke’s study, as she explores the style in both its absolute form and the diverse decorating approaches seen in the contemporary home.

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Overview

Today’s home is filled with pieces from Pottery Barn, IKEA, and Crate & Barrel, and we pore over glossy catalogs in hopes of achieving the “modern interior.” This idealized aesthetic is the subject of Penny Sparke’s study, as she explores the style in both its absolute form and the diverse decorating approaches seen in the contemporary home.

The shift from Victorian to modern style, The Modern Interior reveals, was not as simple and smooth as it is often perceived and the book probes the complicated history behind that transition. Sparke examines the work of such designers as Marcel Breuer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Mies van der Rohe, and draws upon design examples from the United States and Europe to reveal that, unlike the designed exteriors of buildings and institutions, the idea of the “interior” has been a largely abstract conception promoted through exhibitions, retail stores, and mass media.

A comprehensive and in-depth investigation of the design environments we live and play in, The Modern Interior will be essential reading for all scholars and interested observers of architecture and modern design culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861893727
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Penny Sparke is Pro Vice-Chancellor in the Arts at Kingston University, UK. She is also the author of As Long As It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste and Elsie De Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Decoration.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Inside Out

1 The Private Interior 21

2 The New Interior 37

3 The Mass-consumed Interior 55

4 The Fashionable Interior 73

5 The Decorative Interior 91

Pt. 2 Outside In

6 The Public Interior 113

7 The Rational Interior 129

8 The Mass-produced Interior 147

9 The Abstract Interior 167

10 The Designed Interior 185

Conclusion 204

References 213

Bibliography 227

Acknowledgements 234

Photo Acknowledgements 236

Index 237

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