The Modern Interior

The Modern Interior

by Penny Sparke
     
 

ISBN-10: 1861893728

ISBN-13: 9781861893727

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

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.

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.
 

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)

Table of Contents

Introduction

   Part 1: Inside Out

1   The Private Interior

2   The New Interior

3   The Mass-consumed Interior

4   The Fashionable Interior

5   The Decorative Interior

Part 2: Outside In

6   The Public Interior

7   The Rational Interior

8   The Mass-produced Interior

9   The Abstract Interior

10 The Designed Interior

   Conclusion

References

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

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