Walter Benjamin observed in his writings on the interior that 'to live means to leave traces.' This interior design theory reader focuses on just how such traces might manifest themselves. In order to explore interior design's links to other disciplines, the selected texts reflect a wide range of interests extending beyond the traditional confines of design and architecture. It is conceived as a matrix, which intersects social, political, psychological, philosophical, technological and gender discourse, with practice issues, such as materials, lighting, colour, furnishing, and the body. The anthology presents a complex and sometimes conflicting terrain, while also creating a distinct body of knowledge particular to the interior. Locating theory on the interior through these multifarious sources, it encourages future discourse in an area often marginalised but now emerging in its own right.
Within the reader individual excerpts are referenced to their place in the matrix and sequenced alphabetically. This organising strategy resists both a chronological and themed structure in order to provoke associations and inferences between excerpts. In this way the book offers the possibility of examining the interior from multiple vantage points: a disciplinary focus, the spatial and physical attributes of interiors, historical sequence, and topical issue based. Excerpts from Thomas Hope, Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton and Charles Eastlake provide contemporary nineteenth century accounts as the profession emerges, whereas Barbara Penner, Penny Sparke, Charles Rice, Georges Teyssot and Rebecca Houze offer re-interpretations of this period. The complexities of the twentieth-century interior are revealed by Robyn Longhurst, Kevin Melchionne, George Wagner, John Macgregor Wise, Joel Sanders and many others.
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Table of Contents
Mark Taylor and Julieanna Preston.
The Partition of Space.
The Dialectics of Outside and Inside.
The Sterility of Perfection + The Rule Breaker’s Success.
Structures of Atmosphere.
A Christian House.
Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Thick Edge: Architectural Boundaries and Spatial Flows.
A Wall of Books: The Gender of Natural Colors in Modern Architecture.
William W. Braham.
A House for Josephine Baker.
Bodies and Mirrors.
Ann C. Colley.
Movement and Myth: the Schröder House and Transformable Living.
Michel de Certeau.
Suitability, Simplicity and Proportion.
Elsie de Wolfe.
On the Means by which Repose is Attainable in Decoration.
The Dining Room.
Charles L. Eastlake.
‘Decorators May be Compared to Doctors’.
Berggasse 19: Inside Freud’s Office.
Diana Fuss and Joel Sanders.
Toward a Feminist Poetics: Infection in the Sentence.
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar.
Woman’s Domestic Body.
Notes on Digital Nesting: a Poetics of Evolutionary Form.
Faith and Virtuality: A Brief History of Virtual Reality.
Thinking of Gadamer’s Floor.
Buildings and their Genotypes.
Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson.
Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.
From Wiener Kunst im Hause to the Wiener Werkstätte.
Wherever I Lay My Girlfriend, That’s My Home.
Lynda Johnston and Gill Valentine.
Interiors: Nineteenth-Century Essays on the ‘Masculine’ and the ‘Feminine’ Room.
Tables, Chairs, and Other Machines for Thinking.
On the Loss of (Dark) Inside Space.
Social, Spatial and Temporal Factors.
Roderick J. Lawrence.
Wiener Wohnkultur: Interior Design in Vienna, 1910–1930.
(Re)presenting Shopping Centres and Bodies: Questions of Pregnancy.
The Tyranny of Taste.
Streamlining: The Aesthetics of Waste.
Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller.
The Architecture of Manners: Henry James, Edith Wharton and The Mount.
‘House Beautiful’: Style and Consumption in the Home.
Ruth Madigan and Moira Munro.
Living in Glass Houses.
Colour and Method.
Ordering the World: Perceptions of Architecture, Space and Time.
Michael Parker Pearson and Colin Richards.
A World of Unmentionable Suffering.
A Kitchen as a Place to Be.
Making Charleston (1916–17).
The Clubs of St. James’s: Places of Public Patriarchy.
Rethinking Histories of the Interior.
Designing the Dinner Party.
‘Hi Honey, I’m Home’.
Joyce Henri Robinson.
Productions of Incarceration: The Architecture of Daniel Paul Schreber.
Felicity D. Scott.
Ornament and Order.
‘The Things that Surround One’.
In Praise of Shadows.
Architecture and Interior: A Roam of One’s Own.
Boredom and Bedroom: The Suppression of the Habitual.
Henry David Thoreau.
The Chic Interior and the Feminine Modern.
Inside Fear: Secret Places and Hidden Spaces in Dwellings.
The Pleasure of Architecture.
Domestic Doyennes: Purveyors of Atmospheres Spoken and Visual.
John C. Turpin.
The Lair of the Bachelor.
The Historical Tradition.
Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr..
Home: Territory and Identity.
J. Macgregor Wise.
The Material Value of Color: The Estate Agent’s Tale.
D. J. B. Young.