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Interior Design and Identity
This chronologically arranged set of case studies looks at how interior design has constantly redefined itself as a manifestation of culture, from the eighteenth-century to the present day. The book looks at the amateur activities of female "home makers" in search of creative outlets and married couples seeking to modernize their homes as well as the contributions of early ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 27th 2004 by Manchester University Press
(first published November 1st 2004)
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With a title like this, the book was required reading for my dissertation but I found that I enjoyed it immensely. Comprised of essays about the symbolic significance of the interior written by V&A/RCA History of Design graduates, it is a useful history/material culture/interior design historiographical text. Scott Oram's article based on oral history among working-class newlyweds furnishing their homes in 'contemporary' style in the 1950s is especially enlightening about the gap between can ...more