Synopses & Reviews
In the act of enclosing space and making rooms, we make and define our aspirations and identities.
Taking a room by room approach, this fascinating volume explores how representations of domestic space have embodied changing spatial configurations and values, and considers how we see modern individuals in the process of making themselves 'at home'.
Scholars from the US, UK and Australasia re-visit and re-think interiors by Bonnard, Matisse, Degas and Vuillard, as well as the great spaces of early modernity; the drawing room in Rossetti's house, hallways in Hampstead Garden Suburb, the Paris attic of the Brothers Goncourt; Schütte-Lihotzky's Frankfurt Kitchen, to explore how interior making has changed from the Victorian to the modern period.
From the smallest room - the bathroom, to the spacious verandas of Singapore Deco, Domestic Interiors focuses on modern rooms 'imaged' and imagined, it builds a distinct body of knowledge around the interior, interiority, representation and modernity, and creates a rich resource for students and scholars in art, architecture and design history.
Taking a room by room approach, this fascinating volume explores how representations of domestic space have embodied changing values, and considers how we see modern individuals in the process of making themselves 'at home'.
About the Author
Georgina Downey is Visiting Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Adelaide
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsNotes on ContributorsIntroduction, Georgina Downey, University of Adelaide, AustraliaVerandas: Spaces without walls - the Veranda in Colonial Singapore, Brenda Martin, Kingston University London, UKHalls and Corridors: Spaces Between and Beyond, Trevor Keeble, Kingston University London, UKDrawing Rooms: A Backward Glance: Fashioning an Individual Drawing Room, Anne Anderson, University of Exeter, UKDining Rooms: Measuring the Gap between the Edwardians and the Moderns, John Turpin, University of Washington State, USAStudios: Live Red; Matisse's l'Atelier rouge, Julieanna Preston, Massey University, New ZealandKitchens: from warm workshop to kitchenscape, Imma Forino, Politecnico di Milano, ItalyBathrooms: Plumbing the Canon: the bath tub nudes of Alfred Stevens, Edgar Degas, and Pierre Bonnard reconsidered, Georgina Downey, University of Adelaide, AustraliaBedrooms: Corporeality and Subjectivity, Francesca Berry, University of Birmingham, UKHidden Spaces: cavities, attics and cellars: Morbid secrets and threatening discoveries, Mark Taylor, Queensland University of Technology, AustraliaConclusion, Georgina Downey, University of Adelaide, AustraliaSelect BibliographyNotesIndex