Appropriated Interiors uncovers the ways interiors participate explicitly and implicitly in embedded cultural and societal values and explores timely emergent scholarship in the fields of interior design history, theory, and practice.
What is "appropriate" and "inappropriate" now? These are terms with particular interest to the study of the interior. Featuring thirteen original curated essays, Appropriated Interiors explores the tensions between normative interiors that express the dominant cultural values of a society and interiors that express new, changing, and even transgressive values. With case studies from the late eighteenth century to the twenty-first century, these historians, theorists, and design practitioners investigate the implications of interior design as it relates to politics, gender, identity, spatial abstraction, cultural expression, racial expression, technology, and much more.
An informative read for students and scholars of design history and theory, this collection considers the standards, assumptions, codes, and/or conventions that need to be dismantled and how we can expand our understanding of the history, theory, and practice of interior design to challenge the status quo.
Table of contents
Karin Tehve, Associate Professor, Interior Design Department, Pratt Institute
Section I Small
Section I Introduction: Keena Suh
01 Duvet Entendre: Getting in Bed with the Continentals: The Bedroom, Bedding, Pornography and the Common Market in 1970s Britain)
02 This Is How We Live: [In]Appropriate Rooms/Nonconformist Apartment Exhibitions and the Case of the Communal Apartment, 1982 – 84
03 The Material Culture of the Palestinian Duyuf
04 A "Proper" Home: Channeling Political Values through Interior Design in a Dictatorship
Section II Medium
Section II Introduction: Karyn Zieve
05 Aesthetic Interiors within Institutional Interiors: The Art of Contemporary Queer Interventions
06 Appropriation or Appreciation: A New/COVID Street View
Deborah Schneiderman and Liliya Dzis
08 Appropriation, Disintegration, Resurrection: Ponte City and South African Politics, 1975 – 2019
Section III Large
Section III Introduction: Erica Morawski
09 Architecture Afloat: The Collaborative Interiors of Orion and Orcades
10 Regenerative Debris: Re-Collage and the Collective Memory of the Cut
11 Inner-propriations: Degrowing the Interior
12 Alternative Futures: Questioning Design Standards