Interior Provocations: History, Theory, and Practice of Autonomous Interiors addresses the broad cultural, historical, and theoretical implications of interiors beyond their conventionally defined architectural boundaries. With provocative contributions from leading and emerging historians, theorists, and design practitioners, the book is rooted in new scholarship that expands traditional relationships between architecture and interiors and that reflects the latest theoretical developments in the fields of interior design history and practice.
This collection contains diverse case studies from the late eighteenth century to the twenty-first century including Alexander Pope’s Memorial Garden, Design Indaba, and Robin Evans. It is an essential read for researchers, practitioners, and students of interior design at all levels.
Part 1: The Compressed Interior
Chapter 1: The Uncanny Design of the Thorne Miniature Rooms
Chapter 2: Salon, an Autonomous Ludic Interior
Part 2: The Representational Interior
Chapter 3: "A Better World Through Creativity": Interiors without Walls and Design Indaba, South Africa
Chapter 4: Furniture Thinking: Examining Robin Evans’ "The Developed Surface" Through Practice
Chapter 5: The Post-Wall–Era Club Culture of Berlin as Cultural Heritage: "Where There Was
Jag, There Is Art"
Mark Nicholas Phillips
Chapter 6: The Immersive Interior: From Vuillard to VR
Part 3: The Un-Sited Interior
Chapter 7: Outdoor Rooms: Domesticated Landscapes in the UAE
Juan Roldan Martin
Chapter 8: Immanent Interiors with(in) More-than-Human Worlds
Chapter 9: Turning Inward: Alexander Pope’s Memorial Garden
David C. C. Foley
Part 4: The Technological Interior
Chapter 10: The Telegraphic Interior: Networking Space for Capital Flows in the 1920s
Chapter 11: Productions, Articulations, and the Elusive
Interior Provocations: A Conclusion
Interior Provocations repositions the interior as a convergence of phenomena flowing from technology, human and nonhuman behaviors, and corporality. Its contributors sustain the realm of the interior as a critical space of theory and practice while recognizing its elasticity – with the salubrious effect of freeing the interior from its architectural container.
Susan Yelavich, Professor Emerita, Design Studies, Parsons School of Design, The New School; author, Thinking Design through Literature (Routledge, 2019)
Interior Provocations extends the academic analysis of interiors through eleven theoretically challenging case studies. The authors interrogate the relation of architecture and interiors in a variety of contexts including urbanism and outdoor rooms, landscapes and virtual reality. Collectively, they demonstrate the autonomy not only of interior design and interiors, but also of interior design discourse.
Grace Lees-Maffei, Professor of Design History, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
This volume provides an absorbing insight into the editors and authors expansive insights into unbounded interiorities. It compels the reader to interrogate their own assumptions regarding disciplinary distinctions, and instead requires them to recalibrate their position through their immersion in the exploration of the limitless ambiguities of what interiors can or might be.
Graeme Brooker, Professor of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art
Timely and ambitious, Interior Provocations challenges us to reconsider how interiors are generated, experienced, and enacted. No longer bound by architectural walls, the interiors examined in this impressive collection range from the technologically-mediated, virtual and immersive to the socially-imagined, ephemeral and subversive.
D.J. Huppatz, Associate Professor of Architecture and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Mapping cultural sensibilities across media, material, technology and ritual, this collection argues persuasively for the interior as an autonomous entity worthy of sustained scholarly attention.
Charles Rice, University of Technology Sydney
This text presents a provocative examination of autonomy. The essays exploit this term to distinguish disciplinary, theoretical and practical distinctions between architecture and interior, across a broad range of contexts. Exploring interiors in this manner, offers a significant way to address the interior and its cultural effects.
Mark Taylor, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
This fascinating book is an indispensable addition to recent scholarship on interior design history and theory. Exploring the roles of nature, technology and non-human agents in the creation of the interior, these thought-provoking essays move beyond the traditional focus on human inhabitation and invite readers to consider interiority as a post-human condition.
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Victoria University of Wellington