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1st Edition

Taste: Media and Interior Design

  • Available for pre-order on May 26, 2023. Item will ship after June 16, 2023
ISBN 9780367758806
June 16, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book traces and explores the evolution of taste from a design perspective: what it is, how it works and what it does.

Karin Tehve examines taste primarily through its recursive relationship to media. This ongoing process changes the relationship between designers and the public, and our understanding of the relationship of individuals to their social contexts. Through an analysis of taste, design is understood to be an active constituent of social life, not as autonomous from it. This book reclaims a term long dismissed from interior design and unveils taste’s role as a powerful social and political agent within systems of aesthetics, affecting both its producers and consumers. Each chapter discusses a taste concept or definition, analyzes its reciprocal relationship with media, and explores its implications for interior design. Illustrated with 70 images, taste’s relationship to media is viewed through a variety of different lenses, including books, photography, magazines, internet, social media and algorithms.

Written for students and scholars of interior design and related design fields, this book will be a helpful resource for all those interested in the question of taste, and is an invitation to produce and consume all media critically.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Taste and books  2. Taste and photography  3. Taste and mass-media  4. Taste and magazines  5. Taste and ‘zines  6. Taste and the internet  7. Taste and social media  8. Taste and algorithms  Conclusion: The future of taste

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Karin Tehve is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at Pratt Institute, where she coordinates the theory and undergraduate thesis curriculum. She has taught graduate and undergraduate studios, as well as theory and representation courses. Her own research and writing concentrates on taste, media and identity, and their intersection with the public realm. Karin founded her practice KT3Dllc in 2001 pursuing projects in architecture, interiors, and site-specific art. Her publications include "Interiors for and on Display" in Interiors Beyond Architecture (Routledge, 2018). Karin also co-edited Interior Provocations (Routledge, 2021).