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The Emergence of the Interior

Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity, 1st Edition

By Charles Rice


176 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Taking a radical position counter to many previous histories and theories of the interior, domesticity and the home, The Emergence of the Interior considers how the concept and experience of the domestic interior have been formed from the beginning of the nineteenth century. It considers the interior's emergence in relation to the thinking of Walter Benjamin and Sigmund Freud, and, through case studies, in architecture's trajectories toward modernism.

The book argues that the interior emerged with a sense of 'doubleness', being understood and experienced as both a spatial and an image-based condition. Incorporating perspectives from architecture, critical history and theory, and psychoanalysis, The Emergence of the Interior will be of interest to academics and students of the history and theory of architecture and design, social history, and cultural studies.


'Charles Rice engages in the readability of the interior and its polysemic nature, stretching design theory into issues of image, imageability, and the social production of space … brilliantly written, for graduate seminars, Rice's book is particularly useful and should be added to the 'must read' list.'Cities

'After reading Rice's book, I would highly recommend its addition to your personal collection.'Cities

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Orientations 1. Irrecoverable Inhabitations: Walter Benjamin and the History of the Interior 2. Lost Objects: Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalytical Interior Part II: Trajectories 3. Imagining the Interior: Plan and Comfort 4. Consuming the Interior: Geography and Identity 5. Recognizing the Interior: Space and Image Conclusion: Mediatized Domesticity

About the Author

Charles Rice is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design / General
ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / General