Rethinking Histories of the Interior

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The Journal of Architecture, 2004, 9 (3), pp. 275 - 287
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Our contemporary image-saturated culture revolves around the domestic interior. Sitting comfortably at home, we are constantly offered images of how we should live our domestic lives, or of how others live theirs. As a society, we seem at once threatened by, but also totally at ease with, this close fit between mechanisms of publicity and the private sphere. The correlation between images of the domestic and the domestic setting of their consumption is at the core of our contemporary fascination with lifestyle, a fascination we might often disavow in the search for a supposedly more authentic mode of living.
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