The Geography of the Diagram: The Rose Seidler House

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Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, 2009, 1, pp. 131 - 143
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When one considers the oppositional stance of the modemist avant-gardes, the domestic interior appears as one of the most charged sites of an anti-bourgeois antagonism. One might consider the famous poster for the Deutscher Werkbund exhibition Die Wohnung, in Stuttgart in 1927 (seeFigure 7.3). An image of a cosy, complacent, overstuffed bourgeois interior is literallycondemned with a red x daubed over it. The poster implies that, before the new could be realised, the old needed to be obliterated. Indeed, what seems to be done away with in modemism is the very idea of the interior itself, the interior as the provision of soft fumishing, as the covering of an inside space with pliable, impressionable stuff.
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