"Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior by Penny Sparke

By Penny Sparke

via a sequence of case experiences from the mid-eighteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first, this choice of essays considers the ancient insights that ethno/auto/biographical investigations into the lives of people, teams and interiors can provide layout and architectural historians. validated students and rising researchers make clear the methodological matters that come up from using those assets to discover the background of the inner as a domain during which way of life is skilled and played, and the ways that modern architects and decorators draw on own and collective histories of their perform. Historians and theorists operating inside various disciplinary contexts and historiographical traditions are turning to biography as technique of exploring and accounting for social, cultural and fabric switch - and this quantity displays that flip, representing the fields of architectural and layout historical past, social heritage, literary background, artistic writing and layout perform. issues comprise masters and servants in eighteenth-century English kitchens; the misplaced interiors of Oscar Wilde's 'House Beautiful'; Elsa Schiaparelli's Surrealist areas; Jean Genet, outlaws, and the interiors of marginality; and architect Lina Bo Bardi's 'Glass House', S?Paulo, Brazil.

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