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Redesigning The Way Indoors Relates To Outdoors

Curtains and drapes evoke the closeted atmospheres of the 19th  century, the world  of “pillow cases, cushion covers and containers” described by Walter Benjamin (Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century, 1939). Modernity, by contrast, is curtain-less purity and transparency, a world that has banished all diaphragms between interior and exterior, where the private sphere is unabashedly laid out for all to see. A methodological contradiction seems to separate modernity and drapery.
Curtains are considered to undermine compositional rigueur, blur symmetrical line. The fullness and richness of classical fabric drapery belong, it is thought, to the realm of decoration. Architects and designers at most might stoop to designing sun-shading blades or sleek light-filtering panels. Until, that is, Petra Blaisse showed us how modern design architecture can be reconciled with the world of...

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