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A Half-serious Tale of Interiors

An ‘ideal story’ of interiors might start with Michel De Certeau who noted that to become a personal space, the roots of the family microcosm, interiors have to acquire “a density of matter and affect” (Michel De Certeau, Luce Giard, Pierre Mayol, L’Invention du quotidien, Gallimard, Paris, 1994).
The prudish Victorians, who gave us the corridor as a means of eliminating communicating rooms, believed that the only way to show the true character of the family was the ostentation of objects accumulated over time. Subsequently derided as collectors of bric-a-brac, the Victorians saw the home in terms of “densification”. This ornament-overload led inevitably to movements extolling simple, essential interiors, culminating in the Bauhaus, founded in 1921 in Weimar by Walter Gropius. The catechism of this new aesthetic preached that form followed function. Its cardinal rules: Adolf Loos’...

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