ISBN 9780719067280,Interior Design and Identity

Interior Design and Identity



Manchester University Press

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9780719067280

ISBN-10 0719067286


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Medicine: general issues

This chronologically arranged set of case studies looks at how interior design has constantly redefined itself as a manifestation of culture, from the eighteenth-century to the present day. The book looks at the amateur activities of female "home makers" in search of creative outlets and married couples seeking to modernize their homes as well as the contributions of early professional (female) "interior decorators," and later, (male) "interior designers." It also considers the more anonymous role of commercial enterprises, such as hairdressing salons, cruise ships or modern offices. Issues relating to interiority, gender, and the relationship of the public sphere are also considered opening up a new level of design historical enquiry.