The Modern Period Room
The Construction of the Exhibited Interior 1870–1950
Edited by Penny Sparke, Brenda Martin, Trevor Keeble
Routledge – 2006 – 208 pages
With contributors drawn from a broad range of disciplines, The Modern Period Room brings together a carefully selected collection of essays to consider the interiors of the modern era and their more recent reconstructions from a variety of different viewpoints.
Contributions from leading design historians, architects and curators of the history of the domestic interior in the UK engage with the issues and conventions surrounding the modern period room to expose the conflicting tensions that lie beneath the conceptual and physical strategy of the modern period room's representational technique. Exploring themes and examples by prestigious architects, such as Ernö Goldfinger, Truus Schroeder and Gerrit Rietveld, the authors reveal the specific coding of presented interior spaces.
This illustrated new take on the historiography of twentieth century show interiors enables historians and theorists of architecture, design and social history to investigate the contexts in which this representational device has been used.
'This book will be of particular interest to students of interior decorating and to architects who wish to study the interaction of furniture with the design of their buildings. However, it is easily readable, and can be recommended to persons who contemplate furnishing or refurnishing their homes.' – Architecture Science Review
Contributors Biographies List of Figures Preface Introduction 1. The Modern Period Room – A Contradiction in Terms? 2. Interiors Without Walls: Choice in Context at MoDA 3. Stopping the Clock: The Preservation and Presentation of Linley Sambourne House, 18 Stafford Terrace 4. The Double Life: The Cultural Construction of the Exhibited Interior in Modern Japan 5. The Restoration of Modern Life: Interwar Houses on Show in the Netherlands 6. 'A Man's House is his Art': The Walker Art Center's Idea House Project and the Marketing of Domestic Design 1941-1947 7. Domesticity on Display: Modelling the Modern Home in Post-War Belgium (1945-1950) 8. Kettles Yard: Museum of Way of Life? 9. Two Viennese Refugees: Lucie Rie and her Apartment 10. The Preservation and Presentation of 2 Willow Road for the National Trust 11. Photographs of a Legacy: Dora Gordine and Dorich HouseIndex Bibliography