Taste : A cultural history of the home interior

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Democratic in intention and approach, the book will
argue that the home interior, as independently created by the 'amateur'
householder, offers a continuous informal critique of shifting architectural
styles (most notably with the advent of Modernism) and the design mainstream. Indeed,
it will suggest that the popular increasingly exerts an influence on the

Underpinned by academic rigour, but not in thrall to
it, above all this book is an engaging attempt to identify the cultural drivers
of aesthetic change in the home, extrapolating the wider influence of 'taste'
to a broad audience - both professional and 'trade'. In so doing, it will explore
enthralling territory - money, class, power and influence.

Illustrated with contemporary drawings and cartoons as well as photos, the
book is not only an absorbing read, but an enticing and attractive object
in itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 210 x 250 x 14mm | 961.62g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1859469256
  • 9781859469255

Table of contents


Chapter 1 New Money, Old Ideas

Chapter 2 Disapproving Dilletantes

Chapter 3 New Century, New Style

Chapter 4 The People Decorate

Chapter 5 Post War Populism

Chapter 6 1951 And All That

Chapter 7 The Empire Strikes Back

Chapter 8 Carrying On Regardless

Chapter 9 Back To The Future

Chapter 10 Having It And Having It More Abundantly

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About Drew Plunkett

Drew Plunkett qualified as an architect in 1970 and graduated from the Royal College of Art in Environmental Design in 1981 at a time when interior design offered a particularly exciting testing ground for new ideas. He went on to teach the subject in Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow. Throughout his academic career he has been a close observer of the emergence of a distinctive interior design profession while continuing to practice, principally as a designer of restaurants and exhibitions.
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