ABSTRACT

In the years of reconstruction and economic boom that followed the Second World War, the domestic sphere encountered new expectations regarding social behaviour, modes of living, and forms of dwelling. This book brings together an international group of scholars from architecture, design, urban planning, and interior design to reappraise mid-twentieth century modern life, offering a timely reassessment of culture and the economic and political effects on civilian life.

This collection contains essays that examine the material of art, objects, and spaces in the context of practices of dwelling over the long span of the postwar period. It asks what role material objects, interior spaces, and architecture played in quelling or fanning the anxieties of modernism’s ordinary denizens, and how this role informs their legacy today.

part |2 pages

Part 1 Psychological Constructions: Anxiety of Isolation and Exposure

part |2 pages

Part 2 Ideological Objects: Design and Representation

part |2 pages

Part 4 Class Concerns and Conflict: Dwelling and Politics