Xerjoff Magazine

A Century of Home Interiors

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How has our lifestyle changed in the last century? The answer is provided by the exhibition "Home Stories -100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors" taking place at the Vitra Design Museum.

Home interiors are the mirror of the way we live and they shape our everyday routines which- at least partially- revolve around them. The exhibition, “Home Stories -100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors”, taking place at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Charles-Eames-Straße 2) until August 23rd commenced from these considerations. Curated by Jochen Eisenbrand, the exhibition is conceived as a flashback that takes us from the contemporary world to the 1920’s. There are four sections present (“Space, Economy and Atmosphere: 2000 -Today”, ‘Rethinking the Interior: 1960-1980‘,‘Nature and Technology: 1940-1960′, ‘The birth of the modern interior‘) that help us understand how over the past century, our way of living has changed also due to important social, political, urban and technical changes.

There are various topics, many of which characterize our present: among others, energy efficiency and the reduction of harmful emissions, the lack of affordable living spaces and the evolution of living linked to the development of new forms of work, including teleworking that erases the difference between work and home. The topics covered are organized around 20 iconic interiors created by architects such as Adolf Loos, Finn Juhl, Lina Bo Bardi, Assemble; artists like Andy Warhol or Cecil Beaton, as well as the interior designer Elsie de Wolfe and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Above: Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, Brazil, 1952 Photo:© Neson Kon, 2002