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Acknowledging Regional Interior Design? Developing Design Practices for Australian Interiors (1880–1900)

Tracey Avery

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 21, issue 1, pages 41-58
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epm041
Acknowledging Regional Interior Design? Developing Design Practices for Australian Interiors (1880–1900)

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In the nineteenth century, tensions around the conditions of professionalization in architecture in Britain coincided with architects’ renewed interest in the design of interiors. Furniture manufacturers also aimed to claim the attention of middle-class homemakers. These developments operated within a particular British social and economic hierarchy. Consequently, the relative position of an Australian example of a late nineteenth-century interior design collaboration within a broader narrative requires a move away from interpretations of marginality, innovation and imitation which have underscored Australian design histories. This article considers how a particular combination of artistic and commercial approaches to interior design in Australia resulted from the merging of British design ideas with Australian economic and cultural conditions. Such practices are, in this article, considered amongst the international foundations of the professionalization of interior design.

Keywords: Australia; comparative history; design history; design profession; furniture; interior design

Journal Article.  9994 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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