In the era of Covid, we are occupying, and thinking about, interiors in new ways. HIG member Annmarie Adams reflects on the impact of Covid on interest in the field and concept of interiors in a recently published blog essay “This is Where We Live” on Parlour. Her review ranges from a recent article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker, popular reactions like the “Room Rater” twitter posts on the interiors of media personalities, architectural criticism, responses by design firms, and events including the “wildly successful” inaugural HIG-SAH Connects webinar of last month. HIG is an important forum for our work as our areaRead More →

Congratulations to P.J. Carlino on an intriguing new article in the Journal of Interior Design: Tied to the Desk: The Somatic Experience of Office Work, 1870–1920 Between 1870 and 1920, American manufacturers designed furniture that re‐shaped the sensorial experience of office work. To help businesses inculcate efficient practice, furniture re‐shaped the posture of employees, programmed their actions, and determined sight lines, soundscapes, and circulation patterns. In the catalogs, textbooks, and trade journals they published, manufacturers gendered and racialized furniture and occupations. By 1920, White‐owned businesses adopted methods built upon standard mass‐produced furniture that affixed White male clerks to their desks and transferred the responsibility forRead More →

  Call for Papers Webinar: Interiors in the era of Covid19 March 2021 (date to be confirmed) Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University (UK) Submission Dates: 06 Nov – 12 Dec, 2020 Location: LONDON, United Kingdom Contact: Patricia Lara-Betancourt Email: Phone: 07875201114 The Covid19 pandemic has caused people, worldwide, to be confined to their homes for extended periods of time. In addition to their traditional roles as places of refuge and nurturing, homes have had to accommodate the additional roles of schools, gymnasia, restaurants, cinemas, offices, making spaces and more. Above all, the home has been looked to as a site to support andRead More →

On October 21st HIG organized its first event, a Zoom webinar, “What is a Historic Interior?” We are so pleased to share the recording of the webinar, especially for those who were not able to join us on the 21st.  More events are in the works, and we look forward to bringing people together again soon. SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG) Roundtable: What is a Historic Interior? Program Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 This webinar, an SAH CONNECTS event sponsored by the newly organized SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG), brings together panelists from diverse fields of academia and practice to discuss a fundamental question:Read More →