The Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians is proud to announce its first sponsored session at the SAH 2022 Meeting in Pittsburgh, “Electric Interiors” chaired by Timothy Rohan. Please circulate the call to those who might be interested. The deadline for paper submissions for this and other sessions that engage with interiors and their histories (listed below)  is June 2.   Electric Interiors from the Nineteenth Century to the Present How did the introduction of electricity and subsequent development of electronics transform the design, use and experience of interiors? Science has investigated electricity since antiquity, but its transformative potential for interiorsRead More →

“‘Joy every day’: New Yorkers reveal their fabulous apartments – in pictures” The Guardian has published a series of photographs of New Yorkers in their homes by Sally Davies.  It is a visual delight and another example of what I think of as “home portraits.”  In thinking about the archive/s of historic interiors, how they are preserved and remembered, this genre is a valuable one for us to interrogate and consider.    Read More →

  HIG member and panel participant William Littmann has recently published two pieces in the online journal Platform on the issue of pedagogy and its challenges in a time of Covid and Decolonization.  Pedagogy is an area of central interest to us as an organization, and I encourage you to read and comment on his ideas. William Littman, “How to Travel the Pandemic” Platform, September 14, 2020 William Littman, “How I Found the Courage to Decolonize My Syllabus” Platform, March 1, 2021Read More →

Artist Talk: Dana Levy St. Louis Art Museum Monday, March 8 | 7–8 pm CST | Free register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N38zhCh7Sk6aMXQmrL6jvw   Dana Levy, Campbell House Project, 2021 The Saint Louis Art Museum is currently exhibiting the work of Dana Levy, whose video, sculpture, and print installations “considers how historic architecture and sites embody lived experiences and change context over time. She often begins her projects with specific buildings, local people, and archives to create works that delve into unique cultural histories and connect to overarching themes of place.”   Join curator Hannah Klemm for a conversation with Israeli-born, New York–based artist Dana Levy. Levy is the recipient ofRead More →

The fourth annual Interior Provocations symposium, Memory, held via Zoom Webinar on February 27, 2021 and co-hosted by Ryerson University and Pratt Institute, includes  papers addressing the broad cultural, historical, and theoretical implications of memory with regard to the practice and scholarship of interior design. Memories, both individual and collective, conspire to give the interior its central place in our collective and individual experiences. Interior memories can be somatic, semantic, and can be measured; they are spun from scents, sounds, textures, traces, and visual cues as well as from more structured, text-based knowledge. As such, interiors offer a unique entry point in grappling with, as well asRead More →

In keeping with the definitional nature of our first webinar, “What is an Historic Interior? the Design History Society’s Student Forum is hosting an event “What is a Design Historian?” with Andrea Foffa, Denise Lai, and Alex Todd. TOMMOROW EVENING 7pm GMT https://www.designhistorysociety.org/events  Read More →

HIG Members!  I am chairing a search for a colleague at the University of North Texas.  While another interiors specialist probably isn’t in the cards, we are searching broadly in the field of design history and material culture.  Please post and circulate this announcement. Best, Paula Lupkin The College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Art History, with a specialization in Design History and Material Culture. Applications are welcome from candidates with specializations from any time period or geography, complementing existing departmental faculty and college specializations in globalRead More →

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 →