ISC Design

INTRODUCTION

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Docomomo International performs a very important task of research and diffusion of knowledge related to the conservation and reuse of Modern Movement cultural heritage. Within the scope of Docomomo International activities, International Specialist Committees (ISC) focus on specific issues, such as: ISC/Registers, ISC/Technology, ISC/Urbanism+Landscape and ISC/Education+Theory.

14th Docomomo Council Meeting, Lisbon 2016

14th Docomomo Council Meeting, Lisbon, September 8, 2016

We would like to announce that the establishment of a Docomomo International Scientific Committee on Interior Design has been approved at the 14th Docomomo Council Meeting, which took place in the framework of the 14th International Docomomo Conference: Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future in Lisbon (Portugal), on September 8, 2016.

The ISC Design is co-chaired by Zsuzsanna Böröcz PhD (Docomomo Belgium, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp) and Bárbara Coutinho (MUDE Design Museum Lisbon, University of Lisbon).

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ISC DESIGN/INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE/FURNITURE

Docomomo International Scientific Committee

Docomomo Journal 47 (2012/2) studies the Modern interior space and furniture

Docomomo Journal 47 (2012/2) studies the Modern interior space and furniture

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The ISC/Interior Design wishes to expand and deepen the study, discussion and dissemination of modern design, interior architecture and furniture, in order to create a plural discourse, be it thematical, chronological or geographical, beyond traditional boundaries.

The realms of design, interior architecture and furniture indisputably played a major part in the Modern Movement and life in the Modern Age. They are essential elements of a full experience and understanding of modern spatiality, ideology and aesthetic. The study of design, interior architecture and furniture is currently the object of increasing interest, with recent literature covering modernist interiors around the globe and approaching architecture, design and the fine arts with an interdisciplinary methodology. This is not the time to rest on laurels. Interior design requires much more in-depth study and more comprehensive debate in order to improve its appreciation, understanding and preservation. Questions such as modernity, privacy, efficiency, economy, comfort, utility and beauty in daily life and consumption need to be discussed. Product and graphic design, new materials and techniques, installations and devices also need to be considered. The ISC/Interior Design proposes to engage these and many other issues, promoting multidisciplinary research to disclose Modernity’s encounter with interiority and acknowledging the importance of its conservation.

Docomomo Journal 46 (2012/01) stands for interior design identified as a key conservation issue for modern living.

Docomomo Journal 46 (2012/01) stands for interior design identified as a key conservation issue for modern living.

Subject to frequent renewal and replacement, interior design clearly represents a more ephemeral side of architectonic creation. Just like anything considered ordinary and intertwined with the make-up of daily life, the interiors, more than singular objects or buildings, are permanently on the brink of extinction. At the same time, paradoxically – or maybe not – interiors are outstanding source material for understanding the cultural condition of a period. Arguably more than any other form of expression, it is the interior with its combination of artistic contributions that most intimately reflects the spirit of an age.

We endorse the main goals expressed in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement of Docomomo International, namely:

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. Identify and promote the surveying of the works of the Modern Movement which will include a general register, drawings, photographs and manuscript archives;
2. Foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation;
3. Oppose destruction and disfigurement of significant works;
4. Explore and develop the knowledge of the Modern Movement.

Following the main goals of Docomomo, we intend to:

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. Contribute with technical knowledge and principles to the restoration and preservation strategies in design products, equipments and environments;
2. Investigate, develop and evaluate new approaches to the history, museum studies and museology of Modern design;
3. Submit applications in order to develop projects and Databases of Modern Design;
4. Create a virtual museum of modern design for exhibitions, archive of technical drawings and documentation and publication of academic essays;
5. Certify the authorship and authenticity of the multiple copies and reproductions of design pieces available nowadays.

Past, Present and Future Activities

 

2017 | International Conference and Workshop (More details soon!)
Plastics in Modern Movement Interiors Conservation and (re-) design of synthetic Finishing, Furniture and Products 
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2016 | Lecture Series: Inside Belgian Modernism II
Three cases on design for the industrialized society, and what to do with them today.
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2016 | 14th International Docomomo Conference, Lisbon
Session 21: The Modern Interior – Toward a Re-Evaluation in the Context of Adaptive Reuse by Zsuzsanna Böröcz and Bárbara Coutinho.
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2015 | Lecture Series: Inside Belgian Modernism I
Four cases on interiors for the industrialized society, and what to do with them today.
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