Modern Interiors Research Centre Symposium
SYMPOSIUM | Tue. 19 January 2016, 10:30 – 19:00 | Dorich House Museum, Kingston University, London UK
The Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University (MIRC) is the foremost research centre dedicated to the study of modern interiors. Formed in 2005, with the aim of addressing the marginalisation of the interior within the disciplines of architectural and design history, the Centre has played a leading international role in developing this new field of interdisciplinary enquiry.
MIRC evolved out of a series of conferences held at Dorich House Museum between 1999 and 2004. The conferences brought together researchers from a range of disciplines and the participants began to map out a set of methodological approaches to the historical study of the interior as a subject, distinct from prevailing ‘building’ and ‘artifact’ based architectural and design historical approaches.
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1100-1200: Alice T. Friedman, Wellesley College, Poker Faces: Seeing Behind the Mask of Convention
1200-1300: Catherine Ince, The Barbican Art Gallery, Something about The World of Charles and Ray Eames
1400-1500: Deborah Sugg Ryan, Falmouth University, ‘Easier Housework by Better Equipment’: Nancie Clifton Reynolds and the Labour-Saving Kitchen, 1927-31
1500-1600: Fredie Floré, KU Leuven, The Politics of Furniture. Identity, Diplomacy and Persuasion in Post-war Interiors
1630-1730: Charles Rice, University of Technology, Sydney, The Atrium Effect
1730-1900: Drinks and book launch