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A Home for Modern Life: Educating Taste in 1940s Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2012 (English)In: Conference Proceedings: Volume 2. Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok: Research: Uncertainty Contradiction Value / [ed] Praima Israesena, Juthamas Tangsantikul, David Durling, Bangkok: Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University , 2012, 526-541 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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Bangkok: Department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University , 2012. 526-541 p.
Keyword [en]
design history, interior design, taste, modernity, everyday life
Keyword [sv]
designhistoria, inredning, smak, modernitet, vardagsliv
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History Of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92065ISBN: 978-616-551-570-2OAI: diva2:739415
Design Research Society Biannual International Conference 2012, Bangkok

This paper focuses on how interior decoration and taste was seen and taught in relation tothe vision of the ideal home in 1940s Sweden. Two phenomena that are focused on aresurveys of how people actually lived, and the attempts made to alter that way of living. Theactivities of Svenska Slöjdföreningen (SSF, the Swedish Society of Industrial Design) isused as a prism for discerning the discourse on domestic interior reform, and the studyconsists of a close reading and analysis based on archival material and publications linkedto SSF. Part of the archival material consists of survey protocols and photograph, ofSwedish homes, from a survey into “dwelling habits” initiated by the Association ofSwedish Architects (SAR) and the SSF. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, these kinds ofsurveys were made in order to analyse the standard of living, and the usage of homes andfurniture with the aim to find adequate ways of building better housing, of producing betterfurniture, and of educating people to be more modern and enlightened consumers andhome-makers. Based on these findings, courses were given on how to furnish and decoratethe home. Through courses in how to furnish and decorate the home, the ideal home was tobecome real. I mean that the concept of “taste” was almost as important as the concept of“home” in the vision of what modern Swedish society should be like, but that manifesting“good taste” in the home in the 1940s meant something more than merely creating anaesthetically pleasing or beautiful interior. Taste was, above all, seen as an indicator of thedegree of modernity and social awareness of people.

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