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By Penny Sparke

via a chain of case reports from the mid-eighteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first, this choice of essays considers the historic insights that ethno/auto/biographical investigations into the lives of people, teams and interiors can provide layout and architectural historians. validated students and rising researchers make clear the methodological matters that come up from using those resources to discover the heritage of the inner as a domain during which way of life is skilled and played, and the ways that modern architects and interior decorators draw on own and collective histories of their perform. Historians and theorists operating inside a number disciplinary contexts and historiographical traditions are turning to biography as technique of exploring and accounting for social, cultural and fabric swap - and this quantity displays that flip, representing the fields of architectural and layout background, social historical past, literary historical past, inventive writing and layout perform. issues contain masters and servants in eighteenth-century English kitchens; the misplaced interiors of Oscar Wilde's 'House Beautiful'; Elsa Schiaparelli's Surrealist areas; Jean Genet, outlaws, and the interiors of marginality; and architect Lina Bo Bardi's 'Glass House', S?Paulo, Brazil.

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