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Interior decorating in nineteenth-century France: The visual culture of a new profession

Anca I. Lasc


This book analyzes the early stages of the interior design profession as articulated within the circles involved in the decoration of the private home in the second half of nineteenth-century France. It argues that the increased presence of the modern, domestic interior in the visual culture of the nineteenth century enabled the profession to take shape. Upholsterers, cabinet-makers, architects, stage designers, department stores, taste advisors, collectors, and illustrators, came together to “sell” the idea of the unified interior as an image and a total work of art. The ideal domestic interi ... More

Keywords: Interior decorating, Proto-interior designer, Domestic interior, Interior design history, Interior design profession, Visual culture of the interior, Model Interior, French modern interior, Interior decoration designs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526113382
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526113382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anca I. Lasc, author
Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Design at Pratt Institute, USA