The Poetic Home

Designing the 19th-Century Domestic Interior


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Stefan Muthesius


Today we take for granted notions of designing rooms to achieve the right ‘mood’. Yet this language only emerged in the 19th century, when designers and clients began to think about interiors in a completely new way. Their challenge was to create atmosphere and character in ordinary living – the new ideal of the ‘poetic home’.

This book examines domestic interiors from around 1800 to the mid-1890s. Rather than concentrating on individual types of furnishing (wallpapers or carpets, for example) or on historical styles (Regency or Biedermeier), it considers the design of the interior as a whole, making use of neglected 19th-century texts and images to reveal what the designers and clients actually thought about the business of creating characterful interiors.

Comprehensive and full of fresh insights, this extraordinary work of scholarship is essential reading for anyone interested in interior design.

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Weight 2513 g
Dimensions 24.6 x 31.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 January 2009
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.6 x 31.6 cm
Weight 2513 g


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Stefan Muthesius is a specialist in the 18th to 20th century history of architecture, urban design, and applied arts and design. His book The English Terraced House won the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize.