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Public & Private Spaces


By Carles Broto
November 1998
Instituto Monsa de Ediciones
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
240 Pages, Illustrated, 13.25 x 10 x 1.2
$99.50 Hardcover

The great changes that came about at the turn of the century in the field of the applied arts, industrial design and architecture led to a very different concept of interior space to that which had been held in the West prior to the 20th century.

The concept of decoration, which was particularly important in the 18th and 19th centuries, underwent a clear decline with the arrival of modernism, and architects such as the Austrian Adolf Loos with his idea of ornament as crime and Mies van der Rohe with his "less is more" pit paid to the decorative profusion of 18th-century interiors, and the ornamental taste of the Arts & Crafts movement, Art Nouveau and the Vienese Sezession.

Decoration was thus rejected in the ninteen-twenties, and the English word "interior" was adopted by professionals who began to adapt spaces to the new uses determined by modern life.


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