Good Taste and Domestic Bliss. Art, Home and Well-Being around 1900
(Mieke van der Wal) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 60-69
Long tailbacks on roads full of furniture shops, traffic at a standstill on motorway exits leading to furniture superstores, a wide range of interior design magazines and umpteen television programmes devoted to ‘home and garden': these are the visible proof that at the start of the twenty-first century a great many people are extremely interested in their home environment and want to feel truly ‘at home' there. Of course, the increased prosperity of the second half of last century has been an important factor in expanding this interest to its present scale. But something today's consumer will not be aware of is that the very first impulse towards concern among the general public for a good home environment actually dates from the nineteenth century. Developments that took place at that time in many fields radically changed the appearance of society. The rise of industrialisation in Europe played a very important part in this.
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