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People, Places and Possessions


Edited By Antony Buxton, Linda Hulin and Jane Anderson

Central to human life and experience, habitation forms a context for enquiry within many disciplines. This collection brings together perspectives on human habitation in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, social history, material culture, literature, art and design, and architecture. Significant shared themes are the physical and social structuring of space, practice and agency, consumption and gender, and permanence and impermanence. Topics range from archaeological artefacts to architectural concepts, from Romano-British consumption to the 1950s Playboy apartment, from historical elite habitation to present-day homelessness, from dwelling «on the move» to the crisis of household dissolution, and from interior design to installation art. Not only is this volume a rich resource of varied aspects and contexts of habitation, it also provides compelling examples of the potential for interdisciplinary conversations around significant shared themes.

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3. Furnitecture (Andrea Placidi)


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3 Furnitecture


Furnitecture: physical and spatial structures that perform the functions of both furniture and architecture, and serve as a link between them and their inhabitants. This chapter discusses the reciprocal relationship between architecture and its content, with reference to a meaningful environment for living. Furnitecture operates at an intermediary scale of design, smaller than a building but larger than most pieces of furniture. It has a critical mass capable of subverting and augmenting the perception of space, and thus becomes the connecting membrane that frames and defines the experience of home. Once it is established that furnitecture is the membrane, physical and immaterial, living and moving, attached to the architecture, then it becomes clear that it has existed in domestic settings for centuries. The concept furnitecture can be applied to all sorts of decorative choices made by people, even when unconscious of ‘design’. Any home therefore can be considered a unique piece of furnitecture.

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