Home Stories

100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors


Key Visual for the exhibition Home Stories Illustration: Daniel Streat, Visual Fields, © Vitra Design Museum Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, 1952, © Instituto Bardi photo: Francisco Albuquerque
From March 27, 2021 until August 22, 2021
Our homes are an expression of the way we live, they shape our everyday routines and fundamentally affect our well-being. This has been proven to be true more than ever in the last year. Our home has become a place of refuge – somewhat against our will for some. Ambitious aesthetics contrast with practical considerations. How can we reconcile working and living? How can schoolchildren study at home? How can we ensure privacy when space is limited?
A new debate about the private interior, its history and its future perspectives is urgent. With Home Stories. 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors the museum aims to do just that. In a captivating narrative leading visitors backwards in time, the exhibition will highlight important societal, political, urban and technical shifts that have shaped the design and the use of the Western interior over the last 100 years.
From current issues facing the domestic domain – such as the efficient use of dwindling urban space to the blurring of work-life boundaries – the journey goes on to our fascination with loft-living in the 1970s, the shift from formal to informal dwelling in the 1960s, the rise of household appliances in the 1950s and the introduction of open-space planning in the 1920s. The exhibition is organised around 20 iconic interiors by architects such as Verner Panton, Finn Juhl, Lina Bo Bardi and Assemble; artists like Andy Warhol or Cecil Beaton, as well as interior designer Elsie de Wolfe.
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere
Home Stories detail © Design Museum Gent, photo Anthony De Meyere