The Modern Magazine and the
Design of the Domestic Interior 1880-1950
Friday 7th February 2003
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Lecture Theatre


10.00 Museum opens

10.10-10.30 Registration and coffee
(Lecture Theatre Landing)

10.30-10.35 Welcome

10.35-12.35 Session 1: Reading the Interior for Sexual Difference
Chair: Jeremy Aynsley

Designing the Reader’s Interior
Francesca Berry (AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior)

Old Housekeeping, New Housekeeping, or No Housekeeping? The Kitchenless Home Movement and the Women's Service Magazine
Jennifer Scanlon (Bowdoin College)

Presence Projected: Bodies in 1920s Japanese Magazine Discourse on Domestic Interiors
Sarah Teasley (University of Tokyo)

Fashioning the 'Bachelor Pad': Masculinity and the Design for Living in American Men's Magazines, 1930-65
Bill Osgerby (University of North London)


12.40-1.40 Lunch

1.40-3.15 Session 2: The Magazine as Cultural Artefact
Chair: David Crowley

Illustrations of Interiority: Literary Magazines and the Depiction of Domestic Space in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
Ulrich Lehmann (Victoria & Albert Museum)

The Growth of German Language Serial Publications on Domestic Interior Decoration and Interior Design in the Later 19th Century
Stefan Muthesius (University of East Anglia)

Graphic Change: Design Change - Magazines for the Domestic Interior 1890-1930
Jeremy Aynsley (Royal College of Art)


3.15-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.30 Session 3: Design for the Interior, Design for the Page
Chair: Francesca Berry (AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior)

E.W. Godwin: The New Designer and the New Journalism
Juliet Kinchin (Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Design, the Decorative Arts and Culture)

Why did 'The House' Fail? Or: Demand and Supply Before the Modern Home Magazine, 1880s-1900s
Deborah Cohen (Brown University)

Haptic Homes: Picturing the Modern Interior in turn-of-the Century Vienna
Tag Gronberg (Birkbeck College)


5.45 Museum closes


The symposium will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Lecture Theatre, which is off the Silver Galleries. Registration begins at 10.00 AM, when the Museum opens.

Fees: Full price - £30, Student price - £15. Fee includes sandwich lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea.

Registration is done by prebooking. The deadline for registration is 24 January 2003. Please complete the booking form and send along with a cheque made out to Royal College of Art to: AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, Royal College of Art Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

For further information, contact:
Ann Matchette
, Research Co-ordinator
Tel: 020 7590 4183; email:

This event is organized by the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (Royal College of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Royal Holloway, University of London) and supported by the British Academy.