Interior Provocations: Radical Domesticities, February 4, 2017, was the inaugural public conference focused on the history and practice of Interior Design hosted by Pratt Institute. The symposium offered a series of radical propositions about the nature of the modern and emerging interior in the context of the expanding disciplines of Interior Design and Interior Design History. 



Dr. Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art and Professor of Art at Wellesley College, and celebrated author of Women and the Making of Modern House (Yale University Press 2007) and American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture (Yale University Press 2010), among others. Other participants include:



“Disorienting Sexualities: Housing Dissidence from Sapphic Modernity to Digital Futurity”
Jasmine Rault, Assistant Professor, Culture and Media, The New School

Autonomous Assemblies”
Jonathon Anderson, Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

“If I Were not a Writer I Would be an Interior Designer:” Radical Fin-de-siècle French Writer Homes (Hugo, Goncourt, Zola, and Loti)”
Elizabeth Emery, Professor, Modern Languages and Literature, Montclair State University

“Peripheral Interiority: The Fantastic, the Extreme, and the Elusive”
Amy Campos, Associate Professor, Interior Design, California College of the Arts

“A Secret Room Goes Public: Gilded Age Sex and Success at the Met”
Anne Higonnet, Ann Whitney Olin Professor, Art History and Archeology, Barnard, Columbia University

“Oblique Interior’’
Igor Siddiqui, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

“Vuillard and the Immersive Interior”
Cindy Kang, Associate Curator, Bard Graduate Center

“The 3D Printed Interior”
Virginia San Fratello, Assistant Professor, Interior Design, San Jose State University


This symposium also celebrated the recent publication of three volumes edited by Pratt faculty: Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury 2015); Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space (Bloomsbury 2016); and Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse (Routledge 2016). 


Radical Domesticities was hosted BF+DA (Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator), a space that supports the kind of innovative thinking embraced by the symposium. 


Founding and Organizing Committee 

Deborah Schneiderman
Department of Interior Design
Pratt Institute 

Anca I. Lasc
Karyn Zieve
Department of the History of Art and Design
Pratt Institute

Alexa Griffith Winton
Ryerson School of Interior Design


Image: Millefluer . Igor Siddiqi .  ISSSStudio