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The Spiv and the ArchitectUnruly Life in Postwar London$
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Richard Hornsey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816653140

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.001.0001

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Life in the Cybernetic Bedsit: Interior Design and the Homosexual Self

Life in the Cybernetic Bedsit: Interior Design and the Homosexual Self

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(p.201) chapter 5 Life in the Cybernetic Bedsit: Interior Design and the Homosexual Self
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The Spiv and the Architect
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Richard Hornsey

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.003.0006

This chapter looks at the postwar importance of the home and widespread deployment of “contemporary” interior design as an indirect method of domestic social management. It compares the public design advice of the Council of Industrial Design (COID) to the theoretical writings of the queer computer scientist Alan Turing, which reveals the computational logics within the color schemes and contrasting textures of the contemporary style. The chapter also considers the impact of Do-It-Yourself (DIY), focusing on the DIY magazines, such as The Practical Householder, which adhered to the modish vision of interior design propagated by the COID.

Keywords:   postwar home, interior design, Council of Industrial Design, COID, Alan Turing, Do-It-Yourself, DIY, The Practical Householder

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