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Re-Purposed: The Design and Re-Design of Everyday Objects in Pandemic Living
During the Covid-19 quarantine, we’re all spending unprecedented hours staring at the same rooms in our homes, turning time and time again to certain domestic objects that have suddenly become invaluable. What are the go-to pieces of furniture in your home during the quarantine, and why? For some folks, the little-used dining room table is now the essential desk-top surface. For others, it is the corner of the sofa next to the best side table and best light. In my home, a very humble card table that is easy to collapse and move around has been nothing short of a sanity-saver: sometimes a surface for puzzles, other times a desk for my daughter, and during Passover, the seder table for our Zoom seder. Building on insights from my book on Modern Design from another moment of acute crisis in the U.S., the Great Depression, I’ll share a history of design ideas about multi-functionality and psychological comfort. And, I’ll lead us in a conversation about function, comfort, and re-purposing domestic designs in the current Covid era.

Jul 22, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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