Modern Interiors Research Centre

Identity and Habitation: Modern Interiors Research Centre

Kingston School of Art's Modern Interiors Research Centre is the world's leading research centre in its field. It is dedicated to the study of interiors and their contents from the mid 19th century to the present day. Research is historically focused and consideration is also given to contemporary practice and theory.

The Research Centre places its emphasis is on identity and habitation – the experience of being inside spaces. It explores the interior as an interface between architecture and designed objects. Research fields include design and architectural history; and visual, material, personal and spatial culture.

The Modern Interiors Research Centre is part of a large international network, staging conferences and events and engaging with international authorities and institutions. It works with, for example, partners as diverse as the V&A and the Geffrye Museum to the Universities of Melbourne and Oviedo.

Its influential publications have included Designing the Modern Interior (2010) and Biography, Identity and the Interior (2013). The Research Centre launched the academic journal Interiors: Design Architecture Culture in 2010.

The over‐arching aim of the Research Centre is to create a body of knowledge that will inform interior design knowledge worldwide.

Identity and Habitation: Modern Interiors Research Centre
Catharine Rossi, Space Electronic - Then and Now installation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (credit: Gilly Booth)

Modern Interiors Research Centre 2019 Research Symposium

The 2019 Research Symposium takes place on 30 January at Dorich House Museum.

For more information

Please contact Penny Sparke, Fiona Fisher or Patricia Lara-Betancourt.